Despite two teams dropping out of the event, the Crossover Classic is still planning to be on Nov. 25-27.
Utah and Ohio State have both dropped out of the tournament in recent weeks, but replacements were quickly found. South Dakota State replaced Utah and St. Mary’s was just announced as the Buckeye’s replacement yesterday.
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Saint Mary’s will compete in the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic to open their season.
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West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins said Thursday that he does not see a possibility of the event being canceled.
“I just talked to the lady who runs the tournament after I found out Ohio State had dropped out and she’s already picked up another team that will play Memphis in the second game of the day,” Huggins said. “I think with the MTEs being canceled in Florida, I think there are a lot of people looking to get in a good MTE and this one you’re going to play good, quality people every game.”
West Virginia is still scheduled to play Texas A&M in the first game of the tournament on Nov. 25, but could now possibly play St. Mary’s on Nov. 26 depending on results. The Mountaineers could only play South Dakota State on the final day of the tournament, as the two are on different sides of the bracket.
The Gaels and Jackrabbits are both good additions to what was already a strong tournament field. St. Mary’s went 26-8 last season, 14-3 in the West Coast Conference. The Gaels made it to the WCC Tournament championship game, losing to Gonzaga. SDSU finished 22-1 last season, 13-3 in the Summit League. They lost to Purdue Fort Wayne in the first round of the conference tournament.
The entire Crossover Classic field is:
- West Virginia
- Texas A&M
- Saint Mary’s
- South Dakota State
- Wichita State