On Thursday afternoon (Happy Thanksgiving, by the way), ESPN announced that Canes Hoops has been selected to participate in the 2018 Wooden Legacy basketball tournament.
The Canes will head to the West Coast for Thanksgiving next year to play in the 2018 Wooden Legacy! https://t.co/ymaKZRmJAH pic.twitter.com/kjEXzQTYeb— Canes Hoops (@CanesHoops) November 23, 2017
One of the premier events in college basketball, the Wooden Legacy is annually stacked with top teams, and is among the most prestigious in-season events of the year.
Here’s more on this announcement from Miami Athletics:
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami men’s basketball team will compete in the 2018 Wooden Legacy, as announced Thursday by ESPN. Miami joins seven schools in the field in a tournament that will be played in Southern California next November 22, 23 and 25.
With one school to be named, the teams scheduled to compete in the 2018 Wooden Legacy are Fresno State (Mountain West Conference), Hawai’i (Big West) LaSalle (Atlantic 10), Miami (Atlantic Coast), Northwestern (Big Ten), Seton Hall (Big East) and Utah (Pac-12). Except for Miami, the other six schools will be competing in their first Wooden Legacy event.
Miami last played in the Wooden Legacy in 2013, dropping the opener in overtime to George Washington before rebounding to top Cal State Fullerton and Arizona State and finish the tournament with a 2-1 record.
Miami, Northwestern and Seton Hall competed in the 2017 NCAA Tournament, while Fresno State and Utah were NIT participants last March.
The Wooden Legacy was formed in June 2013 when the John R. Wooden Classic merged with the Anaheim Classic, which was an eight-school bracketed event played for six years (2007-2012) at the Anaheim Convention Center. The Wooden Classic was staged 19 years (1994-2012) at Honda Center with the first 17 events being college doubleheaders.
The Wooden Legacy is one of several in-season eight-school bracketed college basketball tournaments owned and operated by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, that have been staged since 2006. Miami’s appearance in the 2018 Wooden Legacy will be its ninth as the Hurricanes have captured ESPN Events’ titles at the 2007 and 2015 Puerto Rico Tip-Offs and the 2009 and 2014 Charleston Classics.
As stated in the above release, Canes Hoops has previously participated in the Wooden Legacy, going 2-1 in the 2013 iteration of this event.
With a talented roster that figures to remain top notch, Canes Hoops will be one of the top teams in this nationally-televised event next fall.
For now, the Canes are 4-0 heading into their next game against top-15 ranked Minnesota in the ACC/B1G challenge next week.