Attention, all college basketball fans: tickets to the inaugural Citi Hoops Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York City are now on pre-sale at Ticketmaster!

Citi Hoops Classic 2017 Tickets

The Kentucky Wildcats will face off against the Monmouth Hawks men’s basketball team in this year’s tournament, which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 12pm EST at MSG.

“This is a great opportunity to play a strong and up and coming team in a historic venue,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said in a statement. “We love coming to New York and look forward to seeing the Big Blue Nation in full force out east.”

Kentucky advanced to the Elite Eight in last season’s NCAA Tournament where the Wildcats fell to eventual national champion North Carolina, 75-73.


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“I’ve looked up to Coach Calipari for a long time,” said King Rice, who is entering his seventh season as Monmouth’s head coach. “This game will be a great chance for our two teams to play each other outside of our conferences.”

Monmouth finished last season with a 27-6 record but fell to Siena in the second round of the MAAC Tournament before losing to Ole Miss in the NIT.

The Citi Cardmember pre-sale for tickets began on Thursday (Aug. 24), and ticket sales start on Friday (Aug. 25) at 10 am EST.

MEMPHIS, TN – MARCH 26: Malik Monk #5 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots against Justin Jackson #44 of the North Carolina Tar Heels in the first half during the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament South Regional at FedExForum on March 26, 2017 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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