Legends Classic Championship Rounds Schedule Announced
NC State to face Arizona State and LSU to meet Marquette in Championship Rounds at Barclays Center in November; Subregional Round match-ups also set
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 6, 2015
Contact: Ray Cella 609.921.1300 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
PRINCETON, N.J. – The Championship Round schedule, as well as the Subregional Round schedule, for the ninth annual Legends Classic (@legendsbball) have been finalized.
NC State will square off with Arizona State and LSU will take on Marquette in the Championship Rounds of the Legends Classic, Nov. 23-24, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. All four games will be televised on ESPN Networks.
The four teams combine for 92 NCAA Tournament appearances and eight Final Fours. Each will host a pair of Regional Round games before heading to Barclays Center. This will mark the fourth year that the Championship Rounds will be played at Barclays Center.
TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets for the Championship Rounds of the Legends Classic at Barclays Center are on sale may be purchased online via Ticketmaster by visiting www.barclayscenter.com orwww.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.
The four Regional Round hosts will be joined in the Legends Classic by Belmont, IUPUI, Kennesaw State, and South Alabama. These four teams will play two Regional Round games before moving on to Kennesaw State for a pair of Subregional Round doubleheaders on Nov. 23 and 24. The semifinal doubleheader on Nov. 23 will pit Kennesaw State against IUPUI and Belmont against South Alabama.
Additional television information will be announced at a later date.
CLICK HERE for a complete bracket for the Legends Classic.
—- CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDS —-
Barclays Center – Brooklyn, N.Y.
November 23 – 7:00 p.m. (ET)
LSU vs. Marquette (ESPN2)
NC State vs. Arizona State (ESPN3)
Barclays Center – Brooklyn, N.Y.
November 24 – 5:30 p.m. (ET)
Consolation Game (ESPNU)
Championship Game (ESPN2)
—- REGIONAL ROUNDS —-
Raleigh Regional Rounds
PNC Arena – Raleigh, N.C.
South Alabama at NC State (ESPNU)
IUPUI at NC State
Milwaukee Regional Rounds
BMO Harris Bradley Center – Milwaukee, Wis.
Belmont at Marquette
IUPUI at Marquette
Baton Rouge Regional Rounds
Maravich Center- Baton Rouge, La.
Kennesaw State at LSU (ESPNU)
South Alabama at LSU
Tempe Regional Rounds
Wells Fargo Arena – Tempe, Ariz.
Belmont at Arizona State
Kennesaw State at Arizona State
—- SUBREGIONAL ROUNDS —-
Kennesaw Subregional Rounds
KSU Convocation Center – Kennesaw, Ga.
Belmont vs. South Alabama
IUPUI vs. Kennesaw State
Subregional Consolation Game
Subregional Championship Game
NC State Wolfpack – Head Coach: Mark Gottfried (Atlantic Coast Conference)
Head coach Mark Gottfried led the Wolfpack to a 22-14 record this past season and a trip to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament…in his first four years at NC State, Gottfried guided his teams to the NCAA Tournament each of those seasons, becoming just the fourth coach in ACC history to do so…nine players, including three starters, are expected back next season, headlined by junior Cat Barber (12.1 ppg, 130 assists) and sophomore forward Abdul-Malik Abu (6.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg)…NC State also welcomes recently-signed five-star recruit 6-6 Maverick Rowan…this will be the Wolfpack’s second Legends Classic appearance (2011).
Marquette Golden Eagles – Head Coach: Steve Wojciechowski (Big East Conference)
Marquette is under the direction of second-year head coach Steve Wojciechowski, who served on Mike Krzyzewski’s staff at Duke for 15 years after his playing career at Duke came to an end…back in 2015-16 are sophomore guard Duane Wilson (11.9 ppg, 68 assists) and junior center Luke Fischer (11.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg)…they will be joined by one of the best recruiting classes in school history, headlined by five-star recruit 6-10 Henry Ellenson (Rice Lake, Wis.)…Marquette will be making its first appearance in the Legends Classic.
