Kansas to Play Indiana in 2016 Armed Forces Classic at Pearl Harbor
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Tradition-rich men’s basketball programs Kansas and Indiana will play in the 2016 Armed Forces Classic on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, ESPN announced Friday.
The Armed Forces Classic is a series of Division I men’s college basketball games that are played on United States military bases worldwide over a five-year rotation. The 2016 Classic will be at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu.
The 2016 event will be just under a month from the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and will pit Kansas vs. Indiana and Arizona vs. Michigan State. Indiana and Kansas have not matched up since 1995, with the Jayhawks leading the series 7-6. Kansas is second all-time in NCAA Division I victories with 2,126, while Indiana is 10th at 1,736.
“We thought playing in the Armed Forces Classic would be a terrific experience for our players, especially to commemorate such an important time in our country,” KU head coach Bill Self said. “We’re excited to be a part of it and having the chance to play a tradition-rich program like Indiana, one of the true blue bloods of the college game.”
ESPN also announced the 2015 Armed Forces Classic set for Friday, Nov.13, and will feature Gonzaga against Pittsburgh.
The games will be televised on ESPN as part of the network’s America’s Heroes initiative honoring the men and women who are serving and who have served in the United States military, both at home and abroad.
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