About FanDuel Legends Classic
The field for the 2015 Legends Classic will be headlined by NC State, Marquette, LSU, and Arizona State who will each host two Regional Round matchups before heading to Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on November 23 and 24 for the Championship Rounds. Belmont, IUPUI, Kennesaw State, and South Alabama round out the field.
Barclays Center opened on September 28, 2012, and is a major sports and entertainment venue in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. One of the most intimate seating configurations ever designed into a modern multi-purpose arena, Barclays Center offers 17,732 seats for basketball, 15,795 for hockey, and up to 19,000 seats for concerts, and has 101 luxury suites, four bars/lounges, four clubs, and 40/40 CLUB & Restaurant by American Express.
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
TOP CAT: Anthony “Cat” Barber is NC State’s top returning player from last season. A junior from Newport News, Va., Barber averaged 12.1 points and 3.7 assists last season as the Wolfpack went 22-4 and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
IN THE PAINT: NC State returns three post players from last year, each of whom bring something different to the team. BeeJay Anya is a rim-protecting junior who blocked 91 shots and was voted ACC Sixth Man of the Year last season. Abdul-Malik Abu is a sophomore from Boston who had a double-double in the NCAA Tournament against Villanova last season. Junior Lennard Freeman is the team’s leading rebounder with 5.7 boards per game.
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
KING HENRY: Marquette’s nationally ranked recruiting class is rated as high as the 10th-best group in the country and is highlighted by McDonald’s All-American Henry Ellenson. Ellenson was named to the All-Big East second-team, becoming the first freshman to earn first- or second-team honors since the conference’s preseason All-Rookie Team was discontinued in 1992-93. He was also named to the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year watch list. His brother, Wally, is also a member of the Golden Eagles’ program, having transferred from Minnesota.
THE VETS: Duane Wilson and Luke Fischer highlight Marquette’s core of returnees. Wilson was named to the Big East Rookie team last season after leading all first-year players in the league with 11.9 ppg. He started 29 of the squad’s 32 matchups and finished among the league leaders in steals (13th, 1.2 spg) and three-pointers (13th, 1.5pg). Fischer, a transfer from Indiana, averaged 11.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per game after becoming eligible mid-season. He started 19 of the 24 contests in which he appeared and concluded the campaign fifth in the league in field goal percentage (.609) and fourth in blocked shots (2.2 bpg).
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
KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES: Head coach Johnny Jones is in his fourth year at LSU. In three seasons, he has guided the Tigers to 61 wins and has taken two Tiger teams to postseason play. The 61 wins are the most for any coach in his first three years at LSU and he is the only one to take two of his first three teams to postseason play.
THE RETURNING NUCLEUS: LSU’s leading returning scorer is senior Keith Hornsby, who averaged 13.4 points per game and made the winning three-pointer to defeat Arkansas at the buzzer in the season finale at Fayetteville. Quarterman, a junior, averaged 11.5 points per game and 4.0 assists and LSU’s other senior, guard Josh Gray, averaged 7.1 ppg last season.
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
AT HOME IN THE DESERT: ASU is 47-8 (.854) the past three seasons at home and is the only team to beat the past three Pac-12 champions in that time (UCLA in 2013, Arizona in 2014 and 2015). Those 47 wins are the fourth-most in the Pac-12 and tied for 10th in the nation.
EJ MAKES SHOTS: He doesn’t take many of them, but when he does, he makes them. Eric Jacobsen shot .626 from the field (102-of-163) last season, the fourth-best season mark in Sun Devils history. Jacobsen averaged 28.6 minutes, 8.3 points, and 5.9 rebounds in 34 games after averaging 8.8 minutes, 2.1 points and 1.8 rebounds in his first two seasons.
WHAT WILL HE DO PLAYING AN ENTIRE SEASON?: After not playing in a college hoops game for 635 days and missing the first nine games last year after transferring, Savon Goodman in the final 12 games averaged 12.9 points and 9.7 rebounds while shooting 66-of-107 (.617) from the field.
