The MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic leads the lineup of exciting Orange Bowl Festival events now underway as the calendar marches into December.
The Classic, which takes place Dec. 18th at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, promises to be one of the most electrifying events in the tournament’s 16-year history.
The Miami Hurricanes and the UCF Knights face off at 1 p.m., followed by a premier early season match-up of likely top-10 teams, the Kansas State Wildcats against the Florida Gators at 3:30 p.m.
The Kansas State- Florida match-up features a variety of local talent, as fiery Kansas State coach Frank Martin, a Miami native, is a FIU graduate and former local prep coach, and Gator Kenny Boynton is a Pompano Beach product and former American Heritage star.The game is one of the most anticipated of the young college basketball season.
Also making a return to South Florida is Freddy Asprilla, a 6-10 forward who transferred to Kansas State from Florida International University. Asprilla was the Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year in 2008-09 before sitting out last season due to NCAA transfer rules.
The doubleheader kicks off with the hometown team Miami Hurricanes, led by coach Frank Haith and former Flanagan standout Adrian Thomas, facing Donnie Jones’ UCF Knights. Jones is a former Florida assistant coach who helped the Gators to a pair of national championships in 2006 and 2007.
Additionally, UCF is guided by Conference USA All-Freshmen guard Marcus Jordan, the son of NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan.
All four teams started the 2010-11 campaign in a strong fashion, going a combined 20-4 over the first 24 contests. Three of the four losses came at the hands of ranked teams, including the No. 1 and No. 5 teams in the nation at the time of the game.
For tickets and information about the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic, call 305-341-4701 or log-on to orangebowl.org