BYU will play USC in Roman Legends Classic

(Photo courtesy of BYU athletics) BYU basketball coach Mark Pope talks to his players at a recent practice for the upcoming season.

The BYU men’s basketball nonconference schedule may still be coming together, but there is one place the Cougars will for sure be playing: The 2020 Roman Legends Classic.

The tournament, presented by Old Trapper, announced the match-ups on Friday.

In the 14th edition of the Roman Legends Classic, BYU will take on USC, while UConn will face Vanderbilt in the semifinal rounds at Mohegan Sun on Dec. 1. The winners will meet on Dec. 3 for the title, followed by the consolation game.

Last year, then-No 18 Auburn won the Roman Legend Classic over Richmond (79-65).

This year, the Gazelle Group and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame are collaborating to produce multiple college basketball games at Mohegan Sun from Nov. 25 to Dec. 5, and have named the space “Bubbleville.” Due to COVID-19, the space will provide a controlled environment for teams and staff, while adhering to local government and NCAA health and safety protocols.

The news on who BYU will be facing in the Roman Legends Classic comes two days after the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the postponement of the third annual Air Force Jerry Colangelo Classic. Instead of being played on Dec. 19, it will be put on hold this year and pick up again Dec. 18, 2021. The showcase, which was scheduled to take place at the Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix, was to feature Gonzaga vs. Texas Tech, Arizona State vs. BYU, San Francisco vs. Grand Canyon, and Northern Arizona vs. San Diego.

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