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
RIPPING THE RPI: Belmont is also one of only 10 non-Power 5 programs to post a Top 100 RPI each of the last five seasons.
SMART STUFF: Belmont boasts an NCAA-leading 12 Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America selections since 2001, and is one of only three Division I programs to make the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Honor Roll every year of existence.
FLYING HIGH: Belmont head coach Rick Byrd enters the 2015-16 season ranked seventh among all active NCAA Division I head coaches in career victories with 711. Only three head coaches in the nation have been at their respective institutions longer than Byrd’s 30 years of service at Belmont (Mike Krzyzewski, Duke; Jim Boeheim, Syracuse; Greg Kampe, Oakland). Under Byrd’s guidance, the Bruins have won 239 games and posted a remarkable 167-38 (.815) record in conference games over the past 10 years.
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
WELCOME BACK: Four starters and six letterwinners return from last season. Senior guard Marcellus Barksdale headlines the group, having averaged 9.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game a year ago. He was recently voted preseason second-team All-Summit League. Other returning starters include senior guard Mason Archie (7.6 ppg) and sophomores Aaron Brennan (6.4 ppg) and D.J. McCall (4.8 ppg).
ALL ABOARD: The Jaguars’ roster is bolstered by the additions of four Division I transfers, all of whom sat out last season. Junior guard Darell Combs leads that group, having averaged 7.5 points per game at Eastern Michigan in 2013-14. Three other transfers from Loyola Chicago – Matt O’Leary, Nick Osborne, and Jordan Pickett – will all be vying for heavy minutes.
MASTERS OF THEIR DOMAINS: Academically, IUPUI boasted four graduates on last year’s roster, including Barksdale and Archie. Barksdale is currently pursuing his Masters in Sport Communications and Archie is pursuing his Masters in Philosophy.
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. Official Site
BACK IN THE NEST: The Owls return four starters from last year’s team that won the most games at Kennesaw State since the 2009-10 season. Two of those starters are seniors Yonel Brown and Nigel Pruitt. They were the top two scorers for KSU last season as Brown averaged 15.2 ppg and Pruitt averaged 12.2 ppg.
BROWNIE POINTS: Yonel Brown broke several Kennesaw State records last season. He set the highest mark for free throw percentage going 135-for-150 from the line to go 90 percent from the charity stripe. He also set two single-game records since the Owls joined NCAA Division I, scoring 36 points as well as making seven three-pointers against Jacksonville.
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
THE RECORD BREAKER: Taishaun Johnson set several South Alabama freshman records last year, including points scored (414), free throws (138), and free throw attempts (177). His 12.5 ppg scoring average was second best.
GET THIS: Barrington Stevens III became just the second player in USA history to have two seasons with an assist/turnover ratio of 2.0 or greater, and first since 1981.
PRIME TIME: Ken Williams averaged 11.5 points and shot 30.6 percent from the floor in the first 13 games last season. He then went on to average 18.5 points in the final 20 contests, with nine 20-point outings, to earn All-Sun Belt recognition with a team-high season scoring average of 15.7 points with 87 conversions from three-point land. He also became first Jaguar since 1988-89 to post 23 points or more in four consecutive games, and first since 2007-08 to have 20 or more in five straight outings.
SCHEDULE / RESULTS
FanDuel is the leading daily fantasy sports provider with the sole mission of making sports more exciting. Founded in 2009, FanDuel has redefined fantasy sports; offering a multitude of one-day game options for NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and college football and basketball, with new public and private leagues forming daily, ranging in size from two to thousands of players. FanDuel is the Official Partner of the NBA and has multiple deals with NFL and NBA teams, driving fan engagement, hosting numerous live events and creating once-in-a-lifetime experiences for sports fans throughout the year. Based in New York City with offices in Los Angeles, Orlando, Edinburgh and Glasgow, FanDuel has raised $363 million in funding from investors including KKR, Google Capital, Time Warner/Turner Sports, Shamrock Capital, NBC Sports Ventures, Comcast Ventures, Pentech Ventures, Piton Capital and Bullpen Capital.
