Barclays Center Classic Schedule
Each year there are plenty of preseason college basketball tournaments to choose
from, and many offer exciting match ups but none can quite compare to the Barclays Center Classic. The Barclays Center Classic
field consists of 8 teams each of whom are assured of playing four games with the first round of games held on campus sites
with the winners advancing on to play in the semifinals and finals at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Every year many
of the best teams in college hoops are invited to take part in this unique tournament and NCAA basketball fanatics are anxious
to get to Barclays Center to see who will emerge as champion. StubHub has tickets to the semifinals and finals at the 2014
Barclays Center Classic so be sure to get yours soon while you can choose from the best seats in the house.
will once again be held at Barclays Center, this year on Friday, November 28th with the finals taking place on the following
day on the 29th. Barclays Center is perhaps best known as the home court of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets and offers incredible
amenities in a venue that was built specifically with big tie basketball games in mind. A trip to Barclays Center is always
a great idea, but when you have the chance to see a few of the best college hoops teams in the country going at it for a big
tournament championship there is no reason not to make the trip. There are not many other events in NCAA basketball that bring
together a group of elite teams like the ones on hand for the Barclays Center Classic every year.
The first Barclays Center Classic took place in 2012 and was a round-robin style tournament between
five teams which then determined the winner. The Kentucky Wildcats emerged as 2002's champs after going 4-0 in the tournament
while the Maryland Terrapins came in second with a 3-1 record. The first tournament was so popular that the following year
the field expanded to eight teams who each played four games. The winners of the on-campus games advanced to the semifinals
and finals at Barclays Center while the other four teams moved on to a loser's bracket played at a campus site. In 2013 Ole
Miss upended Georgia Tech and Penn State beat St. John's in the semifinals, with Ole Miss going on to defeat Penn State in
the championship game. The Barclays Center Classic continues to grow in popularity each year and the 2014 tournament should
be the biggest yet.
The 2014 Barclays Center Classic has announced four of the eight teams who
will be participating in the tournament. La Salle, Rutgers, Vanderbilt, and Virginia will be the top teams in the Barclays
Center Classic this year. Rutgers is making a move to the Big Ten this year and are looking to make a return to the Final
Four for the second time in school history and the first time since 1976. La Salle has a proud history of basketball that
includes a National Championship in 1954 and a miraculous Sweet Sixteen run in the 2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament. Virginia
represents the ACC, one of the best conferences in all of college basketball, and have been one of the best teams in the country
the past few years and would surprise no one if they make a deep run in March. Vanderbilt plays in the difficult SEC where
they annually go up against basketball powerhouses like Florida and Kentucky. Four more teams have yet to be named for the
tournament but the field is already strong and will once again be one of the best college basketball tournaments of the year.
Start making plans now to be in Brooklyn in November for one of the biggest events of the college basketball season.
Many of the best student athletes in the world participate in college basketball, and the game
gives birth to some the most passionate fans in the world of sports, this combination produces an environment that is unparalleled.
When you step into Barclays Center for the 2014 Barclays Center Classic this will all be evident. As the teams get set for
the opening tip off, fans stand up and loudly cheer for their favorite team. The games continue with end-to-end action, big-time
shots and clutch defensive stops. Suddenly the clock is winding down in the second half and the two sides are desperately
looking to gain control of a game that has been back and forth for most of the afternoon. Anxiety fills the arena both on
the court and in the stands and each possession becomes more and more important. Finally one team pulls ahead just long enough
to advance to the next round and their players and fans explode in ecstasy.
The Barclays Center
has been incredibly popular since it first opened with a Jay Z concert in September 2012.The first basketball game held at
the venue was a preseason game between the Nets and the Wizards.