California native Brandon Randolph will return to his home state for the Wooden Legacy.
June 26, 2014
CINCINNATI - Xavier Men's Basketball will travel to the West Coast to participate in the 2014 Wooden Legacy this Thanksgiving. The complete field, including Xavier, was announced today for the annual event to be held during Thanksgiving weekend at two southern California sites - Titan Gym at Cal State Fullerton and Honda Center.
Long Beach State, San Diego, UTEP and Xavier will each be making their second appearance in the three-day, 12-game bracketed tournament to be played Thursday, Friday and Sunday, November 27, 28 and 30.
Princeton, San Jose State, Washington and Western Michigan will be participating in the Wooden Legacy for the first time. Western Michigan, which captured the Mid-American Conference post-season tournament title, and Xavier earned berths in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Princeton and UTEP competed in the College Basketball Invitational post-season event while San Diego reached the quarter-finals of the College Insider Tournament.
The opening two days of competition will be staged at Titan Gym on the campus of Cal State Fullerton. The four games on Sunday November 30 will be played at the Honda Center in Anaheim. The Wooden Legacy was formed in 2013 when two nationally-recognized in-season collegiate basketball events, the John R. Wooden Classic and the Anaheim Classic, joined forces. San Diego State defeated Marquette 67-59 in the 2013 Wooden Legacy Championship Game.
Current UTEP coach Tim Floyd led USC to the inaugural Anaheim Classic title in 2007. In year's following, Wake Forest (2008), West Virginia (2009), UNLV (2010), Saint Louis (2011) and Cal (2012) captured Anaheim Classic crowns.
The John R. Wooden Classic was established in 1994 as an annual tribute to the legendary coach and the excellence he personified. The first 17 John R. Wooden Classics featured a doubleheader in which both Washington (2005 and 2009) and Long Beach State (2010) competed.
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