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Georgetown, Duke, Texas and Cal to Play in 2019 Empire Classic at MSG

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As we reported in May but is now apparently official, the Georgetown Hoyas will play in the 2019 Empire Classic in Madison Square Garden. Duke, Texas, and Cal will round out the field in the tournament that benefits the Wounded Warrior Project.


Georgetown to Play in 2019 Empire Classic

WASHINGTON – Georgetown University’s men’s basketball team will be one of four teams to headline the 25th annual Empire Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project (formerly the 2K Classic), played at Madison Square Garden this November. Joining the Hoyas in the event are Duke, Texas and California.

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In addition to playing in the Championship Rounds presented by Continental Tire at the World’s Most Famous Arena on Nov. 21-22, Duke, Georgetown, Texas and Cal will host a pair of regional round games on campus. The four regional round hosts combine for 126 NCAA appearances, 25 Final Fours, and seven National Championships.

The complete field and schedule will be announced at a later date.

About the 2K Empire Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior ProjectFirst played in 1995, the Empire Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project is acclaimed as college basketball’s premier early-season tournament. Featuring teams from across the nation, the Empire Classic annually attracts the top programs in the sport. Four teams from the most prestigious conferences in the country host a pair of games at home in addition to playing the Championship Rounds at the World’s Most Famous Arena - New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

About Wounded Warrior ProjectWounded Warrior Project (@wwp) is the beneficiary of the Empire Classic. With the mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors, WWP is the hand extended to encourage warriors as they adjust to their new normal and achieve new triumphs. Offering a variety of programs and services, WWP is equipped to serve warriors with every type of injury - from the physical to the invisible wounds of war.

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The 2018 version of this tournament includes Syracuse, UConn, Oregon and Iowa.

Kudos to Ewing and Athletic Director Lee Reed for beefing up Georgetown’s non-conference slate this year and the years to come.

Hoya Saxa.