MATCH-UPS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2020 ROMAN LEGENDS CLASSIC PRESENTED BY OLD TRAPPER
NOVEMBER 6, 2020
PRINCETON, N.J. – The schedule is set for the 2020 Roman Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper (@LegendsBBall).
The 14th annual Roman Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper is highlighted by UConn meeting Vanderbilt and USC taking on BYU in the semifinals of the Championship Rounds at Mohegan Sun on Tuesday, December 1.
The semifinal winners will meet for the Roman Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper title on Thursday, Dec. 3, followed by the consolation game.
|—– CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDS —–|
Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT
December 1 – 2:30 p.m. (ET) ESPN2
USC vs. BYU
UConn vs. Vanderbilt
Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT
Championship Game – 7:00 p.m. (ET) ESPN
Consolation Game – 9:30 p.m. (ET) ESPN2
In the 2019 Legends Classic, then-No. 18 Auburn won the title with a win over Richmond (79-65) in the Championship Game.
The Gazelle Group and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame are collaborating to produce multiple college basketball games at Mohegan Sun from November 25 through December 5, 2020 and have named the space “Bubbleville”. Bubbleville will house several events relocated and reimagined due to COVID-19 and provides a controlled environment with teams and event staff adhering to tribal, government, and NCAA health and safety protocols and testing requirements. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, spectators will not be permitted at Mohegan Sun Arena.
UConn (Head Coach: Dan Hurley, Big East Conference)
UConn is making the jump back to the Big East Conference this season…head coach Dan Hurley is beginning his third season at UConn…the bulk of the Huskies’ roster is expected to return this fall, led by sophomore guard James Bouknight, senior forward Tyler Polley, and senior forward Isaiah Whaley…in 2020-21 the Huskies welcome transfer R.J. Cole, who in two years at Howard was named the MEAC Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year.
Southern California (Head Coach: Andy Enfield, Pac-12 Conference)
Entering his eighth season at USC, Andy Enfield has rebuilt the Trojans’ program…USC has won 109 games combined in the last five seasons, the winningest five-year stretch in school history…the Trojans were 22-9 this past year, their fourth 20-win season under Enfield…USC is expected to return a strong young core in sophomores Ethan Anderson, Isaiah Mobley, and Max Agbonkpolo…they are joined by the No. 2 recruit in the nation (per ESPN.com) in Evan Mobley, a 7-foot center from Temecula, Calif.
Vanderbilt (Head Coach: Jerry Stackhouse, Southeastern Conference)
Following a stellar 18-year pro playing career and a four-year pro coaching career, Jerry Stackhouse is beginning his second season at Vanderbilt this fall…a strong nucleus returns for the Commodores, led by a trio of starters in sophomores Scotty Pippen, Jr and Dylan Disu and senior Maxwell Evans…Vanderbilt also welcomes a pair of transfers in former 5-star recruit DJ Harvey (10.8 ppg at Notre Dame in 2018-19) and Quentin Millora-Brown (7.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg at Rice in 2018-19)…Vanderbilt won the 2011 Legends Classic title.
Brigham Young (Head Coach: Mark Pope, West Coast Conference)
In his first year as head coach, Mark Pope led BYU to a record of 24-8, the most wins for a first-year coach in the program’s history…BYU rose to #14 in the rankings, its highest ranking since 2011…the 2019-2020 Cougars led the nation with a 42.2 3-point field goal percentage…this season, the Cougars welcome eight newcomers, including the No. 7 transfer in the nation (per ESPN.com) Matt Haarms (8.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.0 bpg at Purdue in 2019-2020).
About the Roman Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper
Begun in 2007, the Roman Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper has become one of the nation’s most eagerly-anticipated early-season men’s basketball tournaments. Regularly attracting the top programs and coaches in the country, four teams from the most prestigious conferences in the country head to Brooklyn, N.Y., and Barclays Center – the home of the Brooklyn Nets – to complete in the nationally televised Roman Legends Classic Championship Rounds.
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About Old Trapper
Old Trapper Smoked Products has produced its signature line of authentic handmade meat snacks from its headquarters in Forest Grove, Oregon since 1969. Those 50 years of experience, complemented by continued investments in state-of-the-art processes, result in top-quality products that are distributed nationwide.
About the Gazelle Group
The Roman Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper 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 Empire Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project presented by Continental Tire, the Gotham Classic, the Sunshine Slam, the Bluegrass Showcase, the Holiday Face-Off, and the College Basketball Invitational. For more information on the Gazelle Group, please visit gazellegroup.com.
About the Northeast Conference
The Northeast Conference (NEC) is the sponsoring conference of the Legends Classic Presented by Old Trapper. Entering its 40th season, the NEC is a NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association consisting of 10 institutions of higher learning located throughout seven states. For more information on the NEC, visit the official website at www.northeastconference.org or follow on Twitter @NECSports.
About Mohegan Sun
Mohegan Sun Arena is now ranked consistently among the top venues in the world according to Billboard Magazine, Pollstar and Venues Today. It has won “Casino of The Year” at the Country Music Awards in 2008 & 2010 and in 2013, was voted “Arena Of The Year” at the G2E Global Gaming Conference in Las Vegas. Mohegan Sun Arena was also ranked among the top 10 arena venues in the nation for 2014, regardless of size. In 2015, Mohegan Sun took home the IEBA award for “Casino of the Year.” Mohegan Sun also won “Casino of the Year” in 2 categories at the 2013 & 2016 Academy of Country Music Awards. For more information on concerts and other great events, visit Mohegan Sun. For information on this week’s schedule, call the Entertainment and Special Events hotline at 1-888.226-7711, ext. 27163.
About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was born, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting, preserving and celebrating the game of basketball at every level – men and women, amateur and professional players, coaches and contributors, both domestically and internationally. The Hall of Fame museum is home to more than 400 inductees and over 40,000 square feet of basketball history. Nearly 200,000 people visit the Hall of Fame museum each year to learn about the game, experience the interactive exhibits and test their skills on the Jerry Colangelo “Court of Dreams.” Best known for its annual marquee Enshrinement Ceremony honoring the game’s elite, the Hall of Fame also operates over 70 high school and collegiate competitions annually throughout the country and abroad. For more information on the Basketball Hall of Fame organization, its museum and events, visit www.hoophall.com, follow @hoophall or call 1-877-4HOOPLA.
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