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By Jason Schott – BrooklynFans.com Reporter / Assignment Editor - @JESchott19
Former Nets center Andray Blatche has signed a contract in China worth $2.5 million, which he can opt out of in March to return to the NBA.
The Nets made no attempt to re-sign Blatche, which is mysterious considering he was arguably their most reliable center the past couple seasons. The Nets had salary cap room to sign Blatche because teams can go over the limit to retain their own players. He’s eligible for a mid-level contract exception, which means if they don’t want him, they could sign and trade him for a player with a $5-6 million contract.
Blatche wants a long-term deal, and the Nets might be leery of giving him a contract considering issues he has had throughout his career. The Nets took a chance on Blatche before the 2012-13 season after the Wizards released him because of his bad attitude and other off-court issues. In his first season with the Nets, he was questioned for an incident at his hotel room in Philadelphia involving a woman and his friends.
This past season, he missed four games at the end of December for what the team called “personal reasons,” which later was revealed to mean that he was out of shape. Aside from those two incidents with the Nets, he has been the model teammate.
Blatche can be a prolific scorer and a solid presence inside. He was at his best when playing at forward with Brook Lopez at center, but head coaches Avery Johnson, P.J. Carlesimo or Jason Kidd never used him much in that role. He also was a solid anchor of the second unit.
Blatche, 28 years old, averaged 11.2 points and 5.3 rebounds last season, and scored in double figures 44 times. In the playoffs, he averaged 7.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in the opening series against the Toronto Raptors, and 5.4 points and 4.6 rebounds in the second round against the Miami Heat.
As it stands now at center for the Nets, Brook Lopez will be the starter and Mason Plumlee will take Blatche’s spot off the bench. Kevin Garnett was named the starting power forward by Head Coach Lionel Hollins, but he might want to consider Garnett as the starting or backup center because he played his best basketball last season at there in place of Lopez.
By Jason Schott – BrooklynFans.com Reporter / Assignment Editor - @JESchott19
Fantastic Four is a tremendous film from renowned producer Ross Greenburg about the integration of the NFL in 1946 by Kenny Washington, Woody Strode, Marion Motley and Bill Willis.
The documentary gives a detailed history of football starting in the 1920s on the college and pro levels and a stark look at race relations in the country at that time. The four players went through a lot of adversity, but their experiences were quite different. Motley and Willis were treated very well by the Cleveland Browns and their coach Paul Brown, whereas Washington and Strode went through a lot of adversity with the Los Angeles Rams.
At a screening of “Forgotten Four,” Jets radio announcer Bob Wischusen moderated a panel with Greenburg, former Jets Wesley Walker and Greg Buttle, and USA Today sports columnist Jarrett Bell, who is one of the commentators in the documentary.
Ross Greenburg said, “Wes (Smith) and I met probably about eight months ago and we started talking about this story about the integration of pro football, and Wes and I started talking, and Wes said, “And by the way, Marion Motley. Bill Willis, Kenny Washington, and Willie Strode integrated pro football in 1946, and I said, ‘Whow, wait, ’46, that’s a year before Jackie Robinson.’ He said, ‘yeah, I guess it is.’ There’s our story, let’s go right for the jugular and tell the story of these great courageous guys, and that’s what we did.”
Wischusen said that “Jackie Robinson was poignantly aware what the meaning of his career was and the significance of being the lone guy breaking the color barrier (in baseball),” and he asked Greenburg and Jarrett Bell if that was true for Motley, Willis, Washington, and Strode.
Bell said, “Yeah, I think so, I got to know Bill Willis, who was the last of the four to pass away, and I got to know him for probably the last four, maybe five years of his life, and we got to talk about these things. One thing that was interesting was the crossover of baseball and football, he knew Jackie Robinson, Jackie Robinson knew him, they knew each other because there was a lot of pride in the black community so, consequently, just like when the Cleveland Browns would play, or when the Rams would travel, they would attract black audiences, black fans would come to those games and so they were aware there was some significance there.
“I don’t think they tried to carry that as the ultimate badge because Willis and Motley ended up being Hall of Famers who played many years with the Browns, so I think their thing was really just to be good players, but I think they were aware of that circumstance at least from what I’ve been able to find out about them. Then, just to add, with Washington, remember he played for six years on the West Coast with the Hollywood Bears same sort of thing, even those years in semi-pro football, they drew a lot of fans, a lot of black fans.”
