The Marquette Golden Eagles will play the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Thanksgiving night in the first round of the Orlando Classic, it was revealed by ESPN on Tuesday.
The Golden Eagles will play three games in the four-day event at the HP Field House in Orlando, Fla., beginning with Georgia Tech at 7:30 p.m. Central, the final game of the tournament’s first day.
The other matchup on Marquette’s side of the draw is Michigan State against Rider. The other half of the bracket will feature Santa Clara vs. Tennessee and Kansas vs. Rhode Island.
Marquette will play either the Spartans or Broncs on Friday, Nov. 28, with a third game to be played Nov. 30.
The event is played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and all games will be aired on the ESPN family of networks.
The Golden Eagles go into the 2014-15 season under first-year head coach Steve Wojciechowski, who was hired in April to replace Buzz Williams. Williams bolted for Virginia Tech after six years in Milwaukee and a record of 139-69.
Last season, the Golden Eagles missed the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2005 and at 17-15 finished with their fewest victories since the team was 15-14 in 2000-01.
Marquette did not play in the postseason last year, losing its final four games of the season and bowing out to Xavier in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament.
Georgia Tech was 16-17 last season and last reached the NCAA tournament in 2010.
The Golden Eagles and Yellow Jackets have not played Marquette posted a 63-45 win in Milwaukee on Jan. 3, 1977.