Published on December 5th, 2017 | by Landon Buford0
Gotham Classic presented by TicketIQ
Madison Square Garden – New York, N.Y.
December 16 – 12:00pm ET
Louisville vs. Memphis (ESPN2)
Dec. 6 – Siena at Louisville (ESPN2)
|Dec. 11 – Albany at Memphis (ESPNU)
Dec. 17 – Siena at Bryant
Dec. 20 – Albany at Louisville (ESPNU)
Dec. 20 – Siena at Memphis (ESPN3)
In the 2016 Gotham Classic, Massachusetts won all four of its games in capturing the title.
No. 17 Louisville (Acting Head Coach: David Padgett, Atlantic Coast Conference) – David Padgett, who spent the last three seasons on the staff at Louisville, was named the Cardinals’ acting head coach on Sept. 29… he heads a squad that has two of the top three scorers returning, led senior Quentin Snider, who tallied 12.4 ppg and 115 assists, and junior Deng Adel, who posted 12.1 ppg and 4.5 RPG… they are joined by five-star recruit, forward Malik Williams… Louisville has been to 42 NCAA Tournaments, including 10 Final Fours, and has won three national championships, the last coming in 2013.
Memphis (Head Coach: Tubby Smith, American Athletic Conference) – Tubby Smith is in his second season at Memphis after leading the Tigers to 19 wins a year ago with a team that featured eight freshmen and sophomores…in a career that has spanned 27 years, Smith has won nearly 580 games, which includes guiding Kentucky to the 1998 National Championship…junior guard Jeremiah Martin (10.3 ppg, 142 assists) and senior forward Jimario Rivers (6.4 ppg) headline the roster…the roster is bolstered with Kareem Brewton and Kyvon Davenport, each of whom was named junior college first-team All-Americans last season…the Tigers have been to 26 NCAA Tournament and three Final Fours.
Albany (Head Coach: Will Brown, America East Conference) – In 17 seasons at Albany, Will Brown has guided the Great Danes to nearly 270 wins, five NCAA Tournaments, five America East titles, six straight postseason berths, and this past year’s 21-14 record, the third-straight 20-win season at Albany…this year, the Great Danes are off to a 6-1 start…nine players on this year’s roster return, including each of the Great Danes’ top five scorers, led by first-team All-America East Conference junior guard David Nichols (17.9 ppg, 111 assists) and second-team selection junior guard Joe Cremo (15.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 134 assists)…Albany has been to the NCAA Tournament five times.
Bryant (Head Coach: Tim O’Shea, Northeast Conference) – Now in his 10th season, Tim O’Shea has been at the helm on the Bryant program since joining the Division I ranks in 2008…with a CBI berth under their belts, the Bulldogs are looking to take the next step and will do so with three starters and four of their top six scorers returning in 2017-18…leading the pack is sophomore Adam Grant, who garnered NEC All-Rookie acclaim for averaging 13.4 ppg this past season…also returning is senior swingman Bosko Kostur, who averaged 9.6 points and shot a team-best 41.8 percent from 3-point range…Bryant previously played in the 2013 Gotham Classic.
Siena (Head Coach: Jimmy Patsos, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) – Jimmy Patsos has been at Siena for five seasons and has led the Saints to over 70 wins, including a pair of 20-win seasons, and the 2014 CBI championship…in 14 seasons as a head coach, he has 215 career victories, which includes this past year’s 17-17 mark which saw the Saints advance to the title game of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship…the Saints return eight players, seven of whom are letterwinners, including junior guard Nico Clareth, who netted 13.7 ppg last season, and sophomore guard Ashante Shivers (4.0 ppg)…the Saints have been to six NCAA Tournaments.
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The Gotham Classic is produced by the Gazelle Group of Princeton, N.J. The Gazelle Group is a sports marketing firm, specializing in event production and management, client representation, and sponsorship consulting. Gazelle produces numerous nationally-recognized events, such as the 2K Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project, the Legends Classic, and the College Basketball Invitational presented by Five Four. For more information on the Gazelle Group, please visit gazellegroup.com.
The Northeast Conference (NEC) is the sponsoring conference of the Gotham Classic. Now in its 37th season, the NEC is an NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association consisting of 10 institutions of higher learning located throughout six states. For more information on the NEC, visit the official website at www.northeastconference.org or follow on Twitter @NECsports.