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Brooklyn Hoops Festival 2012: Teams, Schedule, Live Stream, Bracket, TV Info

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 23:  Trey Burke #3 of the Michigan Wolverines plays the ball during the game against the Kansas State Wildcats at Madison Square Garden on November 23, 2012 in New York City. Michigan Wolverines defeated Kansas State Wildcats 71-57.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Alex KayCorrespondent IDecember 13, 2012

The 2012 Brooklyn Winter Hoops Festival is a brand new event cooked up by the promoters at the Barclays Center, and we hope it winds up becoming a longstanding tradition.

With three games scheduled between teams ranging from local programs to national powerhouses, it promises to be an exciting day of basketball.

Let’s take a look at where you can watch the action, a short preview for each contest and much more.  

 

When: Saturday, December 15 at 2:30 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. ET/ 8 p.m. ET

Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

Watch: ESPN

Live Stream: ESPN3

 

Bracket

Game 1: Princeton vs. Fordham

Game 2: St. John’s vs. St. Francis

Game 3: Michigan vs. West Virginia (ESPN/ESPN3)

 

Princeton (3-5) vs. Fordham (1-8) Preview

Injury Report (via USA Today)

Princeton

No injuries to report

 

Fordham

F Lionel Gomis, QST, Personal

 

Princeton Player to Watch: Ian Hummer

The senior forward is easily the best player on the Tigers' roster, and he’s been able to do a bit of everything well.

Through eight games, the versatile young man has averaged 15.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.9 blocks. Those are impressive figures and it’s clear he’ll be instrumental in whether or not this New Jersey-based school comes out on top.

 

Fordham Player to Watch: Branden Frazier

This hometown kid is getting a chance to play under the brightest lights in the newest stadium in town, and we expect him to elevate his game to the next level on Saturday.

He’s averaging 15.2 points, 4.7 assists and 3.8 rebounds for the lowly Rams, but has a chance to help double the team’s win total by conquering Princeton in this looming matchup.

 

St. John’s (7-3) vs. St. Francis (2-6) Preview

Injury Report

St. John’s

F Orlando Sanchez, OUT, Eligibility

 

St. Francis

No injuries to report

 

St. John’s Player to Watch: D’Angelo Harrison

All eyes will be on this young man when he takes the court of the Red Storm.

Harrison, a 6’3” guard all the way from Texas, has been averaging over 20 points and been an absolute dynamite scorer for the Johnnies. Don’t be surprised to see him absolutely light up the Terriers in this lopsided matchup.

 

St. Francis Player to Watch: Jalen Cannon

At 6’6”, you’d imagine that Cannon would be a decent rebounder and nothing more. However, that’s simply not the case and the undersized forward is leading the team with a whopping 9.5 per game.

It just shows how much heart the sophomore has, and he’ll need to harness all of that and dig deeper to help his Terriers upset the Johnnies in Brooklyn.

 

Michigan (10-0) vs. West Virginia (4-4) Preview

Injury Report

Michigan

F Max Bielfeldt, QST, Ankle

G Josh Bartelstein, OUT, Ankle

 

West Virginia

F Dominique Rutledge, QST, Ankle

F Volodymyr Gerun, QST, Suspension

 

Michigan Player to Watch: Trey Burke

Burke has led the Wolverines to a perfect 10-0 start and put himself on the map as a potential first-round draft pick.

The six-foot sophomore point guard is an elite scorer, averaging 17.1 points per game, but also a great setup artist—dishing 6.9 dimes per contest.

Because of his ability to attack the rim and either finish or kick out, Michigan has a ton of weapons at its disposal. He faces a tough test against the Mountaineers on Saturday, but we’ve seen enough of Burke to know he’s up for the challenge.

 

West Virginia Player to Watch: Aaric Murray

This is Murray’s first season with the Mountaineers, as he played two years with La Salle before sitting out the 2011-12 season upon transferring to WVU.

He’s doing quite well as the team’s center, averaging 9.4 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per contest.

We’d like to see a bit more from the junior big man, as the middling Mountaineers need someone to step up and lead by example in order for this squad to get above .500. 

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