Schedule complete for 2018 GOTPRINT.COM Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper
June 19 , 2018
PRINCETON, N.J./BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The schedule has been finalized for the 2018 GotPrint.com Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper (@legendsbball).
The 12th annual GotPrint.com Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper is highlighted by St. John’s facing Cal and Temple taking on VCU in the semifinals of the Championship Rounds at Barclays Center on Monday, Nov. 19. The semifinal winners will then meet for the GotPrint.com Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper title on Tuesday, Nov. 20, preceded by the consolation game. The four regional round hosts combine for 102 NCAA appearances and eight Final Fours.
This will mark the seventh straight year that Barclays Center will host the Legends Classic. Tickets for the Championship Rounds can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. All four games of the Championship Rounds will air on ESPN networks.
St. John’s, Temple, VCU, and California will host two games on their home courts in addition to playing a pair of games at Barclays Center. They are joined in the Legends Classic by Detroit Mercy, Bowling Green, Hampton, and Loyola Maryland. These four teams will play two road games and meet in the Subregional Rounds at Detroit Mercy on Nov. 19-20. In the Subregional Round semifinals, Bowling Green will play Hampton while the host Titans take on Loyola Maryland.
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St. John’s (Head Coach: Chris Mullin, Big East Conference) – In three seasons as head coach, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Chris Mullin has begun to turn around the fortunes of his alma mater…the Red Storm won 16 games this past season, the most since taking over the program…included in those wins was one of the best weeks of the season when St. John’s defeated No. 4 Duke and No. 1 Villanova…guard Shamorie Ponds earned first-team All-Big East honors for leading the conference in scoring (21.6 ppg) and steals (2.6 spg) to go with 142 assists…he headlines a squad that returns its top three scorers, including forward Marvin Clark II, who averaged 12.5 ppg, and Justin Simon, who recorded 12.2 points and a team-high 7.1 rebounds per contest…the Red Storm have been to 28 NCAA Tournaments and two Final Fours.
Temple (Head Coach: Fran Dunphy, American Athletic Conference) – Fran Dunphy led Temple to the 2018 NIT, the Owls’ ninth postseason berth in his 12 seasons at the helm of the Temple program…three starters return from the 17-win squad, led by leading scorer guard Quinton Rose, who tallied a team-high 14.9 ppg to go with a team-best 49 steals en route to All-American Athletic Conference honors…guard Shizz Alston Jr. led the Owls with 102 assists to go with his 13.3 ppg average…guard Nate Pierre-Louis (7.5 ppg) was named to the AAC’s All-Rookie team…Temple loses only three players from the 2017-18 roster…the Owls have been to 32 NCAA Tournaments and advanced to a pair of Final Fours.
VCU (Head Coach: Mike Rhoades, Atlantic 10 Conference) – Since joining the Atlantic 10 six seasons ago, VCU has won 73 league games – the most of any A-10 team during that span – and reached the title game of the A-10 Tournament five times…this past season, the Rams won 18 games with a team which featured nine newcomers in Mike Rhoades’ first year at the helm of the program…three starters and six players who started at least seven games this past season are expected to return…leading the pack is De’Riante Jenkins, who averaged 12.9 ppg to go with 83 assists and a team-high 44 steals…swingman Issac Vann averaged 9.8 ppg…the Rams have advanced to the NCAA Tournament 16 times with one Final Four appearance.
California (Head Coach: Wyking Jones, Pacific-12 Conference) – Wyking Jones took over at Cal a year ago, inheriting a team with just two returning letterwinners…this coming season, the Golden Bears will look to benefit from gaining valuable experience as three of the team’s top five scorers return, each of whom were freshmen last season: Justice Sueing tallied 13.8 ppg and is the Bears’ leading returning rebounder at 5.4 rpg, Darius MacNeill averaged 11.3 ppg and handed out a team-best 70 assists, and Juhwan Harris-Dyson scored 6.2 ppg…they will be joined by a Top-25 recruiting class in 2018-19…the Bears have been to 26 NCAA Tournaments and three Final Fours, winning the national title in 1959.
Detroit Mercy (Head Coach: Mike Davis, Horizon League) – Mike Davis takes over at Detroit Mercy after building Texas Southern into a SWAC power…Davis owns a resume that boasts 352 wins in stops at Indiana, UAB, and Texas Southern…he expects to inherit one starter and seven letterwinners from a year ago…senior Josh McFolley is a 1,000-point scorer and is the leading returning scorer for the Titans at 11.1 ppg… the Titans have been to six NCAA Tournaments and played in the 2010 and 2014 Legends Classics.
Bowling Green (Head Coach: Michael Huger, Mid-American Conference) – Four starters are expected to return in Michael Huger’s fourth season as head coach at Bowling Green…guard Justin Turner was named to the MAC All-Freshman team as well as being named honorable mention all-league for leading the Falcons with a 15.9 ppg scoring average, as well as with 81 assists and 47 steals…forward Demajeo Wiggins garnered second-team All-MAC honors in scoring 13.7 ppg and hauling down a team-best 10.1 rpg…he also led the Falcons with 15 blocked shots…in all, the top four scoring Falcons return in 2018-19…Bowling Green has been to four NCAA Tournaments and played in the 2010 Legends Classic.
Hampton (Head Coach: Edward Joyner, Big South Conference) – Edward Joyner leads the Pirates into a new era as Hampton moves from the MEAC to the Big South Conference for the 2018-19 season…the Pirates earned their fifth-straight postseason bid in 2018 by playing in the NIT after winning the MEAC regular season title…four of five starters and five of the top six scorers return, led by first-team All-MEAC selection guard Jermaine Marrow, who finished his sophomore season ranked 21st on the all-time Hampton scoring list with 1,133 points after leading the Pirates in scoring at 19.1 ppg…he also had 184 assists…guard Kalin Fisher averaged 12.8 ppg…as a team, the Pirates smashed the single season free throw percentage mark, hitting at a 77.7 percent clip…Hampton has been to six NCAA Tournaments in its history.
Loyola Maryland (Head Coach: Tavaras Hardy, Patriot League) – Tavaras Hardy takes over at Loyola after serving as an assistant coach at Georgia Tech (2016-18), Georgetown (2013-16), and his alma mater, Northwestern (2007-13)…Hardy inherits a team that is expected to return three of its top five scorers from this past season…highlighting the returning players is guard Chuck Champion, who is the Greyhounds’ leading returning scorer at 11.5 ppg…backcourt mate Andrew Kostecka netted 11.0 ppg and led the team with 54 steals and 29 blocked shots, earning Patriot League All-Defensive team honors for his efforts…Loyola has been to two NCAA Tournaments.
In the 2017 Legends Classic, Robert Williams III scored 21 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead No. 16 Texas A&M to a 98-87 win over Penn State in the championship game. Williams, who was 10-of-12 from the field against the Nittany Lions, was named the event’s MVP. Penn State’s Tony Carr did all he could to keep the Lions in the game by tallying 31 points. The Aggies reached the title game with a 72-55 win over Oklahoma State, while Penn State downed Pittsburgh, 85-54, in the semifinals. Texas A&M would parlay its Legends Classic crown into a berth in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16, while Penn State would go on to win the NIT.
The GotPrint.com Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper 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.
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The Northeast Conference (NEC) is the sponsoring conference of the Legends Classic. Now in 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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