2011 Puerto Rico Tip-Off
The Puerto Rico Tip-Off is a college basketball tournament that was inaugurated in the year 2007. Every November, the Coliseo de Puerto Rico, located in the city of San Juan, Puerto Rico, is the venue for this prestigious event, where the top basketball teams face-off against each other. The dates for the 2011 Puerto Rico Tip-Off have been set for the 17th to the 20th of November 2011. Just recently the teams that will be participating in this year’s event have been announced, and they can now get ready for the challenge that lies ahead of them.
Over the three days of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, twelve games will be played to narrow down the teams to the two that will be play against each other in the final. Each team will play a game every day of the tournament, and the two teams that remain undefeated throughout this process will make it through to the finals.
The teams participating in the 2011 Puerto Rico Tip-Off are as follows: Firstly, there is Alabama, nicknamed Crimson Tide, who have achieved a 17-15 record and have players such as Kendall Durant and JaMychal Green to look out for. The Colorado Buffaloes will be coming in with a 15-16 record and are coached by Tad Boyle, who has been vital to building the team to its current strength. Entering the tournament with a 21-10 record is the Iona Gaels, who are dependent on the skills of Scott Machado and have included a new talented player, Kyle Smyth. Maryland, referred to as the Terrapins, boast a 24-9 record and it is not the first time this successful team has been invited to the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
Purdue, or the Boilermakers, from West Lafayette, have a 29-6 record, and coach Matt Painter has seniors such as Robbie Hummel, Kelsey Barlow and Lewis Jackson in his line-up. Last but not least are the Temple Owls from Philadelphia, with a 29-6 record and will have something to prove this year, as it will be their first time back at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off since 2007. San Juan will be coming alive with basketball action in November, and it is most certainly a tournament that is not to be missed by basketball fans.