The World’s Most Famous Arena plans to host a number of the nation’s top programs, who will venture into New York City beginning next month and ending as part of March Madness with the NCAA Tournament.
Michigan State versus Kentucky and Kansas versus Duke will begin college basketball at The Garden for the 2019-2020 with the Champions Classic on Tuesday November 5. The four historic programs are also entering the season as the top four teams in the Associated Press national poll – in that order – which was released on Monday morning to the public.
On November 21 and 22, Georgetown, Texas, California and Duke will compete in the 2K Empire Classic. Georgetown, who will be led by New York Knick legend Patrick Ewing, enter the year seventh in the Big East Coaches Preseason Poll.
The Jimmy V Classic on December 10 will host preseason number-five ranked Louisville, along with Texas, UConn and Indiana, and Big Ten Super Saturday will return on February 1, featuring Rutgers and Michigan.
The St. John’s Red Storm will host 7-of-19 home games at Madison Square Garden this season. Most notably, the Red Storm will host West Virginia at noon on Saturday, December 7, for the MSG Holiday Festival, and six of their regular season Big East encounters will be played at MSG, including preseason number-10 Villanova, number-12 Seton Hall and number-19 Marquette.
The Garden will again host the Big East Championship Tournament, which will take place between March 11 and March 14. The NCAA East Regional Final will return to MSG on March 27 and March 29, where the path to the Final Four travels through New York City.
Season play at MSG will end with the annual National Invitational Tournament Final Four, taking place on March 31 and April 2.