July 5, 2006
Providence, RI - Head coach Craig Robinson and the Brown men's basketball team will open its season on November 8th, as part of the 2006 2K Sports College Hoops Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer. The Bears will compete in the East Lansing Regional and will tip-off against Michigan State. The other game in the region pits Youngstown State against Central Michigan. The two winners will then meet on November 9th for a trip to the semifinals to be played at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 16. Other regional hosts include Texas (Austin Regional), St. John's (New York Regional) and Maryland (College Park Regional).
Michigan State posted a 22-12 record last season and lost in the first round of the NCAA Playoffs to George Mason. The Spartans graduated two NBA first round selections and a second team selection.
College Park Regional (November 7-8) Nov. 7 - New Orleans vs. Vermont Nov. 7 - Hampton vs. Maryland Nov. 8 - Regional Consolation Nov. 8 - Regional Championship
East Lansing Regional (November 8-9) Nov. 8 - Youngstown St. vs. Central Michigan Nov. 8 - Brown vs. Michigan State Nov. 9 - Regional Consolation Nov. 9 - Regional Championship
Austin Regional (November 9-10) Nov. 9 - St. Bonaventure vs. Chicago State Nov. 9 - Alcorn State vs. Texas Nov. 10 - Regional Consolation Nov. 10 - Regional Championship
New York Regional (November 10-11) Nov. 10 - Navy vs. Loyola (Md.) Nov. 10 - North Florida vs. St. John's Nov. 11 - Regional Consolation Nov. 11 - Regional Championship
The winner of each regional round will compete for the Championship at Madison Square Garden in New York City on November 16th and 17th.
The Classic has featured three of the past five NCAA National Champions. Last year, the Florida Gators defeated Syracuse, 75-70, to win the Classic Championship and went on to become National Champions.
2K Sports will be the title sponsor of the event for the second consecutive year. 2K Sports develops and publishes the popular and highly acclaimed 2K series of sports video games including the "College Hoops 2K" series. 2K Sports is known for delivering the most innovative and realistic sports simulation gaming experience to fans every year.
The Coaches vs. Cancer program, created by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and American Cancer Society, exists to leverage the strength, community leadership and celebrity of our country's basketball coaches to raise awareness and reduce cancer risk through education programs while raising funds for Coaches vs. Cancer. Since 1996, the Event has raised approximately $3.3 million for the benefit of Coaches vs. Cancer.