Schedule and Field Finalized for 2014 Legends Classic
Villanova, Michigan, VCU, and Oregon headline the field
PRINCETON, N.J. – The field and schedule are set for the eighth annual Legends Classic, which culminates with the Championship Rounds taking place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., from November 24-25.
TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets for the Championship Round games at Barclays Center can be purchased by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, www.barclayscenter.com, or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group tickets may be purchased by calling 855-GROUP-BK. Information regarding individual suites may be obtained by calling 718-BK-SUITE.
Headlining the 2014 field are Villanova, Michigan, VCU, and Oregon, each of which will play a pair of Regional Round games on campus prior to participating in the Championship Rounds. The semifinal doubleheader on Monday, November 24 will begin with Villanova facing VCU at 7:00 p.m. (ET) on ESPN2, followed by Michigan meeting Oregon on ESPN3. The next night the consolation game will begin at 7:30 p.m. (ET) on ESPNU, followed by the championship game on ESPN2. In all, the four teams combine for 84 NCAA Tournament appearances.
Joining the four Regional Round hosts are Toledo, Bucknell, Detroit, and Maryland Eastern Shore, with Toledo serving as the Subregional Round host for games from November 24-25.
Along with the Championship Round games, ESPN will televise two additional games of the Legends Classic as part of ESPN's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon - the November 17 Detroit-Oregon match and the November 18 Toledo-VCU game, both of which will air on ESPNU. Additional television information for the 2014 Legends Classic will be announced at a later date.
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---- CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDS ----
Barclays Center — Brooklyn, N.Y.
November 24 — 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Villanova vs. VCU (ESPN2)
Michigan vs. Oregon (ESPN3)
Barclays Center — Brooklyn, N.Y.
November 25 — 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Consolation Game (ESPNU)
Championship Game (ESPN2)
---- REGIONAL ROUNDS ----
|Villanova Regional Rounds
The Pavilion — Villanova, Pa.
Maryland Eastern Shore at Villanova
Bucknell at Villanova
|Ann Arbor Regional Rounds
Crisler Center— Ann Arbor, Mich.
Bucknell at Michigan
Detroit at Michigan
Richmond Regional Rounds
Siegel Center— Richmond, Va.
Toledo at VCU (ESPNU)
Maryland Eastern Shore at VCU
Eugene Regional Rounds
Matthew Knight Arena — Eugene, Ore.
Detroit at Oregon (ESPNU)
Toledo at Oregon
---- SUBREGIONAL ROUND ----
|Toledo Subregional Round
Savage Arena — Toledo, Ohio
Maryland Eastern Shore vs. Detroit
Bucknell vs. Toledo
Subregional Consolation Game
Subregional Championship Game
VILLANOVA WILDCATS – Head Coach: Jay Wright (Big East Conference)
The Wildcats won the Big East regular-season championship, ended the 2013-14 season 29-5, and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament...closed the year ranked sixth in the AP poll and 13th in the coaches poll...head coach Jay Wright guided Villanova to its ninth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 10 years, as well as its ninth 20-win season in that same span...10 of 13 players, including four starters, are expected to return next season...Villanova has been to 34 NCAA Tournaments and four Final Fours.
MICHIGAN WOLVERINES – Head Coach: John Beilein (Big Ten Conference)
The Wolverines posted a 28-9 record in 2013-14, won the program's first outright Big Ten regular-season title in 28 years and second Big Ten crown in three years while advancing to NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight for the second straight year...it was Michigan's 25th NCAA appearance and fourth straight under head coach John Beilein...concluded the season ranked seventh by the Associated Press and sixth by the coaches...after losing three NBA Draft picks, the Wolverines welcome seven freshmen to a 14-member squad...Michigan will be making its second appearance in the Legends Classic.
VCU RAMS – Head Coach: Shaka Smart (Atlantic 10 Conference)
The Rams posted a 26-9 record in 2013-14, ending the season ranked 24th in the AP poll...12 players and three starters are expected to return from a team that earned its 13th NCAA Tournament appearance, which includes the magical run to the 2011 Final Four...in his five seasons at VCU, head coach Shaka Smart has led the Rams to 137 wins and never less than 26 in any season.
OREGON DUCKS – Head Coach: Dana Altman (Pacific-12 Conference)
The Ducks went 24-10 and were ranked as high as No. 10 in 2013-14...Oregon advanced to its second straight NCAA Tournament under head coach Dana Altman, who has led the Ducks to the postseason all four seasons in Eugene...10 players dot the 2014-15 roster...Oregon has been to 12 NCAA Tournaments and one Final Four.
TOLEDO ROCKETS – Head Coach: Tod Kowalczyk (Mid-American Conference)
Head coach Tod Kowlaczyk is overseeing a renaissance at Toledo...the Rockets won a share of the MAC regular-season championship for the first time since 2007 in recording a school record 27 wins, just three years after posting a 4-28 record...the success earned Toledo a berth in the NIT...to keep it going, eight letterwinners, including four starters, return in 2014-15...the Rockets have been to four NCAA Tournaments.
BUCKNELL BISON – Head Coach: Dave Paulsen (Patriot League)
Head coach Dave Paulsen led the Bison to a 16-14 record a year ago and a fourth-place finish in the Patriot League...now in his seventh season, Paulsen has guided Bucknell to 115 wins and three postseason tournament bids...10 players, including three starters, return from a year ago...the Bison have earned six NCAA Tournament bids.
DETROIT TITANS – Head Coach: Ray McCallum (Horizon League)
In a rebuilding season, Detroit posted a 13-19 record after losing four starters who led the Titans to the 2013 NIT...four players who started at least 12 games last season return in 2014-15...head coach Ray McCallum will enter his seventh season at the helm of the Titans...Detroit has played in six NCAA Tournaments.
UMES HAWKS – Head Coach: Bobby Collins (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference)
After eight seasons at Winston-Salem State where he presided over the school's move from Division III to Division II, Bobby Collins assumes the reins at UMES...in those eight seasons, Collins led WSSU to 115 wins, including 79 over the last four seasons...he inherits a team that posted a 6-24 record a year ago.
The Legends Classic is produced by the Gazelle Group of Princeton, N.J. The Gazelle Group is a sports marketing firm, specializing in event production and management, client representation, and sponsorship consulting. Gazelle produces numerous nationally-recognized events, such as the 2K Classic, the Gotham Classic, the College Basketball Invitational, and the All-American Championship. For more information on the Gazelle Group, please visit gazellegroup.com.
The Northeast Conference (NEC) is the sponsoring conference of the Legends Classic. Entering its 34th season, the NEC is a NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association consisting of 10 institutions of higher learning located throughout six states. For more information on the NEC, visit the official website at www.northeastconference.org or follow on Twitter @NECsports.
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