PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the Jerry Colangelo classic will be held at Phoenix Suns Arena on Saturday, December 18, 2021. The quadruple-header will feature four matchups, including national title runner-up Gonzaga vs. Texas Tech, USC vs. Georgia Tech, Grand Canyon University vs. San Francisco and Northern Arizona vs. San Diego. This news comes after the postponement of the tournament last year due to COVID-19. The tournament was originally scheduled for December 19, 2020.
The Phoenix Suns included a statement released by John. L Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.
“We look forward to hosting a unique collegiate event in Phoenix, featuring two Arizona teams and honoring Jerry Colangelo, a man who has done so much for the game and the state he calls home,” said Doleva. “We think this will be a great opportunity for college basketball fans to come out and enjoy the wonderful desert climate this holiday season, while taking in four games at the newly renovated Phoenix Suns Arena.”
This year, the Colangelo Classic will feature two Arizona teams, both teams 0-2 in their overall appearances against their opponents. The last meeting between the GCU Lopes and Dons was in December 2020, and ended with a Lopes loss, 68-65. The Lumberjacks and Toros have not met since December 2017, and the Jacks lost 79-51.
“We are thrilled to be a part of the Hall of Fame’s Jerry Colangelo Classic and to be playing in downtown Phoenix. Being in our hometown NBA Arena will be a great experience for both our players and our fans. We played San Francisco last year and know how strong of a program they are, so we are looking forward to another opportunity to compete against them,” said Head Coach of GCU, Bryce Drew.
Shane Burcar, head coach of the Jacks also said he also is thrilled for his team to play in the Phoenix Suns Arena.
“Any time you’re associated with Mr. Colangelo, who I consider one of the biggest sports names in Arizona, it’s an honor. To be invited to this event, it means a lot to NAU Basketball. The other seven teams there are exceptional as well, and the opportunity for our guys to play at the home of the Phoenix Suns, who are making a run to an NBA championship, is one that we’re looking forward to. We hope to have a lot of Blue & Gold Lumberjack fans in the crowd.”
Officials for the Phoenix Suns say ticket information, game times, and television broadcast details will be released at a later date.