The Thanksgiving tournament in Anaheim also features USC vs. Saint Joseph’s
The matchups for the 2021 Paycom Wooden Legacy appear to be set and, according to Jon Rothstein, your fighting Hoyas of Georgetown will face the San Diego State Aztecs on November 25, 2021. USC will play St. Joseph’s.
NEWS: Matchups are set for the 2021 Wooden Legacy, according to a source.
Georgetown/San Diego State
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) July 14, 2021
As previously confirmed, Georgetown will join USC, Saint Joseph’s, and San Diego State on November 25 and 26 at the Anaheim Convention Center. There are expected to be only two games and the matchups, with travel and ticket information, will be announced later:
Make plans to spend Thanksgiving in beautiful Southern California supporting your favorite team! The official team hotel of the Paycom Wooden Legacy is the Hilton Anaheim and is located across the street from Disneyland Resort and adjacent to Anaheim Arena.
With San Diego State ranked #30 last season on Kenpom.com, St. Joe’s ranked #202, and USC ranked #6, Georgetown (#63) fans likely are happy facing the Aztecs, with the hope of meeting the Trojans after a win, rather than the Hawks.
“The field for the 2021 Paycom Wooden Legacy, to be played November 25 and 26, at the Anaheim Convention Center, includes Georgetown, Saint Joseph’s, San Diego State and USC … The four-team, two-day tournament will be played under a new format…” https://t.co/o6QtB3Spmy pic.twitter.com/hW3mbAZCn5
— Philadelphia Hoyas (@PhillyHoyas) May 20, 2021
According to Jon Rothstein, a while back, Georgetown was reportedly replacing TCU—the Hoyas’ BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle buddy—in the Wooden Legacy, held in Anaheim California. Georgetown was involved with the Wooden Legacy in 2020 with UCLA, UVA, and Kansas until COVID-19 got in the way.
Press release from GUHoyas (May 2021):
Georgetown to Take Part in 2021 Paycom Wooden Legacy
WASHINGTON – The Georgetown University men’s basketball team will compete in the 2021 Paycom Wooden Legacy, as announced on Thursday. The Hoyas will be joined by USC, Saint Joseph’s and San Diego State to round out the four-team field. Games will be played November 25 and 26 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Matchups and ticket information for the 14th annual event will be announced at a later date. The four-team, two-day tournament will be played under a new format as compared to the past Paycom Wooden Legacy events where the competition featured a three-day bracket competition during the Thanksgiving week.
ABOUT THE FIELD
- In the 2021 BIG EAST Tournament, Georgetown defeated Marquette, Villanova, Seton Hall and Creighton to win the conference championship and advance to the NCAA Tournament.
- Both USC and San Diego State finished last season ranked in the AP Top 25.
- The Trojans sported a 25-8 overall record, and advanced to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
- San Diego State has been crowned Mountain West’s regular-season champion the past two seasons, under head coach Brian Dutcher, who boasts a 96-31 record over the last four seasons for the 10th best win total among NCAA Division I schools during the period.
- Saint Joseph’s won four of their last five games to end last season and enter the 2021-22 season under third-year head coach Billy Lange.
The 2020 Paycom Wooden Legacy was canceled due to the pandemic where the Hoyas were scheduled to compete along with Kansas, UCLA and Virginia. The early-season event was created in 2013 when the John R. Wooden Classic was merged with the Anaheim Classic, formerly an eight-school bracketed event played for six years (2007-12) at the Anaheim Convention Center. Past winners include USC (2007), Wake Forest (2008), West Virginia (2009), UNLV (2010), Saint Louis (2011), California (2012), San Diego State (2013), Washington (2014), Michigan State (2015), UCLA (2016), Washington State (2017) and Seton Hall (2018).
— San Diego State Men’s Basketball (@Aztec_MBB) May 20, 2021
Sources: Georgetown, USC, San Diego State, and St. Joe’s to headline 2021 Wooden Legacy.https://t.co/IsfOue6wpo
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 23, 2021
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.@GeorgetownHoops@Aztec_MBB@SJUHawks_MBB@USC_Hoops#CBB #CollegeBasketball #Basketball #PaycomWoodenLegacy #FeastWeek #ESPNEvents pic.twitter.com/XtWL8S0SGx
— The Paycom Wooden Legacy (@TheWoodenLegacy) May 20, 2021
Thanksgiving in Anaheim!
— USC Men’s Basketball (@USC_Hoops) May 20, 2021
Saint Joseph’s fans, mark your ️ as the Hawks are headed to the West Coast this November 25 and 26 as they compete for the 2021 @TheWoodenLegacy in Anaheim‼️ #THWND | #theSTORY pic.twitter.com/fcQ4tWoUVH
— SJU Hawks MBB (@SJUHawks_MBB) May 20, 2021
The Hoyas currently have 5 games on the 2021-22 schedule, in addition to the expected 20 BIG EAST games.
- San Diego State on November 25, and one of USC or Saint Joseph’s on November 26 (Paycom Wooden Legacy – Anaheim)
- at South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday, December 5th
- hosting Texas Christian University on Saturday, December 18 (BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle)
- hosting American University