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February 17, 2015
Rolando Blackman, Quinn Buckner, John Havlicek, Ed Ratleff and Charlie Scott Headline 10th Induction Class for the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame
Coaching legends Don Donoher, C. Felton “Zip” Gayles and Lou Henson In the Class of 2015 to be Inducted November 20 in Kansas City
KANSAS CITY (February 17, 2015) – Kansas State’s Rolando Blackman, Quinn Buckner of Indiana, Ohio State’s John Havlicek, Long Beach State’s Ed Ratleff and Charlie Scott of North Carolina headline the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame induction class of 2015. Joining them for the 10th enshrinement ceremony are legendary coaches Don Donoher of Dayton, C. Felton “Zip” Gayles of Langston and Lou Henson, who coached at Hardin Simmons, New Mexico State and Illinois.
The Class of 2015 will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Friday, November 20, 2015, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in Kansas City. General public tickets will be available online August 1, 2015. For more information, follow @CBHOF on Twitter or visit www.collegebasketballhalloffame.com.
The Hall of Fame is located in the College Basketball Experience (CBE), a world-class entertainment facility adjacent to Sprint Center in Kansas City. The CBE Hall of Fame Classic will take place November 23-24 at Sprint Center. The four teams participating are Kansas State, Missouri, North Carolina and Northwestern. Tickets for the championship round games at Sprint Center will be available beginning Friday, March 20th at 10:00am CSTthrough www.axs.com, www.cbehalloffameclassic.com, by phone at 1-888-929-7849 or in person at Sprint Center Box Office.
Blackman was theBig-8 player of the year at Kansas State, a three-time all-conference selection and named to the all-time All-Big-8 first team in 1996. He played 13 seasons in the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks.
A three-year captain at Indiana for Bob Knight, Buckner was a key member of IU’s 1975-76 NCAA championship team, which is the last team to go unbeaten. He is one of only three players to win a title at the high school, college, NBA and Olympic level, joining Jerry Lucas and Magic Johnson.
Havlicek, a two-time All-America for coach Fred Taylor at Ohio State, helped the Buckeyes win the NCAA title in 1960. He went on to play his entire 16-year professional career with the Boston Celtics, winning eight NBA championships, and was named as one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players.
Ratleff was a two-time All-America in 1972 and 1973 for coach Jerry Tarkanian at Long Beach State. He was a member of coach Henry Iba’s 1972 U.S. Olympic team that played in the controversial Olympic final against the Soviet Union and refused to accept the silver medals.
A two-time All-America and the Atlantic Coast Conference athlete of the year in 1970 playing for coach Dean Smith at North Carolina, Scott was the first African-American scholarship athlete for the Tar Heels. After helping UNC to the Final Four in 1968 and 1969, Scott played in the ABA and NBA, winning a championship with the Boston Celtics in 1976.
The three coaches being inducted, Donoher, Gayles and Henson, combined for more than 1,800 wins in their careers. Donoher spent his entire 25-year career coaching at Dayton, his alma mater, where he had a 437-275 record. He led the Flyers to eight NCAA tournament appearances, including the national championship game in 1967, where they lost to John Wooden’s UCLA Bruins.
Gayles joined Langston University in 1930 as a social science instructor, athletic director and head coach of football, basketball and baseball. From 1944-46, his basketball teams, led by long-time Harlem Globetrotters star Marques Haynes, won 51 straight games, had an overall record of 571-281 and won two National Negro championships. Gayles, who died in 1985, was often referred to as “a maker of champions and a molder of coaches.”
After beginning his career as a head coach at Hardin-Simmons, Henson moved on to have two successful stints at New Mexico State sandwiched around 21 years at Illinois. With almost 800 career victories, Henson guided New Mexico State to the Final Four in 1970 and took the Fighting Illini to the Final Four in 1989.
“Recognizing the coaching legends in this Class of 2015, Don Donoher and Lou Henson took their teams to the NCAA Final Four while Zip Gayles was a trailblazer and role model for athletes and coaches,” said Reggie Minton, deputy executive director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and chair of the Hall of Fame selection panel. “The men selected as players include some great all-around athletes who helped lead their teams to championships in the NCAA, Olympic Games and the NBA.”
