Semifinal Match-ups Set for TicketCity Legends Classic
ESPN3.com to televise all four Championship Round games
PRINCETON, N.J. - The semifinal match-ups for the 2011 TicketCity Legends Classic have been set.
The first game of the semifinal doubleheader at IZOD Center in the New Jersey Meadowlands Sports Complex on Saturday, November 19 will feature Vanderbilt taking on NC State in a 6:30 p.m. (EST) start. That game will be followed by Texas battling Oregon State. Both games will air live on ESPN3.com.
The semifinal round winners will meet on Monday, November 21 for the TicketCity Legends Classic crown, preceded by the consolation game at 6:30 p.m. (EST). Once again, both games will be aired live on ESPN3.com.
The complete bracket for the 2011 TicketCity Legends Classic will be announced at a later date.
Tickets for Championship Round games at IZOD Center are on sale and may be purchased by calling 800-745-3000 or ON-LINE.
---- CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDS ----
IZOD Center - East Rutherford, N.J.
Saturday, November 19 - 6:30 PM EST
Vanderbilt vs. NC State (ESPN3.com)
Texas vs. Oregon State (ESPN3.com)
IZOD Center - East Rutherford, N.J.
Monday, November 21 - 6:30 PM EST
Consolation Game (ESPN3.com)
Championship Game (ESPN3.com)
Texas - Has appeared in each of the last 13 NCAA Tournaments, tied for the fourth-longest streak in the country...Texas, ranked No. 8 in the final Associated Press poll, posted a 28-8 record in 2010-11 with the 28 wins being the third most in school history...the Longhorns have won 20 or more games each of the last 12 seasons...junior guard J'Covan Brown (10.4 ppg) leads a team that welcomes a Top 10 recruiting class in 2011-12...head coach Rick Barnes has won over 500 games during his career...Texas won the inaugural Legends Classic in 2007.
Vanderbilt - Has posted 20-win seasons six of the last eight years, including going 23-11 in 2010-11...the Commodores have gone to the NCAA Tournament four of the last five seasons...ended the season ranked No. 25 by the Associated Press...Vandy returns 11 of 13 players from last year's team, including all five starters...among the key returning players are junior guard John Jenkins (19.5 ppg), a SEC first-team selection, and senior center Festus Ezeli (13.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg), a second-team all-league choice...head coach Kevin Stallings has led the Commodores to unparalleled heights in his 12 years in Nashville.
NC State - Enters the 2011-12 season under the direction of new head coach Mark Gottfried, who previously coached at Murray State and Alabama, leading the Crimson Tide to the Elite Eight in 2004...the Wolfpack return 10 players from last season, including sophomore forward CJ Leslie (11.0 ppg, 7.2 rpg), a member of the ACC all-freshman team, and junior forward Scott Wood (9.7 ppg), who has more three-pointers (135) after his sophomore season than any player in school history after two seasons.
Oregon State - Has won 43 games over the last three seasons - the most over any three-year span in nearly 20 years...the Beavers won the 2009 College Basketball Invitational in head coach Craig Robinson's first season at OSU...11 players return for the 2011-12 season, including four starters...leading the way is junior guard Jared Cunningham, a second-team All-Pac-10 selection who led OSU in scoring (14.2 ppg) a year ago...sophomore Ahmad Starks (7.8 ppg) joins Cunningham in the Beavers' backcourt.
Last year, then No. 10 Syracuse earned an 80-76 win over Georgia Tech to capture the tournament title. Tournament MVP Rick Jackson posted a double-double of 10 points and 14 rebounds in leading the Orange over the Yellow Jackets.
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The Northeast Conference (NEC) is the sponsoring conference of the TicketCity Legends Classic. Entering its 31st 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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