The 2K Sports Classic is already underway, although the all-important championship rounds won’t take place until later in November.
This wide-reaching event is for a great cause, as each game will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Fortunately, plenty of top teams are participating in the tournament, and a number of solid matchups are on tap over the next week or so.
Let’s take a look at which teams are involved, the complete schedule of contests, a bracket for the championship rounds and more.
|Championship Rounds||Madison Square Garden|
|11/21/13||Connecticut vs. Boston College||New York, N.Y.||7 p.m.||ESPN2|
|11/21/13||Indiana vs. Washington||New York, N.Y.||ESPN2|
|11/22/13||Consolation Game||New York, N.Y.||5 p.m.||ESPNU|
|11/22/13||Championship Game||New York, N.Y.||ESPN2|
|11/12/13||LIU Brooklyn at Indiana||Bloomington, Ind.||6 p.m.||BTN||IND 73, LIU-B 72|
|11/17/13||Stony Brook at Indiana||Bloomington, Ind.||5 p.m.||BTN||IND 90, SB 74|
|11/14/13||Detroit at Connecticut||Storrs, Conn.||7 p.m.||SNY||CONN 101, DET 55|
|11/17/13||Boston University at Connecticut||Storrs, Conn.||12 p.m.||ESPNU||CONN 77, BU 60|
|11/14/13||Toledo at Boston College||Chestnut Hill, Mass.||7 p.m.||ESPN3||TOL 95, BC 92|
|11/17/13||Florida Atlantic at Boston College||Chestnut Hill, Mass.||8 p.m.||ESPNU||BC 82, FAU 79|
|11/14/13||UC Irvine at Washington||Seattle, Wash.||11 p.m.||Pac-12 N||UCI 86, WAS 72|
|11/17/13||Eastern Washington at Washington||Seattle, Wash.||8 p.m.||Pac-12 N||WAS 92, EWU 80|
|11/22/13||Toledo vs. Stony Brook||Detroit, Mich||4:30 p.m.|
|11/22/13||Florida Atlantic vs. Detroit||Detroit, Mich.|
|11/23/13||Stony Brook vs. Florida Atlantic||Detroit, Mich.||3 p.m.|
|11/23/13||Toledo vs. Detroit||Detroit, Mich.|
|11/24/13||Florida Atlantic vs. Toledo||Detroit, Mich.||1:30 p.m.|
|11/24/13||Stony Brook vs. Detroit||Detroit, Mich.|
|11/22/13||Boston Univ. vs. Eastern Washington||Irvine, Calif.||7:30 p.m.|
|11/22/13||LIU Brooklyn vs. UC Irvine||Irvine, Calif.|
|11/23/13||Eastern Washington vs. LIU Brooklyn||Irvine, Calif.||6 p.m.|
|11/23/13||Boston University vs. UC Irvine||Irvine, Calif.|
|11/24/13||LIU Brooklyn vs. Boston University||Irvine, Calif.||4:30 p.m.|
|11/24/13||Eastern Washington vs. UC Irvine||Irvine, Calif.|
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Complete coverage info here.
Headliners: Indiana, UConn, Boston College, Washington
These four powerhouses are prominently involved in the 2K Sports Classic, hosting a pair of contests on their home campuses before travelling to the Big Apple to play in the championship rounds on Nov. 21 and Nov. 22.
Other Participants: Detroit, Eastern Washington, Florida Atlantic, LIU-Brooklyn, Stony Brook, Toledo, UC-Irvine
These schools will have a chance to topple the big-name players in this event, participating in the regional events ahead of the championship rounds and then moving to the subregional events that take place from Nov. 22 through Nov. 24.
Complete bracket courtesy of gazellegroup.com.
Predicted Winner: Indiana
The Hoosiers are a fringe Top 25 team this year, receiving votes in the AP poll while getting a generous No. 23 ranking in the USA Today poll.
However, winning the 2K Sports Classic would put them on the map and set the tone for the upcoming campaign, so expect head coach Tom Crean to have his boys prepared to take this one.
While the loss of stars Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller to the NBA draft severely hurts Indiana’s chances of success in 2013-14, the squad still features a number of solid contributors.
Which team will win this tournament?
Sophomore forward Jeremy Hollowell is expected to take on a much bigger role, while freshman Troy Williams joins him in the frontcourt and should make a great impact this season.
Noah Vonleh is another young phenom who should be able to use his 6’10”, 240-pound frame to dominate the competition and control the paint.
There is a solid core here, and it would be surprising if IU had much trouble making a run through this tourney up until the finals.
UConn poses the biggest threat in this tourney, as the Huskies are ranked No. 19 in the AP poll. If both teams are able to navigate through to the last contest, expect it to be a great one.
Predicted Final Score: Indiana 72 – Uconn 70