Bulldogs To Host Regional Round Games Of CBE Classic
July 8, 2010
PRINCETON, N.J. - Gonzaga University, defending national champion Duke University, Kansas State University and Marquette University will host Regional Round games of the 2010 O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic, organizers of the event announced Thursday.
Each institution will host two Regional Round games before heading to Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., for the Championship Rounds on Nov. 22-23. Gonzaga will host IUPUI Nov. 14 and San Diego State University Nov. 16 in the McCarthey Athletic Center. Game times and television details will be announced later.
Matchups, game times and television details for the Championship Rounds at Sprint Center and the Sub-Regional Rounds at James Madison and Miami (Ohio) will be announced at a later date. Tickets for Championship Round games at Sprint Center are now on sale and may be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets for the Championship Round will also be available to Bulldog Club members later this summer through the Gonzaga ticket office.
Gonzaga and IUPUI will be meeting for the first time. The Jaguars went 25-11 last season, advancing to the title game of the Summit League tournament and the quarterfinals of the College Basketball Invitational.
The Bulldogs and Aztecs have met just once previously on the hardwood, the Bulldogs taking a 72-69 win Dec. 19, 1959, in the consolation game of the City of Roses Tournament in Portland, Ore. SDSU posted a 25-9 record and won the Mountain West Conference Tournament last season to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. San Diego State is ranked 23rd in Dick Vitale's preseason Top 40 poll (ESPN).
The Bulldogs ended the season ranked 22nd in the Associated Press 23rd in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 polls last season. Gonzaga, 27-7 overall, won their 10th straight West Coast Conference regular-season title and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament with their 12th straight trip to March Madness. Gonzaga has won 20 or more games 13 straight seasons and 16 times in the last 17 years. Andy Katz ranks the Bulldogs ninth in his preseason Top 25 and Vitale ranks them 15th in his Top 40.
The defending NCAA champion Blue Devils won their final 10 games en route to posting a 35-5 record to win their fourth national title. Duke downed Gonzaga in mid-December in the Aeropostle Classic at New York's Madison Square Garden. The Blue Devils are led by Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski, who is tied with Adolph Rupp (Kentucky) for the second-most NCAA titles (4) and is second to UCLA legend John Wooden with 12 Final Four wins. Duke is the preseason No. 1 team in both Katz's Top 25 and Vitale's Top 40.
KSU finished seventh in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Top 25 polls with a 29-8 mark last season. The Wildcats advanced to the regional finals of the NCAA Tournament and are ranked fifth in Katz's preseason Top 25 and 9th in Vitale's preseason Top 40.
Marquette posted a 22-12 mark a year ago in earning its fifth straight NCAA Tournament bid. The Golden Eagles beat Duke to win the 2006 O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic.
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