ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The UNC Asheville men's basketball team is one of eight programs slated to participate in the 2012 Puerto Rico Tip Off in San Juan from November 15-18.
The Bulldogs will be joined in Puerto Rock by "Sweet 16" participant N.C. State, Akron, Massachusetts, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Providence and Tennessee.
This marks the second straight season Asheville has been invited to play in an early-season tournament. Last year, the Bulldogs participated in the Battle "4" Atlantis on Paradise Island in the Bahamas.
"One of the benefits of going to the NCAA Tournament the past two years is you raise your team's profile and get invited to tournaments like last year in the Bahamas and this season in Puerto Rico," stated Bulldog coach Eddie Biedenbach. "We're excited to be invited to this tournament. It should be a great experience for our guys.
"However, this is a really tough field," added Biedenbach. "There are a lot of good basketball teams in this tournament. We're going to be tested early in the season with any of the opponents we'll face in Puerto Rico."
The Bulldogs went 24-10 last season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year when they captured the Big South Conference championship.
The Puerto Rico Tip-Off is owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television, Inc. (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN.
To learn more about the event, visit the tournament's official website at www.PuertoRicoTipOff.com or follow the tournament's official Twitter feed, @ESPN_PRTipOff.
ABOUT PUERTO RICO Puerto Rico's average year-round temperature is 82 degrees, with mild easterly trade winds.
Although a wide range of international cuisines are available, authentic Puerto Rican and Caribbean are more common. Many major American restaurant chains are found island-wide.
The U.S. dollar is the official and only currency used in Puerto Rico. Major U.S., Canadian and European banks have branches on the Island. ATM's are plentiful, and linked to major worldwide banking networks.
Puerto Rico is a U.S. Commonwealth with U.S. citizenship. Therefore, passports are not necessary for U.S. citizens. Foreign nationals should have valid passports and visas as required.