HOOP ELITES MSG-BOUND
By LENN ROBBINS
October 16, 2007 -- Many of the teams favored to get to the Final Four will make at least one appearance at The Garden this season.
Connecticut, Duke, Georgetown, Kentucky, Marquette, Memphis, Pittsburgh, USC and Villanova are slated to play in the World's Most Famous Arena. Oklahoma and West Virginia, under native son Bob Huggins, also could get to the Big Apple.
Connecticut, Kentucky, John Calipari's Memphis squad and Oklahoma are the regional hosts for the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament. The semifinals and finals will be played in the Garden on Nov. 15 and 16.
Kansas State, Notre Dame, Memphis and USC are the field for the Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 4, with the Wildcats playing the Fighting Irish and the Trojans tipping off against the Tigers.
Duke and Pittsburgh take the court for the Aeropostale Classic on Dec. 20 and the Aeropostale Holiday Festival features Virginia Tech vs. Hofstra and Marist vs. St. John's on Dec. 28 with the winners squaring off the next night for the championship.
St. John's has Big East games against Pittsburgh (Jan. 23), Georgetown (Jan. 30), Villanova (Feb. 16), Marquette (Feb. 20) and West Virginia (March 8). The Big East Conference Tournament begins March 12 with the NIT semifinals and finals scheduled for April 1 and 3.