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The field for the 2015 2K Classic (@2KClassic) will be headlined by Duke, Wisconsin, Georgetown, and VCU, who will each host two Regional Round matchups before heading to Madison Square Garden on November 20 and 22 for the Championship Rounds. Bryant, Prairie View, Radford, and Siena round out the field.
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Duke Blue Devils
Hall of Fame head coach Mike Krzyzewski, the winningest coach in college basketball history with 1,018 wins, led the Blue Devils to their fifth National Championship and a 35-4 record last season…the roster boasts four returning rotation players in Grayson Allen, Amile Jefferson, Matt Jones, and Marshall Plumlee…the Blue Devils bring in the top recruiting class in the country, highlighted by three McDonald’s All-Americans (Brandon Ingram, Luke Kennard, and Chase Jeter) and standout point guard Derryck Thornton…Duke will be making its third appearance in the 2K Classic (1999 and 2008), winning the 2008 title. Official Site
THEY’RE BACK: Duke returns six letterwinners from last year’s National Championship team, including one starter in senior Amile Jefferson. Graduate student Marshall Plumlee and juniors Matt Jones and Nick Pagliuca give the Blue Devils four upperclassmen on the 13-man roster.
CAN’T TOP THIS: For the second year in a row, Duke’s recruiting class was ranked No. 1 by ESPN RecruitingNation, as Brandon Ingram, Chase Jeter, Luke Kennard, Derryck Thornton, and Antonio Vrankovic headline a seven-man class of newcomers. Ingram, Jeter, and Kennard were all McDonald’s All-Americans in 2015, while Vrankovic was a nominee for the game and Thornton was considered a frontrunner to make the game in 2016 before reclassifying. ESPN ranked Ingram the No. 3 overall recruit and No. 1 small forward in the class, while Jeter checked in at No. 11 overall (No. 4 center). Thornton was ranked No. 17 overall (No. 3 point guard) and Kennard was tabbed No. 24 overall (No. 6 shooting guard).
Head coach Bo Ryan is Wisconsin’s all-time leader in wins, amassing 357 victories in just 14 seasons…last season the Badgers claimed the Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles with a 16-2 league mark to go along with a 36-4 overall record in advancing to the Final Four for the second straight year and the Championship Game for the first time since 1941…11 players, including two starters, return in 2015-16, led by junior forward Nigel Hayes (12.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg) and junior guard Bronson Koenig (8.7 ppg, 98 assists)…Wisconsin will be making its first 2K Classic appearance. Official Site
YOUNG ‘UNS: The 2015-16 season marks the first year under Bo Ryan in which the Badgers do not have a scholarship senior. Wisconsin has had at least one senior starter in each of Ryan’s first 14 seasons in Madison. In fact, the Badgers have started at least two seniors in 10 of those 14 seasons. The Badgers return just 38.1 percent of their minutes played from last season. That’s the lowest total since Ryan inherited a 2001-02 team that returned 30.0 percent of its minutes.
REPEAT: The defending Big Ten champions, Wisconsin is seeking back-to-back conference titles for the first time since 2002-03. In Ryan’s 14 seasons, the Badgers have won four Big Ten regular season championships and three Big Ten tournaments.
MARCH MADNESS: Playing in its 17th-consecutive NCAA Tournament a year ago, Wisconsin returned to the Final Four for the second-straight season and the fourth time in school history. UW is just the ninth Big Ten team in history to reach back-to-back national semifinals.
The Hoyas went 22-11 a season ago under the direction of head coach John Thompson III, who, in 11 seasons at Georgetown, has won 249 games…the Hoyas feature a roster with 10 players back from last year, including a trio of starters…senior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera led Georgetown with a 16.3 ppg average as well as with 101 assists in earning first-team All-Big East honors…sophomore forward Isaac Copeland averaged 6.8 ppg and 3.8 rpg…this will be Georgetown’s first 2K Classic appearance since 1998. Official Site
ATOP ON THE HILLTOP: Now in his 12th season, John Thompson III has won 249 games and has led the Hoyas to the postseason every year, including eight NCAA Tournament berths and the 2007 Final Four.
ONE MORE YEAR: After flirting with the NBA Draft, D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera decided to return for his senior season. A Big East first-team selection last year who led the team in scoring at 16.3 ppg, Smith Rivera is a big reason why the Hoyas were picked second in the year’s league poll.
