John Wooden Classic Tickets
Named after one of the most beloved sports figures of all time, John
R. Wooden, the John Wooden Classic has been completely reformatted to create the Wooden Legacy, an eight team, 12 bracket
event that will take place over 3 days. The event is the fusion of the John Wooden Classic and the Anaheim Classic, and is
sure to become the highlight of the NCAA preseason tournaments. Changes to the original event include one that says that a
team can only play in the tournament every four years and that only 1 school from a conference can participate. The Wooden
Legacy strives to bring the nest of college basketball every year, with a postseason environment before conference play even
begins. Basketball fans will flock to Southern California for an incredible three days of basketball, tradition and, of course,
the sunny Los Angeles weather.
This years tournament takes place November 28-December 1st with great basketball programs
like Arizona State, Marquette, Creighton and San Diego State as the first teams to compete in this new format. Also a departure
from the previous format, the Wooden Legacy will take place at two different locations. The first round will take place at
Titan Gym, the home court of Cal State Fullerton. For the later rounds, the event shifts to the home of the John Wooden Classic,
the Honda Center in Anaheim.
Men's College Basketball is a passion for millions of Americans,
especially come Tournament time when it truly is March Madness. The sport was invented by James Naismith, a physical education
teacher who wanted to come up with a sport that was fun and could help keep kids in shape. Naismith wrote the original basketball
rulebook and later became the Athletic Director at the University of Kansas and the founder of their stories basketball program.
athletes are the original players of this great sport and they carry Naismith's beloved pastime with them year after year,
making it one of the most watched sports in the world. College Basketball is always the center of the sports world in March,
when teams who win their conference, conference tournament or earn an at-large bid, make a 64 team tournament that has become
one of the most beloved sports competitions of the year. Once the tournament begins, any team can win on any given day, whether
you are a the #1 seed in the tournament or a "Cinderella" team that no one picked in their bracket. Only in College Basketball
can small schools from small conferences like Gonzaga, Butler and Memphis become powerhouses of the sport year after year.
The fast paced nature of the sport grabs your attention, but it is the magic of the idea that any team can win the championship
that captivates basketball fans year after year.
The John Wooden Classic has always been
on the most hallowed preseason events of the year. John Wooden was one of the most beloved and respected figures in the history
of the game, leaving a legacy that far surpasses the sport of college basketball. His achievements as head coach of the UCLA
Bruins are unparalleled, winning 10 national championships in 12 years and winning 88 games in a row. He coached some of the
sports legendary players like Bill Walton and Lew Alcindor.
The event, named after such a master of this great sport,
has always been an incredible event, bringing together some of the top programs in the country. This year, now restructured
as an 8 team tournament, will definitely make the event even more incredible then before. Fans will be treated to a tournament
atmosphere featuring some of the best programs in the country. Whoever cuts down the net at the inaugural Wooden Legacy will
definitely feel the pride that comes with winning an event named after one of the most iconic men of this great sport.
The John Wooden Classic was formed in 1994 as a tribute the legendary UCLA Bruins coach John R Wooden,
an innovator of this great sport. The tournament was created to honor the coach and the excellence he personified throughout
his long career in College Basketball. Always held at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, the John Wooden Classic is
a showcase of great basketball in Southern California. Throughout the years, the event has been tied to Wooden's beloved UCLA
Bruins, but with the transformation to the Wooden Legacy, the Bruins will only be able to participate every four years. The
change in format allows the event to bring in a wider array of programs from all over the country and a chance to bring even
more attention to this incredible preseason event.
John Wooden Classic Trivia
Which member of John Wooden's
own family was able to play in the John Wooden Classic and for what team did he play?
John Wooden's great grandson Tyler
Trapani, a 6' guard, was able to take the floor in UCLA's 72-54 win over DePaul in the 2008 John Wooden Classic. Though he
never played any meaningful time for the Bruins, his appearance in the tournament named for his beloved great grandfather
is certainly of the great moments in this tournaments history.