Nevada to Face Grand Canyon in the Jerry Colangelo Classic on December 9th

Nevada to Face Grand Canyon in the Jerry Colangelo Classic on December 9th

RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada Basketball Program has been invited to play in the Jerry Colangelo Classic on December 9th in the Talking Stick Resort Arena against Grand Canyon University. The event is a one-day doubleheader which will feature the University of Tennessee vs. Gonzaga University and the University of Nevada vs. Grand Canyon. 

Head Coach, Eric Musselman on the game, “We feel this is a great opportunity to play in another NBA arena which is an environment similar to what you would experience in an NCAA tournament setting. Coach Dan Majerle has done a great job at Grand Canyon as they are one of the power programs in the WAC. His teams always play with great passion and do a great job of executing on both ends. We know that playing in phoenix will not be a neutral site due to Grand Canyon having such phenomenal fan support. It will be an extremely challenging game.” 

“Jerry Colangelo, the remarkable Chairman of the Board for the Basketball Hall of Fame, has a storied history with the city of Phoenix. We are very proud to host the inaugural Jerry Colangelo Classic at Talking Stick Resort Arena in downtown Phoenix in his honor,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “The four teams participating in this year’s event, and their fans, are certainly in for a treat of great basketball and Arizona winter weather.”

Grand Canyon is coming off a 22-12 season, with a loss in the WAC Championship game against #1 seed New Mexico State, and an appearance in the College Basketball Invitational.

“I’m very excited to be hosting a collegiate basketball event with the Basketball Hall of Fame in the beautiful city I call home,” said Jerry Colangelo, Chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “Talking Stick Resort Arena, home of the Phoenix Suns, is a fantastic venue and we hope the fans will take the time to explore Phoenix and all the city has to offer.”

About Talking Stick Resort Arena

Talking Stick Resort Arena is Arizona’s premier sports and entertainment venue. Centrally located in downtown Phoenix and host to dozens of concerts and live events each year, Talking Stick Resort Arena is home to the NBA’s Phoenix Suns, WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and IFL’s Arizona Rattlers. For more information, visit  

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