Washington, Indiana to meet in 2K Sports Classic

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TACOMA — The Washington men’s basketball team will play the Indiana Hoosiers at New York’s Madison Square Garden as part of the 2K Sports Classic this fall.

The four participants in the bracket round of the 2K Sports Classic — Washington, Indiana, Connecticut and Boston College — have been known for months. The matchups at MSG were not set until Wednesday.

Each school will play two home games as part of the event before the MSG games. Washington will play Indiana on Thursday, Nov. 21, in the second game of the night. UConn and BC will tip off at 4 p.m. (PST). Each game will be on ESPN2.

The winners and losers play each other the next day.

Washington is 1-2 all time against the Hoosiers, who last season were an NCAA tournament No. 1 seed and finished 29-7. The teams faced each other twice in 1978, with Indiana winning both times. Washington’s lone win in the series came Dec. 29, 1966, in an 81-79 victory at the Far West Classic in Portland.

UW will play at Madison Square Garden for the fourth and fifth times in a two-year span. The Huskies went 0-3 there during the 2011-12 season, losing 79-77 to Marquette in the Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 6, 86-80 to Duke on Dec. 10 in the Carquest Auto Parts Classic and 68-67 to Minnesota in overtime in the NIT semifinals March 27.

Despite last season’s run by Indiana, there’s a good chance UConn will enter the 2K Sports Classic as the highest-ranked team. Indiana still should be in the top 25 — largely because of point guard Yogi Ferrell and scrappy small forward Will Sheehey — but it lost Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo to the NBA. Ferrell versus highly touted UW freshman Nigel Williams-Goss is an intriguing matchup.

UConn will return the majority of the team that beat Washington last season, 61-53.

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