||Rebels to play in inaugural Emerald Coast Classic
OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA/Ole Miss Athletics) — Ole Miss headlines an eight-team field that includes Cincinnati, Creighton and Middle Tennessee State in the inaugural 2014 Emerald Coast Classic, presented by Global Sports.
North Carolina Central, Eastern Illinois, Northern Arizona and Southern are also competing in the tournament.
First and second-round games will be play at on-campus sites Nov. 20 through Nov. 25, with the third round and championship round scheduled Thanksgiving weekend on Nov. 28-29 at Northwest Florida State College.
“We have assembled a great field in this inaugural year of the event and we hope to make this one of the top preseason college basketball events annually," said tournament director Maury Hanks, who is also chief executive officer for Global Sports.
"We are excited about participating in the 2014 Emerald Coast Classic and having the opportunity to play against the quality of teams that make up the field," said Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy. "The panhandle of Florida is an ideal location for this event and we are looking forward to the experience."
The third round and championship finals will be played at The Arena on the campus Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Fla.
"We are ecstatic about hosting the Emerald Coast Classic at Northwest Florida State College," said Ramsey Ross, director of athletics at Northwest Florida. "The Arena is a fantastic facility that will serve as the perfect venue for the first ever Division One basketball event in our area.
“The entire northwest Florida region thrives on collegiate athletics so the support for the Emerald Coast Classic from our fans and community will be absolutely tremendous."
Global Sports has produced 25 multi team college basketball tournaments in the past seven years with four more coming during the 2014-15 season.