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Madison Square Garden Announces 2012-2013 College Basketball Schedule

The Garden hosts college hoops for the 78th consecutive season, Gotham Classic added to lineup

Steve Lavin & St. John's to tip-off eight games

 

New York, NY (September 20, 2012) - Furthering its legacy as the "Mecca of Basketball," MSG Sports announced today a college basketball schedule that is once again underscored by prominent college basketball tournaments such as the 2K Sports Classic, Jimmy V Classic, NIT Season Tip-Off, 76th Annual National Invitation Tournament, Maggie Dixon Classic, and the BIG EAST Championship. The Garden's 2012-2013 schedule is highlighted by the anticipated addition of the Gotham Classic and Steve Lavin and St. John's University's Red Storm's return for eight locally and nationally televised games.

A number of industry leading companies will partner with MSG Sports for the 2012-13 season of College Basketball at Madison Square Garden. Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, Foot Locker, Kia, and Reese's will all receive prominent exposure via MSG's unique array of assets, including digital courtside signage, promotions, GardenVision and experiential benefits.

"As we complete phase two of our historic top-to-bottom transformation, we are honored to welcome college basketball back to Madison Square Garden for the 78th season." said Joel Fisher, executive vice president, MSG Sports. "The Mecca of Basketball will once again showcase top notch teams and events throughout the season and provide our college basketball fans with memorable moments."

Returning with a new benefactor, the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project will get the Garden's college basketball season started with two nationally televised matchups. On November 15, Alabama will battle Oregon State University and Villanova will play Purdue in the semifinal games. All four teams will return Friday, November 16 to compete in consolation and championship games.  WWP's purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.

The 2012 NIT Season Tip-Off is set for November 21 and 23. The 16-team field includes regional hosts: Kansas State, Michigan, Pittsburgh, and Virginia.  Additional teams include: Bowling Green, Cleveland State, Delaware, Fairfield, Fordham, IUPUI, Lamar, Lehigh, North Texas, Penn, Robert Morris and Alabama-Huntsville.

On Tuesday, December 4, the annual Jimmy V Classic presented by Corona Extra returns with stellar matchups as The Jimmy V Foundation continues its efforts to raise awareness for cancer research. The excitement begins in game one as Texas faces Georgetown and continues through the evening with NC State facing Connecticut on the hardwood in the second game.

After an eventful season, Steve Lavin and the Red Storm will return to their home away from home in the annual Madison Square Garden Holiday Festival presented by Foot Locker. On Saturday, December 8, the tradition is continued as the Holiday Festival remains the longest-running in-season college event.  Local favorites St. John's and Fordham will go head-to-head in game one, followed by Iona and Rutgers in game two.

The Garden celebrates women's basketball with the return of the annual Maggie Dixon Classic on Sunday, December 9 with a matchup featuring the return of NY Liberty legend Teresa Weatherspoon and her Louisiana Tech team as they face C. Vivian Stringer and Rutgers in game one. Nationally ranked women's college basketball programs hit The Garden hard-court when Duke takes on St. John's in game two.

In its 30th consecutive season, the BIG EAST Championship presented by American Eagle Outfitters returns to The Garden with its five day tournament beginning Tuesday, March 12 through Saturday, March 16.

The 76th Annual National Invitation Tournament is back to close the 2012-13 Madison Square Garden college hoops schedule with the semi-final doubleheader on April 2 and championship game on April 4.

2012–2013 MADISON SQUARE GARDEN COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

2K SPORTS CLASSIC BENEFITING THE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT
Thursday, November 15 Alabama vs. Oregon State
Villanova vs. Purdue
ESPN2
ESPN2
7:00pm
9:00pm
Friday, November 16

Consolation Game
Championship Game

ESPNU
ESPN2

5:00pm
7:00pm

2012 NIT SEASON TIP-OFF
Wednesday, November 21 Semifinal Doubleheader
Regional Hosts:
Kansas State, Michigan, Pittsburgh, Virginia
Additional Teams:
Bowling Green, Cleveland State, Delaware, Fairfield, Fordham, IUPUI, Lamar, Lehigh, North Texas, Penn, Robert Morris, Alabama-Huntsville
ESPN/ESPN2 7:00pm
Friday, November 23

Championship Doubleheader

ESPN

2:30pm

JIMMY V CLASSIC Presented by Corona Extra
Tuesday, December 4

Texas vs. Georgetown
NC State vs. Connecticut

ESPN/ESPN2
ESPN/ESPN2

7:00pm
9:00pm

MSG HOLIDAY FESTIVAL Presented by Foot Locker
Saturday, December 8

St. John's vs. Fordham
Rutgers vs. Iona

TBD
TBD

7:00pm
9:00pm

MAGGIE DIXON CLASSIC
Sunday, December 9

Women's Doubleheader
Louisiana Tech vs. Rutgers
Duke vs. St. John's

TBD
TBD

11:00am
1:00pm

GOTHAM CLASSIC
Saturday, December 22

Syracuse vs. Temple

ESPN2

12:00pm

ST. JOHN'S RED STORM
Wednesday, January 3
Saturday, January 12
Tuesday, January 15
Sunday, January 27
Wednesday, February 6
Sunday, February 24
Saturday, March 9

Rutgers
Georgetown
Notre Dame
Seton Hall
Connecticut
Pittsburgh
Marquette

BIG EAST NET
ESPN2
ESPN2
BIG EAST NET
ESPNU
BIG EAST NET
ESPN/ESPN2

7:00pm
11:00am
7:00pm
12:00pm
7:00pm
12:00pm
2:00pm

BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP presented by American Eagle Outfitters
Tuesday, March 12 – Saturday, March 16

ESPN/ESPN2

Various

76th ANNUAL NIT
Tuesday, April 2
Thursday, April 4

Semifinal Doubleheader
Championship Game

ESPN
ESPN

7:00pm
9:00pm

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