We knew that Louisville and Memphis State were going to resume their basketball rivalry this December in the headline game of the Gotham Classic in New York. Now we know who the Cardinals will face and when for the event’s secondary slate of games.
Here’s the full release today from the event:
National powers Louisville and Memphis headline the field of the fifth annual Gotham Classic.
Highlighting the Gotham Classic will be a Dec. 16 matchup between Louisville, a consensus top-five preseason pick for the 2017-18 season, and Memphis at Madison Square Garden. The game at The Garden will mark the 90th time that the Cardinals and Tigers will meet. Louisville holds a 53-36 advantage but Memphis won the last two matches held during the 2013-14 season. In the first game, the Tigers took a 73-67 decision at Louisville on Jan. 9. Memphis then came away with a 72-66 home win on Mar. 1. The two programs combine for 68 NCAA Tournament appearances and 13 Final Four berths.
Tickets for the Louisville-Memphis clash will go on sale Thursday, June 8 and can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 866-448-7849 or through Ticketmaster.com
Joining the Cardinals and Tigers in the Gotham Classic are Albany, Bryant and Siena. Louisville and Memphis will each host those three teams in addition to playing each other at Madison Square Garden. Albany, Bryant and Siena will also play a round-robin with Siena hosting Albany, Albany hosting Bryant, and Bryant hosting Siena.
---- SHOWCASE GAME ----
Madison Square Garden - New York, N.Y.
December 16 - 12:00pm ET
Louisville vs. Memphis
Dec. 6 - Siena at Louisville
Dec. 6 - Bryant at Albany
Dec. 9 - Bryant at Memphis
Dec. 9 - Albany at Siena
Dec. 11 - Bryant at Louisville
Dec. 11 - Albany at Memphis
Dec. 17 - Siena at Bryant
Dec. 20 - Albany at Louisville
Dec. 20 - Siena at Memphis
I want this Gotham Classic title bad, guys. Also, I'm not hoping that Bane sings the national anthem, I'm expecting Bane to sing the national anthem. Also R. Kelly halftime performance.