LSU to play in Orlando next Thanksgiving

Kent Lowe

The Old Spice Classic Basketball Tournament has announced that the LSU men's basketball team will take part in its 2013 Thanksgiving Weekend event at the HP Field House at the Disney ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.

All eight teams have been confirmed for the event that will be held Nov. 28, 29 and Dec. 1, 2013.

The field for the eighth annual event includes: Butler, LSU, Memphis, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Saint Joseph's, Siena and Washington State.

The 2013 Old Spice Classic will feature a bracket format with 12 games over three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through the bracket. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in a championship game on the final day of competition.

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) will serve as the event's sponsoring conference for the eighth straight year.

For LSU, this will be the second time in three years that LSU has participated in one of the tournaments owned by ESPN Regional that plays around the Thanksgiving holidays. LSU won two of three games during the 2011-12 season in the Charleston Classic at Charleston, S.C.

The family-friendly Ole Spice Classic is a weekend-long affair at the Walt Disney World Resort where participating teams practice, play and enjoy the Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks.

Previous winners of the Old Spice Classic have included: Dayton, Notre Dame, Florida State, Gonzaga, NC State and Arkansas.

Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the Old Spice Classic Web site at

The Old Spice Classic is owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN.