Anaheim, Calif., March 18, 2019 – Two of the eight schools scheduled to participate in the 2019 Wooden Legacy during the Thanksgiving holidays in southern California have earned post-season berths in the NCAA Championships and NIT.
UCF (23-8, American Athletic) is seeded ninth in the NCAA’s East Region and plays VCU (25-7, Atlantic 10) in the first-round Friday in Columbia. Providence (18-15, BIG EAST) earned a berth in the NIT and will host Arkansas (17-15, Southeastern) Tuesday in the first-round.
Also scheduled to play in the 2019 Wooden Legacy are Arizona (17-15, Pac-12), College of Charleston (24-9, Colonial Athletic), Long Beach State (15-19, Big West), Penn (19-12, Ivy), Pepperdine 16-18, (West Coast) and Wake Forest 11-20, (Atlantic Coast).
The 2019 Wooden Legacy hosted by the Big West Conference will be played November 28 and 29, and December 1. The Wooden Legacy was formed in June 2013 when the John R. Wooden Classic was merged with the Anaheim Classic, which was an eight-school bracketed event played for six years (2007-2012) at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Seton Hall (20-13, BIG EAST), the 2018 Wooden Legacy, advanced to 2019 NCAA Championships and will play Wofford Thursday in a first-round game at Jacksonville. The Pirates, who defeated Miami 83-81 in the 2018 Wooden Legacy championship games, dropped a 74-72 decision to Villanova Saturday in the BIG EAST title game.
Grand Canyon (20-13, Western Athletic), which lost an 82-75 decision to Seton Hall in a 2018 Wooden Legacy quarter-final game, also advanced to the 2019 post-season. The Antelopes will play at West Virginia (14-20, Big 12) Wednesday in the first-round of the College Basketball Invitational.
Other Wooden Legacy winners are USC (2007), Wake Forest (2008), West Virginia (2009), UNLV (2010), Saint Louis (2011), Cal (2012), San Diego State (2013), Washington (2014), Michigan State (2015), UCLA (2016) and Washington State (2017).
The eight-school, 12-game bracketed Wooden Legacy is one of six earl-season college basketball tournaments owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.