Updated: Friday, 24 Sep 2010, 9:14 AM EDT
Published : Friday, 24 Sep 2010, 9:14 AM EDT
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - The UMass basketball team will play national powers New Mexico State and TCU in the 2010 Hall of Fame Tip-Off at the MassMutual Center on Nov. 20 and 22 in Springfield. The entire field was announced at the Hall of Fame on Wednesday. UMass' MISSION 1000 season ticket initiative was also declared by head coach Derek Kellogg as challenged UMass fans to purchase 1,000 new season ticket packages.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today has announced the complete field of teams and game schedule for the re-birth of the longtime Springfield tradition in the city that basketball was born. The Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off will take place on Saturday November 20, Sunday November 21 and Monday November 22 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. Twelve schools across all three NCAA basketball Divisions will compete in three days of competitive action.
"Mixing high quality Division I basketball and the local Division II and Division III basketball community at the MassMutual Center is an exciting announcement for the Hall of Fame," said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. "The Tip-Off will once again become one of the Hall of Fame's anchor events and add to the other high profile and successful basketball events hosted by the Hall of Fame annually. We look forward to welcoming all of these schools to the Hall of Fame for a great weekend of basketball."
The game schedule opens with four games on November 20, followed by three games on November 21 and November 22. Teams scheduled to participate include: Bradley University (Missouri Valley), Dowling College (Division II), Loyola Marymount University (West Coast Conference), New Mexico State University (WAC), University of Massachusetts (Atlantic 10), Rider University (MAAC), University of Southern California (Pac-10), and TCU (Mountain West).
On Monday November 22, two additional games will be played involving Division II American International College and Springfield College from Division III. American International College will challenge LeMoyne College while Springfield College takes on Lyndon State in the opening game.
In addition to the games at the MassMutual Center, Bradley University, New Mexico State University, University of Massachusetts, University of Southern California, and TCU will each host campus site games as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off. The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will serve as the host conference for the annual event. The MAAC will host the men's and women's basketball championships at the MassMutual Center in Springfield from 2012 through 2014.
Ticket packages to the 2010 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off at the MassMutual Center will go on-sale Monday September 27th at 10:00 AM EST. For more information on purchasing tickets or other tournament information, log onto www.halloffametipoff.com.
2010 BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME TIP-OFF TOURNAMENT GAME SCHEDULE
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 20TH
12 Noon Loyola Marymount University vs. Dowling College
2:30 PM Rider University vs. TCU
5:00 PM Bradley University vs. University of Southern California
7:30 PM University of Massachusetts vs. New Mexico State University
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 21ST
12 Noon Loyola Marymount University vs. Rider University
2:30 PM New Mexico State University vs. University of Southern California
5:00 PM Bradley University vs. TCU
MONDAY NOVEMBER 22ND
4:00 PM Springfield College vs. Lyndon State College
6:00 PM American International College vs. LeMoyne College
8:00 PM University of Massachusetts vs. TCU