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2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic

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

Host Rounds - November 2014
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2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic

Championship Round
Sprint Center - Kansas City, MO

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PURCHASE TICKETS - Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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Sunday, November, 23, 2014

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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.

 

Contact:

Liz Woerth, Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc.

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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

Contact:
Liz Woerth, Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc.

P: 773-850-0614 | E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 25, 2013

 

The 2013 CBE Hall of Fame Classic championship rounds began this evening as Brigham Young University took on Texas and Wichita State clashed with DePaul at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

 

The night tipped off with a closely contested battle where BYU was able to hold on to win over Texas 86-82.  While BYU did build a nine point lead, 21-12, six and a half minutes into the first half on a three-pointer by junior guard Matt Carlino, the Longhorns proved they were not going away easily.  Able to convert 12 points off ten Cougar turnovers and getting 16 second chance points, the Longhorns overcame their 35.9% shooting in the half to keep the game close.  The first half saw ten ties and seven lead changes as BYU went to the locker room with a 43-42 lead.

 

The second half remained tight with another eight ties and 11 lead changes, and neither team was able to gain a lead of more than five points.  Texas regained the lead with three free throws by freshman guard Damarcus Croaker at the 14:00 mark in the second half.  Texas would not trail for the next six minutes until BYU junior guard Tyler Haws drained three of his 23 second half points, and the Cougars then led 71-70.  Texas again found itself out in front by four points on a Holland three with 5:17 remaining, but they could not shake BYU and both teams found themselves tied, 79-79, with 2:41 left to play.

 

Texas’ Jevan Felix grabbed a Kyle Collinsworth turnover and was immediately fouled.  Felix hit one of his two free throws to give the Longhorns their last lead, 80-79, with 1:54 left.  Haws was able to give the Cougars the lead again with a jumper at 1:39 and knocked down another one with 43 seconds left after a missed three-point attempt by Texas.  UT got a layup from junior forward Jonathan Holmes with 19 seconds left, cutting the Cougar lead to one, 83-82.  But Haws was able to clinch the victory for BYU (5-1) by hitting three of four free throws in the last 14 seconds to give the Cougars the four-point win.

 

Texas shot only 37.8% for the game, but it’s 17 offensive rebounds and 24 second chance points kept them in the game.  It wasn’t enough to overcome an extremely efficient long range shooting night by the Cougars who drained ten of 12 three point attempts (83.3%).

 

Texas (4-1) utilized a balanced scoring attack with five players scoring in double figures led by sophomore guard Javan Felix, who came off the bench to score 17 points and dished out four assists with no turnovers.  BYU had two 20-point efforts on the night.  Haws led the way with a game high 25, and Carlino added 20.

 

BYU 86 – Texas 82 (Box Score; Game Recaps: BYU ; Texas)

 

The nightcap saw the twelfth ranked Wichita State Shockers have little trouble with the DePaul Blue Demons taking a 90-72 victory.  The game was very tight in the opening minutes however, seeing three ties and ten lead changes in the first six and a half minutes.  DePaul junior forward Jamee Crockett knocked down a three-pointer at the 13:30 mark in the first half giving the Blue Demons a 16-15 lead.  Wichita State’s senior guard Nick Wiggins then scored the next seven points giving the Shockers a six point lead, 22-16.  DePaul battled back and freshman guard Billy Garrett scored five straight points to close the gap to one, 22-21 with 9:49 remaining in the half.

 

That is where Wichita State took control exploding on a 16-0 run over a four minute span.    The majority of the crowd, clad in sunflower yellow supporting the nearby Shockers, came to life as Wichita State built a 17 point lead, 38-21, capped when junior guard Tekele Cotton scored a layup with 5:38 left in the first half.  From there, the Shockers never looked back and took a 52-34 lead into the break.  Never leading by fewer than 13 in the second half, WSU stretched the lead to 25 before DePaul closed out the game on a 13-6 run over the final 2:37.

 

Wichita State (6-0) went 31-of-52 from the floor and shot only eight three-pointers on the night as they were able to get in close and score, dominating points in the paint 50-30.  Sophomore guard Ron Baker led the Shocker charge and tied his career high with 21 points by consistently getting to the basket and scoring in traffic.  Baker got help from Cotton who also scored a career-high 17 points and from senior forward Cleanthony Early who added 15.  Both Cotton and Early grabbed seven rebounds.  DePaul (3-2) got 16 points from senior guard Brandon Young and another 14 from freshman center Tommy Hamilton.

 

#12 Wichita State 90 – DePaul 72  (Box Score; Game Recaps: Wichita State ; DePaul)

 

The CBE Hall of Fame Classic will conclude on November 26th as DePaul will meet Texas in the consolation game at 6:30 p.m. CST on ESPNU and #12 Wichita State will match up with BYU in the championship game at approximately 9:00 pm CST on ESPN2.

 

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

 

Contact:
Liz Woerth, Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc.

P: 773-850-0614 | E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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