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Wooden Legacy emerges as new tournament

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College basketball is merging the John R. Wooden Classic and the Anaheim Classic into the Wooden Legacy tournament that will begin in late November.

The new format will feature eight teams. Participating in the inaugural tournament, to be played Nov. 28 through Dec. 1, will be Arizona State, Cal State Fullerton, College of Charleston, Creighton, George Washington, Marquette, Miami and San Diego State. Bracket pairings will be unveiled in the summer.

The first two rounds will be played Titan Gym on the Cal State Fullerton campus, and the semifinals and final will be held in the Honda Center in Anaheim.

The Wooden Classic had been played since 1994 and the Anaheim Classince since 2007.

"We're delighted to honor our father and his passion for the game of basketball through this new and exciting event," Jim and Nan Wooden, son and daughter of legendary UCLA coach John Wooden, said. "For the past 20 years, we have done tremendous work for local charities, while celebrating his philosophies and are certain the establishment of the Wooden Legacy will only enhance these efforts."

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