Legends of the Game
Joe Caldwell – Player, 1961-64
Joe Caldwell is a charter member of the Arizona State Hall of Fame. The only Sun Devil to earn an Olympic basketball gold medal for his 1964 efforts in Tokyo, Caldwell played at ASU from 1961-64 and remains the highest-drafted Sun Devil in history, as he was taken with the second pick in the 1964 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. He was a third-team All-America pick in 1962-63 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
During his career, the Sun Devils posted records of 23-4 in 1961-62, 26-3 in 1962-63, and 16-11 in 1963-64. Overall, the Ned Wulk-coached Sun Devils were 65-18 (.783) in Caldwell’s three years and advanced to the NCAA Tournament each season. He was team MVP in 1962-63 and in 1963-64 and a team captain all three seasons.
He earned All-Border Conference in 1961-62 and then All-WAC honors the next two seasons (1962-63 and 1963-64), becoming the first Sun Devil to earn first-team all-conference honors in three straight seasons. His 1961-62 team went 10-0 in the Border Conference, the only time a Sun Devil squad has gone undefeated in conference play, while the next two years ASU was 16-4 in WAC play.
He finished his career with a then-record 1,515 points. His career numbers of 18.2 ppg and 929 rebounds are both among the best in team history.
Caldwell was the second overall pick in the 1964 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons, the highest selection by a Sun Devil. He played with the Pistons from 1964-66, the St. Louis Hawks (1966-68) and the Atlanta Hawks (1969-70) before finishing his professional career in the ABA with the Carolina Cougars (1970-74) and Spirit of St. Louis (1974-75).
Ian Clark – Player, 2010-13
While just 24 years old, Ian Clark unquestionably qualifies as a Belmont University legend.
The Memphis, Tenn., native played an integral role in the ascension of Belmont’s men’s basketball program as one of the most respected and nationally-significant mid-major programs in the country. Named Associated Press All-American as a senior in 2013, Clark graduated as Belmont’s NCAA Division I era career leader in points (1,920) and three-point field goals (340). He led the Bruins to three NCAA Tournament appearances and four consecutive regular season conference championships.
From there, as an undrafted free agent, he earned NBA Summer League Championship Game Most Valuable Player honors. Clark would later sign a two-year contract with the Utah Jazz, becoming the first Belmont alum to earn a roster spot in the NBA. After time with the Jazz and Denver Nuggets, Clark recently agreed to terms with the reigning World Champion Golden State Warriors.
Carlos Knox – Player, 1994-98
Carlos Knox finished his career as the most prolific player in IUPUI history. His name is etched in the record books more than that of any other player at IUPUI. He holds all the major scoring records, including career points (2,556), single-season points (927), single-game points (51), single-season scoring average (32.0), and career scoring average (30.1). Though best known for his scoring ability, Knox excelled at all facets of the game. He also holds IUPUI career records for steals (204), three-point attempted (499), free throws made (684), and free throws attempted (821).
Knox ranks in the top 10 for career assists (297) and free throw percentage (.833). During his career, he scored better than one-fourth of his points from the foul line. He is the only player in IUPUI history to hit more than 200 free throws in a single season, a feat he accomplished three times in his playing career.
Knox earned national recognition early at IUPUI. He was named Honorable Mention NAIA All-American as a sophomore. As a junior he led all NCAA Division II players in scoring and was named a first-team All-American by the NABC, College Sports Information Directors of America, and Division II Bulletin. A knee injury in his junior year slowed him down, but he came back stronger than ever as a senior. His final season, Knox was named Division II Bulletin Player of the Year, NCAA Division II Player of the Year, first-team Great Lakes Region, and a first-team All-American. On the evening of his final collegiate game, Knox’s No. 34 jersey was retired. He is one of only two IUPUI student-athletes and the only men’s basketball player to have his number so honored.