ACCOLADES: Smith-Rivera is not the only player back who received Big East honors a year ago. Isaac Copeland and L.J. Peak both earned Rookie team selections last season. Copeland, who averaged 6.8 points and 3.8 rebounds, was also named an All-Big East Honorable Mention.
VCU is under the direction of new head coach Will Wade in 2015-16, who returns to VCU after two successful seasons at Chattanooga…the Rams, 26-10 a season ago, boast a roster featuring 10 returning players, including three starters…among those returning are senior guard Melvin Johnson (12.4 ppg, 60 assists) and junior forward Mo Alie-Cox (7.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg)…this is the Rams’ first ever 2K Classic appearance. Official Site
INSIDE-OUTSIDE: The Rams will be led by senior Melvin Johnson and junior Mo Alie-Cox, both of whom earned preseason All-Atlantic 10 accolades. Johnson, a sharpshooter from the Bronx, is on pace to break the school’s all-time three-point record, while Alie-Cox is a force down low, ranking in the top three in the conference with 68 blocks last season.
IN SEARCH OF: The Rams will be looking for a program record sixth straight NCAA Tournament bid after earning an automatic berth last year, thanks to the program’s first-ever Atlantic 10 Championship. VCU will look to accomplish that feat with a mixture of new faces as the Rams have six new players, the most since 2007-08.
In 2015-16, the Bulldogs posted a 16-15 record in advancing to the semifinals of the Northeast Conference tournament…head coach Tim O’Shea is in his eighth season at Bryant, having taken over when the school made the jump to Division I…three starters return, led by second-team All-Northeast Conference pick junior Dan Garvin, who was second on the Bulldogs in scoring (10.9 ppg) and first in rebounding (7.9 rpg)…senior guard Shane McLaughlin led Bryant with a 4.8 assist per game average while netting 7.5 ppg. Official Site
THE CORE: Returning second-team All-NEC selection Dan Garvin leads the way on offense after finishing his sophomore season ranked first at Bryant in rebounds (7.9 rpg) and blocks (48) and second in scoring (10.9 ppg). The Bulldogs also return starting point guard Shane McLaughlin (7.5 ppg), sharpshooter Hunter Ware (5.6 ppg), and dynamic scorer Bosko Kostur (7.9 ppg). They will have to pick up the void left by the graduations of all-conference selections Dyami Starks and Joe O’Shea.
O’SHEA CAN YOU SEE: Tim O’Shea returned to Rhode Island eight years ago to start the Division I process at Bryant. After serving as an assistant to Al Skinner at Rhode Island and Boston College, O’Shea left BC to take over at Ohio. In his seven seasons there, he was the architect of a Bobcat program that rose to prominence. In his last four seasons alone, the Bobcats compiled 79 wins and captured a MAC title. He was 120-95 during his tenure at Ohio.
Prairie View A&M
Head coach Byron Rimm II is in rebuilding mode at Prairie View where he looks to replace four starters from a squad that posted a 15-18 mark a year ago and reached the semifinals of the SWAC tournament…senior guard Jacoby Green played in all 33 games last season, starting 10, and posting an average of 3.7 ppg…junior guard Jayrn Johnson also played in all 33 games and netted 4.4 ppg…the Panthers last appeared in the 2K Classic in 2008.
THE CORNERSTONE: With a roster full of newcomers, Rimm will turn to two-year letterwinner Karim York to lead the way. The 6-9 Austin, Texas, native averaged a career-high 9.1 points and 5.1 rebounds while also shooting 46 percent from the field. In addition to York, senior guards Jacoby Green and Jayrn Johnson will take on larger roles this season as both were the first two options off the bench last season.
HELP ON THE WAY: Among the group of newcomers, junior college transfer Dominique Shaw comes in with solid credentials. The 6-4 guard averaged 18 points per game last season at Tyler Junior College. Fellow newcomer Admassau Williams will help solidify the paint as he averaged 10.5 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.
