November 10, 2014
The Hampden-Sydney Tigers will be one of two teams in all of Division III to open up its 2014-15 campaign on national television to a potential viewing audience of 75 million households, as the Tigers will take on the United States Coast Guard Academy in the Armed Forces Classic in Puerto Rico. The game, which takes place on Friday, November 14 at 1:00 pm, will be broadcast live on ESPN U and WatchESPN.com. The two will be competing in the first of two games in the 2014 Armed Forces Classic, hosted by the Coast Guard on the U.S. Air Station Borinquen. The second game will be between #8 Louisville and Minnesota.
Preview Friday's match up with the Hampden-Sydney Basketball Game Notes.
The Armed Forces Classic - a series of Division I men's college basketball games - is played on United States military bases worldwide over a five-year rotation. It will originate from the Marines in 2015 and Navy in 2016. The games are played at a different branch of service at a Military installation each year, including the Air Force in 2012 and Army in 2013.
This will be the first ever men's basketball meeting between the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (located in New London, Conn.), and Hampden-Sydney College (Hampden-Sydney, Va.). The trip will mark the first travel outside of the continental United States for the Tigers since 2006-07.
The games are part of the network's America's Heroes: A Salute to Our Veterans initiative honoring the men and women who are serving and who have served in the United States military, both at home and abroad.
The inaugural game on Nov. 9, 2012 saw unranked Connecticut upset then-No. 14 nationally-ranked Michigan State 66-62 from inside a C-5 transport airplane hangar on Ramstein Air Base in Germany. In the second installment on Nov. 8, 2013, then-No. 19 Oregon topped Georgetown 82-75 from United States Army Garrison Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, South Korea.
The Armed Forces Classic is owned and operated by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN.
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