For those who didn’t know, college basketball is back Friday night. We know there is nothing that will give fans a feeling similar to the NCAA Tournament, but some of the early season tournaments is the closest thing as teams get legitimate out-of-conference matchups that test fans’ favorite teams before they dive into the meat of their schedule.
On November 23rd and 24th the FanDuel Legends Classic at the Barclays Center will feature four teams, North Carolina State, Marquette, LSU and Arizona State to create superb out-of-conference matchups early in the season. Whichever team’s allegiance fans have, the top draw for the four-team tournament in Brooklyn, New York is the projected No. 1 pick of the 2016 NBA Draft Ben Simmons on LSU.
A less, but a more hyper-local draw will be drawing up plays on the bench. If anyone knows high school basketball in the tri-state area they’ve heard of the Hurley family. Bobby Hurley, two-time National Champion, former NBA guard and former head coach at Buffalo has moved to a major conference and leads the Arizona State Sun Devils.
The Sun Devils finished 17-15 overall last season and 9-9 within the conference, but certainly will get a boost from Hurley who has had success nearly everywhere he has went. This is a great test early in the season for a developing program, one we may hear make a lot of noise out west in the upcoming years.
The cheapest way to purchase tickets for the Legends Classic is through the event’s website where the cheapest options start from $15. With information provided by secondary market ticket aggregator TiqIQ.com, Legends Classic tickets have an average price of $61.03 for November 23rd and an average price of $59.73 on November 24th. Barclays Center parking on ParkWhiz.com starts from $10 for November 23rd and $7 for November 24th to help navigate the busy traffic area around the arena.
Arizona State faces NC State, while LSU faces Marquette in the first day of action, and the winners will pair up on the second day to determine a winner. LSU is the only team ranked in the preseason AP top-25 poll, currently ranked at No. 21.