Aug. 10, 2005
PRINCETON, N.J. - The Gazelle Group announced the field for the 2005 Black Coaches Association (BCA) Classic men's college basketball tournament Wednesday. The University of Washington will host the eight-team tournament at Bank of America Arena in Seattle on November 13-15, 2005. The other participating teams in this year's BCA Classic include Air Force, University of Miami, Morgan State, Northern Arizona, UNC Greensboro, UT-Arlington and University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Washington was last season's Pac-10 Tournament champion and earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. The Huskies advanced to the Sweet 16, finishing the year ranked No. 9 in country. Romar received numerous accolades on the season including the 2005 Pac-10 Coach of the Year and the Fritz Pollard Award as the BCA Male Coach of the Year.
"We are excited to be hosting this year's BCA Classic," said Washington head coach, Lorenzo Romar. "It will be great for our kids to face such strong competition this early in the year."
Second-year head coach Frank Haith, a 2005 Naismith National Coach of the Year finalist, and the Miami Hurricanes enter the 2005-06 season looking build off last season, when they earned their first postseason bid since 2002. Coach Haith's squad returns four of five starters including his star guard, Guillermo Diaz, who was a Second Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection last season.
Air Force, which lost 69-65 to Marquette in the Championship Game of the 2004 BCA Classic, went on to have the second best season in school history, finishing 18-12. This year's Falcons feature new head coach Jeff Bzdelik and the return of four starters - Nick Welch, Antoine Hood, Jacob Burtschi and Matt McCraw - who all earned All-Mountain West Conference honors last season. BCA Classic champion, Marquette, finished the season with a 19-12 record and a bid to the NIT tournament. Last year's BCA Classic MVP Travis Diener was recently picked 38th in the 2005 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic.
The Huskies' first-round opponent, Morgan State, is coached by former Seattle Sonic player, Alfred "Butch" Beard. Other first-round matchups include UW-Green Bay versus UNC Greensboro, Air Force versus Northern Arizona, and Miami versus UT-Arlington. Game times have not been set, but will be announced soon.
Tickets for the 2005 BCA Classic can be purchased online at Husky Basketball Tickets, or by contacting the University of Washington ticket office at (206) 543-2200.
"We are very grateful to have the University of Washington hosting this year's BCA Classic," said Floyd Keith, Executive Director of the BCA. "Seattle is a terrific city, and we look forward to having a great three-day event at Bank of America Arena."
The Black Coaches Association is a non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to foster the growth and development of minorities at all levels of sport both nationally and internationally. The BCA is committed to creating a positive, enlightened environment and common ground where issues can be examined closely, debated sincerely and resolved honestly. Throughout the BCA's 17-year history, the organization has been at the forefront of the effort to enhance the employment opportunities and professional development of the minority professional.
More information on the Black Coaches Association and the BCA Classic is available at BCAclassic.com
2005 BCA Classic
Nov. 13-15, 2005
Bank of America Arena/Seattle, Wash.
Sunday, November 13
Game 1 -- Air Force vs. Northern Arizona
Game 2 -- Miami vs. UT-Arlington
Game 3 -- Morgan State vs. Washington
Game 4 -- UW-Green Bay vs. UNC Greensboro
Monday, November 14
Game 5 -- Loser game 1 vs. Loser game 2
Game 6 -- Loser game 3 vs. Loser game 4
Game 7 -- Winner Game 1 vs. Winner game 2
Game 8 -- Winner Game 3 vs. Winner game 4
Tuesday, November 15
Game 9 -- Loser game 5 vs. Loser game 6
Game 10 -- Winner game 5 vs. Winner game 6
Game 11 -- Loser game 7 vs. Loser game 8
Game 12 (Championship) -- Winner game 7 vs. Winner game 8