Notre Dame draws Colorado in Legends Classic


Tom Noie
South Bend Tribune

Barclays Center may feel like a second home this college basketball season for Notre Dame.

After winning a pair of NCAA tournament games in the Brooklyn, N.Y., building in March, Notre Dame returns to the arena during Thanksgiving week this season to participate in the semifinals of the 10th-annual Legends Classic.

Notre Dame meets Colorado in one of the two semifinals Monday Nov. 21 (7 p.m., ESPN2). The winner of that game advances to the tournament championship Nov. 22 against the Northwestern-Texas winner.

Notre Dame and Colorado have never met.

Former Irish associate head coach Sean Kearney is on the CU staff of coach Tad Boyle. After 10 seasons in South Bend, Kearney is in his fourth year as director of player development with the Buffaloes.

Colorado went 22-12 overall, 10-8 in the Pac-12 last season.

All four games of the championship rounds will be televised on ESPN networks.

In regional-round matchups, Notre Dame hosts Bryant at Purcell Pavilion on Nov. 12 and Seattle on Nov. 16.

Notre Dame rebounded from a double-digit deficit to beat Michigan in the first round of NCAA tournament play at Barclays Center in March. A Rex Pflueger tip-in with 1.5 seconds remaining two days later helped Notre Dame beat Stephen F. Austin and send the Irish to the Sweet 16.

The Irish have played one in-season tournament at Barclays Center. At the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in November 2012, Notre Dame lost in overtime to Saint Joseph’s (Pa.) before beating Brigham Young.

Notre Dame returns to Barclays Center in March 2017 for the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Notre Dame’s entire 2016-17 schedule likely will be released around Labor Day.

Barclays games will be aplenty this year for the Notre Dame men's basketball team.AP File Photo