NEW YORK (AP) _ Connecticut and Duke, who played for the national championship in March, could face each other again next season in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
The schools, along with Stanford and Iowa, will participate in the tournament at Madison Square Garden. The matchups, announced Thursday, have Duke playing Stanford and Connecticut facing Iowa on Nov. 11, with the championship and consolation games of the tournament the following evening.
The Huskies beat the Blue Devils 77-74 in the championship game of the NCAA tournament in St. Petersburg, Fla., on March 29.
``We are excited about participating in what has become one of the premier college basketball tournaments in the country,″ Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. ``This event increases the exposure for Coaches vs. Cancer. Not only does it raise money, but it also gives us, as coaches, a platform to help find a cure.″
Coaches vs. Cancer, a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, was started in 1993 by then-Missouri coach Norm Stewart after he won his fight against cancer. It helps raise money to fund cancer research, patient services, advocacy and prevention education.