URI To Host Lehigh, Play Marquette At Mohegan Sun In Hall of Fame Tip-Off

Hall Of Fame Tipoff 2020

Uncasville, CONN. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the field of teams and brackets for the 2020 Tip-Off Tournament. The annual NCAA men’s exempt tournament sponsored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will take place Saturday, Nov. 21 and Sunday, Nov. 22 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. 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 of Central Florida (American Athletic), Marquette University (Big East), University of Minnesota (Big 10), University of Rhode Island (Atlantic 10), University at Albany (America East), Lehigh University (Patriot League), Long Island University (Northeast) and Quinnipiac University (Metro Atlantic).

“The Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament has proven to be one of the best early season events in the country, offering great competition and an outstanding venue,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “We look forward to hosting this year’s field of teams and their fans at beautiful Mohegan Sun.”

In addition to facing Marquette in the opening round of the tournament, Rhode Island also will host Lehigh on Nov. 18. The Rams also will host Quinnipiac, though that contest officially is not considered part of the Tip-Off. Both games will be held at the Ryan Center leading up to the games being played at Mohegan Sun. Rhode Island last played at Mohegan Sun Arena during the 2018 season, when it defeated West Virginia as part of the Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase.

“We are excited to return to Mohegan Sun for the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-off Tournament, one of the premiere events in college basketball,” Rhode Island head coach David Cox said. “Our fans enjoy the atmosphere created by the Hall of Fame, and our players embrace the challenge of facing a Big East program like Marquette. This event goes a long way toward preparing us for conference play.”

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will continue to serve as the host conference for the annual event. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is also proud to continue its relationship with Learfield IMG College for sponsorship representation of its portfolio of collegiate events.

Ticket information, game times and television broadcast details and will be released at a later date. As the health and safety of the athletes, fans and staff is of the utmost importance, the Basketball Hall of Fame will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely in the coming months and provide updates as needed. For more information, please visit www.halloffametipoff.com.

Naismith Bracket
University of Central Florida
Marquette University
University of Minnesota
University of Rhode Island

Springfield Bracket
University at Albany
Lehigh University
Long Island University
Quinnipiac University

Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament Schedule
Non-MTE / NCAA Non-Conference Campus Round Schedule

November 14
University at Albany at Marquette University

November 17
Long Island University at University of Minnesota

November 18
Lehigh University at University of Rhode Island
Quinnipiac University at University of Central Florida

NCAA Multi-Team Event / Neutral Site Brackets at Mohegan Sun Arena
November 21
University of Rhode Island vs. Marquette University (Naismith Bracket)
University of Central Florida vs. University of Minnesota (Naismith Bracket)
Lehigh University vs. Quinnipiac University (Springfield Bracket)
University at Albany vs. Long Island University (Springfield Bracket)

November 22
Naismith Championship Bracket
Naismith Consolation Bracket
Springfield Championship Game
Springfield Consolation Bracket

About Mohegan Sun Arena
Mohegan Sun Arena is now ranked consistently among the top venues in the world according to Billboard Magazine, Pollstar and Venues Today. It has won “Casino of The Year” at the Country Music Awards in 2008 & 2010 and in 2013, was voted “Arena Of The Year” at the G2E Global Gaming Conference in Las Vegas.  Mohegan Sun Arena was also ranked among the top 10 arena venues in the nation for 2014, regardless of size. In 2015, Mohegan Sun took home the IEBA award for “Casino of the Year.”  Mohegan Sun also won “Casino of the Year” in 2 categories at the 2013 & 2016 Academy of Country Music Awards. For more information on concerts and other great events, visit Mohegan Sun. For information on this week’s schedule, call the Entertainment and Special Events hotline at .

About the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
The MAAC, headquartered in Edison, N.J., consists of 11 member institutions: Canisius College, Fairfield University, Iona College, Manhattan College, Marist College, Monmouth University, Niagara University, Quinnipiac University, Rider University, Saint Peter’s University and Siena College. For more on the conference, please visit www.maacsports.com.

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was born, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting, preserving and celebrating the game of basketball at every level – men and women, amateur and professional players, coaches and contributors, both domestically and internationally. The Hall of Fame museum is home to more than 400 inductees and over 40,000 square feet of basketball history. Nearly 200,000 people visit the Hall of Fame museum each year to learn about the game, experience the interactive exhibits and test their skills on the Jerry Colangelo “Court of Dreams.” Best known for its annual marquee Enshrinement Ceremony honoring the game’s elite, the Hall of Fame also operates over 70 high school and collegiate competitions annually throughout the country and abroad. For more information on the Basketball Hall of Fame organization, its museum and events, visit www.hoophall.com, follow @hoophall #HOFTipOff or call 1-877-4HOOPLA.

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