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Tech to Face UTEP in Legends Classic Championship Round

Aug. 4, 2010

Complete Legends Classic schedule

Princeton, N.J. – The Georgia Tech men’s basketball team will play the University of Texas at El Paso to open the championship round of the fourth-annual Legends Classic tournament at historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., on Friday, Nov. 26.

The contest will be televised on HDNet at 5:30 p.m., to be followed by the second semifinal between Michigan and Syracuse at 8 p.m. The consolation and championship games will also be televised on HDNet on Saturday, Nov. 27, at 5:30 and 8 p.m., respectively. All tip-offs are Eastern time. Additional television coverage will be announced at a later date.

In Georgia Tech’s all-time series history with its three fellow championship round participants, the Yellow Jackets trail only UTEP, which holds a 2-0 advantage. They lead Michigan, 4-3, and Syracuse, 2-1.

The Yellow Jackets of head coach Paul Hewitt return two starters from a team that went 23-13 last year, reached the championship game of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament and the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

UTEP returns eight of its top 10 scorers from a team that went 26-7 overall, including 15-1 in Conference USA, and entered the national polls for the first time in 18 seasons. The Miners lost to national runner-up Butler in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Michigan returns three of six players who started 19 games or more last season, during which it posted a 15-17 record. The Wolverines lost eight of 12 contests decided by seven points or less, including a season-ending defeat at the hands of No. 5 Ohio State, 69-68, in the Big Ten Tournament.

Syracuse lost three of four players who averaged double-digits in points last season. However, the Orange welcome a top-5 national recruiting class to bolster a team that went 30-5, won the Big East regular-season championship, and reached the “Sweet Sixteen” of the NCAA Tournament.

Prior to traveling to Atlantic City, the Yellow Jackets, Miners, Wolverines, and Orange will also host regional rounds of the tournament, which were previously announced by the Legends Classic.

For its regional, Georgia Tech will welcome a pair of teams from the state of New York to Alexander Memorial Coliseum, as Albany visits on Wednesday, Nov. 17, to be followed by Niagara on Friday, Nov. 19. The rest of Tech’s men’s basketball schedule will be announced toward the end of August.

The eight schools participating in the regional rounds who were not selected for the championship round – Albany, Bowling Green, Detroit, Gardner-Webb, Mercer, Niagara, Western Carolina, and William and Mary – will also compete in two subregional rounds of the tournament, which will be held in Detroit, Mich., and Williamsburg, Va., Nov. 26-28.

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