July 30, 2014
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Rice University men’s basketball will face a tough national field at the 2014 GCI Great Alaska Shootout on Nov. 27-29 at the Alaska Airlines Center. Seven of the event’s 10 games will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.
The Owls open against 2014 Atlantic Sun Champion Mercer, which toppled Duke in a 14-over-3 seed upset in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament in March. That game is set for 8:30 p.m. CT on Nov. 27 on CBSSN.
From there, Rice will face either UC Santa Barbara or Washington State on Nov. 28 at either 5 or 11 p.m. CT in the semifinal or consolation round.
Awaiting Rice on Nov. 29 from the other side of the bracket will be host Alaska-Anchorage, Colorado State, Missouri State or Pacific.
CBS Sports Network will air both Friday semifinals as well as Saturday’s championship game at 10:30 p.m. CT.
The GCI Great Alaska Shootout is the longest-running regular-season college basketball tournament in the nation, taking place every Thanksgiving in Anchorage since 1978. This will be the inaugural tournament held at UAA’s brand-new, 5,000-seat Alaska Airlines Center.
Rice has never played in the Great Alaska Shootout, but has previously visited the state. The Owls claimed the 2003 BP Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks with double-figure wins over Idaho State, St. Mary’s and Washington State.