Wednesday, May 12, 2010

MAAC to Run Hall of Fame Tip-Off Event

The MAAC's own post-season tournament, which moves to Springfield, Mass., at the end of the 2011-12 season, won't be the only event the league will host at that community's MassMutual Center.

It was announced today (May 12) that the conference will be involved with the latest version of The Basketball hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament that will be held at the MassMutual Center this November 20 and 21, a Saturday and Sunday.

Eight teams will participate in two brackets of four teams over two day in an NCAA exempt tournament. Rider will be the MAAC's representative in the event.

In addition to the two brackets that will play in Springfield, each of the participating schools will play against each other in two additional games to be hosted on campus by Bradley University, New Mexico State University, University of Massachusetts, and University of Southern California.

In games scheduled for Saturday November 20th at the MassMutual Center in Springfield - Bradley University will match up with the University of Southern California and New Mexico State University will play the University of Massachusetts. The winners and losers of the Saturday games will play on Sunday in the consolation and championship games.

The other bracket of four teams and the complete schedule of campus site games will be announced at a later date as well as the remaining four schools, television information and ticket information.2010

The MAAC will serve as the event's sponsoring conference, serve in various operational roles and provide an annual participant in the field of teams.

"The MAAC membership in looking to grow its relationship with the Basketball Hall of Fame, the MassMutual Center and the City of Springfield was eager to extend its expertise and provide staffing for The Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament as the event's sponsor," said Rich Ensor, the MAAC commissioner. "The MAAC prides itself on its record of hosting league and NCAA Championships, and exempt events in venues throughout the country and looks forward to great college hoops next November in the city that prides itself as the birthplace of basketball."

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