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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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Wichita State Headlines 2013 CBE Hall of Fame Classic

Shockers to be joined by Brigham Young, DePaul and Texas
For the Championship Rounds November 25 and 26


KANSAS CITY, MO – Wichita State, playing in the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Final Four® this weekend in Atlanta, will join Brigham Young, DePaul and Texasat Sprint Center for the championship rounds of the 2013 CBE Hall of Fame Classic November 25 and 26.The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced the field today.

The semifinal matchups will be held on Monday, November 25. The finals will take place the following day, Tuesday, November 26, beginning with the consolation game, followed by the championship game, with all four games being broadcast on the ESPN family of networks.

Tickets for the championship round games at Sprint Center will be available tomorrow, Friday, April 5, beginning at 1:00 p.m. CDT and may be purchased 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 2013 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 @CBHoFwkNd, @CBHOF or @TheCBE.

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

Semifinal Doubleheader
Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO
Monday, November 25

Championship Doubleheader
Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO
Tuesday, November 26

BYU - The Cougars recently completed their season, falling to Baylor in the NIT semifinals in New York, finishing the year with a 24-12 record (10-6 West Coast Conference, third place).... led by sophomore guard Tyler Haws (20.9 ppg) and sophomore forward Brandon Davies (17.6 ppg, 7.8 rpg)...BYU looks poised for a return to the NCAA Tournament in 2013-14 with a large majority of their roster returning…..The all-time wins leader at BYU, Head Coach Dave Rose, said “We’re very excited to play in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. They have an excellent field put together for what is always one of the best tournaments in college basketball. It will be a great experience for our team to play against quality competition early in the season in a fantastic venue.”

Depaul - The Blue Demons had a tough 2012-13 season, as they finished the year with an overall record of 11-21 and 2-16 in the Big East Conference….led by junior guard Brandon Young (16.7 ppg, 4.6 ast) and junior forward Cleveland Melvin (16.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg)….the Blue Demons will look to turn things around in 2013-14, as they return most everyone from their roster….Head coach Oliver Purnell, who just completed his third season at the helm of DePaul, said: “Playing in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic will be a great experience for our players, fans and supporters. The competition and atmosphere for our two games at Allstate Arena and then two games in Kansas City will prepare us for BIG EAST Conference play later in the season.”

Texas - The Longhorns finished the 2012-13 season with a record of 16-18 (7-11, seventh place in the Big 12), following their loss to Houston in the CBI postseason tournament, snapping a streak of 16 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.... led by sophomore guard Sheldon McClellan (13.8 ppg) and sophomore guard Julien Lewis (10.8 ppg)…..Texas will look to return to the NCAA Tournament during the 2013-14 season……Rick Barnes, the long-time Coach at Texas, said: “We are honored to once again be included in the College Basketball Experience Hall of Fame Classic. Having the tournament associated with the annual National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame ceremony has made the CBE Classic one of the top preseason tourneys in the country. Our program is obviously a fan of the venue at Sprint Center, as we have been there many times for the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship, and we know that Kansas City has great basketball fans who will support this tournament.”

Wichita State - Has shocked the nation by advancing to the 2012-13 NCAA Final Four…..sports an overall record of 30-8, including a second place (12-6) finish in the Missouri Valley Conference…..led by junior forward Cleanthony Early (13.6 ppg 5.1 rpg) and senior forward Carl Hall (12.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg).... Gregg Marshall, is in his sixth season as the head coach at Wichita State.

The 2012 CBE Hall of Fame Classic Champion was the University of Kansas, as the Jayhawks defeated the Saint Louis Billikens in the championship game. Kansas senior guard and Kansas City native Travis Releford captured the 2012 CBE Hall of Fame Classic Most Valuable Player Award, after scoring 17 points vs. Washington State in the semifinals and 23 points vs. Saint Louis in the championship game.

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. Our staff offers over 35 years of combined experience in the management of sporting events throughout the U.S. with an event resume that spans NCAA Football, NCAA Basketball, NBA Preseason, MLB Exhibitions, NHL Preseason, Golf Tournaments, All American High School Basketball, Tennis Exhibitions, All-American High School Baseball. 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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Seven Newest Hall of Fame Coaches, Players and Contributors and One Ground-breaking Team to be Inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame November 24 in Kansas City

The 2013 Founding Class representatives to be announced following the basketball season

KANSAS CITY (April 2, 2013) – Former United States Congressman Tom McMillen, 1977 national consensus player of the year Marques Johnson of UCLA and coaching legends Gene Keady and Rollie Massimino headline the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame induction class of 2013. Joining them for enshrinement will be Bob Hopkins of Gramblingand contributors George Raveling of Nike and George Killian of FIBA. In addition, the barrier-breaking 1963 Loyola University (Chicago) team will become the first team inducted.

The Founding Class members of 2013 will be announced at a later date. Founding Class members were automatically included in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007 and are gradually being inducted at the official event in Kansas City each year.

The Class of 2013 will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Sunday, November 24, 2013, at the Midland Theatre in Kansas City as part of a three-day celebration of college basketball. The hall of fame is located in the College Basketball Experience, a world-class entertainment facility that provides a multi-faceted interactive experience for fans of the game. The College Basketball Experience Hall of Fame Classic will take place November 25-26 at Sprint Center. The four host teams will be announced April 15 and tickets go on sale the following day.

McMillen led Maryland to a 73-17 record in the early 1970s. He averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds for his career. He was a first-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference player twice and was the most valuable player of the 1972 National Invitation Tournament championship game – a 100-69 victory over Niagara. McMillen, a 6’ 11” power forward/center, was a member of the 1972 United States Olympic team that won a silver medal after a controversial finish in the gold-medal game against Russia. He went on to be a Rhodes Scholar and served as a U.S. Congressman from 1987-93.

