Indiana to play in 2012 Legends Classic in Brooklyn

Indiana will play in the 2012 Legends Classic at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. along with Georgetown, UCLA and Georgia. The release follows.

PRINCETON, N.J. – Georgetown, Indiana, UCLA, and Georgia will compete in the 2012 Legends Classic, which  culminates with the Championship Rounds at Brooklyn’s brand new Barclays Center, Nov. 19-20. Championship Round tickets will go on sale in the near future.

The format for the 2012  Legends Classic, which has fast become one of the nation’s premier early-season  college basketball tournaments, features 12 teams from across the nation competing  in the fifth annual event with Georgetown, Indiana, UCLA, and Georgia hosting  regional round games from Nov. 11-15. The four hosts will then advance to the  Championship Rounds on Nov. 19-20 at Barclays Center, located in the heart of Brooklyn, N.Y., while the remainder of  the field will participate in subregionals held at campus sites.
Match-ups for the  Championship Rounds, television details, and the entire bracket for the 2012  Legends Classic will be announced at a later date.
The four schools advancing  to Barclays Center have combined for 117 trips  to the NCAA Tournament.
Georgetown – Has been to 27 NCAA  Tournaments, winning one National Championship…has been ranked each of the last  14 weeks, placing 13th in this week’s Associated Press poll and 14th in the ESPN/USA Today poll…expected to return 11 players from this year’s team,  including three starters – Hollis Thompson, Markel Starks, and Nate Lubick…the  Hoyas have won 20 or more games six of the last seven years under head coach  John Thompson III. 
Indiana – Has won five National  Championships and has been to 35 NCAA Tournaments…head coach Tom Crean is in  his fourth year of rebuilding which has resulted in the first 20-win season  since 2008…has been ranked each of the last 13 weeks, this week at 15th in both polls…expected to return 12 players next year,  including four starters and the top five scorers from this season, highlighted  by Cody Zeller, Christian Watford, and Jordan Hulls.  UCLA – Has won 11 National  Championships and made 18 Final Four appearances in 44 trips to the NCAA  Tournament, including a berth in the 2011 NCAAs…12 players, including three starters,  are expected to return next season, led by brothers David and Travis Wear, and Joshua Smith…the Bruins will also welcome top-ranked local recruit Kyle Anderson of St. Anthony High School (Jersey City, N.J.)…head coach Ben Howland has won 206 games in his nine years at the  UCLA helm.  Georgia – The Bulldogs went to their  first NCAA Tournament since 2008 a year ago…this year, 11 underclassmen dot the  roster, including seven of the team’s top nine scorers…those 11 will be led  into next season by freshmen Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Nemanja Djurisic, as  well as sophomore Donte’ Williams…head coach Mark Fox is in his third year at  Georgia and has led his teams to six 20-win seasons in his seven previous years  as a head coach.
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.  At this season’s Legends Classic, then No. 18 Vanderbilt captured a 64-62 win over Oregon State behind the 14-point effort of tournament MVP John Jenkins.  NETS All Access season ticket buyers have the opportunity to  buy tickets to the Legends Classic at Barclays Center before the general  public. For more information please visit www.barclayscenter.com <http://www.barclayscenter.com> .   The Legends Classic is produced by the Gazelle Group of 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 Gotham 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<http://www.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 <http://www.northeastconference.org> .
Scheduled to open in September 2012, Barclays  Center will be a major sports and entertainment venue in the heart of Brooklyn,  New York. Designed by the award-winning architectural firms AECOM (www.aecom.com/architecture<http://www.aecom.com/architecture> ) and SHoP Architects (www.shoparc.com <http://www.shoparc.com/> ), Barclays Center will  have one of the most intimate seating configurations ever designed into a  modern multi-purpose arena, with unparalleled sightlines and first-class  amenities. Barclays Center will offer approximately 18,000 seats for basketball  and up to 19,000 seats for concerts, and will also have 100 luxury suites, four  bars/lounges, three clubs, and a restaurant.   Located atop one of the largest transportation hubs in New  York City, Barclays Center will be accessible by 11 subway lines and the Long  Island Rail Road.    For more information on Barclays Center please visit www.barclayscenter.com

7 comments

  1. I wouldn’t be too sure of being the highest ranked team. Georgetown is ranked higher than IU right now and they only lose two seniors that don’t play that much. Georgetown could be a top 5 team next year.

  2. I think we’re better than G-town right now to be honest. We are also losing seniors who, although important, aren’t by any means pivotal parts of the machine; we return a pretty mean core of players.

    They bring in Smith-Rivera next year, but we bring in Yogi, Hanner, and Hollowell.

    Who knows how we’ll be ranked at that point, but at present I’d guess we’ll be higher.

  3. Maybe HT was anticipating the highest ranking based on the Hoosiers going deeper into this year’s NCAA tournament out of that group and our top 2012 recruiting class to play alongside the soon-to-be best sophomore center in the country.

  4. @iuhoosiers1992

    You might to go check what Georgetown is losing. Their 2 seniors and 1st/3rd in points and 1st/4th in minutes. They’ll likely still be good, but probably 10-15 range. IU on the other hand could be top 5

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