Match-ups set for 2016 Legends Classic
Notre Dame to take on Colorado and Texas to meet Northwestern in Championship Round semifinals at Barclays Center; Subregional Round match-ups also set
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July 13, 2016
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PRINCETON, N.J./BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The schedule for the 10th annual Legends Classic (@legendsbball) has been finalized.
2016 NCAA Tournament participants Notre Dame (Elite 8), Texas, and Colorado, along with Northwestern headline the field for the Legends Classic, which culminates with the Championship Rounds at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, Nov. 21-22.
Tickets are on sale for the Championship Rounds at Barclays Center and may be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or through Ticketmaster.com. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center.
In the Championship Rounds, Notre Dame will face Colorado in the first semifinal, followed by Texas taking on Northwestern on Monday, Nov. 21. The consolation and championship games will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 22. All four games of the Championship Rounds will be televised on ESPN networks.
Joining Notre Dame, Texas, Colorado, and Northwestern in the Legends Classic are Eastern Washington, Bryant, Louisiana Monroe, and Seattle.
In addition to their games at Barclays Center, Notre Dame, Texas, Colorado, and Northwestern – with a combined 83 NCAA Tournament appearances and six Final Fours among them – will host a pair of games on campus, beginning Nov. 12. Eastern Washington will host Bryant, Louisiana Monroe, and Seattle in the Subregional Round of the Legends Classic, Nov. 21-22, in Cheney, Wash.
Additional television information will be announced at a later date.
—- CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDS —-
Barclays Center – Brooklyn, N.Y.
Notre Dame vs. Colorado (ESPN2)
Texas vs. Northwestern (ESPN3)
Barclays Center – Brooklyn, N.Y.
Consolation Game (ESPNU)
Championship Game (ESPN2)
—- REGIONAL ROUNDS —-
Notre Dame Regional Rounds
Purcell Pavilion – Notre Dame, Ind.
Bryant at Notre Dame
Seattle at Notre Dame
Austin Regional Rounds
Erwin Special Events Center – Austin, Texas
ULM at Texas
Eastern Washington at Texas
Boulder Regional Rounds
Coors Events Center- Boulder, Colo.
Seattle at Colorado
ULM at Colorado
Evanston Regional Rounds
Welsh-Ryan Arena – Evanston, Ill.
Eastern Washington at Northwestern
Bryant at Northwestern
—- SUBREGIONAL ROUNDS —-
Cheney Subregional Rounds
Reese Court – Cheney, Wash.
ULM vs. Seattle
Bryant vs. Eastern Washington
Subregional Consolation Game
Subregional Championship Game
Notre Dame (Head Coach: Mike Brey, Atlantic Coast Conference) – Reached the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season – the only team in the nation to do so…the Mike Brey Era has been one of the most successful in the illustrious history of Notre Dame basketball…in 16 seasons, Brey has guided the Irish to 356 wins and 11 NCAA Tournament appearances…Notre Dame returns 12 of 14 players next season, including guard Steve Vasturia and forward V.J. Beachem…the Fighting Irish have been to 35 NCAA Tournaments and one Final Four…this will be Notre Dame’s first Legends Classic appearance.
Texas (Head Coach: Shaka Smart, Big 12 Conference) – Head coach Shaka Smart completed his first season at Texas in 2015-16…after six years at VCU, where his teams never won fewer than 26 games in a season and advanced to the 2011 Final Four, Smart guided the Longhorns to 20 wins and the NCAA Tournament…seven players return for Texas next season, led by the back court of Eric Davis, Jr., and Kerwin Roach, Jr….joining the Longhorns are a pair of McDonald’s All-Americans in forward Jarrett Allen (No. 15-rated prospect) and guard Andrew Jones (No. 28-rated prospect)…the Longhorns have been to 34 NCAA Tournaments, advancing three times to the Final Four…Texas has twice played in the Legends Classic, winning the inaugural event in 2007.
Colorado (Head Coach: Tad Boyle, Pac-12 Conference) – In six years at Colorado, head coach Tad Boyle has recorded a number of firsts, including being the first coach to lead the Buffaloes to six consecutive postseason appearances (including the 2016 NCAA Tournament)…Boyle, who ranks second in all-time winning percentage at Colorado (.619) and owns five of the program’s nine 20-win seasons, led the Buffs to a school record tying 21 regular season wins last season, 22 overall…this year, 10 players are back, led by guards George King and Josh Fortune and forward Wesley Gordon…the Buffs have been to 14 NCAA Tournaments and two Final Fours…this will be Colorado’s first Legends Classic appearance.
Northwestern (Head Coach: Chris Collins, Big Ten Conference) – Chris Collins is entering his fourth season as head coach at Northwestern…the Wildcats have increased their win total in each of Collins’ first three seasons at the helm, including tying a school record with 20 wins this past season…to continue that upward trend, 10 of 13 players from last year’s team return in 2016-17, paced by guard Bryant McIntosh and forward Vic Law…this will be the Wildcats’ first Legends Classic appearance.
Eastern Washington (Head Coach: Jim Hayford, Big Sky Conference) – Head coach Jim Hayford has guided the Eagles to 84 wins in his five seasons at EWU…Eastern’s three starters are among the 11 players returning to a team that reached the quarterfinals of the 2016 CBI after earning a 2015 bid to the NCAA Tournament…leading the group are forwards Felix Von Hofe and Bogdan Bliznyuk…this will be EWU’s first Legends Classic.
Bryant (Head Coach: Tim O’Shea, Northeast Conference) – Tim O’Shea has led the Bulldogs in their first eight years as a Division I member…in that time he has built the Bulldogs into one of the premier programs in the Northeast Conference…10 players are expected to return in 2016-17, including four starters and the team’s top four leading scorers, led by guards Hunter Ware and Nisre Zouzoua and NEC Rookie of the Year Marcel Pettway…this will mark Bryant’s first Legends Classic appearance.
Louisiana Monroe (Head Coach Keith Richard, Sun Belt Conference) – Keith Richard is entering his seventh season as head coach at his alma mater…after winning just 14 games his first three years, he has helmed the Warhawks to 54 wins the last three years (including back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in 24 years)…starting guard Nick Coppola and starting forward Travis Munnings are among eight returning players…this will be ULM’s first time in the Legends Classic.
Seattle (Head Coach: Cameron Dollar, Western Athletic Conference) – In seven seasons, head coach Cameron Dollar has led Seattle to six double-digit win seasons during his tenure…he guided the Redhawks to back-to-back CBI appearances in 2015 and 2016 – including their first national postseason tournament since 1969 in 2015…11 players are back, including four starters, led by forward William Powell and guard Brendan Westendorf…the Redhawks will be making their first appearance in the Legends Classic.
The 2015 Legends Classic was billed as a battle of the top freshmen in the country as LSU’s Ben Simmons (eventual No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft) and Marquette’s Henry Ellenson (eventual No. 18 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft) led their teams into Brooklyn. When it was over, Ellenson emerged as the tournament’s MVP and Marquette emerged as the tournament’s champion, beating Arizona State, 78-73, in overtime.
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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 benefiting Wounded Warrior Project, the Gotham Classic, and the College Basketball Invitational. 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 36th 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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