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Thursday / March 23.
  • UCLA – Duke Set for Dec. 19 at MSG Adds to Great New York Schedule

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    UCLA released its schedule Tuesday and it is highlighted by a game against Duke on Dec. 19 at Madison Square Garden.

    The matchup will pit two storied programs that have won a total of 15 national championships, 11 for UCLA and four for Duke.

    The game will allow New Jersey forward Kyle Anderson to play close to home for a second straight year. Last season, UCLA played in the Legends Classic in Brooklyn.

    In all, UCLA will play non-conference games against four teams that finished the 2012-13 regular season with an RPI of better than 80, Duke (1), Missouri (42), Alabama (64) and Weber State (78). 

    “All of us in the program have been working tirelessly this spring and summer to prepare for the upcoming season,” said first-year UCLA head doach Steve Alford. “We are excited to get in front of our fans and represent UCLA.”

    Here are some other top events in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Connecticut in the non-conference, courtesy CBSSports.com:

    2K SPORTS CLASSIC

    • Location: Madison Square Garden, New York
    • Dates: Nov. 21-22
    • Teams: Indiana, UConn, Washington, Boston College
    COACHES VS. CANCER

    • Location: Barclays Center, Brooklyn
    • Dates: Nov. 22-23
    • Teams: Michigan State, Oklahoma, Seton Hall, Virginia Tech
    HALL OF FAME TIP-OFF

    • Location: Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Conn.
    • Dates: Nov. 23-24
    • Teams: Louisville, North Carolina, Richmond, Fairfield, Belmont, Holy Cross, Hofstra, Hartford
    LEGENDS CLASSIC

    • Location: Barclays Center, Brooklyn
    • Dates: Nov. 25-26
    • Teams: Pittsburgh, Stanford, Houston, Texas Tech
    PRESEASON NIT

    • Location: Madison Square Garden, New York
    • Dates: Nov. 27, 29
    • Teams: Duke, Arizona, Alabama, Rutgers
    JIMMY V CLASSIC

    • Location: Madison Square Garden, New York
    • Dates: Dec. 17
    • Teams: Pittsburgh vs. Cincinnati (7 p.m.); Florida vs. Memphis (9 p.m.)
    GOTHAM CLASSIC

    • Location: Madison Square Garden, New York
    • Dates: Dec. 21
    • Teams: Notre Dame vs. Ohio State
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    Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.