Villanova to play in 2012 season-opening 2K Sports Classic

Villanova has accepted an invitation to tip off its 2012-13 season at the 2K Sports Classic, a tournament that wraps up with two games at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Nov. 15 and 16.

The Wildcats, along with Alabama, Purdue and Oregon State, will host regional round games between Nov. 9 and 11. The four host schools then move on to New York for the championship round of the 18th annual tournament while the rest of the field competes at campus sites.

Matchups and brackets will be announced at a later date.

For the first time in 2012, the tournament will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, which raises awareness about the needs of injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Tickets went on sale Tuesday through Ticketmaster.

--Joe Juliano