UF basketball to play tourney in Atlantic City

Published: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 6:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 6:01 p.m.

The Florida men's basketball team will be heading to Atlantic City, N.J., for Thanksgiving weekend.

The Gators will be among four teams competing in the championship round of the Legends Classic, to be held Nov. 27-28 at Atlantic City's famed Boardwalk Hall.

Pairings have yet to be announced, but Florida is guaranteed to play national runner-up Michigan State either that Friday or Saturday night. Doubleheaders each of the two nights are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. ET. Rutgers and UMass also will compete in the championship round.

All four schools will serve as regional hosts of the event. Florida will host two games at the O'Connell Center from Nov. 18-22.

Tickets for the championship round in Atlantic City will go on sale beginning Friday at noon. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-736-1420.

Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall recently underwent a $90 million renovation and has served as the host site for the Atlantic 10 men's basketball tournament since 2007.

By taking part in the tournament, Florida won't play Florida State in basketball at the O'Connell Center on its traditional night before the Florida-FSU football game at Florida Field. An alternative date is being finalized between the two schools.

Contact Kevin Brockway at 374-5054 or at brockwk@gvillesun.com.

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