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Wichita State basketball game slotted in morning bracket in Orlando

Wichita State guard Fred VanVleet drives to the basket in the closing minutes against Illinois State at the MVC Tournament last March.
Wichita State guard Fred VanVleet drives to the basket in the closing minutes against Illinois State at the MVC Tournament last March. The Wichita Eagle

Wichita State will play Southern California at 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, on ESPN2 in the Advocare Invitational in Orlando, Fla.

ESPN released the tournament bracket on Thursday morning. The Shockers will play either Xavier or Alabama at 1:30 p.m., on Nov. 27 on ESPNU. The final day of games is Nov. 29.

Notre Dame, which eliminated WSU from the NCAA Tournament in March, is a possible opponent on Nov. 29. Notre Dame plays Monmouth and Iowa faces Dayton is the evening portion of the bracket.

All games are played at HP Field House at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

Alabama and Iowa are also familiar opponents for WSU. The Shockers swept a regular-season series from Alabama the past two seasons and defeated the Tide in the 2011 NIT. Alabama defeated WSU in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off early in the 2011-12 season. The Shockers defeated Iowa in the 2009 CBE Classic in Kansas City and the 2012 Cancun Challenge.

Southern Cal is coached by Andy Enfield, who took Florida Gulf Coast to the Sweet 16 in 2013. Southern Cal went 12-20 last season and finished with an RPI ranked No. 198. Five starters return and recruits Chimezie Metu and Bennie Boatwright, both 6-foot-9 forwards from California, are ranked in the top 100 of 2015 recruits by ESPN.com.

The Trojans went 11-21 in Enfield’s first season.

Reach Paul Suellentrop at 316-269-6760 or psuellentrop@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @paulsuellentrop.

Advocare Invitational

Nov. 26

Alabama vs. Xavier, 11 a.m. (ESPN2)

Wichita State vs. Southern Cal, 1 p.m. (ESPN2)

Notre Dame vs. Monmouth, 5:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Iowa vs. Dayton, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

Nov. 27

Alabama-Xavier loser vs. WSU-Southern Cal loser, 11 a.m. (ESPN3)

Alabama-Xavier winner vs. WSU-Southern Cal winner, 1:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Notre Dame-Monmouth loser vs. Iowa-Dayton loser, 6 p.m. (ESPN3)

Notre Dame-Monmouth winner vs. Iowa-Dayton winner, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Nov. 29

7th-place — 9 a.m. (ESPN3)

3rd-place — 11:30 a.m. (ESPN2)

Championship — 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

5th-place — 6 p.m. (ESPNU)

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