Preview: HBCU Classic During NBA All-Star Weekend
NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 18: Head coach Kenneth Blakeney of the Howard Bison reacts during the second half of a game against the North Carolina A&T Aggies in the Legacy Classic HBCU Basketball Invitational at Prudential Center on December 18, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. Howard defeated NC A&T 79-57. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

The NBA keeps expanding its longstanding support of historically black colleges and universities and will air the inaugural NBA x HBCU Classic Presented by AT&T during the All-Star Weekend in Cleveland. 

The game between Howard University and Morgan State University will be televised nationally on TNT and ESPN2 from the Wolstein Center on February 19. 

Both schools will receive $100,000 donations from the NBA and AT&T, with the gifts intended to support student-athletes with academic and wellness resources and more.

"The historic partnership that has given rise to the NBA HBCU Classic is helping to elevate HBCUs at a critical time for our country," said Howard athletic director Kery Davis. "HBCUs and the NBA have a shared legacy of using their platforms to serve their communities and amplify the voices of marginalized people."

Howard and Morgan State will face each other for the second time this season. In January, the Bisons defeated the Bears 91-82 at Baltimore, Maryland. 

Through 22 games, Howard guard Kyle Foster is leading the Bisons this year to a 12-10 record. The 6'5 senior is averaging a team high 15.9 points per game while shooting 49% from the field. 

ESPN reported that the league expects some of its All-Stars and members of the 75th anniversary team to attend the game.

Morgan State and Howard's teams are also expected to meet with NBA and team executives as well as current and former players in programs focused on professional development and networking.

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