For the ninth season in a row, Navy will be hosting the Veterans Classic!
It was announced on Monday morning that the event will once again take place in Annapolis at Alumni Hall with both games being broadcasted on CBS Sports Network. The opening game will take place between Saint Joseph’s and Houston at 6:00 p.m. with the later tip starting at 8:30 p.m. between Princeton and Navy.
In the earliest game, Annapolis will welcome a Houston team who has made it to the second weekend in three straight NCAA Tournament’s. They will be the fifth American Athletic team to make an appearance, the first since ECU in 2019.
Their opponent will be the fifth straight A10 team to make an appearance in Saint Joseph’s. The Hawks are led by former Midshipmen basketball head coach, Billy Lange.
“The Veterans Classic in Annapolis is one of college basketball’s premier events,” said Lange. ”It is an honor for our program to compete on this day as we remember and show respect to all those who have fought for us. Spending time on The Yard of the United States Naval Academy will be an amazing experience for our team and staff. We are excited to bring our students and fans from Hawk Hill to take part in such a great opportunity for all of Saint Joseph’s University.”
The Hawks finished in 13th place of the A10, losing on the first day of the conference tournament.
In the other matchup, Princeton will take the trip south for its first matchup against Navy since the 1977-78 season. The two faced off 34 times between 1908 and then.
Princeton loses essentially their whole roster from last season’s Ivy League regular season championship team.
Tickets for the doubleheader are now on sale through the Navy ticket office.