Puerto Rico Tip-Off: UMass To Play Providence In Opening Round
The bracket for the 2012 Puerto Rico Tip-Off has been released. The pre-season tourney will commence on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Nov. 15, 16 & 18. There are eight competing teams: Massachusetts, Akron, UNC Asheville, NC State, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Providence and Tennessee.
UMass and Providence get the primetime game on Thursday. The game will air at 7:30pm on ESPNU. The winner will play the winner of NC State / Penn State on Friday at 5:00pm.
The Minutemen get a chance to beat a rising Big East team in Providence to start. If that mission is accomplished, the team will take on what could be the best team in the ACC in 2012 — North Carolina State.
A lackluster schedule didn’t help Massachusetts in 2011-12 when March rolled around. In 2012-13, with some early wins the team will be able to boost their RPI and SOS for sure.