RTC Live: 76 Classic Consolation & Championship (Butler vs. Clemson; Portland vs. West Virginia)Posted by rtmsf on November 29th, 2009
We’re back in sunny Orange County for the 76 Classic Consolation and Championship games tonight with RTC Live as well. In the first matchup at 7:30 pm, we’ll see two top 25 teams playing for third place in #19 Clemson taking on #10 Butler. Neither of these teams has looked very impressive so far this year, but we know that both teams have excellent players and will be heard from this year, so this might be a good chance for one of them to take the next step. In the Championship game, we’ll see a David-Goliath matchup between the powerful #8 West Virginia Mountaineers taking on the talented and plucky Pilots from Portland. Typically, in these three-day tournaments, when a Cinderella such as Portland makes a run to the final game, talent and tired legs finally catches up to them. Which is not to say at all that Portland isn’t talented enough to win this game — because they definitely are — but they’re going to have to build a strong gameplan to deal with the ultra-talented forward duo of Devin Ebanks and Da’Sean Butler, a pair the likes of which that neither UCLA nor Minnesota had at their disposal. Join us tonight for what should amount to another great night of hoops from the west coast.