BRADENTON -- The State College of Florida Basketball Classic tips off today at the Hal Chasey Gymnasium with the host Manatees facing nationally touted Monroe College (N.Y.) in the nightcap.
Eight teams will participate in the classic that will run today through Sunday. Monroe, which finished third in the country last year with a 31-5 record, is ranked second in the latest National Junior College poll.
Other out of state teams include ASA Institute (N.Y.), which finished last year as the NCAA Region IV runner-up and prep school powers ABCD Prep of Texas and Southeast Academy from Michigan.
The rest of the field includes Daytona State College, Indian River and Broward College.
Tickets cost $7 per day or $15 for the entire tournament.
Free Admission will be given to veterans today, Youth basketball players from the Manatee and Sarasota county YMCAs on Saturday and members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes on Sunday, the school said.