The men’s basketball teams of Navy, Princeton, Saint Joseph’s, and Houston will be featured at the 9th Annual Veterans Classic on Friday, November 11, 2022, in Annapolis.
This annual event will be held at the Naval Academy’s Alumni Hall on Veterans Day, opening the 2022 college basketball season. The first game will pit Houston against St. Joseph’s at 6:00 p.m. ET, and the second game will match up Princeton State and host Navy at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Houston vs. Saint Joseph’s
Houston’s head coach Kelvin Sampson is going into his ninth season of leading the Cougars. The Cougars had an awesome 2021-22 season, finishing 32-6 overall and going 15-3 in the American Athletic Conference. Sampson’s team were the champions of both the AAC regular season and conference tournament.
Hawks head coach Billy Lange is going into his fourth year after coming off a terrible 2021-22 season. St. Joseph’s was 11-19 during the regular season and 5-13 in the Atlantic 10. Lange has gradually improved the Hawks in the last three seasons. Unfortunately, they were all losing campaigns, so his job might be in danger.
Princeton vs. Navy
Tigers head coach Mitch Henderson led Princeton on a great 2021-2022 campaign. Their overall record was 23-7, and they won the Ivy League with a 12-2 record. Henderson is entering his tenth season at Princeton, and it is a question of whether they can match last season’s successful campaign.
Going into his 12th season at Navy, head coach Ed DeChellis hopes he can sustain the momentum built by his Midshipmen last year. For 2021-22, DeChellis led Navy to a 21-11 record overall, finishing 12-6 in the Patriot League for second place.
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