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Monday / February 20.

Big Hoops in the Big Apple: Syracuse, UConn, Duke, Florida, Villanova, Kentucky Set to Invade Metropolitan Area

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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 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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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.