Men’s Hoops to Play New Tourney in CA Next Month

GW is one of eight participants in the all new Wooden Legacy college basketball tournament. Next month, the men’s team will hit the courts in Orange County, CA for the preliminary rounds.

The tournament will be held Nov. 28 and 29 at Cal State Fullerton and Dec. 1 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, and features a bracket format, with 12 games across three days.

In addition to GW, teams include: Arizona State, Cal State Fullerton, Charleston, Creighton, Marquette, Miami and San Diego State. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through the bracket. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in a championship game on the final day of competition.

As GWsports reported earlier this year, The John R. Wooden Classic was established in 1994 as an annual tribute to the legendary coach (who passed away in 2010 at the age of 99) and the excellence he personified. Wooden had an 885-203 overall career record (81.3 percent) for 11 seasons as a high school coach and 29 seasons as a college mentor.

Left to right: Mike Lonergan and John Wooden

Left to right: Mike Lonergan and John Wooden

“The partnership with Coach Wooden and the Wooden family just adds to our excitement to compete in this event with such a competitive field,” said GW’s head coach Mike Lonergan. “[Coach Wooden] truly cared about his players reaching their potential as players and people, which made him a great coach, but more than that, a great human being. We’re proud to be able to honor him in the Wooden Legacy.”

West coast Colonials, don’t miss your chance to be part of the action!  For ticketing information, visit, and check out our events calendar for information on the alumni activities around the tournament.

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  1. hoopsfan said:

    Coming down to Socal for this. Looking forward to details. Let’s go gdub!

    • Melissa Nyman, GW Alumni Staff said:

      We’re so glad you can make it – go Colonials!

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