May 21, 2013
STANFORD, Calif.- Stanford will participate in the seventh annual Legends Classic tournament, which returns to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. for the second consecutive year on Nov. 25-26.
Stanford will be making its second appearance in two months at the Barclays Center, as the Cardinal is also slated to square off against 2013 NCAA runner-up Michigan to headline the second annual Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational presented by adidas in a triple-header on Dec. 21.
Also highlighting the Legends Classic field are Houston, Pittsburgh and Texas Tech. Along with Stanford, the four schools will each host a pair of regional round games on campus from Nov. 17-21 before meeting at the Barclays Center for the championship rounds. The remainder of the eight-team field will participate in subregionals held at a campus site.
Matchups for the championship rounds, which will be aired on the ESPN family of networks, as well as the entire bracket for the 2013 Legends Classic, will be announced at a later date.
Houston finished 20-13 last year, posting its first 20-win season since the 2008-09 campaign and reaching the quarterfinals of the College Basketball Invitational (CBI). The Cougars have been to 19 NCAA Tournaments and five Final Fours. Stanford is 1-2 all-time against Houston, with its only victory coming in the form of a 93-86 decision to ignite the 1991 NIT championship run.
Pittsburgh wrapped up last year 24-9 overall and was fourth in the Big East at 12-6. The Panthers are coming off their 24th NCAA Tournament appearance, including 11 bids in the last 12 years. Making the transition to the ACC next year, head coach Jamie Dixon returns three starters and six of last season's top 10 scorers. Stanford is 1-1 all-time against Pittsburgh, although the teams will be hooking up for the first time since 1949.
Texas Tech is coming off an 11-20 campaign but there is excitement in Lubbock under the direction of first-year head coach Tubby Smith, who has 511 wins and 17 NCAA Tournament appearances under his belt. Smith inherits a roster that returns 10 players from a year ago, led by senior forward Jaye Crockett, who posted team highs of 11.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Stanford is 3-1 all-time against Texas Tech, with all four of those matchups taking place consecutively from 2006-09.
Tickets for the championship rounds will go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 24, at 10 a.m. and can be purchased online via Ticketmaster by visiting www.barclayscenter.com or www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center beginning Tuesday, May 28, at 10 a.m.
About Barclays Center
Barclays Center opened on Sept. 28, 2012, and is a major sports and entertainment venue in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. Developed by Brooklyn-based real estate developer Forest City Ratner Companies, and designed by the award-winning architectural firms AECOM (www.aecom.com/architecture) and SHoP Architects (www.shoparc.com), Barclays Center has one of the most intimate seating configurations ever designed into a modern multi-purpose arena, with unparalleled sightlines and first-class amenities. Barclays Center offers approximately 17,732 seats for basketball, 14,500 seats for hockey and up to 19,000 seats for concerts, and has 101 luxury suites, four bars/lounges, four clubs, and 40/40 CLUB & Restaurant by American Express.
Barclays Center is hosting an extensive variety of events, including premier concerts, monthly major professional boxing cards, top college basketball, family shows, the Brooklyn Nets and soon the New York Islanders. Located atop one of the largest transportation hubs in New York City, Barclays Center is accessible by 11 subway lines, the Long Island Rail Road, and 11 bus lines.