FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 26, 2012
KANSAS CITY, MO – The National Association of Basketball Coaches announced today that the field for the 2012 CBE Hall of Fame Classic has been set.
Kansas, Saint Louis, Texas A&M and Washington State will serve as the four Host Round participants for this year’s CBE Hall of Fame Classic, with the opening round games beginning on November 9th. Each team will play two games on campus before advancing to the Championship Rounds on November 19-20 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO.
Joining Kansas, Saint Louis, Texas A&M and Washington State in the 2012 CBE Hall of Fame Classic are Eastern Washington, Louisiana Tech, Santa Clara, Southeast Missouri State, Chattanooga, Troy, USC Upstate and Utah Valley. Santa Clara and Tennessee-Chattanooga will serve as Sub-Hosts for games played November 18-23.
ESPN Networks will broadcast the four Championship Round games. 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.
|---- CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDS ----|
Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO
|Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO|
|Monday, November 19 – 7:30 PM ET||Tuesday, November 20 – 7:00 PM ET|
|Texas A&M vs. Saint Louis (ESPNU)||Consolation Game (ESPN3)|
|Washington State vs. Kansas (ESPN2)||Championship Game (ESPNU)|
|---- HOST ROUNDS ----|
|College Station Host Round||Lawrence Host Round|
|Reed Arena – College Station, Texas||Allen Fieldhouse – Lawrence, KS|
|Friday, November 9 – 8:00 PM ET||Friday, November 9 – 8:00 PM ET|
|Louisiana Tech at Texas A&M||Southeast Missouri State at Kansas|
|Monday, November 12 – 8:00 PM ET||Thursday, November 15 – 8:00 PM ET|
|Troy at Texas A&M||Chattanooga at Kansas|
|Pullman Host Round||Saint Louis Host Round|
|Beasley Coliseum – Pullman, WA||Chaifetz Arena – St. Louis, MO|
|Saturday, November 10 – TBD||Friday, November 9 – 8:00 PM ET|
|Eastern Washington at Washington State||USC Upstate at Saint Louis|
|Wed, November 14 – 10:00 PM ET||Wed, November 14 – 8:00 PM ET|
|Utah Valley at Washington State||Santa Clara at Saint Louis|
|---- SUB- HOST ROUNDS ----|
|Chattanooga Sub-Host Round||Santa Clara Sub-Host Round|
|McKenzie Arena – Chattanooga, TN||Leavey Center – Santa Clara, CA|
|Sunday, November 18 – 3:00 PM ET||Tuesday, November 20 – 9:00 PM ET|
|SEMO vs. Chattanooga||USC Upstate vs. Santa Clara|
|Louisiana Tech vs. Troy||Eastern Washington vs. Utah Valley|
|Monday, November 19 – 4:30 PM ET||Wednesday, November 21 – 9:00 PM ET|
|SEMO vs. Louisiana Tech||Eastern Washington vs. USC Upstate|
|Troy vs. Chattanooga||Utah Valley vs. Santa Clara|
|Tuesday, November 20 – 4:30 PM ET||Friday, November 23 – 5:00 PM ET|
|SEMO vs. Troy||USC Upstate vs. Utah Valley|
|Louisiana Tech vs. Chattanooga||Eastern Washington vs. Santa Clara|
Tickets for the Championship Round games at Sprint Center are on sale and may be purchased through www.axs.com, www.sprintcenter.com, or www.cbehalloffameclassic.com, by phone at 1-888-929-7849 or in person at Sprint Center Box Office.
The 2011 CBE Classic Champion was the University of Missouri, ranked # 21 at the time, which defeated then #18 California 92-53 in the Championship Game. Missouri senior guard and Kansas City native Marcus Denmon captured the 2011 CBE Classic Most Valuable Player Award, after scoring 26 points vs. Notre Dame in the semifinals and 18 points vs. California.
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
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.