In 2006 the first class was inducted into the newly formed National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. That class included the game’s inventor, James Naismith, and possibly its greatest coach in John Wooden. Since that time, eight more classes have been inducted and have included the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Danny Manning, Larry Bird, Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Shaquille O’Neal.
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The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame
Class of 2015
Rolando Blackman, Player, Kansas State
Quinn Buckner, Player, Indiana
Don Donoher, Coach, Dayton
C. Felton “Zip” Gayles, Coach, Langston
John Havlicek, Player, Ohio State
Lou Henson, Coach, Hardin Simmons, New Mexico State and Illinois
Ed Ratleff, Player, Long Beach State
Charlie Scott, Player, North Carolina
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CBE Hall of Fame Classic Tickets Available Now!!!
Kansas State, Missouri, North Carolina and Northwestern Headline the Field in Kansas City
KANSAS CITY, MO (March 20, 2015) – Tickets for the 2015 CBE Hall of Fame Classic are now on-sale and available through www.axs.com, www.cbehalloffameclassic.com, by phone at 1-888-929-7849 or in person at Sprint Center Box Office.
Five-time NCAA champion North Carolina will join Kansas State, Missouri and Northwestern for the championship rounds of the 2015 CBE Hall of Fame Classic November 23 and 24 at Sprint Center.
The semifinal rounds will be held on Monday, November 23. The finals will take place the following day, Tuesday, November 24, beginning with the consolation game, followed by the championship game. All four games will be aired on the ESPN networks.
The complete bracket, including matchups and television broadcast times for the 2015 CBE Hall of Fame Classic, will be announced at a later date.
For more information on the CBE Hall of Fame Classic, please visit www.cbehalloffameclassic.com.
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Semifinal Doubleheader Championship Doubleheader
Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO
Monday, November 23 Tuesday, November 24
Kansas State - The Wildcats currently sport a 13-13 record and are 6-7 in the ultra- competitive Big 12 Conference…. Led by sophomore guard Marcus Foster, who averages a team-high 14 ppg …. Bruce Weber, Head Coach of the Wildcats, stated: “We are extremely excited about the opportunity to play in the CBE Classic this fall. The challenge of playing programs like Missouri, North Carolina and Northwestern in a world-class venue like the Sprint Center will provide our team a great warm-up for the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship later in the year. Obviously, we have a tremendous fan base in Kansas City and this will be another occasion for them to again pack the building with purple.”
Missouri- Experiencing a difficult 2014-15 season with an overall record of 7-18, including a 1-11 mark in the SEC….. Led by sophomore forward Johnathan Williams III and sophomore guard Wes Clark, both averaging double figures in scoring…. Tigers Head Coach Kim Anderson, in his 1st season in Columbia, had this to say about playing in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic:“It’s an honor for our Missouri program to be a part of the 2015 CBE Hall of Fame Classic. It’s a great grouping of schools that are involved. The CBE is an excellent chance to play in Kansas City, where we have so many loyal Tiger fans. It will also be a great road trip for our fans from around the state and nation.”
North Carolina- Ranked in the top 15 in the country with an overall record of 18-7….. Currently tied for fourth place in the always-challenging ACC at 8-4…. Led by junior guard Marcus Paige, sophomore forward Kennedy Meeks and junior forward Brice Johnson, all averaging over 12 ppg…. Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams, who owns a record of 324-95 as Head Coach of the Tar Heels, said: “Kansas City is home to outstanding sports traditions and I am proud to be bringing our Tar Heel team to the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. Carolina won its first NCAA Tournament championship in Kansas City and I’ve been fortunate to experience many wonderful moments there as a college coach. It’s a great venue for college basketball and the event will be an outstanding challenge for our team early next season.”
