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2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic

Championship Rounds
November 24-25, 2014
Sprint Center - Kansas City, MO

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2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic

Championship Round
Sprint Center - Kansas City, MO

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National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Celebration

Sunday, November, 23, 2014

Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland - Kansas City, MO

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The College Basketball Experience (CBE), a world class entertainment facility connected to Sprint Center by the Grand Lobby, is two floors and 41,500 square feet of basketball exuberance. It houses the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. The word “experience” is in the title because that’s exactly what fans can do – experience the game of college basketball.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

All-Americans Grant Hill, Shaquille O’Neal and Darrell Griffith along with coaching legends Dale Brown and Gary Williams to be Inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame November 23 in Kansas City

Five-Star camp founder Howard Garfinkel and long-time coach and author Glenn Wilkes to go in as contributors

KANSAS CITY (March 25, 2014) – All-Americans and NCAA champions Grant Hill of Duke and Darrell Griffith of Louisville, along with two-time national player of the year and All-American Shaquille O’Neal of LSU, headline the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame induction class of 2014. Joining them for enshrinement will be NAIA star Zelmo Beaty from Prairie View A&M, NCAA Final Four coaches Dale Brown of LSU and Gary Williams of Maryland and contributors Howard Garfinkel, the founder of Five-Star Basketball Camp, and Glenn Wilkes Sr., long-time coach at Stetson and prolific author of basketball coaching books.

The Class of 2014 will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Sunday, November 23, 2014, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in Kansas City as part of a three-day celebration of college basketball. Tickets will go on sale beginning in September. 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 24-25 at Sprint Center. The four teams participating are Alabama, Arizona State, Iowa State and Maryland. Tickets for the Classic are available now and can be purchased through www.axs.com, www.cbehalloffameclassic.com, by phone at 1-888-929-7849 or in person at Sprint Center Box Office.

Hill played at Duke from 1990-94, where he helped lead the Blue Devils to two NCAA national championships. He averaged 15 points and six rebounds and was a first-team All-American as a senior. O’Neal played three years for Brown at LSU (1989-92) and averaged 22 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks. He was a first-team All-American and national player of the year as both a sophomore and junior. Griffith played for Louisville from 1976-80 and the Cardinals won the NCAA title his senior year. He averaged 18 points, five rebounds and three assists per game and was the national player of the year in 1980. Beaty was the most valuable player of his 1962 Prairie View A&M team that won the NAIA national championship. He averaged 25 points and 20 rebounds during his career for the Panthers.

Brown won 60 percent of his games during his 25-year career at LSU (1972-97). He took the Tigers to the NCAA Final Four in 1981 and 1986 and was the national coach of the year in 1981. Williams spent 22 years as head coach at his alma mater, Maryland, winning 65 percent of his games. He led the Terrapins to the NCAA title in 2002 and was named national coach of the year.

Garfinkel founded the Five-Star Basketball Camp in 1966, which he ran through 2008. The high school camp was a springboard for many of the college and professional game’s greatest athletes and also the game’s best coaches who were clinicians throughout the years. Wilkes won 551 games in his 36 years as head coach at Stetson. A renowned clinician, he also wrote seven books about basketball coaching and personally directed his Glenn Wilkes Basketball School for 37 years.

“The Class of 2014 has a unique identity with a player-coach tandem, along with three outstanding players and a coach who led their teams to national championships,” said Reggie Minton, deputy executive director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and chair of the Hall of Fame selection panel. “With the addition of two men devoted to developing basketball skills at summer camps for close to a half-century, we look forward to celebrating them at the induction in Kansas City in November.”

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, along with Oscar Robertson, Bill Russell and Dean Smith. Since that time, seven more classes have been inducted and have included the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Danny Manning, Larry Bird and Earvin “Magic” Johnson.

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The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2014

Zelmo Beaty, Player, Prairie View A&M

  • Averaged 25 points and 20 rebounds during his four years at Prairie View A&M
  • Led the Panthers to the NAIA national championship in 1962
  • Won the Chuck Taylor MVP award during the 1962 NAIA tournament

 Dale Brown, Coach, LSU

  • Coached at LSU from 1972-97 and compiled an overall record of 448-301 (.598)
  • Led the Tigers to the NCAA Final Four in 1981 and 1986
  • Won four Southeastern Conference championships and was four-time SEC Coach of the Year
  • Was the national coach of the year in 1981
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Howard Garfinkel, Contributor, Five-Star Basketball Camp

  • Started the first high school scouting service for East Coast basketball in 1965
  • Started the Five-Star Basketball Camp in 1966, one of the most respect fundamental clinics for high school players and a springboard for both players and up and coming coaches over the years

 

Darrell Griffith, Player, Louisville

  • NCAA champion and Final Four Most Outstanding Player in 1980
  • Career record of 101-25 in four years at Louisville
  • Averaged 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists per game for his career
  • National player of the year in 1980

