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May 16, 2017

PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh men’s basketball team will host Montana (Monday, Nov. 13) and UC-Santa Barbara (Wednesday, Nov. 15) in opening round games of the 11th annual Legends Classic as announced Tuesday. Game times and television designations for opening round games will be announced at a later date.
 
Pitt opens the 2017-18 season Friday, Nov. 10 at Navy in the Veterans Classic before returning to the Petersen Events Center for the two Legends Classic contests.
 
The 2017 Legends Classic culminates with championship round play between Pitt, Penn State, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn Nov. 20-21. Tickets for the Legends Classic can be purchased through the Panthers Ticket Office at 1-800-643-7488. Matchups for the Championship Rounds will be announced at a later date.
 
2017 Legends Classic Field
 
Pittsburgh (Head Coach: Kevin Stallings, Atlantic Coast Conference) - Kevin Stallings is in his second season at Pitt after guiding the Panthers to 16 wins a year ago...this season, he will turn to forward Ryan Luther and a host of talented newcomers, led by graduate transfer Monty Boykins, Rivals top 100 point guard Marcus Carr, and junior college standout Jared Wilson-Frame...Pittsburgh has been to 26 NCAA Tournaments, including one trip to the Final Four...the Panthers have played in two previous Legends Classics (2008, 2013), winning both with a perfect 8-0 record.
 
Penn State (Head Coach: Patrick Chambers, Big Ten Conference) - Entering his seventh season, Patrick Chambers has brought new energy to the Penn State program...with the Nittany Lions' last two recruiting classes being the two best in school history...this year's roster is highlighted by senior guard Shep Garner, junior Josh Reaves and sophomores Tony Carr, Lamar Stevens, and Mike Watkins...Penn State has been to nine NCAA Tournaments and one Final Four...this will be its first Legends Classic appearance.

Oklahoma State (Head Coach: Mike Boynton, Big 12 Conference) - Mike Boynton, an assistant at OSU last season, takes the reigns of the program in 2017...the Cowboys, who won 20 games and earned an NCAA bid last year, will be led by senior wing Jeffrey Carroll, who earned All-Big 12 honors after averaging 17.5 ppg and 6.6 rpg on 44.4 percent shooting from 3-point...OSU will also welcome a Top 25 recruiting class this coming season...the Cowboys, who will be making their Legends Classic debut, have won two national championships and have been to the NCAA Tournament 28 times, which includes six Final Fours.

Texas A&M (Head Coach: Billy Kennedy, Southeastern Conference) - Head coach Billy Kennedy, with more than 325 career victories to his credit, will enter his seventh season at Texas A&M...nine of A&M’s 15 players are underclassmen, including four starters, highlighted by guard Admon Gilder, center Tyler Davis, and forward Robert Williams, a projected first round NBA Draft pick who will return for his sophomore season...with Davis and Williams earning second-team All-SEC honors, A&M will be the only SEC team returning multiple all-league players...the Aggies have been to 13 NCAA Tournaments and will be making their first Legends Classic appearance.

Montana (Head Coach: Travis DeCuire, Big Sky Conference) - Montana alum Travis DeCuire has done something no coach in school history has done - lead the Griz to back-to-back 20-win seasons in his first two years at the helm of the program...this past year Montana won 16 games with a roster that featured 10 underclassmen and only two seniors that saw regular starting time...the Griz will be led by the junior backcourt of Ahmaad Rorie and Michael Oguine as well as 6-7 wing Donaven Dorsey...Montana has been to 10 NCAA Tournaments...this will be the Griz's first appearance in the Legends Classic.

Oral Roberts (Head Coach: Paul Mills, Summit League) - Paul Mills takes over the Golden Eagles' program after spending the last 14 seasons at Baylor, including the last eight as an assistant coach...in the eight-year span, Baylor posted 198 wins and went to six NCAA Tournaments, including this past season's Sweet 16...11 of 15 players, three of whom are starters, are expected to return this coming season, including leading scorer center Albert Owens and Summit League Freshman of the Year Emmanuel Nzeksesi...Oral Roberts, which has been to the NCAA Tournament five times, will be making its first Legends Classic appearance.

Pepperdine (Head Coach: Marty Wilson, West Coast Conference) - In six seasons at Pepperdine, head coach Marty Wilson has rebuilt the Waves, amassing more than 80 wins after inheriting a team coming off six-straight losing seasons...next year's team will see the return of Amadi Udenyi and Kameron Edwards, a pair of starters who missed all or most of the 2016-17 season, while adding transfers Eric Cooper Jr. (Nevada) and Matthew Atewe (Washington) to a young core of players who gained valuable experience as freshmen this past year...Pepperdine will be making its Legends Classic debut and has been to 13 NCAA Tournaments.

UC-Santa Barbara (Head Coach: Joe Pasternack, Big West Conference) - After spending the last seven seasons at Arizona, Joe Pasternack takes over at USCB...prior to his tenure at Arizona, he was the head coach for four seasons at New Orleans before that program downgraded to Division II...this season, UCSB features a roster that can return as many as 15 players in 2017-18...four starters are expected back next year, including leading scorers guard Gabe Vincent and forward Jalen Canty...the Gauchos have been to six NCAA Tournaments...this will be their first Legends Classic appearance.

In the 2016 Legends Classic, Notre Dame led by as many as 12 points in the second half before fending off Northwestern, 70-66, to win the title. Tournament MVP Matt Farrell and Steve Vasturia scored 18 points apiece for the Irish.

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The Legends Classic is produced by the Gazelle Group of 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 2K Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project, the Gotham Classic, and the College Basketball Invitational. For more information on the Gazelle Group, please visit gazellegroup.com.

The Northeast Conference (NEC) is the sponsoring conference of the Legends Classic. Now in its 36th season, the NEC is a NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association consisting of 10 institutions of higher learning located throughout six states. For more information on the NEC, visit the official website at www.northeastconference.org or follow on Twitter @NECsports.

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2017 Legends Classic Schedule
 
Championship Rounds – Pitt, Penn State, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M
 
Championship Doubleheader
Tuesday, Nov. 21
Barclays Center – Brooklyn, N.Y.
3:30 p.m. – Consolation Game (ESPNU)
                     Championship Game (ESPN2)
 
Semifinal Doubleheader
Monday, Nov. 20
Barclays Center – Brooklyn, N.Y.
7 p.m. - Semifinal 1 (ESPN2)
Semifinal 2 (ESPN3)
 
Pittsburgh Regional
Petersen Events Center – Pittsburgh, Pa.
Monday, Nov. 13 – Montana at Pitt
Wednesday, Nov. 15 – UC-Santa Barbara at Pitt
 
University Park Regional
Bryce Jordan Center – University Park, Pa.
Wednesday, Nov. 15 – Montana at Penn State
Friday, Nov. 24 – Oral Roberts at Penn State
 
Stillwater Regional
Gallagher-Iba Arena – Stillwater, Okla.
Friday, Nov. 10 – Pepperdine at Oklahoma State
Thursday, Nov. 16 – Oral Roberts at Oklahoma State
 
College Station Regional
Reed Arena – College State, Texas
Friday, Nov. 17 – UC-Santa Barbara at Texas A&M
Friday, Nov. 24 – Pepperdine at Texas A&M
 
Malibu Subregional Round
Firestone Fieldhouse – Malibu, Calif.
Nov. 20-21
Pitt to Host Montana and UCSB in Legends Classic

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