The Highlanders recorded a 22-12 ledger in advancing to the quarterfinals of the CBI for the second straight season last year…the 22 wins also marked the second-straight 20-win season for Radford, which won 20 games in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1998…head coach Mike Jones is in his fifth season at Radford and has turned around the Highlanders, winning 19 games in his first two seasons and 44 in his last two…two senior starters return: guard YaYa Anderson (9.3 ppg, 50 assists) and center Brandon Holcomb (6.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg). Official Site
LEADERS OF THE PACK: The Highlanders return four of their top six scorers from last season, led by senior guards YaYa Anderson and Rashun Davis. Anderson is the team’s leading returning scorer, having averaged 9.3 points per game last season. Anderson starts the season eighth on the program’s three-point list with 188, including 59 last season. Davis has led Radford in assists each of the last two seasons (116.5 per year) and ranks eighth on the school’s career list.
NO, NO, NO: Brandon Holcomb ranks fifth in Radford history with 114 blocks. A year ago, he was second in the Big South Conference with 49 rejections. He also hauled down 4.5 rebounds per game, good for second on the team.
KEEPING UP WITH JONES: Highlanders head coach Mike Jones is in his fifth season. After his inaugural six-win campaign, Jones has led Radford to a 57-44 record over the last three years, 44 of those wins coming over the last two seasons.
Siena returns three starters from a year ago, one of which appeared in only six games…junior forward Brett Bisping, the MVP of the 2014 CBI, had surgery on his toe in December and missed the reminder of the season…junior point guard Marquis Wright (12.5 ppg) is the Saints’ leading returning scorer while junior swingman Lavon Long posted 10.4 ppg and a team-high 4.9 rpg…head coach Jimmy Patsos is in his third year at Siena. Official Site
THE WRIGHT STUFF: Starting point guard Marquis Wright has had more assists than any player in the MAAC the last two years, and is poised for a breakthrough junior season. Classmate Lavon Long has started 60 of the 65 games he’s played at Siena, averaging 9.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per contest.
STANDING PAT: Jimmy Patsos returns for his third year as head coach at Siena, having the second most victories of any coach in MAAC history (92 at Loyola (Md.) and Siena). Patsos guided the Saints to a 12-win turnaround that tied for the second greatest in all of Division I in 2013-14 and the championship of the College Basketball Invitational.
COULD IT BE?: Siena hasn’t won the MAAC Championship since 2010 when it captured its last of three straight conference titles at Albany’s Times Union Center. Last year, the MAAC moved its tournament back to Albany for another three years. Could lightning strike again?
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University of Wisconsin – Madison
Patrick Dunn & Nic Harsy
Sgt. Dunn grew up in Wausau, Wisconsin and during his senior year of high school joined the United States Marine Corps. On his third deployment to Iraq, his tour ended early when his unit encountered an improvised explosive device, and needed many surgeries to repair and stabilize his left foot. Patrick was awarded two purple hearts. He recently graduated in August from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor’s Degree in microbiology.
Sergeant Harsy has been a Badger fan since his family moved to Madison in 1993. He attended UW-Madison starting in 2006 and in his second year decided to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. He has deployed two times to Afghanistan, receiving the Combat Action Ribbon among other awards. He currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin and is finishing his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and during his spare time, participates in many groups on campus including advocating for his fellow veterans.
Patrick Nevins & Eladio Bobadilla
As a child, Patrick had the opportunity to serve as a ball boy for the Duke basketball team. He later attended Duke University and after graduation in 2007, he was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps as an infantry officer. During his seven years of service, he deployed twice to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Patrick currently lives in Durham, NC and attends Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.
Eladio Bobadilla is currently a PhD student in the history department at Duke University. A native of Zacatecas, Mexico, he became a naturalized U.S. citizen during a military ceremony. Following his basic training, he was deployed to a forward operating base in the Kuwaiti desert in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Eladio currently lives in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife.
Virginia Commonwealth University
Sam entered the military from New York and honorably served 22 years before retiring as a Major in 2011. He is a combat veteran serving in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom: awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal. Sam is currently a full-time graduate student at VCU, graduating December 2015. Sam serves as Peer Mentor for fellow veterans, youth mentor and he enjoys riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle with his wife and friends.
