The Seton Hall men’s basketball team will participate in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. on Nov. 22 and 23. Joining the Pirates are Michigan State, Oklahoma, and Virginia Tech.
Hosted by the Coaches vs. Cancer program, the annual event is a nationwide partnership with the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
“It’s an honor and a pleasure for our program to compete in this prestigious tournament,” head coach Kevin Willard said in a statement. “Basketball aside, we’re proud to play a role in spreading cancer awareness and participating in fundraising efforts to fight the disease. On the court, we’re looking forward to playing against a strong field in one of the finest venues in the nation.”
Before heading to the Barclays Center for the championship round in November, Seton Hall will host a pair of home games.
Joining the Pirates in the tournament, Michigan State ranked in the top ten in the country this past season, finishing 27-9 before losing to Duke in the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA Tournament. Oklahoma finished their 2012-13 campaign with a 20-12 overall record and 11-7 record in the Big 12.
Some notable members of the Coaches vs. Cancer council include Duke University coach Mike Krzyzewski, Syracuse University coach Jim Boeheim, and University of North Carolina coach Roy Williams.
The semifinals are set to be held on Friday, November 22 with the finals and consolation games slated for the following day. Both games will be broadcasted on truTV.
The tournament will be similar to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament. The Pirates defeated UMKC and Norfolk State in preliminary rounds before taking on Washington and URI at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The Hall went 3-1 in the tournament with their loss coming to Washington.
Tickets for the tournament will go on sale Saturday, April 13 at 10:00am.
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