The 12-team field for the 2K Classic, a November tournament in which UConn, BC, Indiana and Washington will be the headliners, has finally been set.
As we’ve reported earlier this summer, Detroit and Boston University will be the Huskies’ preliminary opponents. Those will be UConn home games, still to be determined between Gampel and the XL Center. (Note: UConn and the XL Center have a verbal agreement for a new deal, and pen should be put to paper any day.)
Detroit will be at UConn on Nov. 14, and BU on Nov. 17, the latter game will be on ESPNU. Times and other TV details are still to be finalized.
Regardless of the outcomes of those games, UConn will then play at Madison Square Garden on Nov,. 21 against Boston College and the 22nd against either Indiana or Washington.
As we’ve noted, lots of upside for UConn here. It’s a four-game event, which allows them to count it as three on their nonconference schedule and play 31 games. They get exposure at MSG, important with the loss of the Big East Tournament. And if all goes according to plan, they get a great non-conference game against Indiana.
Elsewhere in the tournament, Indiana will get home games against LIU-Brooklyn and Stony Brook; BC will host Toledo and Florida Atlantic and Washington will host UC-Irvine and Eastern Washington. Once the “big four” move to the Garden, the other teams involved will pair off against each other.
Tickets for the games in New York are on sale now. You can call 866-448-7649 or click ticketmaster here.
Here is the full sched and a look at UConn’s opponents from the 2K Classic organizers:
—- CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDS —-
—- REGIONAL ROUNDS —-
Bloomington Regional Rounds
Storrs Regional Rounds
|Boston Regional Rounds
Conte Forum – Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Toledo at Boston College
Florida Atlantic at Boston College (ESPNU)
|Seattle Regional Rounds
Alaska Airlines Arena – Seattle, Wash.
UC Irvine at Washington
Eastern Washington at Washington
—- SUBREGIONAL ROUNDS —-
Detroit Subregional Rounds
Irvine Subregional Rounds
Indiana Hoosiers – Head Coach: Tom Crean (Big Ten Conference)
Indiana has won five National Championships and has been to 37 NCAA Tournaments, including two consecutive Sweet 16 appearances…ranked No. 1 for 10 weeks in 2012-13…sixth-year head coach Tom Crean led the Hoosiers to a 29-7 record and the Big Ten championship this past year…6-7 forward Will Sheehey (9.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg) and guard Yogi Ferrell (7.6 ppg, team-high 147 assists) lead a talented group of returning players that will again be joined by one of the nation’s top recruiting classes.
Boston College Eagles – Head Coach: Steve Donahue (Atlantic Coast Conference)
Head coach Steve Donahue has a team that returns all five starters and seven of its top eight scorers…guard Olivier Hanlan, a unanimous selection for the ACC’s all-freshman team, netted 15.4 ppg to lead the Eagles in 2012-13…he also handed out 75 assists…6-8 forward Ryan Anderson averaged of 14.9 points and a team-high 8.0 rebounds a game…the Eagles have been to 18 NCAA Tournaments.
Washington Huskies - Head Coach: Lorenzo Romar (Pacific-12 Conference)
Head coach Lorenzo Romar is entering his 12th season and has led the Huskies to 208 wins over the last nine seasons, including 18 this past season…Washington advanced to the NIT in 2013, marking its sixth straight postseason appearance…10 players return in 2013-14, led by guard C.J. Wilcox and his 16.8 ppg scoring average…6-9 forward Shawn Kemp Jr. averaged 6.3 points and 3.0 rebounds a game as a sophomore…the Huskies have been to 16 NCAA Tournaments in their history.
Boston University Terriers - Head Coach Joe Jones (Patriot League)
All five starters and the top seven scorers from last year’s 17-13 team return to the Terriers in 2013-14…guard D.J. Irving earned first-team all-conference honors a year ago for leading BU with a 14.2 ppg average while handing out 108 assists…6-7 swingman Dom Morris garnered third-team laurels in posting 11.6 ppg and a team-best 6.4 rpg…head coach Joe Jones will guide his team into its first season as a member of the Patriot League.
Detroit Titans - Head Coach Ray McCallum (Horizon League)
Head coach Ray McCallum guided the Titans to a 20-13 record and a berth in the 2013 NIT…in 2013-14, the Titans return a pair of starters…guard Jason Calliste is Detroit’s leading returning scorer and playmaker, having recorded averages of 14.4 points and 3.3 assists a game a year ago…6-6 forward Juwan Howard Jr. netted 7.6 ppg last season.