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Syracuse, Temple Top Garden’s College Hoops Season

Madison Square Garden (credit: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Madison Square Garden (credit: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — The inaugural Gotham Classic featuring Syracuse and Temple highlights Madison Square Garden’s college basketball schedule for 2012-13. The Dec. 22 matchup features schools leaving and joining the Big East.

Also at the Garden in November and December is the 2K Sports Classic, which benefits The Wounded Warrior Project, the NIT Season Tip-Off and Jimmy V Classic.

St. John’s will play seven Big East regular-season games at the Garden and face Fordham in the Holiday Festival on Dec. 8. The Big East will hold its tournament there in March for the 30th consecutive season. The schedule concludes with the postseason NIT.

The 2K Sports Classic pits Alabama against Oregon State and Villanova against Purdue in the semifinals Nov. 15. The NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals are Nov. 21 and the 16-team field features regional hosts Kansas State, Michigan, Pittsburgh and Virginia. The Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 4 will have Texas facing Georgetown and North Carolina State playing Connecticut.

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