Connecticut will join Indiana, Boston College and Washington as semifinalists of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.
The teams, announced Monday, will each host a regional round from Nov. 14-17 and meet in the semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York on Nov. 21-22.
The remainder of the 16-team field will be announced later. Alabama beat Villanova 77-55 in last year's 2K Sports Classic championship game.
The 2K Sports Classic, which is produced by the Gazelle Group, benefits the Wounded Warrior Project. The mission is to raise awareness and help injured service members.
Tickets for Championship Round games of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project at Madison Square Garden are on sale now and may be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 866-448-7849 or through Ticketmaster.com.
Here are capsules on the headliners, courteous of the Gazelle Group.
Indiana - The Big Ten regular season champions spent 10 weeks ranked No. 1 this season...owns a 26-5 record...has won five National Championships and has been to 36 NCAA Tournaments, including a Sweet 16 appearance last year...three of the five starters are underclassmen, highlighted by sophomore forward Cody Zeller (team highs 16.8 ppg, 8.1 rpg) and junior guard Victor Oladipo (13.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg)...head coach Tom Crean will again welcome a top-rated recruiting class next season.
Connecticut - The Huskies have won three National Championships and have played in 31 NCAA tournaments...at 20-10 UConn posted its 20th 20-win season over the last 24 seasons...first-year head coach Kevin Ollie is expected to see the return of his top seven scorers and all five starters from this year, led by junior guard Shabazz Napier, who is the Huskies' leading scorer at 17.1 ppg to go along with 129 assists...sophomore guard Ryan Boatright is right behind Napier with an average of 15.4 ppg to go with a team-best 131 assists.
Boston College - Head coach Steve Donahue has a team that is expected to return all five starters and seven of its top eight scorers...leading scorer and rebounder Ryan Anderson, a sophomore forward, is averaging of 15.1 points and 8.1 rebounds a game...freshman guard Olivier Hanlan is netting 14.6 ppg to go along with 72 assists...the Eagles, 15-16 this year, have been to 18 NCAA Tournaments.
Washington - Head coach Lorenzo Romar is in his 11th season and has led the Huskies to 207 wins over the last nine seasons, including 17 this season...10 underclassmen are on the roster, led by junior guard C.J. Wilcox and his 16.8 ppg scoring average...the Huskies have been to 16 NCAA Tournaments in their history and won either the Pac-12 Conference regular season or tournament championship in each of the previous four years (2009-12).
Material from the Associated Press included in this article.