SDSU Men's Hoops to Play in All-New Wooden Legacy
June 4, 2013
SAN DIEGO - San Diego State, which was set to play at the Anaheim Classic at the Anaheim Convention Center this season during the Thanksgiving weekend, is now slated to participate in the Wooden Legacy, an all-new multi-team tournament slated for the same holiday weekend.
The tournament was formed as two vibrant, nationally recognized in-season collegiate basketball events join forces. The former John R. Wooden Classic will combine with the Anaheim Classic, the eight-team, three-day, 12-game bracketed event that has been staged the past six years in Anaheim.
"We're delighted to honor our father and his passion for the game of basketball through this new and exciting event," said Jim and Nan Wooden, son and daughter of the legendary coach. "For the past 20 years we have done tremendous work for local charities, while celebrating his philosophies and are certain the establishment of the Wooden Legacy will only enhance these efforts."
With the expansion, the 2013 Wooden Legacy will be held at two sites. The opening two rounds will be played at Titan Gym on the campus of Cal State Fullerton on Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29. The games then move to Honda Center with four placement contests including the championship game between the remaining unbeaten schools on Sunday, Dec. 1. The 12 games will air across ESPN networks.
Institutions from seven different leagues will be competing in the 2013 Wooden Legacy led by NCAA Championship participants San Diego State, Creighton, Marquette and Miami (Fla.).
Additional schools competing in the 2013 event include Arizona State (2013 NIT), College of Charleston (2013 CBI), Cal State Fullerton and George Washington.
This upcoming season will mark the fourth time the Aztecs have participated in a Wooden event. SDSU played in the Wooden Classic vs. Saint Mary's in back-to-back seasons (2007 and 2008) before returning to Anaheim for the event last season and beating UCLA, 78-69.
Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the event web site at www.TheWoodenLegacy.com or on twitter at https://twitter.com/TheWoodenLegacy. Bracket pairings and tip-off time will be released later this summer. Ticket on-sale information for all three days of the tournament will be released in the coming weeks.
San Diego State is coming off a school-record fourth straight appearance in the NCAA tournament where it advanced past the second round for the second time in three seasons. Last year, the Aztecs finished with a 23-11 record, which represented their eighth-consecutive campaign of 20 or more wins, and their postseason berth was their eighth in a row as well.
Fans interested in purchasing tickets for the 2013-14 season may contact the SDSU ticket office at (619) 283-7378.
2013-14 Non-Conference Opponents
Wooden Legacy (Neutral: Nov. 28-29 at Cal State Fullerton, Dec. 1 at Honda Center - Anaheim, Calif.)
-Arizona State, Cal State Fullerton, College of Charleston, Creighton, George Washington, Marquette, Miami
Washington (Home: Dec. 8)
Kansas (Away: Jan. 5)
Arizona (Home: Date TBD)
2014-15 Non-Conference Opponents
EA Sports Maui Invitational (Neutral: Nov. 24-26)
-Arizona, Brigham Young, Chaminade, Kansas State, Missouri, Pittsburgh, Purdue Washington (Away: Date TBD)
2015-16 Non-Conference Opponents
Kansas (Home: Date TBD)