Legends Classic (basketball tournament)

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The Legends Classic is an annual, early-season, college basketball tournament which started in 2007 and takes place at the beginning of the college basketball season in November. Eight teams (from eight conferences) compete in the Legends Classic, which has four of the top programs from the most prestigious conferences in the country tip-off the season with Regional Round games played on their home courts.[citation needed] Four teams then go to New York City – at the Barclays Center – to face each other for the Legends Classic championship. The remainder of the field participates in a round-robin series at one subregional site.[citation needed] Every participating team is guaranteed four games. Games have been played at Barclays Center since 2012, The 2011 edition was played at Izod Center (East Rutherford, New Jersey), 2009 and 2010 were played at Boardwalk Hall (Atlantic City, N.J.), and 2007 and 2008 were played at the Prudential Center (Newark, N.J.).

Notre Dame is the defending champion, having defeated Northwestern in the 2016 final, 70-66.

History[edit]

The Legends Classic began in 2007 with the first two events being played at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. In that first year, only the four regional-round hosts were guaranteed to play four games,[citation needed] as Texas, Tennessee, West Virginia, and New Mexico State each hosted a pair of games, before advancing to the seminfinals in Newark. Since the 2008–09 season, each team has been guaranteed to play four games.

In 2013, the field for the event decreased from 12 teams to 8 teams from eight separate conferences, which it continues to be. Two games are held at four different regional sites selected before the tournament. Four teams advance to the semifinals and finals at Barclays Center in New York City, while the remaining four teams play in a tournament format at a predetermined on-campus site.[citation needed]

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

Year Winner Score Opponent Tournament MVP Other participants Venue
2016 Notre Dame 70–66 Northwestern Matt Farrell, Notre Dame Colorado, Texas Barclays Center, New York City
2015 Marquette 78–73OT Arizona State Henry Ellenson, Marquette LSU, NC State
2014 Villanova 60–55 Michigan Dylan Ennis, Villanova VCU, Oregon
2013 Pittsburgh 88–67 Stanford Lamar Patterson, Pittsburgh Texas Tech, Houston
2012 Indiana 82–72OT Georgetown Jordan Hulls, Indiana UCLA, Georgia
2011 Vanderbilt 64–62 Oregon State John Jenkins, Vanderbilt NC State, Texas Izod Center, East Rutherford
2010 Syracuse 80–76 Georgia Tech Rick Jackson, Syracuse Michigan, UTEP Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City
2009 Florida 73–58 Rutgers Erving Walker, Florida Michigan State, UMass
2008 Pittsburgh 57–43 Washington State Sam Young, Pittsburgh Mississippi State, Texas Tech Prudential Center, Newark
2007 Texas 97-78 Tennessee D. J. Augustin, Texas New Mexico State, West Virginia

Most appearances[edit]

School
Texas
3
Bucknell
2
Detroit
2
Michigan
2
NC State
2
Pittsburgh
2
Texas Tech
2
Toledo
2

2016 participants and bracket[edit]

 
Semifinals
November 21
Championship
November 22
ESPN2
 
           
 
21 November – Barclays Center
 
 
Notre Dame 89
 
22 November – Barclays Center
 
Colorado 83
 
Notre Dame 70
 
21 November – Barclays Center
 
Northwestern 66
 
#22 Texas 58
 
 
Northwestern 77
 
Consolation
November 22
ESPNU
 
 
22 November – Barclays Center
 
 
Colorado 68
 
 
#22 Texas 54

2015 participants and bracket[edit]

  Semifinals
November 23
    Championship
November 24
ESPN2
                 
  23 LSU 80  
  Marquette 81    
      Marquette 78OT
      Arizona State 73
  NC State 76    
  Arizona State 79   Consolation
November 24
ESPNU
 
23 LSU 72OT
  NC State 83

2014 participants and bracket[edit]

  Semifinals
November 24
    Championship
November 25
ESPN2
                 
  12 Villanova 77  
  14 VCU 53    
      12 Villanova 60
      19 Michigan 55
  19 Michigan 70    
    Oregon 63   Consolation
November 25
ESPNU
 
14 VCU 77
    Oregon 63

2013 participants and bracket[edit]

[1]

  Semifinals
November 25
    Championship
November 26
ESPNU
                 
    Pittsburgh 76  
    Texas Tech 53    
        Pittsburgh 88
        Stanford 67
    Stanford 86    
    Houston 76   Consolation
November 26
ESPN3
 
  Texas Tech 76
    Houston 64

2012 participants and bracket[edit]

[2]

  Semifinals
November 19
    Championship
November 20
ESPN
                 
    Georgia 53  
  1 Indiana 66    
      1 Indiana 82OT
        Georgetown 72
    Georgetown 78    
  13 UCLA 70   Consolation
November 20
ESPNU
 
13 UCLA 60
    Georgia 56

2011 participants and bracket[edit]

[3]

  Semifinals
November 19
ESPN3
    Championship
November 21
ESPN3
                 
  20 Vanderbilt 86  
    NC State 79    
      20 Vanderbilt 64
        Oregon State 62
    Texas 95    
    Oregon State 100OT   Consolation
November 21
ESPN3
 
  NC State 77
    Texas 74

2010 participants and bracket[edit]

[4]

  Semifinals
November 26
HDNet
    Championship
November 27
HDNet
                 
    Georgia Tech 71  
    UTEP 61    
        Georgia Tech 76
      10 Syracuse 80
  10 Syracuse 53    
    Michigan 50   Consolation
November 27
HDNet
 
  UTEP 65
    Michigan 56

2009 participants and bracket[edit]

[5]

  Semifinals
November 27
HDNet
    Championship
November 28
HDNet
                 
    Rutgers 83  
    UMass 75    
        Rutgers 58
        Florida 73
  2 Michigan State 74    
    Florida 77   Consolation
November 20
ESPNU
 
  UMass 68
  2 Michigan State 106

2008 participants and bracket[edit]

[6]

  Semifinals
November 28
HDNet
    Championship
November 29
HDNet
                 
    Washington State 63  
    Mississippi State 52    
        Washington State 43
        Pittsburgh 57
    Pittsburgh 80    
    Texas Tech 67   Consolation
November 29
HDNet
 
  Mississippi State 77
    Texas Tech 73

2007 participants and bracket[edit]

[7]

  Semifinals
November 23
Versus
    Championship
November 24
Versus
                 
  16 Texas 102  
    New Mexico State 87    
      16 Texas 97
      7 Tennessee 78
    West Virginia 72    
  7 Tennessee 74   Consolation
November 24
 
  West Virginia 75
    New Mexico State 61

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2013 Legends Classic Bracket" (PDF). gazellegroup. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "2012 Legends Classic Bracket" (PDF). gazellegroup. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "2011 Legends Classic Bracket" (PDF). gazellegroup. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "2010 Legends Classic Bracket" (PDF). gazellegroup. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "2009 Legends Classic Bracket" (PDF). gazellegroup. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "2008 Legends Classic Bracket" (PDF). gazellegroup. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "2007 Legends Classic Bracket" (PDF). gazellegroup. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 

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