Greenburg said, “When we started to meet the families, they were mystified that, for all these years, nobody had really recognized their family, the four men. I think, you know, it was wonderful to bring them into the fold and we felt strongly about it, it was important to allow them to finally get their just due and give it to their fathers and grandfathers.”
Wesley Walker, who played college football at California-Berkeley, said of his thoughts and experiences, “It’s very difficult when you see racism. I went to Cal-Berkeley, where I was sort of a black hippie, I didn’t see color. Growing up, you hear about Jackie Robinson, Jesse Owens, I remember finally hearing the stories, when you see the true-life problems that existed and to a certain extent that still exist in this country, I never understood racism, prejudice just because you were maybe different, the color of your skin and you know you had maybe the same abilities, you’re a human being, that’s all I ever looked at.
“When you look at a situation like this and know some of the things those guys had to endure, I think of myself being in that situation, ‘could I really handle a situation like that?’ That’s what Jackie Robinson did, that’s what Marion Motley went through. I don’t know if I could have handled that, that’s a lot to carry a burden, and what I get from this film is a sense of history and a story that needs to be told, and you (Greenburg) do just a wonderful job. More of these stories need to be told, just what people have been through and where we’ve come to now.”
Walker said of perceptions in football, “I remember, back in the day, blacks couldn’t be quarterbacks, you played linebacker, that’s your position because those were so-called smart positions mentally and we see it now. I was telling this story, one of my teammates, Marty Lions had pointed out, did a grand opening last year and they had was a big Jets cake, and he said to me, ‘look at the cake, they’re all black players,’ and I said, ‘yeah, you didn’t say that when we were growing up because they were all white players’ and that’s something that I wouldn’t even think about, but there’s a big disparity in that time and now, but we’ve progressed and we’re getting better. I compliment you (Greenburg) on the ability to tell this story that people need to know some of the things that people have through and struggled to make things better for those now participating in this sport.”
Former Jet Greg Buttle said, “My perspective obviously is from a white perspective. I grew up in the ’60s, and it was unbelievable change what happened from when I was in high school and then going forward to Penn State. When I started to watch this, it reminded me there’s two movies I’ve seen that it was a feeling of disgust when I watched it. That was Saving Private Ryan, when you watch those soldiers getting slaughtered coming off the LSDs in the D-Day landing, your stomach turns, I got the same feeling when I watch this.
“To be able to go out there and see what our black friends went through, and maybe not so many here, but back from the ’60s and the ’50s, part of my era, you look at that and you go ‘that is so, so wrong and so uncomfortable’ and you look at the way we’re progressing today with everything, and certainly there are going to be differences forever, I don’t care who you are, there’ll be differences, but I think this was so good in the way it depicted the truth of what we are, whether we’re black or we’re white, it depicts what we are. We may not like what we are…It gives you an opportunity to have introspection and you take a look at your life and say ‘can I do this better, can I be a better person?’ and I think that’s what I got out of this, it’s unbelievable.”
Greenburg said of some choice of imagery he used, “We did want to show the stark photographs of the lynchings because I think a lot of times in films or docus, you see the lone black trying to drink from the colored water fountain or going into the colored bathroom, but you don’t really see the stark racism that these people dealt with, so it was important to us to bang that home and to give you the reality of what it was like because a lot of times I think in the present day, and there still is racism, let’s not kid ourselves, we don’t know where we are today if we don’t know where we have come from, what was the ground zero. Well, that was surely post-Civil War and slavery itself was ground zero, and that was important to show and it gave you an idea of the time period and what these four men had to deal with in society.”
“FORGOTTEN FOUR” airs this Tuesday, September 23rd, at 8:00 pm on EPIX
By Jason Schott – BrooklynFans.com Reporter / Assignment Editor - @JESchott19
Nets Head Coach Lionel Hollins announced on Monday night that Kevin Garnett will be the starting power forward and play 15 minutes per game this season if healthy.
Hollins appeared at Deron Williams’ Celebrity Dodge Basketball event at Basketball City and said of Garnett, “There is nobody in the gym that I would put in his place. He has earned the right to have that opportunity to be the starter from Day One. Somebody has to knock him out, it’s got to be like a heavyweight fight. I don’t really see that happening.”
Hollins said more specifically, “If he’s healthy, and producing, he’s going to play. How many minutes? I don’t know. But he is not going to play 15 or 16 minutes. I can guarantee you that. If he is playing and starting, he is going to be out there.”
