Wisconsin (Head Coach: Greg Gard, Big Ten Conference) – Entering his fifth season as head coach at Wisconsin, Greg Gard led the Badgers to a 23-11 record, marking the 15th time in the last 17 years that Wisconsin has won at least 20 games, and their 20th NCAA Tournament berth in the last 21 seasons…Wisconsin features a starting lineup with three juniors, led by guard D’Mitrik Trice, who averaged 11.6 ppg to go along with 90 assists; backcourt mate Brad Davison had 36 steals and netted 10.5 ppg; and forward Nate Reuvers averaged 7.9 ppg and 3.9 rpg with a team-high 60 blocked shots…the Badgers are making their first appearance in the Legends Classic.
Auburn (Head Coach: Bruce Pearl, Southeastern Conference) – In five seasons, Bruce Pearl has brought life back to the Auburn program, leading the Tigers to the first Final Four in school history with a 30-10 record – the first time Auburn posted back-to-back 20-win seasons since 1998-99 and 1999-2000 and for just the fourth time in school history…forward Anfernee McLemore and guard Samir Doughty headline the returning players…McLemore tallied 6.7 ppg and swatted away 43 shots last season, while Doughty averaged 7.3 ppg and had 67 assists and 54 steals…the Tigers also welcome the No. 21 ranked (ESPN.com) recruiting class in the nation…Auburn is making its Legends Classic debut in November.
Richmond (Head Coach: Chris Mooney, Atlantic 10 Conference) – Entering his 15th season at Richmond, Chris Mooney is the school’s all-time winningest coach with 250 victories…all five starters are expected to return for the Spiders, along with seven additional players…three juniors lead the returnees, spearheaded by Grant Golden, the Spiders’ leading scorer (17.2 ppg) and rebounder (7.1 rpg)…guard Jacob Gilyard had a team-best 160 assists and averaged 16.2 ppg…forward Nathan Cayo scored at a 12.9 ppg clip…also expected back is guard Nick Sherod, who averaged 12.7 ppg before a season-ending injury in six games into the season…Richmond is playing in its first Legends Classic.
New Mexico Lobos
New Mexico (Head Coach: Paul Weir, Mountain West Conference) – Paul Weir is entering his third season at New Mexico and welcomes back three starters and five of the top six scorers from this past year’s squad…swingman Vance Jackson was second among the Lobos with a 13.1 ppg average and 7.0 rpg average…forward Carlton Bragg topped the Lobos with an 8.8 rpg average while netting 10.5 ppg…UNM will also welcome back Ohio State transfer JaQuan Lyle, a junior who sat out this season due to injury…New Mexico’s signature win of the year was downing then-No. 5 Nevada, 85-58…the Lobos are making their first Legends Classic appearance.
Colgate (Head Coach: Matt Langel, Patriot League) – Patriot League Coach of the Year Matt Langel guided the Raiders to the Patriot League regular season and tournament titles before they gave Tennessee all they could handle in the NCAA Tournament…it marked the first league championship for Colgate since 1996…four starters and the top five scorers from a year ago return, led by Patriot League Player of the Year forward Rapolas Ivanauskas, who scored 15.9 ppg and had a team-best 7.8 rpg…guard Jordan Burns earned second-team All-Patriot honors with his team-high 16.3 ppg and 171 assists…he netted a record 35 points in the Patriot League final and 32 against Tennessee…Tucker Richardson (8.1 ppg, 132 assists) garnered Rookie of the Year laurels…Colgate is in the Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper for the first time.
CSUN (Head Coach: Mark Gottfried, Big West Conference) – In his first season at CSUN, Mark Gottfried led the Matadors to a seven-win improvement from the previous season, the most wins since 2013-14, and a berth in the CBI…CSUN rode the coat tails of forward Lamine Diane, who became the first player in Big West history to earn Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year, and Newcomer of the Year honors in the same season…Diane led the Matadors in scoring (24.8 ppg), rebounding (11.2 rpg), blocks (72), and steals (50) and the nation in field goals made (340)…he was joined on the Big West first-team by guard Terrell Gomez, who tallied 19.2 ppg to go with 96 assists…this will be the first Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper for CSUN.
Green Bay Phoenix
Green Bay (Head Coach: Linc Darner, Horizon League) – Linc Darner has been at Green Bay for four seasons, guiding the Phoenix to a Top 4 Horizon League finish three times…last season, Green Bay posted a 21-17 record after advancing to the championship game of the CIT…four starters and eight of the top nine scorers from that team return, led by guard JayQuan McCloud, who registered 13.7 ppg and 82 assists…forward ShanQuan Hemphill netted 11.7 ppg to go with 5.6 rpg and 40 steals…Green Bay is making its Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper debut.
McNeese State Cowboys
McNeese State Cowboys (Head Coach: Heath Schroyer, Southland Conference) – Heath Schroyer is in his second season of rebuilding the Cowboys…this year, McNeese State returns only four players who played last season but among them are the top two scorers and rebounders from a year ago…guard Roydell Brown led the Cowboys in scoring (14.5 ppg) and rebounding (9.5 rpg) in earning honorable mention All-Southland Conference…Sha’Markus Kennedy recorded 13.1 pg, 7.1 rpg, and 59 blocked shots…like every other team in this event, McNeese State is making its first Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper appearance.
NC State Wolfpack
Head coach Mark Gottfried led the Wolfpack to a 22-14 record last season and a trip to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament…in his four years at NC State, Gottfried has 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 back, headlined by junior Cat Barber (12.1 ppg, 130 assists) and junior forward Abdul-Malik Abu (6.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg)…this will be the Wolfpack’s second Legends Classic appearance (2011). Official Site
Marquette Golden Eagles
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. Official Site
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 return, 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. Official Site
Arizona State Sun Devils
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 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. Official Site
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). Official Site
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). Official Site
Kennesaw State Owls
The Owls are 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
In his third season at South Alabama, head coach Matthew Graves now has a roster with which to work…only six players returned in 2014-15; this season three starters 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 guard Taishaun Johnson netted 12.5 ppg and pulled down 4.1 rpg…senior guard Barrington Stevens led USA with 104 assists. Official Site