2K Sports Classic

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The 2K Classic is an annual college basketball tournament played in November at the beginning of the season and televised by ESPN. Originally known as the Atlantic City Shootout and produced by the Gazelle Group, Inc., the tournament was first played in 1995. The following year, it became the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic as a collaboration between the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the American Cancer Society in an effort to raise funds for cancer research. In 2012, the tournament beneficiary became Wounded Warrior Project, resulting in the tournament's new name. A new annual college basketball tournament benefiting cancer research, also called the Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic and hosted by the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, was held from 2012 to 2014.[1]

In the 2K Classic's current format, which began in 2014, eight teams from eight separate conferences are invited to the tournament. Two games are held at four different regional sites selected before the tournament. The semifinals and finals are held at Madison Square Garden in New York City, where they have been since 1998, with the remaining four teams playing in a tournament format at a predetermined on-campus site.

Michigan is the reigning 2K Classic champion, defeating SMU 76–54 in the championship game on November 18, 2016.

History[edit]

The first two events were doubleheaders held at the Atlantic City Convention Center (now Boardwalk Hall). The 1997 event was the first to be played in a tournament format and was won by Princeton at the Continental Airlines Arena in the New Jersey Meadowlands.

In 1998, the event moved to Madison Square Garden in New York City, where it has remained ever since. From 1997 through 2001, the event remained in the tournament format before going to a pair of showcase doubleheaders in 2002 and 2003. In 2004, the format changed into a 16-team event with teams from 16 separate conferences. Four predetermined regional round hosts played two games at home and the winners would play in the semifinals and finals at Madison Square Garden. Syracuse won the first tournament played in this format, beating Memphis, 77-62.

The 2007 event resulted in a format change once again. That year, Gardner-Webb won at Kentucky, 84-68, and advanced to the semifinals. After that, the semifinalists were predetermined, regardless of the results of the regional rounds. Beginning in 2009, the format was revised to a 12-team field and each team guaranteed four games in the tournament with the semifinalists advancing to Madison Square Garden and the remaining eight teams being split into two subregional tournaments played at predetermined campuses sites.

In the 2K Classic's current format, which began in 2014, eight teams from eight separate conferences are invited to the tournament. Two games are held at four different regional sites selected before the tournament. The semifinals and finals are held at Madison Square Garden and the remaining four teams play in a tournament format at a predetermined on-campus site.

Yearly champions, runners-up, and MVPs[edit]

Year Winner Score Opponent Tournament MVP Other participants
2016 Michigan 76-54 SMU Zak Irvin, Michigan Pittsburgh, Marquette
2015 Duke 86-84 Georgetown Grayson Allen, Duke Wisconsin, VCU
2014 Texas 71-55 California Jonathan Holmes, Texas Syracuse, Iowa
2013 Connecticut 59-58 Indiana Shabazz Napier, Connecticut Boston College, Washington
2012 Alabama 77-55 Villanova Trevor Releford, Alabama Oregon State, Purdue
2011 Mississippi State 67-57 Arizona Arnett Moultrie, Mississippi State St. John's, Texas A&M
2010 Pittsburgh 68-66 Texas Ashton Gibbs, Pittsburgh Illinois, Maryland
2009 Syracuse 87-71 North Carolina Wes Johnson, Syracuse California, Ohio State
2008 Duke 71-56 Michigan Kyle Singler, Duke UCLA, Southern Illinois
2007 Memphis 81-70 Connecticut Chris Douglas-Roberts, Memphis Gardner-Webb, Oklahoma
2006 Maryland 62-60 Michigan State D.J. Strawberry, Maryland St. John's, Texas
2005 Florida 75-70 Syracuse Taurean Green, Florida Texas Tech, Wake Forest
2004 Syracuse 77-62 Memphis Hakim Warrick, Syracuse Mississippi State, St. Mary's
2003 Showcase Format - No Tournament
2002 Showcase Format - No Tournament
2001 Arizona 75-71 Florida Jason Gardner, Arizona Maryland, Temple
2000 Kansas 82-74 St. John's Kenny Gregory, Kansas Kentucky, UCLA
1999 Stanford 72-58 Iowa Jarron Collins, Stanford Connecticut, Duke
1998 Temple 59-48 Wake Forest Lamont Barnes, Temple Georgetown, Illinois
1997 Princeton 38-36 North Carolina State Brian Earl, Princeton Georgia, Texas
1996 Showcase Format - No Tournament
1995 Showcase Format - No Tournament

Most appearances[edit]

School
Syracuse
5
Texas
5
Marquette
4
Memphis
4
St. John's
4
Alcorn State
3
California
3
UConn
3
Duke
3
Maryland
3
Pittsburgh
3
Temple
3
UC-Irvine
3
Wake Forest
3

Participants and brackets[edit]

2016[2][edit]

  Semifinals
November 17
    Championship
November 18
                 
  Pittsburgh 67  
  SMU 76    
      SMU 54
      Michigan 76
  Michigan 79    
  Marquette 61   Consolation
 
Pittsburgh 78
  Marquette 75

2015[edit]

  Semifinals
November 20
ESPN2
    Championship
November 22
ESPN
                 
  5 Duke 79  
  VCU 71    
      5 Duke 86
      Georgetown 84
  Wisconsin 61    
  Georgetown 71   Consolation
November 22
ESPN2
 
VCU 73
  Wisconsin 74

2014[edit]

