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Men's and Women's Basketball Set To Host Hampton Inn West Springfield/Naismith Classic

Hampton Inn West Springfield Naismith Classic Springfield, Mass. - December 20, 2013 - The Springfield College men’s and women’s basketball programs will welcome in the New Year in usual fashion as they will serve as hosts for the Hampton Inn West Springfield/Naismith Classic on December 31 – January 4.

For the women, this marks the 19th annual tournament while the men will be hosting the Classic for the 27th year. Hampton Inn West Springfield will serve as the official sponsor for the fifth-straight year.

The action will kick off on December 31 at 1:00 p.m. when Springfield will square off against Maine Maritime for the opening game of the women's tournament. Later that afternoon, Colby College takes on Drew University at 3:00 p.m.

On Wednesday January 1, the women's consolation game will take place at 1:00 p.m., followed by the championship at 3:00 p.m.

The men’s tournament will get underway on Friday January 3 as Springfield takes on Lyndon State College at 5:30 p.m. Following that game, Bridgewater State University will square off with Wesleyan University at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday January 4, the men's tournament will feature the consolation game at 3:30 p.m. and the title game beginning at 5:30 p.m.

All eight games of the tournament will be streaming live and can be viewed by clicking here.

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