Georgia to compete in 2021 Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper
PRINCETON, N.J./NEWARK, N.J. – Featuring national programs Georgia, Virginia, Providence and Northwestern, the 15th annual Legends Classic Presented by Old Trapper will take place at Prudential Center on November 22 and 23, 2021.
“We have always enjoyed participating in Rick Giles events going back to our early days at Marquette. No matter the venue they are always very high level,” head coach Tom Crean said. “We are really excited to take our Georgia program to Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper. The competition will be fierce, and the energy will be high. We are looking forward to Georgia Bulldog fans joining us from all over the country.”
This will be Georgia’s second appearance in the Legends Classic. In 2012, the Bulldogs lost to No. 1 Indiana, ironically then coached by Tom Crean, 66-53, and then to No. 11 UCLA, 60-56.
Match-ups, ESPN networks, game times and ticket information for the Legends Classic Presented by Old Trapper will be announced at a later date.
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Georgia: Crean enters his fourth season after improving the Bulldogs’ record in each of his first three seasons. Georgia has scored at its highest pace in nearly two decades during each of the past two seasons, with Anthony Edwards, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft and a Rookie of the Year Finalist, leading the way in 2019-20.
Virginia: In Tony Bennett’s 12th season at the helm, the Cavaliers won the ACC regular season title for the third time in the past four years, after winning the National Championship in 2019.
Providence: Ed Cooley, who has taken the Friars to five NCAA Tournaments in the past eight years, returns three of his top four scorers.
Northwestern: Chris Collins returns almost his entire roster for his ninth season with the Wildcats, who made the NCAA Tournament for the first time in their history after their Legends Classic appearance in 2016.
In the 2020 Roman Legends Classic Presented by Old Trapper, the event included six teams in a Showcase format. Featuring four teams (USC, UConn, Florida and BYU) that eventually made it to the NCAA Tournament, the event also featured emerging young talent — the Mobley brothers at USC; Tre Mann, Noah Locke and Keyontae Johnson at Florida; UConn’s James Bouknight and St. John’s Julian Champagnie.
About the Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper
Begun in 2007, the Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper has become one of the nation’s most eagerly-anticipated early-season men’s basketball tournaments. Regularly attracting the top programs and coaches in the country, four teams from the most prestigious conferences in the country head to Newark, N.J., and Prudential Center – the home of the New Jersey Devils and Seton Hall Pirates – to complete in the nationally televised Legends Classic Championship Rounds.
About Old Trapper
Old Trapper Smoked Products has produced its signature line of authentic handmade meat snacks from its headquarters in Forest Grove, Oregon since 1969. Those 50 years of experience, complemented by continued investments in state-of-the-art processes, result in top-quality products that are distributed nationwide.
About the Gazelle Group
The Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper 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 Empire Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project, the Gotham Classic, the Sunshine Slam, the Holiday Face-Off and the College Basketball Invitational. For more information on the Gazelle Group, please visit gazellegroup.com.
About the Northeast Conference
The Northeast Conference (NEC) is the sponsoring conference of the Legends Classic Presented by Old Trapper. Entering its 41st season, the NEC is a NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association consisting of 10 institutions of higher learning located throughout seven states. For more information on the NEC, visit the official website at www.northeastconference.org or follow on Twitter @NECsports.
About Prudential Center
Prudential Center is the world-class sports and entertainment venue located in downtown Newark, New Jersey. Opened in October 2007, the state-of-the-art arena is the home of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) three-time Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils, Seton Hall University’s NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball program, and more than 175 concerts, family shows and special events each year. The arena is also home to the GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center, which opened its doors to the public on October 2017. The 8,200-square-foot experience marks the first GRAMMY Museum outpost on the East Coast, and features a dynamic combination of educational programming and interactive permanent and traveling exhibits, including a spotlight on legendary GRAMMY winners from New Jersey. Ranked in the Top 8 nationally by Pollstar, Billboard and Venues Today, Prudential Center is recognized as one of the premier venues in the United States, and hosts over 2 million guests annually. For more information about Prudential Center, visit please visit PruCenter.com and follow the arena on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @PruCenter. Prudential Center is a Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment property.