The North­eastern Uni­ver­sity men’s bas­ket­ball team will take over the par­quet at the TD Garden—the home of the Boston Celtics—as part of a December double-​​header fea­turing some of the region’s top col­le­giate hoops programs.

The Huskies will play Colo­nial Ath­letic Asso­ci­a­tion con­fer­ence foe Drexel in the first game of the inau­gural Boston Tip-​​Off Classic on Sat­urday, Dec. 4, at 4 p.m.

The Uni­ver­sity of Mass­a­chu­setts at Amherst will play Boston Col­lege at 6:30 p.m. Both games will be tele­vised live on Com­cast SportsNet.

The double-​​header could be the start of an annual tour­na­ment in Boston fea­turing North­eastern and pow­er­house pro­grams such as Duke, North Car­olina and Kansas, said George Gardner, Northeastern’s asso­ciate ath­letic director of external affairs.

Speaking at a press con­fer­ence at the TD Garden on Wednesday, some of the region’s top coaches said they couldn’t wait to show­case the talent and inten­sity of New Eng­land col­lege basketball.

This type of event is long overdue,” said North­eastern head coach Bill Coen, named the 2010 U.S. Bas­ket­ball Writers Asso­ci­a­tion Dis­trict 1 Coach of the Year for leading his players to a 20–12 regular-​​season record.

It will be such a thrill for our team, stu­dents, alumni and fans to have the oppor­tu­nity to com­pete at the TD Garden,” he added. “It’s going to be an expe­ri­ence that will remain with our student-​​athletes forever.”

The two-​​game show­down could help restore Boston as “the epi­center of col­lege bas­ket­ball,” said Uni­ver­sity of Mass­a­chu­setts head coach Derek Kel­logg, adding, “We want to get people in the city excited about every­thing that’s going on in New Eng­land col­lege basketball.”

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino echoed Kel­logg, calling col­lege bas­ket­ball “one of the finest sporting events in the country,” and vowing to work with uni­ver­si­ties to raise the pro­file of col­lege bas­ket­ball in Boston.

Fans can buy tickets to the double-​​header at the TD Garden Box Office, or by log­ging on to www​.tick​et​master​.com. All pro­ceeds will ben­efit Children’s Hos­pital Boston and Al’s Angels, a non­profit orga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides hol­iday meals to finan­cially strug­gling New Eng­land fam­i­lies. Please visit www​.Boston​TipOff​.com for more infor­ma­tion on the event.