September 26, 2007
PRINCETON, N.J. – Connecticut, Kentucky, Memphis, and Oklahoma will serve as the four regional hosts for the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer, the nation’s premier season-opening college basketball tournament.
Regional action will take place Nov. 5-9, with the winner of each Regional Round advancing to the Championship Rounds, Nov. 15-16, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. A total of ten games will be nationally televised on the ESPN family of networks. ESPN2 will televise both Championship Round doubleheaders at Madison Square Garden on November 15th and 16th. ESPNU will televise two Memphis Regional games, two Lexington Regional games, and two games of the Storrs Regional. Outlined below are the dates, locations and match-ups for the tournament. (Click here for a complete bracket with TV times)
---- REGIONAL ROUNDS ----
Memphis Regional Rounds
Lexington Regional Rounds
November 5th and 6th
November 6th and 7th
FedEx Forum – Memphis, TN
Rupp Arena – Lexington, KY
Tennessee Martin vs. Memphis
Central Arkansas vs. Kentucky
Maine vs. Richmond
Alabama A&M vs. Gardner Webb
Storrs Regional Rounds
Norman Regional Rounds
November 7th and 8th
November 8th and 9th
Gampel Pavilion – Storrs, CT
Lloyd Noble Center – Norman, OK
Morgan State vs. Connecticut
San Francisco vs. Oklahoma
Ohio Valley vs. Buffalo
East Central Oklahoma vs. Denver
---- CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDS ----
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Memphis Winner vs. Norman Winner
Storrs Winner vs. Lexington Winner
Last year, Maryland defeated Michigan State, 62-60, in the 2006 championship game. Additionally, three of the last six NCAA Tournament champions have begun their seasons at The Classic, including Maryland (2001-02), Syracuse (2003-04) and Florida (2004-05).
2K Sports will be the title sponsor of the event for the third consecutive year. 2K Sports develops and publishes the popular and highly acclaimed 2K series of sports video games including the "College Hoops 2K" series. 2K Sports is known for delivering the most innovative and realistic sports simulation gaming experience to fans every year.
Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The initiative leverages the personal experiences, community leadership, and professional excellence of basketball coaches nationwide to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through year-round awareness efforts, fundraising activities and advocacy programs. Coaches vs. Cancer provides critical mission outreach, while raising funds in support of the Society’s lifesaving cancer research, education, advocacy, and community service. Since 1996, the Event has raised approximately $3.3 million for the benefit of Coaches vs. Cancer.
TICKET INFORMATION: Championship Round tickets at Madison Square Garden are now on sale and may be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 212.307.7171 or through Ticketmaster.com.
For VIP ticket packages, contact Jason Poppe at 609.921.1300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets also may be purchased through the host schools’ box offices.
Kentucky: ukathletics.com or 800.928.2287
Memphis: gotigersgo.com or 888.867.8636
Oklahoma: soonersports.com or 800.456.4668
The 2K Sports College Hoops Classic benefitting Coaches vs. Cancer 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 O’Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic and the Legends Classic. For more information on the Gazelle Group, please visit gazellegroup.com.