Vanderbilt will begin the Bryce Drew era playing in front of America’s troops.
The Commodores will tip off the 2016 season against Marquette as part of the 2016 Veterans Classic, an annual event played on Nov. 11 at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
Vanderbilt hired Drew last week after former coach Kevin Stallings abruptly left the program to take the head coaching job at Pittsburgh. Drew went 124-49 in five seasons at Valparaiso and will face a stiff test in his first game at Vandy.
“Our program is very thankful for this opportunity to play in Annapolis,” Drew said in a press release. “We are looking forward to personally thanking the men and women at Annapolis for their sacrifices and hard work to help keep our great country free. This will be a memorable experience that will influence our student athletes for a lifetime.”
Marquette is entering the third year of its rebuild under former Duke assistant Steve Wojciechowski. The Golden Eagles finished 20-13 last season and did not participate in a postseason tournament. They could be due for a breakout year even without star forward Henry Ellenson, who is expected to be drafted around the top 10 in the 2016 NBA Draft.
Ohio State and Navy will also participate in the Veterans Day double-header on CBS Sports Network.