PRINCETON, N.J. – For the fourth consecutive season in 2018-19, the UConn men’s basketball team will continue its longtime rivalry with former Big East Conference foe Syracuse, meeting the Orange in the semifinal round of the 24th annual 2K Classic, benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project, on Thursday, Nov. 15, at Madison Square Garden.
Oregon and Iowa will clash in the other 2K Classic semifinal at the Garden, with the losers meeting in the consolation game and the winners battling for the tourney title on Friday, Nov. 16. Thursday’s semifinal doubleheader will begin at 7 p.m., with the order of games still to be determined. The four teams have combined for 111 NCAA appearances, 16 Final Fours, and eight NCAA National Championships, including four by the Huskies. All four games of the Championship Rounds will be aired on ESPN Networks.
As part of the 2K Classic, UConn, Syracuse, Oregon and Iowa will also each host two games on their home courts in addition to playing the two games at the Garden. UConn will meet Morehead State on Thursday, Nov. 8, and will play host to UMKC on Sunday, Nov. 11. The site of UConn’s home games, either Gampel Pavilion in Storrs or the XL Center in Hartford, will be announced at a later date.
Besides Morehead State and UMKC, Eastern Washington and Green Bay will be part of the tourney. Those four teams will each play two road games against the host teams and then meet in the Subregional Rounds at Eastern Washington on Nov. 16-17.
UConn and Syracuse have met 94 times, with the Orange holding a 56-38 advantage. They last met as Big East rivals in 2012-13, with UConn claiming a 66-58 victory at the XL Center. The rivalry was renewed, however, in 2015-16 in the semifinals of the 2015 Battle 4 Atlantis on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, a 79-76 Syracuse victory. The following season, UConn came out on top, 52-50, in the 2016 Tire Pros Classic at Madison Square Garden. Last year, in the 2017 Jimmy V Classic at the Garden, Syracuse captured a 72-63 decision.
This season will mark UConn’s fourth appearance in the 2K Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project and the Huskies own an 8-2 record in the event.
In 1999, the Huskies bowed to Iowa, then defeated Duke in the consolation game, when the tourney consisted of only two games.
In 2007, UConn defeated Morgan State and Buffalo at home, then topped Gardner-Webb at the Garden before bowing in the championship game to Memphis.
In 2013, the Huskies won the 2K Championship, topping Detroit and Boston University at home, then defeating Boston College and Indiana at Madison Square Garden.
Wounded Warrior Project (@wwp) is the beneficiary of the 2K Classic. With the mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors, WWP is the hand extended to encourage warriors as they adjust to their new normal and achieve new triumphs. Offering a variety of programs and services, WWP is equipped to serve warriors with every type of injury - from the physical to the invisible wounds of war.
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