Aug. 20, 2009
BERKELEY - The semifinal match-ups are set for the 2009 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer men's college basketball tournament. California will square off against Syracuse in the first semifinal contest on Nov. 19 at 4 p.m. (PT) in New York, N.Y. at Madison Square Garden.
Ohio State and defending NCAA-champion North Carolina will play in the second semifinal contest. The second day kicks off with the consolation game at 2 p.m. (PT), followed by the championship game.
Syracuse, North Carolina, Ohio State and Cal will serve as the four Regional Round hosts for the event. The tournament will begin with Regional Round action, November 9-12, with the four host schools automatically advancing to the Championship Rounds at Madison Square Garden on November 19-20.
The full bracket, including subregionals and television schedule, will be announced in the near future.
Ticket Information: Championship Round tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased by visiting Ticketmaster.com or calling Ticketmaster at 212-307-7171.
A Look at the Opponents:
Syracuse: Jim Boeheim and the Orange return for their fourth appearance in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer. Syracuse defeated Memphis to win the 2004 Championship. The Orange return Arinze Onuaku, Andy Rautins and transfer Wesley Johnson along with a solid recruiting class. This will be the Orange's first time back to Madison Square Garden since the Big East Tournament, where they beat UConn in the historic six overtime quarterfinal game.
North Carolina: Roy Williams brings his defending National Champion Tar Heels to the 2K Sports Classic for the first time in school history. The Tar Heels return Deon Thompson, Ed Davis, Tyler Zeller and Marcus Ginyard along with one of the nation's highest rated recruiting classes.
Ohio State: Thad Matta returns all five starters from a team that went 22-11 last season. Evan Turner led the Buckeyes and the Big Ten in scoring with an average of 17.3 points per game. Jon Diebler and Dallas Lauderdale will also be key components on a veteran team that is expected to contend for a Big Ten Championship.
Last year, the Duke Blue Devils defeated the Michigan Wolverines in the Championship Game, 71-56. Since 2002, three NCAA Tournament Champions have begun their seasons in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer, including Maryland (2001-02), Syracuse (2003-04) and Florida (2004-05).
2K Sports will be the title sponsor of the event for the fifth consecutive year. 2K Sports develops and publishes the popular and highly acclaimed 2K series of sports video games including the "NBA 2K" franchise - the best selling and best rated basketball videogame on the market.* 2K Sports is known for delivering the most innovative and realistic sports simulation gaming experience to fans every year. *according to 2008-09 gamerankings.com and NPD data.
The Coaches vs. Cancer program, a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), exists to leverage the strength, community leadership and celebrity status of the nation's basketball coaches, to raise awareness and reduce cancer risk through education programs while raising funds for the American Cancer Society's vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Since 1996, the event has raised more than $4.5 million for the benefit of Coaches vs. Cancer.
The 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer is produced by The Gazelle Group in Princeton, N.J. The Gazelle Group is a sports marketing firm, specializing in event production and management, client representation, and sponsorship consulting. Gazelle produces numerous nationally-recognized events, such as the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic, the Legends Classic and the College Basketball Invitational (CBI). For more information on the Gazelle Group, please visit gazellegroup.com.
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