Springfield College, which is known worldwide as the Birthplace of Basketball, will be taking on Lyndon State in the lone Division III contest of the weekend.
“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 (of the Missouri Valley Conference), 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).
"We are very excited to be in involved in the Tip Off Classic and on the same ticket as AIC and UMass," said Springfield College head coach Charlie Brock. "To be able to play Lyndon State, which is coached by one of my former assistants in Joe Krupinski, will be a good challenge for our team. We are certainly looking forward to this exciting opportunity to showcase our basketball program."
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.