New Wooden Legacy tournament to feature Miami & Marquette


Miami and Marquette will feature in the first-ever Wooden Legacy college basketball tournament over the Thanksgiving weekend next season, according to the NCAA.

The eight-team competition will take place over the weekend of November 28 through December 1 in Orange County, California.

Announced last week, the Wooden Legacy tournament will combine the John R Wooden Classic doubleheader and the Anaheim Classic, an eight-team bracketed event that has been played for previous six years.

As well as Miami and Marquette, the eight-team field includes Cal State Fullerton, Charleston, George Washington, Arizona State, San Diego State and Creighton.

UCLA, one of the nation's most prestigious basketball schools, will play the 2016 event. But schools can only play the tournament once every four years under NCAA regulations.

The old Wooden Classic began in 1994 as an annual tribute to the former-UCLA coach who passed away in 2010. He won 10 national championships over a 12-year period as head coach at the Los Angeles-based campus, and was named national coach of the year six times.

The previous incarnation of the Classic was a single-day doubleheader. But the last two years have been multi-day affairs and the new tournament will continue the recent tradition, taking place over three days.

The first two rounds will take place at the Titan Gym on the Fullerton Campus on November 29 and 30, before it switches to the Honda Center in Anaheim for four placement games.

The title match will be played on December 1. All 12 games will be shown on ESPN.

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