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The Crossover Classic Begins Wednesday Despite Months of Challenges and Changes

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Barring any last-second changes, West Virginia men’s basketball will open its 2020-21 season Wednesday evening against South Dakota State University in the first round of the Crossover Classic.

The South Dakota-based event will feature eight teams competing in three rounds of play from Nov. 25-27. This event will be conducted despite a venue and name change, six of the eight original teams withdrawing and a team dropping out just 48 hours before tipoff.

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Below is a schedule of all the changes the Crossover Classic endured to make it to round one on Wednesday, including moving from the Bahamas to South Dakota, going through a complete rebrand and finding three replacement teams in just the last seven days.

Of the original eight-team field, only West Virginia and Memphis will actually compete in the event.

The schedule for the first day of the tournament on Nov. 25 is:

  • Memphis vs. Saint Mary’s – 2 p.m. EST (ESPN)
  • Northern Iowa vs. Western Kentucky – 4:30 p.m. EST (ESPNU)
  • South Dakota State vs. West Virginia – 7 p.m. EST (ESPN2)
  • VCU vs. Utah State – 9:30 p.m. EST (ESPN2)

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Cody spent the last two years getting his master's degree in journalism from WVU. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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