Aug. 11, 2015
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The 2015 Veterans Classic has sold out, the Naval Academy announced Tuesday. North Carolina will face Temple at 7:00 pm and Navy will host Florida at 9:30 pm in a doubleheader at Alumni Hall on November 13.
The event brings together top teams from across the country in recognition of Veterans Day. The games are on the opening night of the college basketball season.
This is the second year of the Veterans Classic. In the inaugural event at Navy in 2014, VCU defeated Tennessee, 85-69, and eventual Final Four team Michigan State edged out the Mids, 64-59.
Head coach Ed DeChellis enters his fifth season at Navy in 2015-16. Navy increased its win total for the third straight season last year under DeChellis and doubled its conference win total (8) from the previous year. Navy defeated archrival Army West Point three times last season and the Mids return three starters for this season.
Navy will face a Florida team coached by someone other than Billy Donovan for the first time since 1995-96. Michael White replaced Donovan after Donovan left for the NBA’s Oklahoma Thunder this offseason. White came to Gainesville after spending four seasons as the head coach at Louisiana Tech, where he was 101-40 (.716). Florida was 16-17 overall in 2014-15, one year after making the Final Four in 2013-14.
Hall of Fame head coach Roy Williams enters his 13th season at North Carolina. Williams won NCAA national championships at the school in 2005 and 2009. The Tar Heels were 26-12 last season and return four starters, including seniors Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson.
Head coach Fran Dunphy led Temple to the NIT semifinals in 2014-15 and an overall record of 26-11. Dunphy has taken Temple to six NCAA Tournaments in his nine years at the school.
In addition to the games, the three participating schools will have the rare opportunity to get a glimpse of what life is like as a midshipman at the Naval Academy. The visiting teams will be immersed in the culture and tradition of the Naval Academy, including touring the `Yard,’ watching noon meal formation, eating lunch with the Brigade at King Hall, as well as a number of other unique experiences, including military demonstrations and receptions. CBS Sports Network will provide a look at the schools’ visit to the Naval Academy on HOOPS CONFIDENTIAL: VETERANS CLASSIC, a 30-minute all-access show. CBS Sports Network will also televise the doubleheader.
Navy’s full 2015-16 basketball schedule will be released at a later date.