College basketball has a new tournament put on by the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) and Intersport, named ‘Legends of Basketball Showcase’ scheduled for Dec. 17 at the United Center in Chicago. Presale tickets begin this Wednesday. The quadruple header will start tickets sales to the general public on 09/21 at 11 a.m. CT. Fans around the nation wanting a seat to this inaugural event can register online at www.LegendsofBasketball.com/Showcase for ticket alerts. If registered by tomorrow, each collegiate hoops fan will receive a direct email alert granting access to an exclusive 24-hour presale window on Tuesday. Registered fans can Look for additional emails directed at further ticketing news and other events. Come Wednesday, tickets can be purchased by visiting www.ticketmaster.com or by going to the United Center box office. Ticket prices begins at $29 and are available by session only. One ticket gets you entrance to both games of a session. Television airing broadcasters and schedules are to be announced in forthcoming weeks.
Legends Showcase Matchups
For the afternoon session, Northern Iowa faces Towson at Noon CT then Tulane takes on George Mason at 2:30 p.m., followed by the evening session featuring Dayton matched up against Wyoming at 7 p.m. with NC State set to play Vanderbilt at 9:30 p.m. to finish the preliminary session.
It will be the first matchup between Northern Iowa and Towson and the third between Tulane and George Mason, with the teams splitting the prior two contests. Dayton and Wyoming have also met twice previously, with Dayton winning in December 2004 and Wyoming winning in January 2004. The contest between NC State and Vanderbilt will be the sixth all time, with the Commodores owning a 3-2 edge in the series. Each of the previous three matchups have been neutral site contests, with NC State winning the last matchup in 2018.
Sports Techie, after the hottest summer on record for many across the United States, Wednesday’s ticket sales marks the beginning of the end of this scorching season for some. Fall weather hopefully begins to settle in on September 22. Rest assured, the 8 Division I men’s basketball teams are still prepared to scorch the nets at the United Center with the chance to advance to the next rounds of play in December. Will there be snow on the ground in Illinois by mid-winter break?
Weather conditions won’t matter to the NBRPA, Intersport, the eight D I squads, and all the hearty fans in attendance as the universities compete for the first Legends of Basketball Showcase Championship. Come rain, snow or ice, it is on in person, on TV and ideally, streaming too.
I am curious as to how this in-season tourney effects each team’s power rankings as they attempt to advance to the Big Dance. Winning should boost their standing towards earning a coveted spot for the 2023 NCAA men’s college basketball tournament also known as March Madness, as one of the 68 teams selected.
Be sure to register today at www.LegendsofBasketball.com/Showcase so you can buy your session ticket during the exclusive 24 hour presale period. If not, general sales begin on Wednesday.
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