URI and Brown to Play in Hall of Fame Tip-off Tournament in November

Brown News Release…

SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the field of teams and brackets for the 2016 Tip-Off Tournament. The annual NCAA men’s exempt tournament sponsored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will take place Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Eight schools will compete in two four-team brackets with campus round games leading up to the Mohegan Sun Arena contests.

Teams scheduled to participate in this year’s Tip-Off tournament are: University at Albany (American East Conference), Brown University (Ivy League), University of Cincinnati (American Athletic Conference), Duke University (Atlantic Coast Conference), Grand Canyon University (Western Athletic Conference), Marist College (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference), Penn State (Big Ten Conference) and University of Rhode Island (Atlantic 10 Conference).

“The Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament at Mohegan Sun has become one of the most competitive collegiate events in the month of November,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “With the combination of elite talent and schools in close proximity to the venue, we’re sure to have a great crowd and tremendous atmosphere for the fans.”

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will continue to serve as the host conference for the annual event. The MAAC has developed a strong partnership with the Basketball Hall of Fame, including the addition of a MAAC exhibit in the Hall of Fame museum in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Naismith Bracket

University of Cincinnati

Duke University

Penn State

University of Rhode Island 

Springfield Bracket

University at Albany

Brown University

Grand Canyon University

Marist College

Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament Schedule

Campus Round Schedule

November 11

    Grand Canyon University @ Duke University

    Marist College @ Penn State 

    Brown University @ University of Cincinnati

November 12

    University at Albany @ Duke University

November 14

    University at Albany @ University of Cincinnati

    Marist College @ University of Rhode Island

November 15

    Grand Canyon University @ Penn State

November 16

Brown University @ University of Rhode Island

Saturday, November 19 at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT

Naismith Bracket

Duke University vs. Penn State

University of Cincinnati vs. University of Rhode Island 

Springfield Bracket

Marist College vs. Brown University

Grand Canyon University vs. University at Albany

Sunday, November 20 at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT

Naismith Bracket

Consolation Game

Championship Game

Springfield Bracket

Marist College vs. Grand Canyon University

Brown University vs. University at Albany

Quotes from Participating Head Coaches

“We are excited to once again be competing in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Invitational at Mohegan Sun.  We will have the opportunity to play against arguably the best team in the country and preseason #1 in Duke and also against Cincinnati, who I expect to compete for the American Conference Championship.  The weekend at Mohegan Sun is a lot of fun and the Hall of Fame staff runs a first class event!” – Will Brown, University at Albany

“Everyone in our program is excited for the great opportunity to play in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Invitational at the Mohegan Sun. It allows us to compete against some terrific programs that have had recent success and appear to be headed for strong seasons in 2016-17.  It also allows our alumni and fans the opportunity to see us play three games within one hour of our campus.” – Mike Martin, Brown University

“We are thrilled to be invited to participate in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off event and represent the University of Cincinnati. The field of teams is extremely competitive and the Hall of Fame always does great things for college basketball. It should be a fun event for our team and fans!” – Mick Cronin, University of Cincinnati

“Each year, we try to put ourselves in an outstanding non-conference schedule against talented competition. To be able to do so in an event run by the Basketball Hall of Fame is an honor for our program. The Hall of Fame does a great job with this tournament, and we’re excited to take part this year.” – Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University

“It’s an honor for us to participate in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Invitational this fall. It will be a great experience for our student-athletes to have the opportunity to play against some of the best teams across the country and we look forward to competing.” – Dan Majerle, Grand Canyon University

"It’s an honor to play in an event associated with the Basketball Hall of Fame. The competition and venue at Mohegan Sun will once again provide our program and fans with a wonderful overall experience. We look forward to representing Marist and the MAAC in this prestigious event." – Mike Maker, Marist College

“We look forward to the opportunity to play in the 2016 Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament at Mohegan Sun Arena. The tournament boasts a strong field and will provide an exceptional test for our team early in the season. This event is sure to be among the highlights of our non-conference schedule." – Pat Chambers, Penn State University

"The Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament will once again feature an outstanding field and the games will provide our program with a tremendous challenge early on in the season. We are excited to participate in this Hall of Fame event!" – Dan Hurley, University of Rhode Island