This plan sounds awfully similar to the Nets’ plan for Garnett last season. He started the season as the starting power forward and played 15-20 minutes per game without much success for himself or the team, which started 10-21. He played his best basketball of the season in January and February when he shifted over to center after Brook Lopez went down to injury. The starting five of Garnett at center, Paul Pierce and Shaun Livingston as the forwards, Deron Williams at point guard, and Joe Johnson at shooting guard led the Nets on a run back into the playoff picture.
The minutes limit was ill-conceived because it was not based on how Garnett was playing or how tough a game was – it was based solely on minutes, which might not be the best measure. There were times Garnett was playing great, in a rhytym, but was still pulled at a time in the game that was predetermined. There were other instances in which Garnett did not have it and should have been pulled, but stayed in until the appointed time.
In addition to the minutes limit, Ganrett did not play one of back-to-backs. These measures made no difference as he was out the entire month of March with back spasms. He played in 54 games, and averaged a career-low 6.5 points in 20.5 minutes per game and grabbed 6.6 rebounds per game, second-lowest in his career to his rookie season, 1995-96, in which he averaged 6.3 rebounds per game.
In the playoffs, he became a liability at times, especially in Game 3 against the Toronto Raptors. He entered the game with three minutes remaining and the Nets up ten, and Toronto ran every play at him, knowing he could not catch up with their young players, and the Nets lead was down to a point. The Nets ultimately held on, but the takeaway was worry about KG.
With the Nets down 3-2 in the series with the Raptors, Garnett stepped up in Games 6 and 7. He played 27 minutes in Game 6 and scored 13 points with 5 rebounds. In Game 7 in Toronto, he had 12 points and 11 rebounds in 25 minutes. Those two performances showed he is better when he’s out there more, that it may take him a while to warm up, kind of like a pitcher that is throwing harder at his 90th pitch than his 10th.
It did not carry through to the Miami series, which was a tough one for the Nets and Garnett. KG was held scoreless in the first game and had just 4 rebounds. He had 4 points and 12 rebounds in Game 2. In Game 3, the only Nets win in the series, he had 10 points on 5-for-6 from the field and 7 rebounds. KG had 8 points and 7 rebounds in Game 4, and scored just two points on 1-for-3 shooting with 8 rebounds in Game 5.
Garnett laid low for the early part of the offseason, which was tumultuous for the Nets with the unexpected departures of Head Coach Jason Kidd, Garnett’s longtime teammate Paul Pierce. Garnett and Piece played six seasons together in Boston before coming to Brooklyn together in the blockbuster trade in the summer of 2013. Garnett waived his no-trade clause with the Celtics to come to Brooklyn, and now he is here alone and Pierce is a member of the Washington Wizards.
Garnett ultimately decided to return for this season, his 20th in the NBA, and the final season of his contract, which is worth $12 million.
Hollins met with him after he decided to return, and he put Garnett’s offseason into perspective on Monday night. “I understood why he wasn’t around and why he wasn’t communicating. When you get to this stage and have to make big life-changing decisions, it should be alone and with your family…The decision has to be his. He is a Hall of Fame player and he deserves Hall of Fame respect,” said Hollins.
Hollins said of speaking to Garnett about retirement, “I didn’t even ask him. It doesn’t really matter. You’re pregnant or you’re not pregnant. He looks good… I would assume that if he decided to come back and if in fact it is his last year, he would want to make it his best.”
The sad part about this situation is the Nets never got to have Garnett play for them in his prime. All of Garnett’s big moments came in Minnesota and Boston, but it is the Nets who have to deal with all the issues that come with a player in the twilight of his career. A parallel is Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, who had nothing left in his last season for the Lakers in 1988-89, but they were soothed by the fact that he won them five rings.
By Jason Schott – BrooklynFans.com Reporter / Assignment Editor - @JESchott19
The Brooklyn Nets voided the contract of 7’0″ center Hamady Ndiaye on Friday after he failed his physical, just two days after signing him. He was the second signing of a low-risk, high-reward center in a week by General Manager Billy King, the first being Jerome Jordan.
As it stands now, Jordan has no competition for the third spot in the rotation at center behind starter Brook Lopez and lead backup Mason Plumlee, who will be entering his second season. In essence, Plumlee is replacing Andray Blatche and Jordan would take Plumlee’s spot.
Ndiaye competed in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup for Senegal’s national team. He played part of the 2013-14 season with the Sacramento Kings. In 14 games with Sacramento, Ndiaye scored 6 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and had 4 blocks in 74 minutes. Ndiaye also spent time in the NBA Development League, as he played two games last season with the Reno Bighorns on assignment from the Kings, and after being waived by Sacramento in January, he spent 15 games with the D-League’s Delaware 87ers.
