No. 11 Auburn, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, St. Bonaventure to compete in the 2023 Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper
December 7, 2022
PRINCETON, N.J./BROOKLYN, N.Y. – No. 11 Auburn, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, and St. Bonaventure comprise the field for the 2023 Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper which will return to Barclays Center on November 16-17, 2023.
Auburn will enter its game with Memphis on Saturday with an 8-0 record and a No. 11 ranking in this week’s Associated Press poll. Now in his ninth season with the Tigers, Bruce Pearl, the reigning SEC Coach of the Year, has guided Auburn to at least 25 wins each of the last four complete basketball seasons, including a trip to the 2019 Final Four.
Notre Dame is 6-2 entering tonight’s game with Boston University. Head coach Mike Brey is in his 23rd season in South Bend and is the Fighting Irish’s all-time leader with 478 wins and has taken them to 15 NCAA Tournaments.
Oklahoma State will enter its game with Virginia Tech on Sunday with a 6-3 record. Head coach and Brooklyn native Mike Boynton, Jr. is in his sixth season with the Cowboys, posting 93 wins including 11 victories over top 10 opponents during his tenure.
St. Bonaventure is 5-3 entering tonight’s game with Cleveland State after winning the Gotham Classic championship Thanksgiving Weekend. In 16 years at the helm of the Bonnies, Mark Schmidt has recorded more wins (273) than the previous five St. Bonaventure coaches combined.
Three of the four teams in the 2023 Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper field return to the event. Auburn won the championship in 2019; Notre Dame won the 2016 championship; and Oklahoma State won the consolation game in 2017. St. Bonaventure will be making its first appearance in the event.
An on-sale date for tickets to the 2023 Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper as well as the schedule will be announced at a later date.
The 2022 Legends Classic was captured by Arizona State which, after beating VCU 63-59 in the semifinals, led from start to finish in a most convincing way in recording an 87-62 win over then-No. 20 Michigan in the championship game.
About the Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper
First played in 2007, the Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper has become one of college basketball’s premier early-season tournaments. Featuring four teams from across the nation, the Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper annually attracts the top programs in the sport with an opportunity to win a championship in downtown Brooklyn and the home of the Brooklyn Nets – Barclays Center.
About the Gazelle Group
The 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. In addition to the Legends Classic, Gazelle produces numerous nationally-recognized college basketball events, such as the Empire Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project, the Gotham Classic, the Sunshine Slam, and the College Basketball Invitational, as well as the Kwik Trip Holiday Face-Off hockey tournament. For more information on the Gazelle Group, please visit www.gazellegroup.com.
About the Northeast Conference
The Northeast Conference (NEC) is the sponsoring conference of the Legends Classic. Now in its 42nd season, the NEC is a NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association consisting of nine institutions of higher learning located throughout five states. For more information on the NEC, visit the official website at www.northeastconference.org or follow on Twitter @NECsports.
About Barclays Center
Barclays Center opened on September 28, 2012 and is a major sports and entertainment venue in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. The arena is home to the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and the WNBA’s New York Liberty. Since opening with the first of eight consecutive sold out shows by JAY-Z, Barclays Center has established itself as an industry leader in sports and entertainment, hosting some of the greatest entertainers in the world including Barbra Streisand, Beyoncé, Bruce Springsteen, Drake, Justin Bieber, Madonna, Mary J. Blige, Paul McCartney, Rihanna, and The Rolling Stones, as well as major events such as the MTV Video Music Awards, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, 2015 NBA All-Star weekend, nine NBA Drafts, and nationally broadcast New Year’s Eve shows. Barclays Center has become one of the most popular and recognizable arenas in the world – consistently ranked as a top venue by Billboard, Pollstar, and Venues Now.
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