2013 Puerto Rico Tip Off bracket announced, Michigan to open against Long Beach State

Dylan Burkhardt
images[3]Michigan will open the 2013 Puerto Rico Tip Off against Long Beach State on November 21st, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. (eastern) in a game televised by ESPN2.

The Wolverines’ half of the bracket also features Florida State and VCU, leaving a Michigan-VCU NCAA tournament rematch as a likely possibility. Michigan beat the Rams 78-53 in a round of 32 last season en route to a National Championship game appearance but VCU’s aggressive full court pressure will be a stern test for young point guards Derrick Walton and Spike Albrecht.

The other half of the bracket features Northeastern against Georgetown and Charlotte against Kansas State. (updated)

Games will be played on November 21st, 22nd and 24th and will be broadcast by ESPN2, ESPNU, or ESPN3. Four of eight teams in this year’s Puerto Rico Tip Off reached the NCAA tournament last year, Georgetown, Kansas State, Michigan and VCU. Long Beach State finished 19-14 last season with a KenPom ranking of 178.

Four of ESPN’s five experts predict VCU as event favorite with only Andy Katz picking the Wolverines to win the tournament.

Find a full rundown of Michigan’s confirmed 2013-14 scheduling dates on our future schedules page. View the full 2013 bracket after the jump.


Thursday, November 21 (times local)
G1: Charlotte vs. Kansas State, 11:30 a.m. AT, ESPNU
G2: Northeastern vs. Georgetown, 2 p.m. AT, ESPNU
G3: Long Beach State vs. Michigan, 6 p.m. AT, ESPN2
G4: Florida State vs. VCU, 8:30 p.m. AT, ESPNU

Friday, November 22 (times local)
G5: G1 & G2 losers, 1 p.m. AT, ESPNU or ESPN3
G6: G1 & G2 winners, 3:30 p.m. AT, ESPN2 or ESPNU
G7: G3 & G4 winners, 6 p.m., AT, ESPN2 or ESPNU
G8: G3 & G4 losers, 8:30 p.m., AT, ESPNU

Saturday, November 23
Off Day

Sunday, November 24 (times local)
Seventh Place: G5 & G8 losers, 12:30 p.m. AT, ESPN3
Fifth Place: G5 & G8 winners, 3:00 p.m. AT, ESPNU
Third Place: G6 & G7 losers, 5:30 p.m. AT, ESPN2
Championship: G6 & G7 winners, 8 p.m. AT, ESPN2

  • Daniel

    Looks like we’ll be getting that VCU revenge match-up.

  • UMHoopsFan

    My prediction: UM beats VCU by 35, they get a rematch, and everyone picks VCU to win. Oh wait, that already happened. I know we’ll miss Burke and THJr, and especially early in the season Walton and Irvin may have some growing pains, but I’m still going to say the smart money would be on Michigan should they face each other.

    Most importantly, should be some fun, quality games. LBSU plays relatively fast, I believe, and has been decent under Dan Monson. VCU of course. Would be nice to beat FSU in the alternative and Georgetown, but will get some decent neutral court games one way or the other.

  • Fab 5 Legends

    this will be great out of conference games to start the season for our freshmen…I still think we have too much depth in most of our positions and should win this tournament…beilein destroyed vcu defense…yes we had trey running the show…but I think our young pgs can do the same

    either way good test for Walton-Albrecht to show what they got against the press

  • mikey_mac

    So actually 7 ESPN analysts made predictions on tournament winner … 5 picked VCU, 2 picked UM. I’m shocked at how many think VCU’s havoc has any chance against UM’s patience and discipline. It’s just a bad system matchup for VCU. Their only chance is if they can rattle UM’s young ball handlers, but I think UM just has too many ball handling options for it to matter.