Well, Jon Rothstein reports that the Wooden Legacy, among other early season tournaments, is headed to Orlando, FL.
Sources: Orlando to host EIGHT early college basketball events, headlined by the Champions Classic.https://t.co/T3RxRz35Yn— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) September 15, 2020
Jon Rothstein reports that, in addition to the Wooden Legacy, the Champions Classic, the Jimmy V Classic, Preseason NIT, Orlando Invitational, Myrtle Beach Invitational, Charleston Classic, and Diamond Head Classic will all be played in Orlando.
Sources: Fans are not currently expected to be in attendance during any of these early season events in Orlando. https://t.co/7BoVqx5b5c— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) September 15, 2020
Rothstein also shared that no fans are currently expected to be in attendance for any of the events, of course.
Casual Hoya had previously relayed that the Wooden games may be impacted by the PAC-12’s cancellation of athletic competition until 2021,
PAC 12 isn't playing sports until at least Jan 1.— Bobby Bancroft (@BobbyBancroft) August 11, 2020
So for those keeping score at home that's bad news for the Wooden Legacy which was supposed to include UCLA, Kansas, UVA, and Georgetown on Nov 26 & 27 in Anaheim.
However, several sports outlets believe the conference’s nixing of early basketball is not set in stone.
The expected timing for the MTE was this Thanksgiving (November 26, 2020), as announced last year around Turkey Day.
The Wooden Legacy is pretty prestigious, especially with four historic programs, and the event has changed names, sponsors, and locations a few times.
From a GUHoyas press release last year, the format changed from 8 teams to 4 teams only, promising that Georgetown would face two of Virginia, UCLA, and Kansas:
WASHINGTON – The Georgetown University men’s basketball team will take part in the Paycom Wooden Legacy in 2020 as announced Tuesday. The Hoyas will be joined by Kansas, UCLA and Virginia to round out the four-team field.
The annual event will unveil a new format, becoming a two-day, four-school tournament played over Thanksgiving week, beginning in 2020. Games will be played at Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., in conjunction with Visit Anaheim.
The early-season event was created in 2013 when the John R. Wooden Classic was merged with the Anaheim Classic, formerly an eight-school bracketed event played for six years (2007-12) at the Anaheim Convention Center...
There is a vote tomorrow that may determine the start date of the Wooden Legacy and several other tournaments.
Division I Council set to vote Wednesday on moving the start of the college hoops season to Nov. 21. Source also said there will be recommendation of playing a minimum of 4 non-conference games and potential to start 8 hours/week to work with players - target date is Sept. 21.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) September 14, 2020
Patrick Ewing and the Hoyas are still likely 10 days from even starting to practice.
Here is a potential schedule, based on what we know
- 2020 Wooden Legacy featuring Georgetown, UCLA, UVA, and Kansas in Orlando, around Thanksgiving (November 26 - 28, 2020).
- WVU (home) in early December, as part of the BIG EAST-BIg 12 challenge (still expected).
- Syracuse (away) in mid-December.
- A Big Ten game as part of the Gavitt Games (presumably away) in mid-December.
- UMBC (presumably home) in November/December.
- A few (maximum of 6) other non-conference games
- 20 BIG EAST games