Villanova will take part in the 2K Sports Classic next November to open the season, organizers announced.
The Wildcats will host regional round games Nov. 9 to 11 and then have a spot in the championship rounds Nov. 15-16 at Madison Square Garden. Purdue, Alabama and Oregon State also will host regional games and advance to the Garden.
In all, 12 teams will compete. The remaining eight schools will take part in subregional games at campus sites while the four teams play in New York.
Matchups for the championship rounds, as well as the entire bracket for the 2012 2K Sports Classic, will be announced at a later date.