SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the field of teams and brackets for the 2017 Tip-Off Tournament with the Saint Peter's University men's basketball team being one of the eight teams in the field. The annual NCAA men's exempt tournament sponsored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will take place Saturday, November 18 and Sunday, November 19 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The Peacocks along with the seven other schools will compete in two four-team brackets with campus round games leading up to the Mohegan Sun Arena contests.
"I look forward to the opportunity for our team to compete in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament. Getting to face quality opponents at campus sites like LaSalle and Northwestern is an exciting challenge. Playing against a team that qualified and advanced in the NCAA tournament last season will be an excellent early test. The Springfield Bracket at Mohegan Sun will give us competition against other tough Mid-Major programs in tournament play." - John Dunne, Saint Peter's University
Saint Peter's will be joined by Boston College (Atlantic Coast Conference), La Salle University (Atlantic 10), University of Maine (America East), Northwestern University (Big Ten), Sacred Heart University (Northeast), University of South Alabama (Sun Belt) and Texas Tech University (Big 12).
The Peacocks will visit Philadelphia for a campus round meeting with La Salle on Saturday, November 11. Two days later on Monday, November 13, the team will travel to Evanston, Illinois to take on 2016 NCAA qualifier, Northwestern. The tournament then heads to Mohegan Sun where the Peacocks will face Sacred Heart in the Springfield Bracket, on Saturday, November 18. The winner will advance to the championship game to face the winner of South Alabama/Maine, while the two losers will meet in the consolation game on November 19.
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.
General public tickets will go on sale Friday, September 8 at 10am ET via all Ticketmaster outlets and the Mohegan Sun Arena box office. Pre-sales for participating schools begin Thursday, June 1. Broadcast information and game times will be announced at later date. For more information, please visit www.halloffametipoff.com.
La Salle University
Texas Tech University
University of Maine
Sacred Heart University
Saint Peter's University
University of South Alabama
Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament Schedule
Campus Round Schedule
University of Maine @ Boston College
University of South Alabama @ Texas Tech
Saint Peter's University @ La Salle University
November 13Saint Peter's University @ Northwestern University
University of Maine @ Texas Tech
Sacred Heart University @ Boston College
University of South Alabama @ La Salle University
Sacred Heart University @ Northwestern University
Saturday, November 18 at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT
Texas Tech University vs. Boston College
La Salle University vs. Northwestern University
Sacred Heart University vs. Saint Peter's University
University of South Alabama vs. University of Maine
Sunday, November 19 at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT
About Mohegan Sun:
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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 invented, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate and high school, for both men and women on the global stage.
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