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Advocate file photo by PATRICK DENNIS --LSU's Tim Quarterman drives past Kentucky's Devin Booker last season at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The LSU men’s basketball team has known for nine months that it would participate in the Legends Classic in Brooklyn, New York, along with three potential opponents, in the two-day event this November.

Now, the Tigers know who they’ll play and when.

Tournament officials and ESPN announced Thursday that LSU will face Marquette in the opening game of the Legends Classic on Monday, Nov. 23 at 6 p.m. CST in the Barclays Center. The game will be televised by ESPN2.

The second game of the first night will have North Carolina State facing Arizona State in the Barclays Center, which is the home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets.

The two winners of the opening-night games will meet the next evening at 7 p.m. CST for the tournament title on ESPN2. The losers from the first night will play in a consolation game at 4:30 p.m. on ESPNU.

A possible LSU-North Carolina State matchup in the final or the consolation game would be interesting because N.C. State eliminated LSU from the NCAA tournament last March 19 with a last-seconds 66-65 victory in Pittsburgh.

North Carolina State forward BeeJay Anya connected on a left-handed hook in the lane with 0.1 seconds left, which capped an 18-3 run down the stretch for the Wolfpack and into the third round of the tournament.

Even with Thursday’s announcement by ESPN, LSU’s schedule for the upcoming season continues to be a work in progress with only a handful of nonconference games having been confirmed so far.

The Tigers will play home games on Nov. 16 against Kennesaw State and Nov. 19 against South Alabama in a pair of contests that are connected to the Legends Classic as regional-round games.

ESPN announced Thursday that the Kennesaw State game will be televised by ESPNU.

LSU will also play at the University of Houston on Dec. 13, and host Gardner-Webb on Dec. 16 and Wake Forest on Dec. 29.

The Tigers also have a home game on Jan. 30 against Oklahoma as part of the Southeastern Conference/Big 12 Challenge.

Dates for two other games — the Nov. 13 season-opener with McNeese State and Nov. 30 at the College of Charleston — haven’t been confirmed by LSU officials.

The SEC schedule is expected to be released later this month.

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