Men's Basketball

    Championship Rounds for 2010 IBN Sports Las Vegas Classic to be Broadcast Live on CBS College Sports Network

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    Sophomore Christian Watford
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    Dec. 2, 2010

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The 10th Annual IBN Sports Las Vegas Classic has partnered with CBS College Sports Network to broadcast live the event's championship rounds from the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. on Wednesday, December 22 and Thursday, December 23.

    The four game lineup includes:
    December 22: 7:30 PM (EST), Indiana vs. Northern Iowa
    10:00 PM (EST), New Mexico vs. Colorado

    December 23:
    7:30 PM (EST), Loser of IU/UNI vs. Loser of UNM/CU
    10:00 PM (EST), Winner of IU/UNI vs. Winner of UNM/CU

    "We are extremely excited about this partnership with CBS College Sports Network. The Network will provide tremendous exposure for our event, teams, and the wonderful city of Las Vegas" said Chris Spencer, tournament director.

    Indiana University (10-21) makes its first trip to Las Vegas with all five starters returning, led by junior guard Verdell Jones III (14.9 ppg) and Big Ten freshman of the year forward Christian Watford (12 ppg). The Hoosiers will also welcome back sensational scoring guard, sophomore Maurice Creek (16.4 ppg), who suffered a season ending injury after playing only 12 games his freshman season.

    The University of Northern Iowa returns two starters and seven of its top 10 scorers from last year's Sweet 16 appearance. The Panthers won a school-record 30 games in winning back-to-back Missouri Valley Conference regular and tournament titles. The Panthers will be led by Senior point guard Kwadzo Ahelegbe (10.6 ppg).

    New Mexico is coming off a 30-5 season when it advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1999 and set numerous school records, including most wins. Head Coach Steve Alford was named Mountain West Conference Coach of the year for the 2nd straight season and he finished 3rd in the balloting for AP National coach of the year. The Lobos return one of the nation's best points guards in senior Dairese Gary (12.8 ppg).



    The University of Colorado returns all 5 starters which finished 15-16 and had their best season in 5 years. The Buffaloes are led by Big 12 Freshman of the year Alec Burks, who scored a school freshman record 512 points (17.1 ppg). All-Big 12 performer senior guard Cory Higgins has led the team in scoring the last two years and he ranks ninth all-time on the CU scoring list (1,391 points).

    Each team will play four games-the first two at campus sites and the final two rounds at the beautiful Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on December 22nd & 23rd. IBN Sports, the Title Sponsor of the Las Vegas Classic will be producing and streaming all games live from Las Vegas, available at

    Tickets for the final rounds in Las Vegas can be purchased at the participating schools athletic ticket office or by calling the Box Office at the Orleans Arena (702) 284-7777, or on the web at


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