 

Grant Hill, Player, Duke

  • Two-time NCAA champion in 1991 and 1992
  • Career record of 118-23 in four years at Duke
  • Averaged 15 points and 6 rebounds a game for his career
  • First-team All-American and Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year as a senior

 

Shaquille O’Neal, Player, LSU

  • National player of the year in 1991 and 1992
  • Career record of 64-29 in three years at LSU
  • Averaged 22 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks a game for his career
  • Set LSU records for blocks in a game, season and career
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Glenn Wilkes, Sr., Contributor, Stetson

  • Coached at Stetson from 1957-93 and compiled an overall record of 551-436 (.558)
  • Directs coaching clinics throughout the South and has been featured at clinics around the world.
  • Authored seven basketball books and has his own travel company that takes college teams overseas for competitions
  • Directed camps with Michael Jordan and assisted George Raveling with Nike’s All-America basketball camps for 20 years

 

Gary Williams, Coach, Maryland

  • Coached at Maryland from 1989-2011 and compiled an overall record of 461-252 (.646)
  • Led the Terrapins to the NCAA Final Four in 2001 and 2002, winning the title in 2002
  • Two-time Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year and national coach of the year in 2002
  • Also coached at American, Boston College and Ohio State and compiled a 33-year career record of 668-380 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Iowa State Headlines the Field

For the 2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic

      

Cyclones to be joined by Alabama, Arizona State and Maryland

For the Championship Rounds November 24 and 25

 

KANSAS CITY, MO (March 10, 2014)– Nationally ranked Iowa State will join Alabama, Arizona State and Maryland for the championship rounds of the 2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic November 24 and 25 at Sprint Center. The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced the field today.

 

The semifinal rounds will be held on Monday, November 24. The finals will take place the following day, Tuesday, November 25, beginning with the consolation game, followed by the championship game.  All four games will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks.

 

Tickets for the championship round games at Sprint Center are available now through www.axs.com, www.cbehalloffameclassic.com, by phone at 1-888-929-7849 or in person at Sprint Center Box Office.

 

The complete bracket, including matchups and television broadcast times for the 2014 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 and follow us on Twitter at @CBEHOFClassic.

 

---- CBE Hall of Fame Classic Championship Rounds ----

 Semifinal Doubleheader                                   Championship Doubleheader

SprintCenter – Kansas City, MO                         SprintCenter – Kansas City, MO

Monday, November 24                                        Tuesday, November 25

 

Alabama-

Experiencing a difficult 2013-14 season with an overall record of 12-18, including a 6-11 mark in the SEC…... Led by senior guard Trevor Releford and sophomore guard Retin Obasohan…. Anthony Grant, Head Coach of the Crimson Tide, stated:  “We are excited to be a part of the 2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic. It is one of the premier events in college basketball and with the teams in next year’s field, I expect it to be one of the most exciting and competitive to date.”

 

Arizona State-

Enjoying its best season since 2008-09 with an overall record of 21-9……. Currently tied for third place in the PAC-12 with a record of 10-7…….Looking to make the NCAA Tournament field for the third time since the 2002-03 season ……. Led by sophomore guard Jahii Carson and senior guard Jermaine Marshall ……. Sun Devils Head Coach Herb Sendek, in his 8th season in Tempe, had this to say about playing in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic: “We look forward to being part of such a great event that honors tradition in one of the great basketball cities and states in America. The Kansas City area loves basketball as much as any and we look forward to hosting a pair of games and beginning our season in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic next season."

 

Iowa State-

Ranked in the top 20 with an overall record of 22-7…… currently tied for fourth place in the Big 12 with a record of 10-7…. Led by senior forward Melvin Ejim, senior guard Deandre Kane and sophomore forward Georges Niang …….  Fred Hoiberg, who has a career record of 84-45 as Head Coach of the Cyclones, said: “We are excited to be part of the great field at the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. Every season this is one of the nation’s top tournaments and next year’s field will continue that tradition. The proximity of Kansas City will allow a lot of Cyclone fans to attend and I know they are looking forward to this event.”

 

Maryland-

Finishing up their final season in the ACC before moving to the Big Ten next season, the Terps currently sport a 16-14 record and are 8-9 in ACC play….  Led by junior guard Dez Wells and sophomore guard Seth Allen …. Coach Mark Turgeon, in his 3rd year at the helm at Maryland, had this to say about participating in the 2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic:  “We’re very excited to be a part of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic, which features a number of top teams from across the nation. As a native of Kansas, I understand the region’s passion and tradition for college basketball. Our team is looking forward to this outstanding experience.”

 

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.

 

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 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 26, 2013

 

The 2013 CBE Hall of Fame Classic concluded this evening at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. with Wichita State being crowned as the Classic’s 13th champion.  The championship rounds saw Texas win easily over DePaul 77-59 in the consolation game and Wichita State outlasted Brigham Young 75-62 to win the championship match.