Ndiaye played his college basketball with Rutgers, and was chosen with the 56th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, and he was traded to the Washington Wizards on draft night. He played in 16 games for the Wizards in his rookie season in 2010-11, and averaged 0.9 points, 0.4 rebounds and 0.3 blocks in 5.0 minutes per game. Ndiaye also appeared in three games for Washington during the 2011-12 season.
Ndiaye has played in 33 career NBA games, and has averages of 0.6 points, 0.8 rebounds, and 0.3 blocks in 4.8 minutes per game. Over the course of his professional career, Ndiaye has also played in the NBA D-League with the Dakota Wizards in 2010-11, and during the 2011-12 season, with the Iowa Energy and Maine Red Claws.
He also has played overseas with Guangzhou Liu Sui Whampoa of China’s National Basketball League in 2012 and Tianjin Ronggang of the Chinese Basketball Association in 2012-13.
By BrooklynFans.com Contributor Lloyd Carroll of the Award-winning Queens Chronicle
When the word leaked out two weeks ago that the Mets had fired Leigh Castergine, their senior vice president in charge of ticket sales, the joke going around was that the team had finally pinpointed the cause of why they haven’t had a winning season since President Obama took office.
Any jokes about Castergine’s dismissal, which most assumed was a case of common corporate politics, quickly ended when she filed suit against the Mets in Brooklyn Federal Court charging that chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon had humiliated her at an executive meeting. According to Castergine, Wilpon had stated at a Mets executives meeting that he was as morally opposed to her having a baby out of wedlock as he would accepting advertisements form electronic cigarette companies for Citi Field.
At least he’s right about the e-cigarettes.
Castergine then filed a complaint with the Mets’ human resources department. Apparently that did not go well as she did not get any sympathetic support there. When Jeff Wilpon found out that she documented her complaint internally he ordered her dismissal. The Mets offered her a severance package if she agreed not to pursue legal action against them. She obviously rejected that offer. Not surprisingly the Mets have issued a statement that lawsuit is without merit.
What I find interesting is that no one in the Mets organization is denying Castergine’s recollections. Even some media members who others consider to be shills for the team admitted to me that they could easily picture Jeff Wilpon saying exactly what Castergine claims.
I have not had a lot of dealings with Jeff over the years but I do remember asking him a business question about the Mets a few years ago following a press conference. “We’re not ready to disclose that to the Queens Chronicle,” he answered in a rather dismissive manner that I’ve heard was typical of him. Many have applied the famous baseball joke about wealthy kids to him; namely that he was born on third base but thinks that he hit a triple.
The separate off-field domestic violence incidents involving National Football League running backs Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson have monopolized the sports pages and thus this story has not received as much play as it should have. Jeff Wilpon however should be very concerned given the scrutiny that sports owners and commissioners are now getting in the aftermath of the Donald Sterling scandal. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell can attest to that.
The accounting term that is used for these kind of corporate lawsuits where the plaintiff has a high likelihood of prevailing is called a contingent liability. My guess is that the Mets’ accounting department will have to estimate an exposure in the low seven figures even if they are able to settle out of court.
That will affect off-season player acquisitions. Sorry, Mets fans.
In a happier Mets story, David Wright and Dillon Gee visited Fire Station 288 in Maspeth last Wednesday as a way of commemorating the 13th anniversary of 9/11 that would occur the following day. Wright’s dad served in the Norfolk, Virginia police department while Gee’s dad is a fire fighter in Fort Worth, Texas.
It turns out that Mets general manager Sandy Alderson knew what he was doing when he signed outfielder Chris Young to a one-year, $7.5 million contract. The only problem was that he didn’t know that Young could only perform on the other side of the RFK Bridge.
After being unceremoniously released from the Mets last month, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman signed Young to a minor league contract and had him join the big league team when the rosters were allowed to expand on September 1. Since then, Chris Young, not the about-to-retire Derek Jeter, has been the story for Bronx Bombers fans with his clutch-hitting, base steals, and stellar defense.
There was some good news for Giants fans in Big Blue’s 25-14 loss on Sunday to the Arizona Cardinals. Eli Manning look like his old self as he confidently completed passes to tight end Larry Donnell. Eli finally got decent protection from his much maligned offensive line.
The bad news was that Manning’s favorite passing target, Victor Cruz, had a day to forget as he dropped many catchable passes; running back Rashad Jennings fumbled at the Cardinals 15-yard line late in the game with the Giants down by 8; and the special teams allowed the Cards’ Ted Ginn, Jr. to return a Steve Weatherford punt 71 yards for a touchdown that put Arizona in the lead for good.
