The Boston University men's basketball team will host its first regular season tournament in 40 years this November with the creation of the Steve Wright Classic, head coach Joe Jones
announced Friday morning.
Previously helping host the 1976 Beanpot, the Terriers start the four-day round-robin tournament at Case Gym against crosstown rival Northeastern on Friday, Nov. 18 and will follow up with Maine (Nov. 19) and LIU Brooklyn (Nov. 20), respectively. The Black Bears and Blackbirds will conclude the competition on the afternoon of Monday, Nov. 21.
BU has opened its season each of the last six years against the Huskies and will face the Black Bears for the first time since departing the American East in the summer of 2013 for the Patriot League. The Terriers defeated LIU Brooklyn at the 2013 2K Sports Classic in California and last hosted the Blackbirds in 1992.
"We are very excited to have the opportunity to honor one of our beloved former Terriers with what will be a great showcase of college basketball," said Jones. "It is only fitting that we combine this event with our annual Alumni Weekend, so that Steve's teammates and all of our former letter-winners can join us to honor his memory and celebrate BU Basketball."
A native of Kensington, Md., Steve Wright had his #33 jersey retired following the end of his senior year in 1980 and would pass away at the young age of 45 in 2003 following a lengthy battle with leukemia. The 1988 BU Athletic Hall of Fame inductee graduated first all-time at BU in made field goals (617), second in points (1,679), second in free throws (407) and eighth in rebounds (685).
The program's first three-time team MVP averaged 19.8 ppg and 6.0 rpg his final season under Naismith Hall of Fame member and then-head coach Rick Pitino to help guide the Terriers to the 1980 National Invitation Tournament for their first postseason berth since 1959 (NCAA). An accounting major, he was an Academic All-American and went on to become an eighth-round draft pick by the Boston Celtics. He also competed with the U.S. national team in 1979 and played professionally in both Belgium and Spain.
The 2016-17 edition of the Terriers are coming off their fifth postseason appearance in seven years in which they advanced to the Round of 16 in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament with a win at Atlantic 10 foe Fordham. They return three starters, including All-PL First Team honoree Eric Fanning
, and 2015 All-PL Second Team member Cedric Hankerson
, who only played 10 minutes last year due to injury.
More information on tickets, game times and Alumni Weekend events will be forthcoming. The entire schedule will also be released later on GoTerriers.com.
STEVE WRIGHT CLASSIC
Case Gym "The Roof"
Friday, Nov. 18
Boston University vs. Northeastern, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 19
Boston University vs. Maine, 4 p.m.
Northeastern vs. LIU Brooklyn, 6 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 20
Northeastern vs. Maine, 2 p.m.
Boston University vs. LIU Brooklyn, 4 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 21
Maine vs. LIU Brooklyn, 3 p.m.