LSU Tigers – Head Coach: Johnny Jones (Southeastern Conference)
Head coach Johnny Jones has won 61 games in three seasons at his alma mater, improving the Tigers’ win-loss record every season…this past year, LSU was 22-11 and earned an NCAA Tournament bid…three starters are expected back next season, as well as 10 players from the 15-man roster…senior guard Keith Hornsby (13.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg) headlines the returning players…joining the roster will be one of the nation’s top-rated recruiting class, led by 6-10 National High School Player of the Year Ben Simmons, the No. 1 recruit in the country and projected top pick in the 2016 NBA Draft…LSU will be playing in the Legends Classic for the first time.
Arizona State Sun Devils – Head Coach: Bobby Hurley (Pacific-12 Conference)
After a successful two-year run at Buffalo, Bobby Hurley was hired to head the program at Arizona State…the former All-American at Duke led the Bulls to a two-year record of 42-20 and a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2015…he inherits a team that was 18-16 with an NIT appearance…four starters and eight letterwinners are expected back…senior guard Gerry Blakes (11.1 ppg, 60 assists) and junior forward Savon Goodman (11.2 ppg, team-high 7.6 rpg) lead the group…this will mark the Sun Devils’ first time playing in the Legends Classic…Brooklyn Nets head coach Lionel Hollins had his number honored at ASU.
Belmont Bruins – Head Coach: Rick Byrd (Ohio Valley Conference)
The Bruins posted a 22-11 record in winning the OVC championship and earning their seventh NCAA Tournament bid in the last decade…only Gonzaga has earned seven automatic bids in the last decade and only Gonzaga and Kansas have won more league titles than the 14 by Belmont since 2006…head coach Rick Byrd, who lost three starters prior to the 2014-15 season, welcomes back four in 2015-16, led by first-team All-OVC senior guard Craig Bradshaw (18.3 ppg, 94 assists) and second-team All-OVC junior swingman Evan Bradds (14.2 ppg, team-high 7.2 rpg).
IUPUI Jaguars – Head Coach: Jason Gardner (Summit League)
Now in his second season, IUPUI head coach Jason Gardner has rebuilt the Jaguars…senior point guard Marcellus Barksdale is the top returning starter and is coming off a season where he posted a team-high 9.5 ppg average to go along with 74 assists…senior back court mate Mason Archie netted 7.6 ppg a year ago…four transfers who sat out last season are expected to provide a major boost to the program, led by Eastern Michigan transfer Darell Combs (7.5 ppg in 2013-14).
Kennesaw State Owls – Head Coach: Al Skinner (Atlantic Sun Conference)
The Owls will be under the direction of former National Coach of the Year and two-time Big East Coach of the Year Al Skinner…Skinner, who served as head coach at Boston College and Rhode Island, inherits a team which sees three starters return from the 2014-15 season, led by a pair of seniors…guard Yonel Brown led the Owls with a 15.2 ppg scoring average while also handing out a team-best 2.8 assists per game…forward Nigel Pruitt tallied 12.2 ppg.
South Alabama Jaguars – Head Coach: Matthew Graves (Sun Belt Conference)
Entering his third season at South Alabama, head coach Matthews Graves now has a roster with which to work…only six players returned in 2014-15; this coming season three starting guards are back…second-team All-Sun Belt Conference selection Ken Williams led the Jaguars in scoring at 15.7 ppg and dished out 80 assists on the season…sophomore Taishaun Johnson netted 12.5 ppg and pulled down 4.1 rpg…senior Barrington Stevens led USA with 104 assists.
In the 2014 Legends Classic, tournament MVP Dylan Ennis scored 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, including 3-of-6 from three, to lead then-No. 12 Villanova to a 60-55 win over then-No. 19 Michigan in the championship game.
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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, 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 35th 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.orgor follow on Twitter @NECsports.
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