The 2013 Las Vegas Classic promises to be one of the most intriguing holiday tournaments of the year.
While there aren’t many marquee teams lurking in the field, this event will feature a ton of great matchups and showcase some under-the-radar talent.
It’s something you won’t want to miss, so keep reading to find out where to watch every game, when the action takes place and much more.
Where: First two games will be played at various host campus sites, while the final two games will take place at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
When: Dec. 16 through Dec. 23
Watch: Local TV
Live Stream: CBS Sports ULive (selected games); Individual Team Streams
Florida Gulf Coast
|Monday, Dec. 16|
|10 p.m.||Radford at Santa Clara||Campus Game||Leavey Center|
|Tuesday, Dec. 17|
|7 p.m.||FGCU at USF||Campus Game||USF Sun Dome|
|8 p.m.||Florida A&M at Mississippi State||Campus Game||Humphrey Coliseum|
|Wednesday, Dec. 18|
|10 p.m.||Radford at UNLV||Campus Game||Thomas & Mack Center|
|11 p.m.||Sacred Heart at Santa Clara||Campus Game||Leavey Center|
|Thursday, Dec. 19|
|7 p.m.||Florida A&M at USF||Campus Game||USF Sun Dome|
|9 p.m.||FGCU at Mississippi State||Campus Game||Humphrey Coliseum|
|Friday, Dec. 20|
|10 p.m.||Sacred Heart at UNLV||Campus Game||Thomas & Mack Center|
|Sunday, Dec. 22|
|3 p.m.||Radford vs. Sacred Heart||Visitor’s Bracket||Orleans Arena|
|5:30 p.m.||FGCU vs. FAMU||Visitor’s Bracket||Orleans Arena|
|8 p.m.||South Florida vs. Mississippi State||Championship Bracket||Orleans Arena|
|10:30 p.m.||UNLV vs. Santa Clara||Championship Bracket||Orleans Arena|
|Monday, Dec. 23||Orleans Arena|
|2:30 p.m.||Loser (RU vs. SHU) vs. Loser (FGCU vs. FAMU)||Visitor’s Bracket||Orleans Arena|
|5 p.m.||Winner (RU vs. SHU) vs. Winner (FGCU vs. FAMU)||Visitor’s Bracket Final||Orleans Arena|
|8 p.m.||Loser (UNLV vs. SCU) vs. Loser (USF vs. MSU)||Championship Bracket||Orleans Arena|
|10:30 p.m.||Winner (UNLV vs. SCU) vs. Winner (USF vs. MSU)||Championship Bracket Finals||Orleans Arena|
Past Champions: Kansas State (2006), Alabama (2007), Creighton (2008), BYU (2009), New Mexico (2010), Baylor (2011) and Colorado State (2012).
Predicted Champion: UNLV
The Runnin’ Rebels may not have home-field advantage, but they get to host their initial games of this event at the Thomas & Mack Center and are just a minutes-long trip away from the Orleans Arena for the Championship Bracket contests.
Because of its reduced travel schedule and overall skill compared to the rest of the field, UNLV is getting the edge here and should be able to win the 2013 Las Vegas Classic.
This team has proven itself at Orleans Arena in the past, having knocked out No. 1 North Carolina during the 2011 Las Vegas Invitational, with head coach Dave Rice leading the way.
Rice is still on the sidelines and had a chance to speak with UNLVRebels.com about this upcoming event:
"We are excited to again be involved in a holiday tournament in Las Vegas. We are always looking for opportunities to play games in front of our fans and enjoy playing at the Orleans Arena when we can."
Will UNLV win this event?
UNLV is currently suffering through a rough start to the 2013-14 campaign and hovering just under .500 but should be able to turn things around during this upcoming homestand.
With UConn transfer Roscoe Smith—averaging 12.3 points and 14.7 rebounds per game—and Bryce Dejean-Jones—putting up 13.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per contest—leading the way, this squad has the potential to beat anyone in this tournament.
As long as the Rebels are controlling the glass—and they should be able to, as they average 42.9 boards per game, the 15th-best mark in the country—and putting the ball through the hoop they will win the 2013 Las Vegas Classic.