The Legends Classic has officially announced a move to Mohegan Sun from the Barclays Center for this season due to the pandemic. The tournament will now feature UConn, USC, Vanderbilt and BYU instead of Notre Dame, who dropped out of the tournament.
“Mohegan Sun features a prime location, an outstanding facility, and the proper amenities to provide a safe, secure, and controlled environment,” Gazelle Group president Rick Giles said in the release.
The tournament is now scheduled for December 2 and 3, a slight delay from the previous dates of November 23 and 24 set back in February,
The exact matchups, game times and potential ticket information are due to be announced down the line. Fans who purchased tickets for the tournament when it was due to be held at the Barclays Center will be refunded automatically, according to the release.
Last season, Auburn, who were ranked AP No. 18 at the time, brought home the Legends Classic win over Richmond 79-65.
UConn will likely host three in-state opponents this season as well, according to the New Haven Register’s David Borges.
The NCAA will allow schools to play up to 27 games this season, with a few options of how they can set it up. Schools can either play 24 games and a three-game tournament, 25 games and a two-game tournament or just 25 games with no tournament.
With UConn playing in the Legends Classic, they can now schedule up to a further four non-conference games — should the Big East chose to play a full 20-game schedule. So, that would mean they would have a further one game to decide, if they indeed schedule the three in-state games.