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Basketball Hall Of Fame announces schedule for 2018 Tip-Off Tournament presented by Citi

16 May 2018

(PRESS RELEASE) -- The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has announced the field of teams and brackets for the 2018 Tip-Off Tournament presented by Citi. The annual NCAA men’s exempt tournament sponsored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will take place Friday, 16 November through Sunday, 18 November at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Eight schools will compete in two four-team brackets with campus round games leading up to the Mohegan Sun Arena contests.

Teams scheduled to participate in this year’s Tip-Off Tournament are: George Washington University (Atlantic 10), College of the Holy Cross (Patriot League), University of Michigan (Big Ten), Norfolk State University (Mid-Eastern), Providence College (Big East), Siena College (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference), University of South Carolina (SEC) and Stony Brook University (America East).

“With the recent extension of our partnership with Mohegan Sun and the addition of Citi as our presenting partner, we couldn’t be more excited about this year’s event,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “The Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament has cemented itself as one of the best early season competitions and we look forward to hosting this year’s teams and loyal fans.”

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will continue to serve as the host conference for the annual event. The MAAC has developed a strong partnership with the Basketball Hall of Fame, including the addition of a MAAC exhibit in the Hall of Fame museum in Springfield, Massachusetts.

General public tickets will go on sale Friday, 7 September at 10 a.m. ET via all Ticketmaster outlets and the Mohegan Sun Box Office. Pre-sales for participating schools begin Friday, 1 June. Neutral site game schedule, television details and an exclusive pre-sale opportunity via Citi will be released at a later date. For more information, please visit online.

Naismith Bracket:
George Washington University
University of Michigan
Providence College
University of South Carolina

Springfield Bracket:
College of the Holy Cross
Norfolk State University
Siena College
Stony Brook University

Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament presented by Citi Schedule

Campus Round Schedule:

6 November:
Siena College at Providence College
Norfolk State University at University of Michigan
Stony Brook University at George Washington University

8 November:
Siena College at George Washington University

9 November:
Stony Brook University at University of South Carolina

10 November:
Holy Cross at University of Michigan

13 November:
Holy Cross at Providence College
Norfolk State University at University of South Carolina

Neutral Site Brackets at Mohegan Sun Arena (16-18 November)

Springfield Bracket:

Day 1:
Stony Brook University vs Holy Cross
Norfolk State University vs Siena College

Day 2:
Consolation Game
Championship Game

Naismith Bracket:

Day 1:
University of Michigan vs George Washington University
University of South Carolina vs Providence College

Day 2:
Consolation Game
Championship Game

Quotes from participating head coaches:
“We’re excited to be part of such a prestigious field in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament at Mohegan Sun. We’ve always prided ourselves on playing a difficult non-conference slate and this will provide us a great test early in the season.” – Maurice Joseph, George Washington University

“This prestigious tournament includes an extremely competitive field and will be one of the highlights of our schedule. We thank the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for organizing this wonderful event and are excited to be participating.” – Bill Carmody, College of the Holy Cross

"We are looking forward to the opportunity to play in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament. It is a unique event which allows us to get some quality games early in the season. We have heard wonderful things about Mohegan Sun and its arena and know our Northeast alumni base will help make it a great environment." – John Beilein, University of Michigan

“We are honored and excited to play in this year's Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament. When we played a few years back, the experience was tremendous. Our program will be ready for the difficult challenges this tournament presents.” – Robert Jones, Norfolk State University

“We are looking forward to playing in the 2018 Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament at Mohegan Sun. We enjoy playing at Mohegan Sun Arena and had a great experience in 2014 when we participated in the event. The arena provides a perfect setting for an in-season tournament and the location is ideal for our fans.” – Ed Cooley, Providence College

"We are very excited to be a part of the 2018 Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament. It is a great opportunity for our team and we look forward to playing at Mohegan Sun Arena in nearby Connecticut." – Jeff Boals, Stony Brook University

"We are excited to be a part of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament, where we get to host two games against quality opponents, and then travel to Mohegan Sun for two more quality matchups. First, against a consistent NCAA Tournament team in Providence, and then versus either Michigan or George Washington. These four games will continue to add not just to the strength of our schedule, but to the quality of our program.” – Frank Martin, University of South Carolina

"We're grateful for the opportunity to represent the MAAC at this year's Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-off Tournament and are excited to compete in the event. We look forward to the challenge of playing at two perennially strong programs in Providence and George Washington, as well as the opportunity to be showcased twice at Mohegan Sun Arena." – Jamion Christian, Siena College

 
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