Feb. 15, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Loyola University Maryland will participate in the 2012 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 2012 Tip-Off Tournament, an annual NCAA men's basketball exempt tournament sponsored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
The event will take place the weekend of November 16th-18th at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., featuring eight schools in two four-team brackets. All teams will also compete in two campus round games.
Teams scheduled to participate in this year's Tip-Off tournament are Loyola, Norfolk State University (MEAC), Ohio State University (Big Ten), Seton Hall University (Big East), University of Albany (America East), University of Missouri-Kansas City (Summit League), University of Rhode Island (Atlantic 10) and University of Washington (Pac-12).
"This year's Tip-Off Tournament will once again showcase some of the best college basketball programs in the country," said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. "We are looking forward to welcoming each of these teams, as they compete at Mohegan Sun, one of the finest facilities in the country."
The 2012 Tip-Off Tournament game schedule will be separated into two brackets. The Springfield bracket will include Albany, Loyola, UMKC and Norfolk State. The Naismith bracket will consist of Ohio State, Washington, Seton Hall, and Rhode Island. Game times and sessions for both rounds will be announced at a later date.
"On behalf of Mohegan Sun, we are excited to be able to once again host one of the most prestigious tournaments in college basketball," said Jeffrey Hartmann, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mohegan Sun. "We appreciate the Hall of Fame's passion for basketball, and we look forward to continuing our relationship and hosting another great event in November."
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, MA this March and has developed a strong partnership with the Basketball Hall of Fame, including the opening of a MAAC exhibit in the Hall of Fame museum.
"The MAAC is excited to extend its support of the Basketball Hall of Fame's Tip-Off Tournament again in 2012," said Rich Ensor, Commissioner of the MAAC. "The MAAC and the Hall of Fame continue to expand its relationship and we look forward to working together in the future on many projects, including the annual Tip-Off Tournament."
Loyola Head Coach Jimmy Patsos added, "We are looking forward to participating in the Tip-Off Tournament. The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has formed a strong partnership with the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, and we are honored to be selected to participate in the event next year."
Tickets for the 2012 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off at Mohegan Sun Arena will go on sale in the near future. For more information on the event, log on to www.halloffametipoff.com.