May 18, 2011
PRINCETON, N.J. - Vanderbilt's men's basketball team will compete in the 2011 Legends Classic Nov. 19 and 21 where they will be joined by Texas, N.C. State and Oregon State. The championship rounds will be played at IZOD Center in the New Jersey Meadowlands Sports Complex.
This is the fifth year of the Legends Classic, which features 12 teams from across the nation. Vanderbilt, Texas, NC State and Oregon State will host regional round games Nov. 13-17. The four hosts will then advance to the championship rounds on Nov. 19 & 21 at IZOD Center, while the remainder of the field will participate in subregionals held at campus sites.
Matchups for the championship rounds, television information and the entire bracket will be announced at a later date. Tickets for the championship rounds go on sale at 11 a.m. CT on Thursday, May 19 and can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or through Ticketmaster.com.
In the first four years of its existence, the Legends Classic has featured six teams that went on to advance to at least the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Additionally, Texas (2008) and Pittsburgh (2009) advanced to the Elite Eight and Michigan State (2010) played in the Final Four. Syracuse won the 2010 Legends Classic with wins over Georgia Tech and Michigan.
The 2011 Legends Classic is the most recent of many preseason tournaments played in by the Commodores under Coach Kevin Stallings. Last year, Vanderbilt played in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The team has also played in the 2009 Maui Invitational, 2008 Cancun Challenge and 2007 South Padre Invitational.
Has appeared in each of the last 13 NCAA Tournaments - tied for the fourth-longest streak in the country...Texas, ranked No. 8 in the final Associated Press poll, posted a 28-8 record in 2010-11 with the 28 wins being the third most in school history...the Longhorns have won 20 or more games each of the last 12 seasons...junior guard J'Covan Brown (10.4 ppg) leads a team that welcomes a Top 10 recruiting class in 2011...head coach Rick Barnes has won over 500 games during his career...Texas won the inaugural Legends Classic in 2007.
Enters the 2011-12 season under the direction of new head coach Mark Gottfried, who previously coached at Murray State and Alabama, leading the Crimson Tide to the Elite Eight in 2004...the Wolfpack return 10 players from last season, including sophomore forward CJ Leslie (11.0 ppg, 7.2 rpg), a member of the ACC all-freshman team, and junior forward Scott Wood (9.7 ppg), who has more three-pointers (135) after his sophomore season than any player in school history after two seasons.
Has won 43 games over the last three seasons - the most over any three-year span in nearly 20 years...the Beavers won the 2009 College Basketball Invitational in head coach Craig Robinson's first season at OSU...11 players return for the 2011-12 season, including four starters...leading the way is junior guard Jared Cunningham, a second-team All-Pac-10 selection who led OSU in scoring (14.2 ppg) a year ago...sophomore Ahmad Starks (7.8 ppg) joins Cunningham in the Beavers' backcourt.
The Legends Classic is produced by The Gazelle Group in Princeton, N.J. The Gazelle Group is a sports marketing firm, specializing in event production and management, client representation, and sponsorship consulting. Gazelle produces numerous nationally-recognized events, such as the 2K Sports Classic, the CBE Classic, the CBI presented by Zebra Pen, and the All-American Championship. The Gazelle Group is a member of USA Basketball. For more information on the Gazelle Group, please visit gazellegroup.com.
The Northeast Conference (NEC) is the sponsoring conference of the Legends Classic. Entering its 31st season, the NEC is a NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association consisting of 12 institutions of higher learning located throughout six states. For more information on the NEC, visit www.northeastconference.org.