The college basketball season is in full swing as some of the country’s top early season tournaments have kicked off. On Monday, November 23rd and Tuesday, November 24th, a two-round, four-team tournament will take place at the Barclays center in Brooklyn, New York and feature one of the top freshmen in the country and even possible, a future No. 1 overall NBA Draft selection.
The FanDuel Legends Classic brings the North Carolina State Wolfpack, Marquette Golden Eagles, LSU Tigers and Arizona State Sun Devils for strong non-conference tests to see where teams measure up during an early stage of the season.
The first game will pin together future superstar Ben Simmons and his LSU Tigers and the Golden Eagles of Marquette. Simmons has the ability to put up a triple-double every time he walks on the floor, as he currently is averaging 18.7 points, 12.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. The Tigers are 3-0, but Marquette will be their first opponent from a Power 5 conference. Marquette is 1-2 but have been tested early, with losses to Belmont and Iowa and a win sandwiched in between against IUPUI.
The second part of the doubleheader is the Sun Devils (2-1) taking on the Wolfpack. The Sun Devils surprisingly lost to Sacramento State to start the season, but have won back-to-back games against Belmont and Kennesaw State to get back on track. NC State has a similar story, losing to William & Mary before defeating South Alabama and IUPUI.
Tickets for the Legends Classic through the event’s website can be found for as low as $15 for both set of games on November 23rd and November 24th. On the secondary market, tickets for this Barclays Center event have an average ticket price of $52.95 for the first night and an average price of $45 for the consolation and championship night according to TiqIQ.com.
Simmons is the No. 1 recruit from the class of 2015 and hails from Melbourne, Australia. He played high school basketball at the accomplished Montverde Academy and was named to both the McDonald’s All-America game and the Jordan Brand Classic game.