Boston College will play in the 2024 Veterans Classic

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Boston College will participate in the 11th edition of the Veterans Classic men’s basketball doubleheader on Friday, Nov. 8, at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

The Eagles will take on perennial Atlantic 10 power VCU at 6 p.m., followed by host Navy versus Harvard at 8:30 p.m. CBS Sports Network will broadcast both games, as it has done since the event’s inception.

Held annually around Veterans Day, the Veterans Classic honors our nation’s veterans and showcases the US Naval Academy. Each of the visiting teams immerses themselves in the inner workings of the US Naval Academy through guided tours, followed by lunch with the Brigade of Midshipmen the day before the games. Veterans from all branches of service will be honored during Friday night’s doubleheader.

“The Veterans Classic is one of the most respected events in college basketball and we are excited to participate in it,” said the head coach Count Grant. “Not only will we be competing against a high caliber opponent in VCU, but our program will have the honor of spending a day with the Midshipmen, learning firsthand about the great history and traditions of the United States Naval Academy. Naval Academy during Veterans Day weekend will provide a special road trip and experience for our players.”

VCU posted a 24-14 record last season and advanced to the NIT quarterfinals. Boston College and VCU have met only once before. The Rams earned a 69–50 victory over the Eagles on December 28, 2013 in a game played at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

“We are thrilled to be a part of the Veterans Classic this year,” said head coach Ryan Odom, who was head coach at Utah State when the Aggies defeated Richmond in the 2021 Veterans Classic. “I had the opportunity a few years ago to participate in this event and I can’t say enough good things about the experience, especially the opportunity for our players to explore the Naval Academy We have the utmost respect for Coach Grant and the Boston College program, and it will undoubtedly be a great test for our team.”

The Eagles previously played games in Annapolis when it faced Navy during the 1958-59, 1961-62 and 1965-66 seasons. Chet Gladchuk, director of athletics at the Naval Academy, is a graduate of Boston College and served in the same role at his alma mater from 1990 to 1997.

BC will become the fourth Atlantic Coast Conference program to participate in the Veterans Classic. North Carolina played in the second edition of the event in 2015, Pittsburgh followed in 2017 and Virginia Tech participated in the 2021 showcase.

Tickets for the doubleheader are on sale now through the Navy Ticket Office by calling or texting 1-800-US4-NAVY or by clicking on the TICKETS tab on the masthead and then selecting BASKETBALL. Reserved tickets for the doubleheader in the lower level of Alumni Hall cost $40 and seats in the upper level can be purchased for $25.

“We are excited to once again welcome a talented field from Boston College, Harvard and VCU to the Veterans Classic,” said Navy head coach Ed DeChellis. “Three great basketball programs from strong academic institutions will make this another great showcase for the Naval Academy on the CBS Sports Network as we continue to pay tribute to our nation’s veterans.”

Winners of previous Veterans Classic games include VCU, Michigan State, North Carolina, Florida, Marquette, Ohio State, Alabama, Maryland, Auburn, Virginia Tech and Houston. In the nine seasons in which a postseason tournament was held the same year as the Veterans Classic, 14 visiting teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament, while another four teams participated in the NIT. This honor roll includes Michigan State, which reached the 2015 Final Four, and North Carolina, which advanced to the 2016 national championship game.

The field for the 2022 Veterans Classic included Houston and Princeton, both of which advanced to the Sweet 16 in the 2023 NCAA Tournament. In the 2023 edition, Duquesne advanced to the second round of the 2024 NCAA Tournament and the College of Charleston also earned a bid for the event. There have been 34 Veterans Classic players who have gone on to play in the NBA.