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Madison Square Garden Releases 2014-15 College Basketball Schedule

It was a cold winter’s night 80 years ago at Madison Square Garden on 50th Street and Eighth Avenue when College Basketball took to the Garden hardwood for the first time.  Since that first game on December 29, 1934, the memories have been countless for millions of college basketball fans as they have packed “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” from the Old Garden to the current transformed arena.  Coming off a year which saw the return of the NCAA Tournament after a 53 year absence, College Basketball comes back to the Garden for another exciting season that will create memories for years to come.

Madison Square Garden. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

The 2014 – 2015 Madison Square Garden college basketball season Presented by Advance Auto Parts is packed with top national programs including SyracuseVillanova, Louisville and Duke, and will feature classic matchups, local rivalries and home team favorites.  Additionally, the 80th anniversary season will include marquee tournaments including the 2K Sports Classic, National Invitation Tournament (NIT) Season Tip-Off, Jimmy V Classic, Gotham Classic, St. John’s University Red Storm and of course the BIG EAST Tournament.

Madison Square Garden will also celebrate the 40th anniversary of Women’s Basketball at The Garden when Queens College takes on Immaculata, the two teams that started it all in 1975, in the annual Maggie Dixon Classic Presented by Advance Auto Parts on Sunday, January 4.  Following the celebratory matchup, St. John’s will square off against defending NCAA national champion, UConn, for the featured game.

“Since the first game at the Old Garden in 1934, to the return of the NCAA Tournament last season, Madison Square Garden has become the top destination for college basketball programs, both locally and nationally,” said Joel Fisher, executive vice president, MSG Sports.  “As we celebrate the 80th anniversary of college basketball at Madison Square Garden we welcome another great slate of matchups.”

As the “Presenting Partner of College Hoops” at The Garden, Advance Auto Parts will receive brand exposure inside the arena during a select lineup of premier college basketball tournaments and games. The company will serve as the Presenting Partner of the Holiday Festival and Maggie Dixon Classic and will have branding opportunities at the NIT, Jimmy V Classic, 2K Classic, Gotham Classic and all St. John’s games. In addition, Advance Auto Parts will have the opportunity to engage fans with on-court and digital promotions.

Additionally, a number of industry leading companies will partner with MSG Sports for the 80th anniversary season of College Basketball at Madison Square Garden. Coca-Cola Zero, Delta Air Lines, Kia Motors, UPS and The Rock will all receive promotion via MSG’s unique array of assets, including digital courtside signage, branding on the multimedia displays, GardenVision and other promotions.

The season kicks off with the nationally televised 2K Classic Benefiting Wounded Warrior Project.  The semifinal matchups, which take place on November 20, will feature Texas vs. Iowa followed by Syracuse v. California.  All four teams will return to the court November 21 for the consolation and championship games.

For the first time in the 30-year history of the NIT Season Tip-Off, eight teams will play at Madison Square Garden on three consecutive nights. GeorgiaGonzagaMinnesota and St. John’s will play in the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals on November 26 while LIU BrooklynSaint Joseph’sStony Brook and Western Kentucky each play as part of a Thanksgiving doubleheader on November 27.  The championship and third-place games will be played November 28.

On Tuesday, December 9, the Jimmy V Classic returns to Madison Square Garden featuring matchups of storied programs – Illinois Fighting Illini and the Villanova Wildcats in game 1 followed by Indiana Hoosiers and theLouisville Cardinals. All four teams appeared in the 2014 NCAA Tournament and will come together for a second time to raise funds for The V Foundation for Cancer Research.

The annual Madison Square Garden Holiday Festival Presented by Advance Auto Parts is back for another classic matchup on Saturday, December 14, teaming up local rivals. The Holiday Festival is the longest-running in-season college basketball event and will feature favorites St. John’s and Fordham University in the marquee game with Rutgers University taking on Manhattan in game one.

The Gotham Classic is back at Madison Square Garden and will feature Pepperdine vs. Richmond in game one, followed by West Virginia and North Carolina State on Saturday, December 20.

One week later, Indiana will face Georgetown in a neutral site national matchup on Saturday, December 27.

In its 31th consecutive season, the 2015 BIG EAST Tournament Presented by New York Life returns to The Garden Wednesday, March 11 through Saturday, March 14.

The 2015 Postseason NIT returns to The Garden for its 78th season on Tuesday, March 31st with the semifinals and the Championship set forThursday, April 1.





Thursday, November 20             Texas vs. Iowa                                     ESPN2                           7:00pm

Syracuse vs. California                           ESPN2                           9:00pm


Friday, November 21                  Consolation Game                                  ESPN 2 or ESPNU           5:00pm

Championship Game                               ESPN2                           7:30pm



Wednesday, November 26          Semi-Final Doubleheader

St. John’s vs. Minnesota                          ESPNU                          7:00pm

Gonzaga vs. Georgia                              ESPN2                           9:30pm


Thursday, November 27             LIU-Brooklyn vs. Stony Brook                 ESPNU                          4:00pm

Western Kentucky vs. Saint Joseph’s        ESPNU                          6:00pm


Friday, November 28                  Consolation Game                                  ESPNU                          4:30pm

Championship Game                               ESPN2                           7:00pm



Tuesday, December 9                Villanova vs. Illinois                                ESPN                             7:00pm

Indiana vs. Louisville                              ESPN                             9:00pm


MSG HOLIDAY FESTIVAL Presented by Advance Auto Parts

Sunday, December 14                Manhattan vs. Rutgers                            TBD                              12:00pm

St. John’s vs. Fordham



Saturday, December 20              Pepperdine vs. Richmond                        ESPN3                           7:00pm

West Virginia vs. NC State                      ESPN2                           9:30pm



Saturday, December 27              Indiana vs. Georgetown                          TBD                              12:00PM


MAGGIE DIXON CLASSIC Presented by Advance Auto Parts

Sunday, January 4                      Women’s Doubleheader

Queens College vs. Immaculata University                                   10:30am

St. John’s vs. Connecticut                        ESPN2                           1:00pm



Tuesday, January 6                    Villanova                                               FOX SPORTS 1               9:00pm

Wednesday, January 21              Marquette                                              FOX SPORTS 1               7:00pm

Sunday, January 25                    Duke                                                     FOX                              2:00pm

Saturday, January 31                  Providence                                            FOX                              12:00pm

Saturday, February 7                  Creighton                                              FSN-L                           12:00pm

Monday, February 23                 Xavier                                                   FOX SPORTS 1               8:00pm

Saturday, February 28                Georgetown                                           CBS                              12:00pm


BIG EAST Tournament Presented by New York Life

Wednesday, March 11 – Saturday, March 14



Tuesday, March 31                     Semifinal Doubleheader

Thursday, April 2                       Championship Game

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