Northwestern- Going through a challenging 2014-15 season with an overall record of 11-14, including 2-10 in Big Ten play…. Scheduled to return their top three scorers, Bryant McIntosh, Tre Demps, and Alex Olah, all averaging double figures… Coach Chris Collins, in his 2nd year at the helm at Northwestern, had this to say about participating in the 2015 CBE Hall of Fame Classic: “Northwestern is extremely excited to participate in what should be an outstanding CBE Hall of Fame Classic next season. We’re thrilled to be a part of such a challenging field that will test our team. It’s a tremendous opportunity to compete in what should be one of the top in-season tournaments in a great city like Kansas City.”
About the CBE Hall of Fame Classic
The event is named after the College Basketball Experience, the award-winning and highly interactive college basketball fan facility adjacent to Sprint Center, which also features the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Opened in October 2007, the College Basketball Experience is the nation's only facility that celebrates, in its entirety, the sport of men's collegiate basketball. The tournament, in partnership with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), was initially established in 2001 as the Guardians Classic.
The CBE Hall of Fame Classic is produced by Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc. Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc. is a sports management firm based in the Shenandoah Valley city of Winchester, Virginia. For more information on Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc. please visit www.blueridgesports.com and follow us on Twitter at @BRSEinc.
Liz Woerth, Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc.
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November 28, 2014
The 2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic, concluded with the final Host Round matchup being played between Maryland and Monmouth. Despite poor shooting from both teams, Maryland was able complete a perfect four game run in the Classic by outlasting Monmouth, 61-56, at the XFINITY Center in College Park, MD.
Monmouth was ready for the battle in the early going as the game was tied 5-5 with 16:17 mark in the first half, but Maryland went on a 14-3 run over the next 3:30 to open up an 11-point lead. The Terrapins were able to force three turnovers on the Hawks and scored eight points off those turnovers during that rung. The Terps stretched their lead out to 16 with 2:02 left in the half before Monmouth went on a 8-2 run to close the half and Maryland took a 32-22 lead in to the locker room. Maryland was able to capitalize on Monmouth’s mistakes as they held a 15-0 advantage in points off of turnovers for the half.
In the second half, it was the Hawks who took advantage of turnovers as they held a 10-3 advantage in that category. Behind those conversions, Monmouth consistently made pushes to close the Maryland lead. Maryland was able to hold off those advances still leading by ten, 50-40, with 4:53 remaining. But Monmouth mounted a charge once again and cut the Terp lead to one twice in the last minute. Melo Trimble hit four free throws in the final 17 seconds and Maryland held on for the five-point victory. The overall difference in the game ended up being at the free throw line as both teams shot better than 80% from the line, but Maryland went 21-for-26 while Monmouth shot 16-for-20.
Maryland (6-0) again got a stellar effort from freshman guard and Classic MVP Melo Trimble as he scored a game-high 24 points. Junior forward Jake Layman chipped in with 14 points for the Terrapins. Monmouth (2-3) had a pair of 11-point scorers as junior guard Deon Jones and senior reserve guard Max DiLeo led the Hawks in scoring.
Check back in the spring of 2015 to this website for announcements of the host teams and additional participants in the 2015 CBE Hall of Fame Classic with the host teams to play in the semifinals in Kansas City, MO on Monday, November 23rd and the Consolation and Championship games on Tuesday, November 24, 2015.
About the CBE Hall of Fame Classic
The CBE Hall of Fame Classic is named after the College Basketball Experience, the award-winning and highly interactive college basketball fan facility adjacent to Sprint Center, which also features the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Opened in October 2007, the College Basketball Experience is the nation's only facility that celebrates, in its entirety, the sport of men's collegiate basketball. The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame hosts an Induction Celebration on the Sunday before the tournament, celebrating Hall of Fame collegiate careers. The tournament, in partnership with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), was initially established in 2001 as the Guardians Classic.
Founded in 1927, the NABC, since its inception, has acted as a guardian of the game of basketball by furthering the best interests of the game as well as the players and coaches who participate. The NABC engages in many efforts to enhance the college basketball experience for players, coaches and fans.
To find out more, visit: www.cbehalloffameclassic.com and follow us on Twitter @CBEHOFClassic.
Liz Woerth, Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc.