Legends of Basketball Classic Preview: No. 2 Gonzaga takes on No. 11 Tennessee in preseason showcase to benefit the McLendon Foundation

Tipoff set for 8 p.m. CT Friday live on pay-per-view via iNDEMAND and PPV.COM

FRISCO, Texas (Oct. 24, 2022) - Powerhouse college basketball programs Gonzaga and Tennessee, both of whom have high expectations as the 2022-23 season draws near, will play in the inaugural Legends of Basketball Classic, a charity exhibition game on Friday at the Comerica Center in Frisco, Texas. The game is set for 8 p.m. CT and iNDEMAND – the largest distributor of PPV and on demand programming in North America – will serve as the exclusive streaming and TV distributor of the event. Proceeds from the event will benefit the McLendon Foundation.

iNDEMAND will carry the game in the U.S. and Canada through cable, satellite, and telco PPV providers and will also make the event available worldwide on its streaming service PPV.COM, the first PPV streaming service to offer interactive fan engagement during live-action sports events. Customers can also order the event on TV through their cable, satellite, or telco providers, including Xfinity, Spectrum, DirecTV, Contour, Dish, Verizon Fios, Altice, and other leading providers. The suggested retail price is $9.99 on all PPV platforms.

“Not only is this a chance to see two outstanding college basketball teams and Final Four contenders, Gonzaga and Tennessee, early in the year, but the game is also being played for a great cause,” said Fran Fraschilla, longtime college basketball analyst and former head coach who will work the telecast. “This game will recognize many of the incredible contributions that Hall of Fame coach John McLendon has made to the game of basketball and will directly benefit the McLendon Foundation.”

Fraschilla is part of the broadcast trio calling Friday’s game, which also includes longtime Gonzaga radio play-by-play voice Tom Hudson and former Tennessee standout and current college basketball analyst Dane Bradshaw. Throughout the game, veteran reporter Andy Katz will host an interactive live chat with viewers exclusively on PPV.COM. Viewers who purchase the event on PPV.COM will also be able to post fan-react videos during the game.

Gonzaga returns All-American and Player of the Year candidate Drew Timme along with a bevy of contributors, including starters Rasir Bolton and Julian Strawther, from last season’s team that went 28-4 and spent nine weeks at No. 1 in the Associated Press poll. The AP preseason poll released on Oct. 17 has the Bulldogs ranked 2nd in the nation.

Tennessee returns four of its top-five scorers from last season’s team that finished 27-8 overall, won the SEC Tournament and made a fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The AP preseason poll released on Oct. 17 has the Volunteers ranked No. 11 in the country.

The McLendon Foundation was established in 1999 by National Association of Collegiate Directors of America (NACDA) to honor the legacy of Hall of Fame coach John McLendon who was a pioneer in the field of athletics, the game of basketball, and the civil rights arena. The McLendon Foundation’s mission is to empower and develop minorities who aspire to be principled leaders in athletics administration by providing educational resources and access to a life-long community of mentors. All organizational planning for the Foundation directly aligns with the values of Coach McLendon: Integrity, Education, Leadership and Mentorship. More information can be found at www.minorityleaders.org.

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Online/Streaming: PPV.COM (no subscription needed)

TV: Available to order through major cable & satellite systems, including Xfinity,

Spectrum, Contour, DIRECTV (channel 118), Dish (channel 461), Verizon Fios, Altice and others

In Knoxville: Xfinity channel 1201, Spectrum channel 2100

In Nashville: Xfinity channel 1201, Spectrum channel 2100

In Chattanooga: Xfinity channel 1201, Spectrum channel 2100

In Memphis: Xfinity channel 1201, Spectrum channel 2100

In Spokane: Xfinity channel 1201

In Seattle: Xfinity channel 1201

Gonzaga                                              Quick Facts                                         Tennessee

Spokane, WA                                          Location                                           Knoxville, TN

1887                                                      Year Founded                                       1794

71                                                         Basketball Seasons                               113

WCC                                                    Conference Affiliation                            SEC

1758-1103 (.613 winning %)           All-time Record                                1692-1075 (.649)

28-4                                                 2021-22 Overall Record                             27-8

24                                                  NCAA Tournament Berths                      24

Mark Few – 24th year         Head Coach - years at school               Rick Barnes – 8th year

Bulldogs                                               School Nickname                                  Volunteers

2                                                     Preseason AP top 25 ranking                 11

Volunteers top returning scorers:

Santiago Vescovi – G – 13.3

Josiah-Jordan James – G – 10.3

Oliver Nkamhoua – F – 8.6

Zags top returning scorers:

Drew Timme – F – 18.4

Julian Strawther – G- 11.8

Rasir Bolton – G- 11.2

Broadcast team for Legends of Basketball Classic:

Tom Hudson – play-by-play & host

Dane Bradshaw – game analyst

Fran Fraschilla – game analyst

PPV.COM chat moderator:

Andy Katz


Media Contacts:

Dan Mihalik, Intersport, dmihalik@intersport.global

Jenny Snegaroff, iNDEMAND & PPV.COM, jsnegaroff@indemand.com

Tom Satkowiak, Tennessee Athletics, tomsid@tennesse.edu

Barrett Henderson, Gonzaga Athletics, hendersonb@gonzaga.edu

Julio Manteiga, NBRPA, jmanteiga@legendsofbasketball.com

Julie Hammer, McLendon Foundation, julie.hammer@mettleandrise.com