ST. LOUIS – Saint Louis will host Seattle and Detroit Mercy at Chaifetz Arena in the regional round of the 2K Classic benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project, the tournament announced today.
The game against Seattle will be the season opener on Friday, Nov. 10, at Chaifetz Arena. The Billikens host Detroit Mercy on Wednesday, Nov. 22, at Chaifetz Arena. Tip times are still to be determined.
Saint Louis joins Providence, Virginia Tech and Washington in the championship round of the tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York City Nov. 16-17. Billiken fans wishing to reserve tickets can do so by calling the Billiken Ticket Office during regular business hours at 314-977-1260. Tickets start at $100 per game. All tickets purchased through SLU will be in the Billiken fan section at MSG.
Additionally, fans may reserve discounted hotel rooms at the Moxy NYC Times Square through the SLU block. The cost is $189-199 per night, and there is a two-night minimum. To reserve a room, click here.
Matchups of the championship round at Madison Square Garden will be announced at a later date. The semifinal doubleheader on Thursday, Nov. 16, begins at 6 p.m. (CT). The championship doubleheader on Friday, Nov. 17, begins at 3:30 p.m. (CT).
Billikens' Schedule for the 2K Classic
Regional Round (games at Chaifetz Arena)
Friday, Nov. 10 – vs. Seattle (season opener) – Time TBD
Wednesday, Nov. 22 – vs. Detroit Mercy – Time TBD
Championship Round featuring Saint Louis, Providence, Virginia Tech, Washington (games at Madison Square Garden)
Thursday, Nov. 16 – semifinal doubleheader – 6 p.m. (CT)
Friday, Nov. 17 – championship doubleheader – 3:30 p.m. (CT)
About the Billikens
Saint Louis is entering year two under head coach Travis Ford. Among the Billikens' four returning scholarship players is soon-to-be senior Davell Roby, who led SLU in scoring (11.7 ppg) and assists (3.5 apg). SLU will welcome at least six newcomers into the fold for 2017-18. NCAA Division I transfers Javon Bess (Michigan State), D.J. Foreman (Rutgers), Ty Graves (Boston College; eligible second semester) and Adonys Henriquez (Central Florida) will be eligible next season. Incoming freshmen Hasahn French and Jordan Goodwin were ranked Nos. 87 and 52, respectively, in the final 2017 ESPN Top 100 rankings.
Head coach Jim Hayford enters his first season at Seattle. He has won 360 games and led his teams to nine postseason tournaments in previous spots at Eastern Washington and Whitford. Seattle finished 13-17 overall and 5-9 in the WAC a year ago. Eleven of 15 players are expected to return next season, led by 7-3 center Aaron Menzies and guard Zack Moore.
About Detroit Mercy
After serving as an assistant coach at Michigan for six seasons, second-year head coach Bacari Alexander returned to his alma mater last season to rebuild the Titans. Last season, each of the top three scorers on the team were underclassmen, led by led by Horizon League Freshman of the Year Corey Allen, Michigan transfer Kam Chatman, and Jermaine Jackson Jr.