2023 Empire Classic Field Announced
April 4, 2023
PRINCETON, N.J./New York, N.Y. – UConn, Indiana, Texas, and Louisville will compete in the 2023 Empire Classic presented by Continental Tire benefiting Wounded Warrior Project — which will return to Madison Square Garden on November 19-20, 2023.
UConn just won the 2023 National Championship after a dominating NCAA Tournament run in Dan Hurley’s fifth season at the helm. Additionally, the Huskies are currently ranked #1 on ESPN’s Way-Too-Early 2023-24 Preseason Poll. UConn will be making their fifth Empire Classic appearance (1999, 2007, 2013, 2018). They won the event in 2013, defeating Indiana 59-58 in the championship game.
Indiana finished the season 23-12 and reached the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament. Head coach Mike Woodson (former New York Knicks Head Coach) just finished his second year at his alma mater after leading Indiana to the past two NCAA Tournaments. This will be the Hoosiers second appearance in the Empire Classic (2013).
Texas finished the season 29-9 under Rodney Terry and advanced to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament after winning the Big 12 Tournament. Texas will make its seventh appearance in the Empire Classic, the most of any school (1997, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2019). They won the event in 2014, defeating California 71-55 in the championship game.
Louisville will look to rebound next season under head coach, Kenny Payne, who previously was an assistant at Kentucky and the New York Knicks. This will be Louisville’s first time participating in the Empire Classic.
Semifinal match-ups, television coverage, and the on-sale date for tickets will be announced in the future. To be the first to receive updates on these important details, sign up for alerts at Gazelle Ticket Updates and follow the Empire Classic on Twitter @EmpireClassicBB and on Instagram @empireclassicbb.
The 2022 Empire Classic presented by Continental Tire benefiting Wounded Warrior Project title was won by St John’s, which defeated Syracuse 76-69 in overtime of the Championship Game.
About the Empire Classic presented by Continental Tire benefiting Wounded Warrior Project
First played in 1995, the Empire Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project presented by Continental Tire is acclaimed as college basketball’s premier early-season tournament. Featuring teams from across the nation, the Empire Classic annually attracts the top programs in the sport.
About the Gazelle Group
The Gazelle Group is a sports marketing firm, specializing in event production and management, client representation, and sponsorship consulting. Gazelle produces numerous nationally-recognized college sports events, such as the Empire Classic, Legends Classic, the Gotham Classic, the Sunshine Slam, the College Basketball Invitational, the Kwik Trip Holiday Face-Off, the Barstool Sports Invitational as well as on-campus events at Duke, Kentucky, Nebraska and other institutions across the country. For more information on the Gazelle Group, please visit www.gazellegroup.com.
About Wounded Warrior Project
Wounded Warrior Project (@wwp) is the beneficiary of the Empire Classic. With the mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors, WWP is the hand extended to encourage warriors as they adjust to their new normal and achieve new triumphs. Offering a variety of programs and services, WWP is equipped to serve warriors with every type of injury – from the physical to the invisible wounds of war.
About the Northeast Conference
The Northeast Conference (NEC) is the sponsoring conference of the Empire Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project. Now in its 42nd season, the NEC is a NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association consisting of 9 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.
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