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Marquette Basketball: 2K Classic Announces Full 2016 Field

We already knew the potential opponents at MSG, now we know the potential home games.

Traci Carter will be a major part of the MU squad that heads to MSG next November.
Traci Carter will be a major part of the MU squad that heads to MSG next November.
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The Gazelle Group has announced the full field of teams that are participating in the 2016 2K Classic.  Marquette will be joined at Madison Square Garden on November 17th and 18th by Pittsburgh, SMU, and Michigan.  Those four teams will each play two home games against some combination of IUPUI, Gardner-Webb, Howard, and Eastern Michigan.

The 2K Classic is run by the same people that run the Legends Classic, the event that Marquette participated in this past November.  It runs with the same format: The Championship Rounds will consist of Marquette, Pitt, SMU, and Michigan playing a semifinal doubleheader on November 17th at MSG, followed by a championship game and a consolation game on November 18th.  Each team will play two games at home against the other four pack of teams just like Marquette played Belmont and, yes, IUPUI this past November.

With the season beginning on the second Friday of November, that would give Marquette just six days of the season before heading to MSG for the 2K Classic.  The press release on the field of teams says that the home games will be played before the MSG games, but both Georgetown and Wisconsin played one after the MSG games this past season.  Given all of that, it seems possible, perhaps even likely, that the 2016-17 season could be one of the years that Marquette sits out of the Gavitt Tipoff Games.  Last year, Georgetown played Maryland on Tuesday before heading to New York for the 2K Classic, but that was with a Friday/Sunday schedule, not to mention Georgetown traveling to Maryland is roughly equivalent to Marquette playing a game out in Waukesha.  The 2016 version of the 2K Classic will be played on Thursday and Friday, which radically alters MU's ability to fit a game in earlier in the week.

The official schedules of games, both at MSG and at the Bradley Center, will be announced at a future date.  Tickets for the MSG games go on sale on Wednesday, and you can visit the 2K Classic website for more info on that.