PRINCETON, N.J. (March 11, 2013) --- UConn will be one of four teams headlining the field for the 19th annual 2K Sports Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project, which returns to New York's Madison Square Garden in November, 2013.
The Huskies, who finished the 2012-13 season with 20 wins, will host a pair of regional round games at home from Nov. 14-17, then, regardless of the outcome of those games, will move to Madison Square Garden for the Championship Round games on Nov. 21-22. Indiana, Boston College, and Washington will also host regional round games and will advance to Madison Square Garden. The other 12 teams that will participate in the regionals and the entire 2013 2K Sports Classic bracket will be announced at a later date.
Tickets for Championship Round games of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project at Madison Square Garden are on sale now and may be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 866-448-7849 or through Ticketmaster.com.
Under coach Kevin Ollie, UConn posted its 20th 20-win season over the last 24 years. The Huskies, who have won three National Championships and have played in 31 NCAA tournaments, expect to see the return of their top seven scorers and all five starters from this year, led by junior guard Shabazz Napier, a first-team All-BIG EAST pick.
Indiana is the regular-season champ of the Big Ten and spent 10 weeks ranked No. 1 this season. The Hoosiers have won five National Championships and has been to 36 NCAA Tournaments, including a Sweet 16 appearance last year.
Boston College coach Steve Donahue expects to return all five starters and seven of his top eight scorers, including leading scorer and rebounder Ryan Anderson. The Eagles have been to 18 NCAA Tournaments.
Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has led the Huskies to 207 wins over the last nine seasons, including 17 this season. He has 10 underclassmen on the roster, led by junior guard C.J. Wilcox. Washington has been to 16 NCAA Tournaments in their history and won either the Pac-12 Conference regular season or tournament championship in each of the previous four years (2009-12).
At last year's 2K Sports Classic, Alabama's Trevor Releford earned MVP honors, highlighted by his 25-point effort in the Championship Game, as the Crimson Tide rolled to the tournament title. 'Bama downed Villanova, 77-55, in the title match.
Wounded Warrior Project is the beneficiary of the 2K Sports Classic. The mission of Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP's purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla.