ESPN has announced the schedule for the annual NCAA Armed Forces Classic Men’s Basketball Games. The schedule, set for the next three years, will shift to the Coast Guard in 2014. Next year’s annual Men’s Division I matchup is scheduled for November 14, 2014. It will originate from the United States Air Station Borinquen in Puerto Rico. The game will feature defending National Champion Louisville taking on Minnesota. Next Fall’s matchup will be made even bigger as it will be a father son coaching duel. Rick Pitino, a 2013 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee will bring the Cardinals in to face the Gophers, coached by his son Richard Pitino. Richard Pitino is in his first season as head coach of the Gophers.
Details for the 2015 game are yet to be fully determined. However, it is known that the game will be handed off to the Marines for 2015. It is currently scheduled to be played November 13, 2015. 2016 will see the game shift to the Navy. The game, scheduled to be played November 11th, 2016, will actually feature a double-header at the naval base in Pearl Harbor, HI. It will be played just a month away from the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Teams for both the 2015 and 2016 matchup have not yet been announced. They will be announced at a later date.
The Armed Forces Classic Men’s Basketball Game will be broadcast on ESPN each year. It is part of the network’s America’s Heroes: A Salute to Our Veterans initiative. America’s Heroes: A Salute to Our Veterans America’s men and women in uniform past, present, and future, both at home and abroad.
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