Big Hoops in the Big Apple: Syracuse, UConn, Duke, Florida, Villanova, Kentucky Set to Invade Metropolitan Area
If you’re a college hoops fan, the New York metropolitan area is the place to be this week.
Syracuse, UConn, Duke, Florida, Villanova and Kentucky are among the teams that will play games this week at Madison Square Garden Garden, Prudential Center and Barclays Center.
The head coaching roster includes Naismith Hall of Famers Jim Boeheim of Syracuse, Mike Krzyzewski of Duke and John Calipari of Kentucky, along with names like UConn’s Kevin Ollie, Arizona State’s Bobby Hurley, Notre Dame’s Mike Brey and Villanova’s Jay Wright.
Here’s the schedule of events:
Monday: Tire Pros Classic, MSG
UConn vs. Syracuse, 7 p.m. ESPN2
Tuesday: Jimmy V Classic, MSG
Purdue vs. Arizona State, 7 p.m., ESPN
Duke vs. Florida, 9:30 p.m., ESPN
Saturday: Never Forget Tribute Classic, Prudential Center
Notre Dame vs. Villanova, noon, CBS
Penn State vs. Pitt, 2:30
Sunday: Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival, Barclays Center
St. John’s vs. LIU-Brooklyn, noon
Kentucky vs. Hofstra, 3 p.m., ESPN
**Among the potential NBA Draft picks coming to the area per DraftExpress.com are:
No. 5 Malik Monk, Kentucky
No. 6 Jayson Tatum, Duke
No. 10 De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky
No. 13 Harry Giles, Duke (has not played yet)
No. 16 Bam Adebayo, Kentucky
No. 17 Marques Bolden, Duke
No. 18 Tyler Lydon, Syracuse
No. 28 Grayson Allen, Duke
No. 37 V.J. Beachem, Notre Dame
No. 48 Josh Hart, Villanova
No. 49 Devin Robinson, Florida
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