 

The evening began with the Longhorns controlling play on the inside against the Blue Demons.  Texas dominated the boards, outrebounding DePaul 40-20.  Texas almost out-rebounded the Blue Demon total on the offensive glass alone, pulling down 18 of its own misses and converting them into 24 second chance points.  UT’s advantage down low led to a 50% shooting performance and a 46-20 difference in points in the paint.

 

DePaul actually held a slim lead early and never trailed for the first seven and half minutes in the ballgame.  Texas was able to gain the lead on a dunk by sophomore center Cameron Ridley with 12:21 remaining in the half.  DePaul kept it close for another four minutes, however, and trailed by only two after a jumper by freshman guard Billy Garrett, Jr.  A little over a minute later, Texas took control as another dunk by Ridley began a 15-0 run over a five minute span that put the Longhorns ahead 35-18 with just over two minutes remaining in the half.  From there, the lead never got closer than 14 while getting out to as much as 20, and Texas coasted to their fifth victory of the season.

 

Texas (5-1) had five players scoring in double figures for the second consecutive night.  Ridley, an All-Tournament selection, led all scorers with 19 and added nine rebounds.  Freshman guard Isaiah Taylor dropped in 14 while a trio of Longhorns, Jonathan Holmes, Demarcus Holland, and Kendal Yancy, scored 10 points each.  DePaul (3-3) was led by senior forward Cleveland Melvin with 15 and got 14 points from senior guard Brandon Young and another 11 from Garrett.

 

Texas 77 – DePaul 59  (Box Score;  Game Recaps: Texas;  DePaul)


The championship game saw the twelfth ranked Wichita State Shockers win a tightly contested battle with the BYU Cougars that was much closer than the final 13 point margin would indicate.  The game began with both squads dominating in stretches.  The Cougars opened the game fearless of last season’s Final Four participant and a layup by Eric Mika at the 11:54 mark in the first half gave BYU a 21-8 lead.  WSU, looking at the largest deficit of its season thus far, was undaunted, and a Nick Wiggins three-pointer at the 11:21 mark began an 11-0 run that was part of a larger 18-2 run which was part of an even larger 24-5 run that was ended by a Fred VanVleet jumper with 3:06 remaining in the half and the Shockers leading 32-26.  But BYU finished the half as strongly as it began, going on a 10-2 run to close out the first period with a two point lead, 36-34.

 

The second half saw even scoring from both squads with seven lead changes in five ties in the period.  Neither team led by more than one possession until Wichita State took a four point lead with 9:25 remaining on two free throws by senior forward Cleanthony Early, an All-Tournament selection.  Consecutive layups by the Cougars tied the score with 8:37 left to play, and after a WSU free throw about a minute later, BYU regained the lead, 53-52, on two free throws by junior guard Tyler Haws with 6:29 left.  But Wichita State answered immediately as sophomore guard Ron Baker scored on a layup with 6:12 left and was able to keep BYU at bay with eight consecutive points from fellow sophomore guard VanVleet.  After two free throws from Haws, the Shocker lead was just three points with just under three minutes remaining in the game, but buckets by VanVleet and Darius Carter and six consecutive free throws by Baker made the closing minute just a formality.

 

BYU made their last field goal with 8:37 remaining in the game but were able to remain close by making 11 free throws the rest of the way.  Ultimately, the stout Shocker defense and an inability to make anything other than a charity shot doomed the Cougars, and WSU was able to take control in the final two minutes to stretch the lead out to the final 13-point margin.  Wichita State (7-0) is now just two wins away from tying its best start to a season, which it has done four previous seasons. 

 

Ron Baker, the Tournament MVP, led the Shocker effort with a career-high 23 points.  He was aided by 12 points each from Early and VanVleet.  BYU (5-2) got 21 points from junior guard and All-Tournament Team member Matt Carlino, his fourth 20-point effort of the season.  The Cougars also got 17 points from fellow All-Tournament Team member Tyler Haws.

 

#12 Wichita State 75 – BYU 62  (Box Score; Game Recaps: Wichita State ; BYU)


The CBE Hall of Fame Classic returns to Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. on November 24th and 25th, 2014.  Please continue to visit www.cbehalloffameclassic.com and follow us on Twitter at @CBHoFwkNd, @CBHOF or @TheCBE for announcements of next year’s field.  We hope to have you join us.


 

2013 CBE Hall of Fame Classic All-Tournament Team

 

Cameron Ridley, SO, C, Texas

Tyler Haws, JR, G, Brigham Young

Matt Carlino, JR, G, Brigham Young

Cleanthony Early, SR, F, Wichita State

Ron Baker, SO, G, Wichita State - MVP

 

For more information on the CBE Hall of Fame Classic, please visit www.cbehalloffameclassic.com and follow us on Twitter at @CBHoFwkNd, @CBHOF or @TheCBE.

 

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.

 

About the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC)

Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. For additional information

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