PRINCETON, N.J. – The 2014 Legends Classic bracket was revealed on Wednesday morning and the VCU men's basketball team learned that it will take on Villanova in the semifinals at Barclays Center.
The Rams open with home games against Toledo (Nov. 18 on ESPNU) and UM-Eastern Shore (Nov. 20) before heading to Brooklyn to take on Villanova (Nov. 24 on ESPN2) and then either Oregon or Michigan (Nov. 25 on ESPNU/2).
The Wildcats won the Big East regular-season championship, ended the 2013-14 season 29-5, and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Villanova closed the year ranked sixth in the AP poll and 13th in the coaches poll. The Wildcats return four starters from last year's squad.
After eight seasons at Winston-Salem State where he presided over the school's move from Division III to Division II, Bobby Collins assumes the reins at UMES. In those eight seasons, Collins led WSSU to 115 wins, including 79 over the last four seasons.
Michigan posted a 28-9 record in 2013-14, won the program's first outright Big Ten regular season title in 28 years and second Big Ten crown in three years while advancing to the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight for the second straight year. The Wolverines concluded the season ranked seventh by the Associated Press and sixth by the coaches.
Oregon went 24-10 and were ranked as high as No. 10 in 2013-14. The Ducks advanced to their second straight NCAA Tournament under head coach Dana Altman, who has led the Ducks to the postseason all four seasons in Eugene.
With three of VCU's four games in the Legends Classic on the ESPN Family of Networks, it guarantees national television for four of VCU's first five games in 2014-15.
The full VCU men's basketball non-conference schedule will be announced tomorrow morning.