GW Men's Hoops to Play in All-New Wooden Legacy This November
Colonials to Play Preliminary Round Games at Cal State Fullerton; Championship Sunday to be Held at Honda Center in Anaheim
June 4, 2013
George Washington men's basketball will participate in the all-new Wooden Legacy during the 2013 Thanksgiving holiday in Orange County, California. GW will be one of eight teams to take part in the newly-named event that combines the former John R. Wooden Classic and the Anaheim Classic - the eight-team, three-day, 12-game bracketed event that has been staged the past six years in Anaheim.
GW was announced as one of seven participants in the 2013 event last November, and Cal State Fullerton joins the new Wooden Legacy as the event's eighth team and preliminary round host.
"The partnership with Coach Wooden and the Wooden family just adds to our excitement to compete in this event with such a competitive field," said Head Coach Mike Lonergan. "The photos of when I had the opportunity and pleasure to meet Coach Wooden in 1997 still hang in my office today. He truly cared about his players reaching their potential as players and people, which made him a great coach, but more than that, a great human being. We're proud to be able to honor him in the Wooden Legacy."
A four-year agreement was announced on Tuesday by representatives from ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN, along with officials from Honda Center, UCLA, the Wooden family, Cal State Fullerton and the Big West Conference.
The tournament was formed as two vibrant, nationally-recognized in-season collegiate basketball events join forces.
"We're delighted to honor our father and his passion for the game of basketball through this new and exciting event," said Jim and Nan Wooden, son and daughter of the legendary coach. "For the past twenty years we have done tremendous work for local charities, while celebrating his philosophies and are certain the establishment of the Wooden Legacy will only enhance these efforts."
With the expansion, the 2013 Wooden Legacy will be held at two sites. The opening two rounds will be played at Titan Gym on the campus of Cal State Fullerton on Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29. The games then move to Honda Center with four placement contests including the championship game between the remaining unbeaten schools on Sunday, Dec. 1. The 12 games will air across ESPN networks.
GW will represent the Atlantic 10 Conference against seven other opponents from six leagues in the 2013 Wooden Legacy., including 2013 NCAA Championship participants Creighton, Marquette, Miami (FL) and San Diego State. Arizona State, Cal State Fullerton and College of Charleston will also join the Colonials.
The Big West Conference will serve as the host conference for the event. Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the event web site at www.TheWoodenLegacy.com or on Twitter at @TheWoodenLegacy. Bracket pairings and tip-off time will be released later this summer. Ticket on sale information for all three days of the tournament will be released in the coming weeks.
While the Anaheim Classic started in 2007, the John R. Wooden Classic was established in 1994 as an annual tribute to the legendary coach (who passed away in 2010 at the age of 99) and the excellence he personified. Wooden had an 885-203 overall career record (81.3 percent) for 11 seasons as a high school coach and 29 seasons as a college mentor.
Wooden led UCLA to 16 conference championships in his 27-season stay in Westwood as the Bruins won an unprecedented 10 NCAA Championships in 12 years, including seven in-a-row. UCLA also won 88-straight games during Wooden's leadership to set a NCAA's all-time consecutive victory streak record during a four-season period (1970-1974). He is the only coach to compile four undefeated seasons of 30-0 as he led UCLA to a 620-147 record.