  Semifinals
November 20
ESPN2
    Championship
November 21
ESPN2
                 
  10 Texas 71  
  Iowa 57    
      10 Texas 71
      California 55
  23 Syracuse 59    
  California 73   Consolation
November 21
 
23 Syracuse 66
  Iowa 63

[3]

2013[edit]

  Semifinals
November 21
ESPN2
    Championship
November 22
ESPN2
                 
  Indiana 102  
    Washington 84    
      Indiana 58
      18 Connecticut 59
  18 Connecticut 72    
  Boston College 70   Consolation
November 22
ESPNU
 
Washington 78
  Boston College 89

[4]

2012[edit]

  Semifinals
November 15
ESPN2
    Championship
November 16
ESPN2
                 
  Alabama 65  
  Oregon State 62    
      Alabama 77
      Villanova 55
  Villanova 89    
  Purdue 81OT   Consolation
November 16
ESPNU
 
Oregon State 66
  Purdue 58

[5]

2011[edit]

  Semifinals     Championship
                 
  18 Texas A&M 60  
  Mississippi State 69    
      Mississippi State 67
      16 Arizona 57
  St. John's 72    
  16 Arizona 81   Consolation
 
18 Texas A&M 58
  St. John's 57

[6]

2010[edit]

  Semifinals     Championship
                 
  4 Pittsburgh 79  
  Maryland 70    
      4 Pittsburgh 68
      22 Texas 66
  16 Illinois 84    
  Texas 90OT   Consolation
 
16 Illinois 80
  Maryland 76

[7]

2009[edit]

  Semifinals     Championship
                 
  24 Syracuse 95  
  12 California 73    
      24 Syracuse 87
      4 North Carolina 71
  4 North Carolina 77    
  15 Ohio State 73   Consolation
 
12 California 60
  15 Ohio State 76

[8]

2008[edit]

  Semifinals     Championship
                 
  Michigan 55  
  4 UCLA 52    
      5 Duke 71
      Michigan 56
  5 Duke 83    
  Southern Illinois 58   Consolation
 
4 UCLA 77
  Southern Illinois 60

[9]

2007[edit]

  Semifinals     Championship
                 
  3 Memphis 63  
    Oklahoma 53    
      3 Memphis 81
      Connecticut 70
  Connecticut 78    
  Gardner-Webb 66   Consolation
 
Oklahoma 69
  Gardner-Webb 55

2006[edit]

  Semifinals     Championship
                 
  Michigan State 63  
  18 Texas 61    
      Maryland 62
      Michigan State 60
  Maryland 92    
  St. John's 60   Consolation
 
18 Texas 77
  St. John's 66

2005[edit]

  Semifinals     Championship
                 
  16 Syracuse 81  
  Texas Tech 46    
      Florida 75
      16 Syracuse 70
  Florida 77    
  18 Wake Forest 72   Consolation
 
18 Wake Forest 782OT
  Texas Tech 73

2004[edit]


  Semifinals     Championship
                 
  6 Syracuse 71  
  14 Mississippi State 58    
      6 Syracuse 77
      23 Memphis 62
  23 Memphis 81    
  Saint Mary's 66   Consolation
 
14 Mississippi State 67
  Saint Mary's 54

2003[edit]

Showcase Format – No Tournament
Game 1
     
21 Wake Forest 85
Memphis 76
Game 2
     
23 Marquette 52
St. John's 45
Game 3
     
22 Pittsburgh 71
Alabama 62
Game 4
     
18 Saint Joseph's 73
12 Gonzaga 66

2002[edit]

Showcase Format – No Tournament
Game 1
     
Memphis 70
Syracuse 63
Game 2
     
8 Alabama 68
3 Oklahoma 62
Game 3
     
18 Marquette 73
Villanova 61
Game 4
     
4 Texas 77
16 Georgia 71

2001[edit]

  Semifinals     Championship
                 
  Arizona 71  
  2 Maryland 67    
      Arizona 75
      6 Florida 71
  6 Florida 72    
  16 Temple 64   Consolation
 
2 Maryland 82
  16 Temple 74

2000[edit]

  Semifinals     Championship
                 
  7 Kansas 99  
  17 UCLA 98    
      7 Kansas 82
      St. John's 74
  St. John's 62    
  12 Kentucky 61   Consolation
 
17 UCLA 97
  12 Kentucky 92

1999[edit]

  Semifinals     Championship
                 
  13 Stanford 80  
  10 Duke 79OT    
      13 Stanford 72
      Iowa 58
  Iowa 70    
  1 Connecticut 68   Consolation
 
1 Connecticut 71
  10 Duke 66

1998[edit]

  Semifinals     Championship
                 
  Wake Forest 75  
  Illinois 73OT    
      7 Temple 59
      Wake Forest 48
  7 Temple 65    
  Georgetown 49   Consolation
 
Illinois 65
  Georgetown 50

1997[edit]

  Semifinals     Championship
                 
  NC State 47  
  19 Georgia 45    
      Princeton 38
      NC State 36
  Princeton 62    
  22 Texas 56   Consolation
 
19 Georgia 89
  22 Texas 87

1996[edit]

Showcase Format – No Tournament
Game 1
     
Temple 76
Georgia Tech 58
Game 2
     
Saint Joseph's 67
21 Tulsa 64

1995[edit]

Showcase Format – No Tournament
Game 1
     
Penn State 88
Penn 61
Game 2
     
La Salle 68
Marquette 65

References[edit]

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