ST. LOUIS – Saint Louis will face Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, Nov. 27, as part of the eighth-annual Gotham Classic, tournament organizers announced today.
In addition, the Billikens will host Eastern Washington (Wednesday, Nov. 13), High Point (Wednesday, Nov. 20) and Belmont (Saturday, Nov. 23) at Chaifetz Arena as part of the tournament.
The matchup between the Billikens and Boston College is the first game of a home-and-home series. The Eagles and Billikens will play at Chaifetz Arena in 2020-21.
The Billikens lead the all-time series with BC 2-1. The teams played a home-and-home in 2007 and 2008, with each team winning on its home court. SLU then defeated Boston College in the 2011 76 Classic in Anaheim, California, a tourney that the Billikens won.
SLU owns a 1-0 series advantage over Belmont as the teams met in 2009 at Chaifetz Arena. SLU is 1-1 all-time against Eastern Washington, with both games being played in the 1980s. SLU and High Point have never met on the hardwood.
Billikens' schedule during the Gotham Classic
Wednesday, Nov. 13 – Eastern Washington (Chaifetz Arena)
Wednesday, Nov. 20 – High Point (Chaifetz Arena)
Saturday, Nov. 23 – Belmont (Chaifetz Arena)
Wednesday, Nov. 27 – at Boston College (Conte Forum / Chestnut Hill, Mass.)
Information on SLU's four opponents in the Gotham Classic is below.
Boston College (Head Coach: Jim Christian, Atlantic Coast Conference) – Jim Christian welcomes back nine players from last season’s rotation that earned three wins over eventual NCAA Tournament invitees (Florida State, Louisville, Minnesota)…leading the pack is forward Nik Popovic, who is the Eagles’ leading returning scorer at 14.5 ppg…he also hauled down 7.2 rebounds a game…Popovic is one of two returning players in the ACC to rank in the top 20 in scoring and rebounding and top 10 in field goal percentage...guard Wynston Tabbs was an integral part of the BC lineup prior to suffering a season-ending injury...prior to injury, Tabbs was the only freshman nationally to average 15.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.1 steals per game...BC went 10-5 when Tabbs played and 4-11 without him in the lineup...junior Steffon Mitchell ranked among the ACC leaders in rebounds for the second straight season, pulling down 7.9 rebounds per game - good for fifth in the conference.
Eastern Washington (Head Coach: Shantay Legans, Big Sky Conference) – Eastern Washington won 13 of its final 19 games in reaching the championship game of the Big Sky tournament last season…this year, three starters are back as Shantay Legans enters his third season at the helm of the Eags’ program…leading the way are EWU’s top two scorers from a year ago – second-team All-Big Sky selection forward Mason Peatling, who amassed 15.5 ppg to go along with a 7.5 rpg average, and third-team honoree Jacob Davison, who tallied 15.2 ppg a season ago…point guard Tyler Kidd averaged 9.9 ppg and handed out 96 assists last season…the Eags previously played in the 2015 Gotham Classic.
High Point (Head Coach: Tubby Smith, Big South Conference) – Tubby Smith is in his second season at his alma mater, leading the Panthers to a 16-15 record a year ago…in 28 seasons as a head coach, Smith has led his teams to 613 wins and 20 postseason appearances, including 18 NCAA Tournament trips, and the 1998 National Championship (Kentucky)…this year he welcomes his first full recruiting class, which features a pair of first-team All-North Carolina honorees in guard John Michael Wright, a McDonald’s All-America nominee, and guard Bryant Randleman…guard Curtis Holland III is the Panther’s leading returning scorer at 7.6 ppg.
Belmont (Head Coach: Casey Alexander, Ohio Valley Conference) – Casey Alexander takes over the helm of his alma mater after the retirement of Rick Byrd, who won 805 games and led his team to a 27-6 record and an at-large bid to the 2019 NCAA Tournament…Alexander comes to Belmont with an impressive resume of his own, most recently leading Lipscomb to the most wins in school history (29) in reaching the finals of the 2019 NIT…10 players and three starters return this season for the Bruins, led by center Nick Muszynski, who registered 14.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg, and a team-best 70 blocked shots last year en route to freshman All-America honors…guard Grayson Murphy netted 9.6 ppg and dished out 214 assists a year ago.
About the Gotham Classic
First played in 2012, the Gotham Classic features five teams from across the country in one of the most competitive events of its kind. In eight short years, the tournament has attracted the likes of Syracuse, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Louisville, Memphis, Davidson, Pittsburgh, NC State, and West Virginia, among a host of other prominent programs. The Gotham Classic is produced by the Gazelle Group of Princeton, N.J. The Gazelle Group is a sports marketing firm, specializing in event production and management, client representation, and sponsorship consulting. Gazelle produces numerous nationally-recognized events, such as the Empire Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project, the Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper, the Sunshine Slam, and the College Basketball Invitational. For more information on the Gazelle Group, please visit gazellegroup.com.