Wooden Legacy Betting Guide: Preview, Statistics & Picks

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The Wooden Legacy is a Men's College Basketball Tournament held annually over two days featuring four teams.

Wooden Legacy Betting Guide: Preview, Statistics & Picks
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What is the Wooden Legacy ?

The Wooden Legacy is an invitational men's college basketball tournament held annually, the 2023 Wooden Legacy took place at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas. The tournament is named after former UCLA Bruins coach John Wooden who led the Bruins to 10 National Championships in 12 seasons between 1964 and 1975.

The tournament was formed in 2013 as a result of a merger and up until 2016 the games were played at the Titan Gym in Cal State Fullerton in addition to the Honda Center, Anaheim. Between 2017 and 2019, the Titan Gym was the sole venue for games prior to handing over the mantle to the Anaheim Arena in 2021. There was no tournament in 2020 due to the Covid 19 pandemic.

Four teams now compete in the tournament which is held over two days, the semi finals takes place on Day 1 with the Final and 3rd Place game taking place on Day 2. From 2013 to 2019, the Wooden Legacy was a 12 team bracket style format and was scheduled to begin it's current 4 team bracket in 2020 however with the Covid cancellation the new format was delayed until the 2021 tournament.

College basketball is a popular sport for betting so you can expect our expert basketball handicappers to be placing their Wooden Legacy picks throughout the tournament.

What teams are playing in the Wooden Legacy ?

The four teams competing in the 2023 Wooden Legacy tournament are:

  • Arizona State (Pac-12 Conference)
  • BYU (Big 12 Conference)
  • NC State (Atlantic Coast Conference)
  • Vanderbilt (Southeastern Conference)


2023 Wooden Legacy Schedule

What is the Wooden Legacy bracket?

The 2022 Wooden Legacy takes place over two days in November 2023 starting with the two semi final games being played on Thursday 23rd November and the final and 3rd Place Game taking place on Friday 24th November.

Thursday 23rd November - Semi-finals

  • NC State 84 vs 78 Vanderbilt
  • Arizona State 49 vs 77 BYU

Friday 24th November - 3rd Place Game

  • Vanderbilt 67 vs Arizona State 82

Friday 24th November - Championship Game

  • NC State 86 vs BYU 95

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Who won the Wooden Legacy ?

BYU defeated NC State 95-86 in the 2023 Wooden Legacy. The table below shows the previous Wooden Legacy winners since the tournament merger in 2013:

YearWinnerScoreRunner-Up
2023BYU
95-86
NC State
2022Washington68-64Saint Mary's
2021USC58-43San Diego State
2019Arizona73-66Wake Forest
2018Seton Hall83-81Miami (FL)
2017Washington State93-86San Diego State
2016UCLA74-67Texas A&M
2015Michigan State77-73Providence
2014Washington68-65UTEP
2013San Diego State67-59Marquette

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