The NCAA has officially released the details for the 2015 and 2016 Armed Forces Classic.
The NCAA announced the teams, locations and dates for the 2015 and 2016 Armed Forces Classic today. Today’s announcement revealed that next year’s Armed Forces Classic–a matchup of two NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball teams that is held on a rotating list of military bases around the world each year—will see powerhouses Gonzaga and Pittsburgh face off against each other aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Snedley D. Butler in Okinawa, Japan. That game is scheduled to be played on Friday, November 13th, 2015. The teams’ matchup will mark the first time that the powerhouses have faced each other in the Armed Forces Classic.
In 2016, the game will move to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, HI. The game is scheduled to be played Friday, November 11th, 2016. That year, four teams will face off against each other. Indiana will take on Kansas in one of that year’s games. The last time that the Hoosiers and Jayhawks faced each other in the series was in 1995. Currently, Kansas leads Indiana 7 – 6 in the teams’ previous AFC series matchups. The other game scheduled for the 2016 AFC is a matchup of Arizona and Michigan State. The Wildcats lead the Spartans 4 – 2 over the course of their meetings in the AFC. The last time that the two teams met was in 2005. All four programs together have combined for a total of eleven NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball titles. They have collectively advanced to the Men’s Final Four thirty-four times.
The 2016 installment of the Armed Forces Classic will be an especially significant game. That is because not only of its location, but for its date. It will be played on Veterans Day in 2016. November 11th, 2016 is also just one month shy of the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Each of the games announced for the Armed Forces Classic will air on ESPN. They will run as part of the network’s America’s Heroes initiative. The America’s Heroes initiative honors America’s men and women in uniform around the world.
This year’s AFC will come live from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen in Puerto Rico. It will feature #8 Louisville taking on Minnesota.
More information on ESPN’s coverage of the Armed Forces Classic is available online at:
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