MBB to Face Pitt in 2015 Armed Forces Classic
BRISTOL, Conn. – The Gonzaga men’s basketball team will compete against the University of Pittsburgh in the Armed Forces Classic on November 13, 2015 in Okinawa, Japan.
The Armed Forces Classic – a series of Division I men’s college basketball games that are played on United States military bases worldwide over a five-year rotation – will originate from the Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler in Okinawa, Japan in 2015 and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu in 2016.
“We’re honored to be part of the Armed Forces Classic and in our own small way, support those who fight for our country,” Gonzaga head coach Mark Few said. “This is a special opportunity for our players and staff, one that I’m sure will be a great memory for all of us.”
The games will be televised on ESPN as part of the network’s America’s Heroes: A Salute to Our Veterans initiative honoring the men and women who are serving and who have served in the United States military, both at home and abroad.
The 2015 Classic on Friday, Nov.13, will feature Gonzaga against Pittsburgh, marking the first-ever meeting between the two nationally-recognized programs.
The 2016 event on Veteran’s Day on Friday, Nov. 11 – just under a month from the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor – will pit Indiana vs. Kansas and Arizona vs. Michigan State. Indiana and Kansas have not matched up since 1995, with the Jayhawks leading the series 7-6. Arizona leads the series with Michigan State 4-2, last meeting in 2005.
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