Commodores to open 2016-17 season at Veterans Classic

April 11, 2016

Vanderbilt, Marquette, Ohio State,and Navy headline the 2016 Veterans Classic on CBS Sports Network, an annual showcase at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. that brings together top teams from across the country on Veterans Day.  The third annual event tips-off on Friday, Nov. 11, opening day of the 2016 college basketball season, featuring Vanderbilt vs. Marquette at 6:30 PM, ET, followed by Ohio State vs. Navy at 9:00 PM, ET.

In addition to the games, the three participating schools will have the rare opportunity to get a glimpse of what life is like as a midshipman at the Naval Academy.  The visiting teams will be immersed in the culture and tradition of the Naval Academy, including touring the ‘Yard,’ watching noon meal formation, eating lunch with the Brigade at King Hall, as well as a number of other unique experiences, including military demonstrations and receptions. CBS Sports Network will provide a look at the schools’ visit to the Naval Academy on HOOPS CONFIDENTIAL: VETERANS CLASSIC, a 30-minute all-access show.

The game against Marquette will be the first of the Bryce Drew era with the Commodores.  Drew was recently hired as the Vanderbilt head coach after a stellar five-year coaching career at his alma mater, Valparaiso.

“Our program is very thankful for this opportunity to play in Annapolis. We are looking forward to personally thanking the men and women at Annapolis for their sacrifices and hard work to help keep our great country free. This will be a memorable experience that will influence our student athletes for a lifetime.”

“We are really proud of the Veterans Classic and we are excited about Vanderbilt and Marquette playing the opening game. Vanderbilt is a power in the SEC and has a great academic and athletic tradition. Marquette is also a historic program and Coach Wojciechowski has ties to the area. I am really excited about playing Ohio State, as Thad Matta is a good friend of mine. It’s a big stage with national television and we hope to have another sold-out arena. The coaches in the past have all raved about their teams being able to experience life as a midshipman and they will get an experience here at Navy that they can't get anywhere else in the country. We'll have two outstanding games and four outstanding teams.”

“The Veterans Classic is a unique and special opportunity for everyone in our program to receive some perspective and insight on those who have dedicated their lives to serving our country.  The Naval Academy’s mission to develop its Midshipmen morally, mentally and physically will provide an excellent example for our players and coaches. I have always had tremendous respect for the sacrifices made by the individuals who serve in our armed forces and that’s been our primary motivation to become involved with Camp Hometown Heroes, an organization dedicated to helping children who have lost a loved one who served in the U.S. military. Having grown up in Baltimore not too far from the Academy, I know our team will enjoy an experience it will remember for a long time.”

“Ohio State basketball is honored to participate in the 2016 Veterans Classic. The opportunity for our team to interact with and compete against Navy will be a meaningful experience for everyone in our program. We have the utmost respect for those who protect our country and for our guys to briefly experience what it’s like to be in service to our nation is invaluable.”



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