- 2014 – #10 Texas 71, California 55
- 2013 – #18 Connecticut 59, #22 Indiana 58
- 2012 – Alabama 77, Villanova 55
- 2011 – Mississippi State 67, #16 Arizona 57
- 2010 – #4 Pittsburgh 68, #22 Texas 66
- 2009 – #24 Syracuse 87, #4 North Carolina 71
- 2008 – #5 Duke 71, Michigan 56
- 2007 – #3 Memphis 81, Connecticut 70
- 2006 – Maryland 62, Michigan St. 60
- 2005 – Florida 75, #16 Syracuse 70
- 2004 – #6 Syracuse 77, #23 Memphis 62
- *2003 – #22 Pittsburgh 71, Alabama 62
- *2003 – #18 St. Joseph’s 73, #12 Gonzaga 66
- *2003 – #21 Wake Forest 85, Memphis 76
- *2003 – #23 Marquette 52, St. John’s 45
- *2002 – #18 Marquette 73, Villanova 61
- *2002 – #4 Texas 77, #16 Georgia 71
- *2002 – Memphis 70, Syracuse 63
- *2002 – Alabama 68, #3 Oklahoma 62
- 2001 – Arizona 75, #6 Florida 71
- 2000 – #7 Kansas 82, St. John’s 74
- 1999 – #13 Stanford 72, Iowa 58
- 1998 – #7 Temple 59, Wake Forest 48
- 1997 – Princeton 38, N.C. State 36
- *1996 – Temple 76, Georgia Tech 58
- *1996 – Saint Joseph’s 67, #21 Tulsa 64
- *1995 – Penn State 88, Penn 61
- *1995 – La Salle 68, Marquette 65
*Showcase format used these years
43 – David Holston (Chicago St.), vs. St. Bonaventure; Nov. 9, 2006
14 – Chris Douglas-Roberts (Memphis), vs. Connecticut; Nov. 16, 2007
FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS
29 – Andrew Goudelock (Charleston), vs. Rhode Island; Nov. 19, 2010
3-POINT FIELD GOALS
9 – Pete Lisicky (Penn St.), vs. Penn; Dec. 9, 1995
3-POINT FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS
16 – Omar Cook (St. John’s), vs. Kansas; Nov. 10, 2000
20 – Evan Bruinsma (Detroit), vs. Stony Brook; Nov. 23, 2013
FREE THROW ATTEMPTS
22 – Evan Bruinsma (Detroit), vs. Stony Brook; Nov. 23, 2013
21 – Jameel Warney (Stony Brook), vs. Detroit; Nov. 23, 2013
11 – Jameel Warney (Stony Brook), vs. Detroit; Nov. 23, 2013
14 – Jameel Warney (Stony Brook), vs. FAU; Nov. 23, 2013
14 – Evan Turner (Ohio St.), vs. James Madison; Nov. 12, 2009
14 – Aaron Fitzgerald (UC Irvine), vs. Miss. Valley St; Nov. 11, 2005
10 – Evan Turner (Ohio St.), vs. North Carolina; Nov. 19, 2009
10 – Chris Lowe (Massachusetts), vs. Southern Illinois; Nov. 12, 2008
10 – Justin Gray (Wake Forest), vs. George Mason; Nov. 11, 2005
9 – Mamadou Ndiaye (UC Irvine), vs. Washington, Nov. 14, 2013
9 – Mickell Gladness (Alabama A&M), vs. Central Arkansas; Nov. 7, 2007
7 – Garrett Lever (Seattle), vs. Maryland; Nov. 8, 2010
7 – Andy Rautins (Syracuse), vs. North Carolina; Nov. 20, 2009
105 – Maryland, vs. Seattle; Nov. 8, 2010
43 – Syracuse, vs. N. Colorado; Nov. 11, 2004
FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS
85 – Duke, vs. Stanford; Nov. 11, 1999
3-POINT FIELD GOALS
16 – Niagara, vs. Oregon St.; Nov. 9, 2012
3-POINT FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS
44 – Hampton, vs. Maryland; Nov. 7, 2006
40 – Hofstra vs. Marshall, Nov. 18, 2012
40 – Duke, vs. Southern Illinois; Nov. 21, 2008
FREE THROW ATTEMPTS
57 – Hofstra vs. Marshall, Nov. 18, 2012
66 – Wake Forest, vs. Texas Tech; Nov. 18, 2005
31 – Villanova, vs. Marquette; Nov. 15, 2002
46 – Wake Forest, vs. Texas Tech; Nov. 18, 2005
29 – North Carolina, vs. N.C. Central; Nov. 11, 2009
29 – Ohio State, vs. Alcorn St.; Nov. 9, 2009
32 – Albany, vs. Syracuse; Nov. 9, 2009
15 – Connecticut, vs. Buffalo; Nov. 8, 2007
21 – Syracuse, vs. Albany; Nov. 9, 2009