The newest early-season men's college basketball event is the BlackRock Gotham Classic, which began in December of 2012. Five teams from across the nation compete with two moving on to play at the world's most famous arena, Madison Square Garden.
The format of the BlackRock Gotham Classic is unique, in that two high-profile teams will host three games on campus before advancing to New York City. The other three teams in the event will play a home-and-away round-robin, giving each participant four games in this multi-team exempt event.
Northeast Conference (NEC)
The Northeast Conference (NEC) is the sponsoring conference of the Gotham Classic. Now entering its 31th season, the NEC is an NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association consisting of 12 institutions of higher learning located throughout six states. For more information on the NEC, visit www.northeastconference.org.