Johnson, a 6’ 7” forward, averaged 14 points and eight rebounds per game in his career. He helped lead John Wooden’s 1975 Bruin team to an NCAA title with a win over Kentucky. It was Wooden’s 10th NCAA title. He retired following the season and was replaced by College Basketball Hall of Famer Gene Bartow. Johnson was the consensus national player of the year his senior year when he averaged 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Grambling’s Hopkins averaged 30 points and 17 rebounds a game for the Tigers from 1953-56. He was a two-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-American under Eddie Robinson – who was not only Grambling’s football coach but also the Tigers’ basketball coach at the time – and was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1961. Hopkins is Grambling’s all-time scoring and rebounding leader and led the Tigers to two conference championships.

After spending two seasons in his first head coaching job at Western Kentucky, Keady spent 25 years at the helm of Purdue, where he compiled a 512-270 overall record to become the school’s all-time winningest coach. Keady was voted the national coach of the year four times (1984, 1995, 1996, 2000). He was the Big Ten coach of the year seven times, leading the Boilermakers to the conference championship five times. He was a three-sport letter-winner at Kansas State, playing football and baseball in addition to running track. Keady is currently a special advisor to head coach Steve Lavin at St. John’s.

Massimino coached for 30 years at the NCAA level. He began his coaching career at Stony Brook where he compiled a 34-16 record in two years. His next stop was at Villanova, where he spent 19 years as the Wildcats’ coach and amassed 355 wins. Massimino’s 1984-85 Villanova team defeated conference rival Georgetown in the NCAA championship game in one of the greatest upsets in tournament history. In addition to the national title, Massimino’s teams won five conference championships and received 12 NCAA tournament bids. He went on to coach at UNLV and Cleveland State for nine years. He currently coaches Northwood University in West Palm Beach, Florida.

As the current director of international basketball for Nike, Raveling has traveled all over the world to promote the game of college basketball. The Villanova graduate has deep roots in college coaching. As the head coach at Washington State, he led the Cougars to two NCAA tournament berths in 11 seasons. He then led Iowa to back-to-back 20-win seasons and two NCAA berths. Raveling ended his coaching career at Southern California from 1987-94 where he led the Trojans to NCAA tournament appearances in 1991 and 1992. Raveling was an assistant coach on the 1984 U.S. Olympic team that won a gold medal in Los Angeles.

Killian has advanced the sport of college basketball internationally through his involvement as president of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and as a member of the International Olympic Committee. The Ohio Northern graduate spent his early years coaching high school and junior college basketball. He has also served as president of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and has been inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association’s baseball coaches hall of fame and basketball hall of fame. Killian has served as secretary-treasurer of the U.S. Track and Field Federation as well as serving on boards of directors for the governing bodies of U.S. basketball, gymnastics and wrestling. Currently, he serves as president of the International University Sports Federation (FISU), sponsor of the World University Games.

The 1962-63 Loyola basketball team overcame tremendous racial pressures to defeat heavily favored Cincinnati in the NCAA championship game. For the first time in the game’s history, seven of the 10 starters on the court at the beginning of the game were black. Down by 15 in their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance, the Ramblers climbed back into the game and won on a buzzer-beater by Vic Rouse in overtime. Along the way, they defeated two all-white teams, including Mississippi State, which ignored a court order and traveled to play the game against Loyola.

“The Class of 2013 includes some of the smartest and strongest players of the game, loyal coaches and influential contributors, many of whom are still integrally involved in the college game,” said Reggie Minton, Deputy Executive Director of the NABC and chair of the Hall of Fame selection panel. “And to be able to induct an entire team based on its ground-breaking impact makes this class special as well.”

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, six more classes have traveled to Kansas City for a weekend of festivities. Those classes have included the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Danny Manning, Larry Bird and Earvin “Magic” Johnson.

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Kansas Wins Edward Jones CBE Hall of Fame Classic

November 20, 2012
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KANSAS CITY, MO - Kansas Jayhawks took the 2012 Edward Jones CBE Hall of Fame Classic by topping Saint Louis in final match up at Sprint Center. Texas A&M took out Washington State in the consolation game. The Edward Jones CBE Hall of Fame Classic All-Tournament Team voted on by media in attendance was also announced: Dwayne Evans (Saint Louis), Elston Turner (Texas A&M), Ben McLemore (Kansas), Jeff Withey (Kansas), and Travis Releford (Kansas) who was also named the MVP of the Classic.

Washington State 54, Texas A&M 55 - Game Recap
Saint Louis 59, Kansas 73 - Game Recap

The Chattanooga Sub Host rounds completed its three day round robin with Troy and Louisiana Tech coming away with the wins.
SEMO 56, Troy 59 - Game Recap
Louisiana Tech 71, Chattanooga 63 - Game Recap

The Santa Clara Sub Host round tipped of its action with Utah Valley and host Santa Clara both victorious.
USC Upstate 65, Santa Clara 85 - Game Recap
Eastern Washington 83, Utah Valley 86 - Game Recap

ESPN Networks will broadcast the four Championship Round games held at Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO. The Semifinal Doubleheader featuring Texas A&M and Saint Louis will be aired on ESPNU at 7:30pm (ET), followed by Washington State and Kansas on ESPN2. The next evening, the Consolation Game will be shown on ESPN3 at 7:00pm (ET), followed by the Championship Game on ESPNU.

The Edward Jones CBE Hall of Fame Classic is produced by Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc., www.blueridgesports.com. Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc. is a sports management firm based in the Shenandoah Valley city of Winchester, Virginia.

The Edward Jones 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

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