John Wooden Classic Schedule
Each year the Wooden Legacy, previously known as the John Wooden Classic, is one of
the highlights of the beginning of the college basketball season. NCAA basketball is one of the most popular and exciting
sports in the country and seeing a big tournament like the Wooden Legacy live is an experience not to be missed. Many of the
best teams in college basketball are eager to make the trip to Southern California to participate in the Wooden Legacy which
honors one of the greatest coaches of all time. The three day tournament is made up of a field of twelve teams with the winners
of the first two rounds of the tournament moving on to play at the Honda Center on Sunday. Basketball fans from all over the
country will be coming to Southern California to be a part of all of the excitement that comes with the Wooden Legacy and
you will want to be there as well. Be sure to get your tickets for the Wooden Legacy from StubHub as soon as possible so you
can get some of the best seats in the house.
This year's Wooden Legacy will be held from Thursday, November 27th through
Sunday November 30th with the first two rounds being held at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Gym and the championship being held
on Sunday at the Honda Center in Anaheim. The Honda Center is an ideal place to catch a basketball game and has hosted the
NCAA Tournament and several other big time college basketball games as well as the John Wooden Classic. The 2014 Wooden Legacy
boasts an impressive field including Princeton, UTEP, the University of San Diego, Xavier, Long Beach State, Western Michigan,
San Jose State, and Washington. The winners of the first round games will go on to compete in the semifinals while the losers
will continue competing in the consolation bracket.
John Wooden Classic History
The John Wooden Classic
was founded in 1994 and was a double-header exhibition which saw some of the greatest programs in the history of college basketball
competing against one another with Kansas beating UMASS and UCLA defeating Kentucky. For years the Classic continued as a
double header, except for during the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 seasons when there was just a single game. Last season marked
a significant change for the event when it was re-branded as the Wooden Legacy and became a tournament featuring 12 teams
and a championship game. The San Diego State Aztecs were the champions of the 2013 Wooden Legacy after defeating Marquette
67-59 in the final game. Changing to a tournament style proved to be a boon for the Wooden Legacy and made it one of the most
important early season tournaments in college basketball. Now in its second season as a tournament, the Wooden Legacy should
be even bigger and better in 2014.
The Wooden Legacy features some of the best teams in the
country who represent some of the best conferences in all of college basketball. Princeton represents the Ivy League, UTEP
is out of Conference USA, USD plays in the West Coast Conference, Xavier plays in the Big East, Long Beach State plays in
the big West, Western Michigan plays in the Mid-American Conference, San Jose State plays in the Mountain West Conference,
and Washington plays in the PAC 12. Any team that can prove themselves during this big tournament should be well prepared
for a successful run through the regular season that could ultimately result in a deep run in the NCAA Tournament in March.
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 Titan Gym or the Honda Center for the 2014 Wooden Legacy 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 John Wooden Classic,
or Wooden Legacy, is named after the former Purdue Boilermaker and UCLA coach who won seven straight NCAA Championships and
ten in a twelve year span while earning the nickname the Wizard of Westwood.