Gotham Classic Schedule
The Gotham Classic is one of the newer preseason tournaments in college basketball bit
has quickly grown in popularity each year. Five teams take part in the tournament with two high profile teams automatically
qualifying to play at Madison Square Garden and the other three schools competing in a round robin style tournament with the
top two advancing to also compete at Madison Square Garden. The Gotham Classic features some of the best preseason college
basketball to be found anywhere and college hoops fans from all over the country will be coming to the Big Apple to be a part
of all the excitement. The Gotham Classic is one of the most popular tournaments in all of college basketball and tickets
sell out quickly so be sure to get yours early while you can still choose from among the best seats in the house.
year the final session of the Gotham Classic will be held on December 20th at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York
with tip off for the first game scheduled for 7:00 PM. Two big time match ups are slated for the event with North Carolina
State taking on West Virginia in the first game and Pepperdine going up against Richmond in the second contest. Each year
two of the most exciting games of the college basketball season are played during the Gotham Classic and you can be sure that
some, if not all, of these teams will be leaving their mark on the college basketball landscape by March. Don't miss out on
the Gotham Classic which is played in one of the most famous arenas in all of sports, Madison Square Garden.
The Gotham Classic was first played in 2012 when Canisius, Alcorn State, Detroit, Syracuse, and Temple
all participated with Temple defeating Syracuse in the Showcase Game 83-79. The 2013 tournament featured North Dakota State,
Bryant, Delaware, Notre Dame, and Ohio State. Ohio State defeated Notre Dame 64-61 in last year's Showcase Game. Each yea
the Showcase Game has been thrilling and decided by only three points. This year North Carolina State will take on West Virginia
in the Showcase Game in what is surely destined to be another classic.
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 Madison Square Garden
for the 2014 Gotham 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 2014 Gotham Classic boasts an impressive roster of teams making
their way to Madison Square Garden. NC State plays in the ACC, one of the best conferences in all of college basketball, and
always features some of the best college basketball players in the country. The North Carolina State Wolfpack won the National
Championship in 1983 when they scored an improbable victory over the heavily favored Houston Cougars team that featured two
future NBA Hall of Famers, Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. Playing in the Big 12, the Mountaineers have a premier athletic
program, a necessity in such a competitive conference, which is something that you'll have to see first-hand. The Mountaineers
also put plenty of prominent players into the NBA, including NBA legend Jerry West whose silhouette is used as the logo of
the NBA. The Pepperdine Waves have been to the NCAA Tournament 12 times and will be gearing up for a remarkable run through
the tough WCC that should have them Tournament bound for the first time since 2002. The Richmond Spiders play in the tough
A-10 which in recent years has proven to be among the elite conferences in college basketball. When they make the NCAA Tournament,
the Spiders have usually been underdogs but that has never held them back and they are the only program in all of college
hoops to have won a Tournament game as a 12, 13, 14, and 15 seed.
The Gotham Classic is put on
by the Gazelle Group which knows a thing or two about college basketball and is behind several other preseason tournaments
including the 2K Classic, the College Basketball Invitational, and the All-American Championship.