Following his IUPUI career, Knox played professionally, including a preseason stint with the Indiana Pacers. He played more than six years overseas in Germany and Venezuela before returning to IUPUI during the 2001-02 season as an assistant coach for the men’s team. In the fall of 2002, he returned to Germany to resume his professional playing career.
Terrence Hill – Player, 2002-04
Terrence Hill transferred to Kennesaw State from Southern Union in 2002, and helped lead Kennesaw State to becoming 2004 NCAA Division II National Champions as a senior.
Hill earned the Elite Eight Most Outstanding Player Award for the tournament. He was also the first player in school history to be named an NCAA Division II first-team All-America by the NABC. He was also named Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year his junior and senior seasons.
He finished his collegiate career as Kennesaw State’s fifth all-time leading scorer with 1,152 career points, the most in school history for a two-year player. He also ranks second all-time in steals (162) and eighth in assists (187).
Bob Pettit – Player, 1951-54
There have been many legendary players in the history of LSU basketball. But when you talk about the first, the consensus is Bob Pettit.
Pettit earned All-America honors at LSU in 1953 and 1954 and was the first player to have his number (50) retired at LSU in basketball. He led the Tigers to the 1953 NCAA Final Four and averaged 27.4 points a game and had more than 1,000 rebounds in his three years in Baton Rouge.
After graduation, Pettit went on to play 11 years in the NBA – all with the St. Louis Hawks. He led St. Louis to the 1958 NBA Championship, one of five trips to the Finals the Hawks would make during his career. A four-time MVP of the NBA All-Star game, he averaged 24.6 points and 16.2 rebounds a game for his career.
In 1971, he was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. In 2006, he was a member of the inaugural class of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. In 2009, Pettit was named to LSU’s All-Century Team.
George Thompson – Player, 1967-69
Nicknamed “Brute Force” during his time at Marquette, George Thompson was Al McGuire’s first high-profile recruited from New York City.
In 1966-67, Thompson helped lead the then-Warriors to a 21-9 record and second place in the NIT. The following season, Thompson paced Marquette in scoring (22.9 ppg) and rebounding (8.6 rpg) as the Warriors advanced to the NCAA Mideast Regional in going 23-6. During his senior season of 1968-69, Thompson again led the team in scoring (20.2 ppg) and another trip to the NCAA Mideast Regional.
Thompson ended his three-year career as the program’s all-time leading scorer with 1,773 points, a mantle he held until 2009. A 1968-69 All-American, he averaged 20.4 points per game over the course of his career (still a school record) and 7.9 rebounds per game while helping the Warriors to an overall record of 68-20. His No. 24 was retired by Marquette and he was inducted into Marquette’s M Club Hall of Fame in 1980.
Chucky Brown – Player, 1986-89
Chucky Brown was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference performer and long-time NBA player who was a standout on NC State’s late 1980s teams under the late Jim Valvano.
As a sophomore, Brown helped lead the Wolfpack to the 1987 ACC tournament championship. As a senior in 1989, he was named all-conference when he averaged 16.4 points and 8.8 rebounds on a Wolfpack team that reached the Sweet 16 after winning the ACC regular season championship.
In his four-year career at NC State, Brown scored 1,357 points before being selected in the second round (43rd overall) by Cleveland in the 1989 NBA Draft. He went on to play 13 seasons on 12 different teams in the NBA and was a starter on the 1995 Houston Rockets championship team.
Jeff Hodge – Player, 1985-89
Not only is Jeff Hodge South Alabama’s all-time leading scorer and holder of five school records, he is probably best remembered for hitting the biggest shot in school history.
Known as “The Shot That Rolled the Tide,” Hodge’s three-pointer with four seconds left gave the Jaguars an 86-84 victory in the first round of the 1989 NCAA Tournament over Alabama, a highlight fitting for one of the most decorated players in school history.
A three-time all-Sun Belt Conference performer and second round NBA pick of the Dallas Mavericks (53rd overall), Hodge is the only player in school history to reach the 2,000-point plateau (2,221). He was named Honorable Mention All-America by Sporting News in 1989 after being named the Sun Belt’s Player of the Year.
