Regional Round Matchups Announced for 4th Annual Legends Classic
Syracuse, Michigan, Georgia Tech, UTEP to host Regional Round games
PRINCETON, N.J. - Syracuse, Michigan, Georgia Tech, and UTEP will host Regional Round games of the 2010 Legends Classic, which has fast become one of the nation's premier early-season college basketball events.
Each institution will host two Regional Round games before heading to historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., for the Championship Rounds on Nov. 26-27.
---- REGIONAL ROUNDS ----
|Syracuse Regional Rounds
Carrier Dome - Syracuse, N.Y.
Nov. 16 - Detroit at Syracuse
Nov. 21 - William & Mary at Syracuse
|Ann Arbor Regional Rounds
Crisler Arena - Ann Arbor, Mich.
Nov. 18 - Bowling Green at Michigan
Nov. 21 - Gardner-Webb at Michigan
Atlanta Regional Rounds
Alexander Memorial Coliseum - Atlanta, Ga.
Nov. 17 - Albany at Georgia Tech
Nov. 19 - Niagara at Georgia Tech
El Paso Regional Rounds
Don Haskins Center - El Paso, Texas
Nov. 14 - Mercer at UTEP
Nov. 20 - Western Carolina at UTEP
Matchups, game times, and television details for the Championship Rounds at Boardwalk Hall and the Subregional Rounds at Detroit and William & Mary will be announced at a later date.
TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets for Championship Round games at Boardwalk Hall are now ON SALE and may be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 800-736-1420 or through Ticketmaster.com.
Syracuse - Ended the 2009-10 season ranked fourth (AP) and eighth (ESPN/USA Today) while going 30-5, winning the Big East regular season title and advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament...the Orange return 11 players, including junior forward Kris Joseph, who averaged 10.8 points and 5.5 rebounds a game, senior guard Scoop Jardine (Philadelphia, Pa./Neumann-Goretti H.S.), who posted averages of 9.1 points and a team-high 4.3 assists a game, and senior forward Rick Jackson (Philadelphia, Pa./Neumann-Goretti H.S.), who scored 9.7 ppg and is Syracuse's leading returning rebounder at 7.0 rpg...the Orange's recruiting class, which is rated as high as fourth by The Sporting News, is led by Philadelphia's Dion Waiters (Life Center Academy (N.J.))...Syracuse won the 2008 O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic and the 2009 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic...the Orange are ranked 17th in Andy Katz's (ESPN) preseason Top 25 and seventh in Dick Vitale's (ESPN) preseason Top 40.
Michigan - Began the 2009-10 season ranked 15th in both polls...the Wolverines were the youngest team in the Big Ten last season and return 10 players from last year's roster...junior guard Zack Novak averaged 7.4 ppg and 4.3 rpg and is the leading returning player in both categories...junior guard Stu Douglass netted 6.8 points a game to go along with handing out 2.5 assists per outing...nine of Michigan's 2009-10 losses were by seven points or less.
Georgia Tech - Posted a 23-13 record and advanced to the championship game of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament and the second round of the NCAA Tournament...the NCAA trip was the 16th in school history and the 24th postseason bid...the Yellow Jackets return 12 players, including junior guard Iman Shumpert, who averaged 10.0 points and a team-high 4.0 assists a game...sophomore forward Brian Oliver of Glassboro, N.J., (William Penn H.S. (Del.)) tallied 7.1 points per game.
UTEP - Posted a 26-7 record and won the Conference USA regular season title...UTEP also earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005...the Miners are led by senior guard Randy Culpepper, who paced UTEP in scoring with a 17.9 ppg average to earn Conference USA Player of the Year honors...senior forward Jeremy Williams posted averages of 10.0 points and 4.7 rebounds an outing...this season the Miners will be under the direction of first-year head coach Tim Floyd, who has amassed 328 wins during his career...UTEP is ranked 37th in Dick Vitale's (ESPN) preseason Top 40.
Albany - Albany returns 12 players from last season, seven of whom were freshmen in 2009-10.
Bowling Green - After winning the Mid-American Conference championship in 2009 and losing four of its top five scorers from that team, Bowling Green was a respectable 14-16 last season...this year nine players return.
Detroit - Detroit went 20-14 in 2009-10, marking the team's first winning season in six years and the first 20-win campaign since 2000-01...this year head coach Ray McCallum welcomes his son, Ray McCallum, who is rated among the nation's Top 20 recruits by ESPN.com.
Gardner-Webb - The Bulldogs, who have been playing at the Division I level since the 2000-01 season, will be under the direction of new head coach Chris Holtmann.
Mercer - Mercer posted a 16-17 record in advancing to the title game of the Atlantic Sun Tournament last year, marking the first time the Bears had won an A-Sun Tournament game since 2003...it was their first trip to the championship match since 1996.
Niagara - Niagara advanced to the semifinals of the MAAC Tournament en route to an 18-15 record in 2009-10.
Western Carolina - The Catamounts set a Division I school record with 22 wins last season in going 22-12, their first winning season since 1996-97 and first 20-win season since 1971-72...in addition, their 11 Southern Conference wins tied a school record.
William & Mary - William & Mary went 22-11 in 2009-10, advancing to the championship game of the CAA Tournament for the second time in three years...the Tribe were rewarded with their second postseason bid ever when they were accorded an NIT berth.
The Northeast Conference (NEC) is the sponsoring conference of the Legends Classic. Now entering its 30th season, the NEC is a 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.
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