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CBE announces tournament field

The College Basketball Experience Classic in which Duke will compete this November announced its complete 16-field team Monday.

Duke, Marquette, Stanford and Texas Tech will each host three other teams in preliminary regional rounds, with the winner of each regional advancing to the semifinals in Kansas City, Mo. Nov. 20. The finals will be held in Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium the following night.

The Blue Devils' regional will consist of Columbia, UC-Davis and Georgia Southern. Duke takes on Columbia at home Nov. 12, and the winners of the two games play in Cameron Indoor Stadium Nov. 13.

If the Blue Devils advance to the semifinals, they will face the winner of Stanford's regional, while the victorious teams from the Marquette and Texas Tech regionals will square off on the other side of the bracket.

The setup means that for Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski to face off against mentor and Texas Tech head coach Bobby Knight, both teams would have to reach the finals of the tournament.

The tournament's name was changed from the Guardians Classic this summer to honor the National Collegiate Hall of Fame, which is under construction in downtown Kansas City. The inaugural class-consisting of Oscar Robertson, Bill Russell, Dean Smith, James Naismith and John Wooden-will be inducted into the hall Nov. 19 as part of the kick-off event for the basketball tournament.


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