The NFL has received a ton of bad press lately so it’s only fair to point out a positive. Giants head coach Tom Coughlin and his staff world gold ribbons on their jackets as part of a “Go Gold” promotion to raise awareness and research for pediatric cancer.
Coughlin started the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund in 1996 in honor of the memory of Jay McGillis, a player on the Boston College Eagles who Coughlin coached before he moved onto the NFL, who lost his life to cancer. The term “pediatric cancer” can sometimes be a misnomer since it applies to anyone who has not yet reached their 23rd birthday.
It wasn’t so much that the Jets lost to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Fieldon Sunday. That was expected. What hurts was that the Jets were up 21-3 early in the second half before ultimately falling 31-24.
Geno Smith, who looked sharp early, appeared to wilt once his Packers counterpart, Aaron Rodgers, started to play well. Last week Smith did not have to worry about the other QB because the Jets defense easily manhandled Raiders rookie Derek Carr.
If the Jets are going to be a playoff team Smith is going to have to match, if not outplay, many of the NFL’s household name passers.
It was a nice touch by Madison Square Garden CEO James Dolan to promise $100,000 for the ALS Association if he can get over 6,000 folks to play the kazoo simultaneously Thursday night to break a Guinness World Book record when his band, JD & the Straight Shot, opens for the Eagles at the Garden. All fans entering the Garden will receive the small woodwind compliments of JD himself.
In the “What took so long?” department, Sony Pictures will launch “Sports Jeopardy,” which is the first-ever spinoff of the classic syndicated weeknight quiz show. The show will air on Crackle.com, the television-themed website that Sony operates (its best known program is Queens College alum Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee”). NBC Sports’ Dan Patrick assumes the Alex Trebek hosting duties.
Hip-hop star and occasional boxing promoter Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, who grew up in South Jamaica, humorously challenged Floyd Mayweather to a boxing match as part of a promotion for a new social media video app, Hang W/ (hangwith.com). The still undefeated Mayweather easily dispensed with Marcos Maidana Saturday night and is starting to think about his next bout. My guess is that he would rather fight Fitty than Manny Pacquiao.
By Jason Schott – BrooklynFans.com Reporter / Assignment Editor - @JESchott19 Showcase pic: The Master Chef finalists Courtney, Leslie, and Elizabeth
The Master Chef finale was last night on FOX, and Brooklyn’s own Elizabeth Cauvel was edged out by Courtney Lapresi, a Philadelphia native.
The night began with the three finalists, Elizabeth, Courtney, and Leslie. The deciding factor was a Boston Creme Pie they had to make. Leslie made his perfectly, but somehow mistook salt for sugar, so he was eliminated.
In the battle between Elizabeth and Courtney, it was obvious that the judges, Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliott, and Joe Bastianich, were in favor of Courtney. They talked about her hard background of working in a gentleman’s club as an “aerial dancer” (really, guys?) and how she had issues paying rent, and how this would change her life. They never spoke of Elizabeth in such a way.
Bastianich was particularly in Courtney’s corner, talking about a salad Courtney made with pig ears (yes, you read that right) as the “best dressed salad he ever had” and calling one dish “intellectually stimulating.”
While they were cooking their entrees, Bastianich checked in on Elizabeth and was telling her, basically, that he thought Courtney wants it more and she has had a tough life and that it would really change things for her. Elizabeth, as any Brooklynite would, saying that just because she works in an office as an advertising executive, does not mean she didn’t want it! That brought a loud cheer from the crowd.
The thing about Master Chef that is a problem is that it is very subjective and they can sort of rig it to push through who they want. The prize to win is $250,000 and a cookbook, so naturally they would like an attractive person (this is the third winner that has been an attractive girl) to be on the cover of that book. If they want to spice things up, they should make it live and include a fan vote and work that in somehow. They do that on “Dancing with the Stars,” with the three judges choice supplemented by a fan vote.
The Twtterverse did not agree with the judges’ ruling, and here is a sampling of some of the entertaining commentary:
@moggitgirls - Gobsmacked that @MC5Elizabeth didn’t win #masterchef … she played it classy and cooked brilliantly throughout. We’ll buy HER cookbook
@WLDCT - So Courtney’s a stripper and a #masterchef. Bar has officially been raised ladies.