- 2014 – #12 Villanova 60, #19 Michigan 55
- 2013 – Pittsburgh 88, Stanford 67
- 2012 – #1 Indiana 82, Georgetown 72 (OT)
- 2011 – #20 Vanderbilt 64, Oregon State 62
- 2010 – #10 Syracuse 80, Georgia Tech 76
- 2009 – Florida 73, Rutgers 58
- 2008 – #4 Pittsburgh 57, Washington St. 43
- 2007 – #16 Texas 97, #7 Tennessee 78
39 – Brandon Wood (Valparaiso), vs. Georgia Southern; Nov. 27, 2009
13 – Kendrick Perry (Youngstown State), vs. North Dakota State, Nov. 19, 2012
13 – Brandon Wood (Valparaiso), vs. Georgia Southern; Nov. 27, 2009
13 – DeJuan Blair (Pittsburgh), vs. Indiana (Pa.); Nov. 22, 2008
FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS
25 – Aaric Murray (Texas Southern), vs. Stanford, Nov. 21, 2013
25 – Kendrick Perry (Youngstown State), vs. North Dakota State, Nov. 19, 2012
25 – Sam Young (Pittsburgh), vs. Texas Tech; Nov. 28, 2008
3-POINT FIELD GOALS
9 – Bryson Johnson (Bucknell), vs. West Alabama; Nov. 26, 2011
9 – A.J. Abrams (Texas), vs. New Mexico State; Nov. 23, 2007
3-POINT FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS
15 – Bryson Johnson (Bucknell), vs. West Alabama; Nov. 26, 2011
20 – Jared Cunningham (Oregon State), vs. Texas; Nov. 19, 2011
FREE THROW ATTEMPTS
23 – Jared Cunningham (Oregon State), vs. Texas; Nov. 19, 2011
22 – Rick Jackson (Syracuse), vs. Detroit; Nov. 16, 2010
8 – Rick Jackson (Syracuse), vs. Detroit; Nov. 16, 2010
8 – Jeff Foote (Cornell), vs. Toledo; Nov. 27, 2009
8 – DeJuan Blair (Pittsburgh), vs. Indiana (Pa.); Nov. 22, 2008
8 – DeJuan Blair (Pittsburgh), vs. Akron; Nov. 21, 2008
14 – Rick Jackson (Syracuse), vs. Detroit; Nov. 16, 2010
12 – Larry Drew II (UCLA), vs. James Madison; Nov. 15, 2012
8 – (7x), last by Chase Simon (Detroit), vs. Bowling Green; Nov. 27, 2010
8 – Jarvis Varnado (Mississippi State), vs. Fairleigh Dickinson; Nov. 22, 2008
9 – Briante Weber (VCU), vs. Toledo; Nov. 18, 2014
167 – Texas Tech vs. East Central; Nov. 20, 2008
67 – Texas Tech vs. East Central; Nov. 20, 2008
FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS
113 – Texas Tech vs. East Central; Nov. 20, 2008
3-POINT FIELD GOALS
17 – Bucknell, vs. West Alabama; Nov. 26, 2011
3-POINT FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS
36 – Eastern Kentucky, vs. Texas Tech; Nov. 22, 2008
35 – Texas, vs. Rhode Island; Nov. 15, 2011
FREE THROW ATTEMPTS
47 – Tennessee vs. Prairie View A&M; Nov. 16, 2007
65 – Texas Tech vs. East Central; Nov. 20, 2008
27 – Arkansas-Monticello vs. Texas; Nov. 18, 2007
27 – Tennessee vs. Prairie View A&M; Nov. 16, 2007
39 – Detroit vs. Niagara; Nov. 28, 2010
39 – Texas Tech vs. East Central; Nov. 20, 2008
35 – Texas Tech vs. East Central; Nov. 20, 2008
34 – Prairie View A&M vs. West Virginia; Nov. 18, 2007
15 – Mississippi St. vs. Fairleigh Dickinson; Nov. 22, 2008
21 – West Virginia vs. Prairie View A&M;