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The Boston College Eagles men's basketball team is set to return to Madison Square Garden for the first time since the 2005-06 season.
According to a release from the Gazelle Group, Boston College basketball is set to participate in the 2013 2K Sports Classic, formerly known as the Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic. The event tips off the 2013-14 college basketball season with four programs hosting a pair of Regional Round games on their home courts. The hosts then head to New York City where they compete in the tournament's Championship Rounds at Madison Square Garden.
Three of the four Regional Round hosts have already been selected. Boston College will join Connecticut, Washington and a fourth team in this year's tournament. Here's the tournament schedule:
November 15-18 - Regional Round Hosts (UConn, Boston College, Washington, TBA)
November 21-22 - Championship Rounds (Madison Square Garden, New York, NY)
November 22-24 - Subregional Rounds
Can't help but like this scheduling development. BC's non-conference schedule was pretty light this season and this guarantees two solid non-conference matchups against two of Connecticut, Washington and the mystery fourth program (likely from one of the other major conferences not already represented). It also sets up the intriguing possibility of the Eagles and Huskies renewing hostilities on the hardwood. The two long-time New England rivals haven't met on the hardwood since January 5, 2005, where BC notched a 75-70 victory over the Huskies. All-time, UConn holds a 54-35 edge in the 89 game series.
All four Championship Round games and a minimum of two Regional Round games will be nationally televised on the ESPN family of networks, which will give the team some additional early-season exposure in what could be a breakout year for Donahue and the Eagles.
Finally ... the Garden. It will be nice to see the program return to the Garden for the first time since the Eagles
faced Michigan State in the Jimmy V Classic back in December 2005 Purdue and UAB in the 2008 NIT Season Tip-Off. A nice treat for the New York City-area alumni.