@MzSullivan - Thank you @GordonRamsay for being the only fair judge tonight on #masterchef unlike @joe_bastianich who clearly played favorites
@MelissaTheDuck - How many lap dances does it take to win #masterchef
@Meeshbeer - Welp, guess that cookbook money can be re-allocated. Wouldn’t pay one penny for anything by @MCS5CourtneyL #masterchef #MasterChefFinale
@Amadii - #masterchef girl you are a stripper stop saying you work in a gentlemen’s club…stfu
@BootayfulChaos - #masterchef why do they always zoom in on Courtney’s shoes it’s hard to feel sorry for someone who’s broke when they have more shoes than me
@ShameOnPretzel - Courtney can COOK: no one doubts that. It’s her lack of humility that makes her SO INSUFFERABLE, that’s why Elizabeth should win #masterchef
@aarxn82 - pig ear and dandelion salad. wow that sounds delicious – said no one ever. #masterchef
@marcywxo - Maybe Courtney could afford rent if she didn’t buy 200 dollar shoes
@lanirod44 - I feel like I wasted so much time watching #MasterChef this season. We all knew who was going to win from the very beginning.
@HealthyLoserGal - #MasterChef hangover.. cant believe Elizabeth didn’t take title! Not a fan of Courtney’s dishes all season-y would I buy her cookbook? Blah!
@SensorO - If those chefs received the desert Courtney served = return = fail. But no, bright red lipstick sells desert #masterchef
@JESchott19 – Instead of a cookbook, will they be selling Courtney lubricants and heels? #masterchef
@SensorO - Courtney’s cookbook is a scratch & sniff Or was that the last dance? #masterchef
@nell1993 - Elizabeth totally deserved to win it, so disappointed :( #MasterChef
@SensorO – Was this a culinary or cunnilingus prize? #masterchef
@nell1993 - Courtney probably sucked so many d**ks to win #MasterChef like f**k
@SensorO - Courtney stripper thing catching people off guard? She is over made up and walks like a slutty debutant eyeballing the judges #masterchef
@JESchott19 – Wonder what else of Courtney the #masterchef judges got to eat
@KrugerKarla - Cannot stand Courtney, can’t say it enough #MasterChefFinale
@gigglechick - Special ingredient in every recipe in Courtney‘s cookbook is HPV. #masterchef
By Jason Schott – BrooklynFans.com Reporter / Assignment Editor – @JESchott19
The Duke Blue Devils will be participating in the 2014 Northwestern Mutual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Barclays Center on November 21st and 22nd. This is Duke’s first appearance in Brooklyn.
Joining Duke will be Stanford, Temple, and UNLV. They will serve as the four Regional Round hosts, with the opening round games beginning on November 14th. Each team will begin play on campus before advancing to the Championship Rounds at Barclays Center.
Friday, November 21st will feature the semifinal doubleheader, with Stanford playing UNLV at 7:00 pm, followed by Duke and Temple. The next night, Saturday, November 22nd, will be the consolation game at 7:00 followed by the championship game. Both nights will be televised on truTV.
The event will benefit the American Cancer Society to support its mission to save more lives and help finish the fight against cancer.
Joining Duke, Stanford, Temple and UNLV in the 2014 Northwestern Mutual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic are American, Fairfield, Louisiana Tech, Morehead State, Presbyterian, Sam Houston State, South Dakota and Wofford. Fairfield and Louisiana Tech will serve as Sub-regional Round hosts for games played November 21-23.
For more information on the 2014 Northwestern Mutual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, please visit www.cvcclassic.com and follow us on twitter @CVCClassic.
REGIONAL ROUNDS with Duke, Temple, Stanford, and UNLV
Durham Regional Rounds - Cameron Indoor Stadium – Durham, NC
Friday, November 14 – 6:00 PM ET - Presbyterian at Duke
Saturday, November 15 – 8:00 PM ET - Fairfield at Duke
Palo Alto Regional Rounds - Maples Pavilion – Palo Alto, CA
Friday, November 14 – 9:00PM PT - Wofford at Stanford
Sunday, November 16 – 3:00PM PT - South Dakota at Stanford
Philadelphia Regional Rounds - Liacouras Center – Philadelphia, PA
Friday, November 14 – 7:30 PM ET - American at Temple
Monday, November 17 – 7:00 PM ET - Louisiana Tech at Temple
Las Vegas Regional Rounds - Thomas & Mack Center – Las Vegas, NV
Friday, November 14 – 10:00 PM ET - Morehead State at UNLV
Sunday, November 16 – 8:00 PM ET - Sam Houston State at UNLV