BRISTOL, Conn. -- One year after defeating Arizona State to win the Las Vegas Invitational championship, the Creighton men's basketball team will open The Wooden Legacy with a rematch against the Sun Devils. Brackets for the event were released on Wednesday by ESPN.
Creighton's game vs. ASU will take place at 10 pm Central on Thanksgiving night in a contest that will air nationally on ESPN2. Also on Creighton's side of the bracket is College of Charleston and San Diego State. The other side of the bracket will see Miami (Fla.) take on George Washington, and Cal State Fullerton host Marquette.
The Wooden Legacy is an eight-team event that will be played Nov. 28, 29 and Dec. 1. The first two games for each team will take place at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Gym in Fullerton, Calif., with the final day of action being held in nearby Anaheim at the Honda Center. All 12 games will air across ESPN networks of either ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN3.
Creighton went 28-8 last season, winning the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season and tournament titles, and then advancing to the Third Round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bluejays will return four starters in 2013-14. Arizona State went 22-13 a year ago, finishing sixth in the Pacific-12 Conference, and advancing to the second round of the NIT. ASU returns three starters in 2013-14.
Creighton posted an 87-73 win over ASU in Las Vegas last season, improving to 6-0 while claiming the Las Vegas Invitational title. Doug McDermott led Creighton with 29 points and nine rebounds, while ASU was paced by Jahii Carson's 30 points. McDermott (23.2 ppg.) and Carson (18.5 ppg.) are the only returners in The Wooden Legacy who averaged more than 12 points per game last season with their current school, and also former teammates on Team USA at the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championships.
Tickets for The Wooden Legacy are scheduled to go on sale in September.
The remainder of Creighton's 2013-14 schedule is not expected to be released until early September.
The Wooden Legacy (Schedule subject to change)
Thu, Nov 28
Miami vs. George Washington
Marquette vs. Cal State Fullerton
College of Charleston vs. San Diego State
Creighton vs. Arizona State
Fri, Nov 29
ESPN or ESPN2
Sun, Dec. 1
2013 Wooden Legacy Team Information
School, 2013-14 League
Arizona State, Pacific-12
NIT Second Round
Cal State Fullerton, Big West
Big West Tournament Quarterfinals
College of Charleston, Colonial Athletic
CBI First Round
Creighton, BIG EAST
NCAA Third Round
George Washington, Atlantic-10
Atlantic-10 Tournament First Round
Marquette, BIG EAST
NCAA Sweet 16
Miami, Atlantic Coast
NCAA Sweet 16
San Diego State, Mountain West
NCAA Second Round
4 NCAA's, 1 NIT, 1 CBI
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