SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Lyndon will make basketball history on Monday, Nov. 22 when it becomes one of the first two NCAA Division III teams to compete in the annual Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off. The event will take place Nov. 20-22 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass.
Twelve schools across all three NCAA basketball Divisions will compete in three days of competitive action that culminates with the Texas Christian University-University of Massachusetts matchup at 8 p.m. on Nov. 22.
Lyndon will take the floor at 4 p.m. that day to face Springfield College and that contest will be followed by a Division II contest between American International and LeMoyne Colleges.
"Our team is excited about it and it's a good step forward toward what we're trying to build as a program," said Lyndon Head Coach Joe Krupinski, who began his coaching career at Springfield in 1997. "To have the opportunity to play in such a prestigious event, in the birthplace of basketball, against a really good team is great. We've been trying to make recruiting in-roads in the Springfield area for a few years now and getting this opportunity to play in this event certain will help."
The game schedule includes four games on Saturday, Nov. 20, followed by three games on Sunday, Nov. 21 and Monday, Nov. 22. The field of teams participating include: Bradley University, Dowling College, Loyola Marymount University, New Mexico State University, University of Massachusetts, Rider University, University of Southern California and Texas Christian University.
In addition to the games at the MassMutual Center, Bradley University, New Mexico State University, University of Massachusetts, University of Southern California and TCU will each host campus site games as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off.
The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will serve as the host conference for the event.
Ticket packages to the 2010 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off at the MassMutual Center are now on sale. For more information on purchasing tickets or other tournament information, log onto www.halloffametipoff.com.
2010 BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME TIP-OFF GAME SCHEDULE
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20
12:00 PM - Loyola Marymount University vs. Dowling College
2:30 PM - Rider University vs. TCU
5:00 PM - Bradley University vs. University of Southern California
7:30 PM - University of Massachusetts vs. New Mexico State University
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21
12:00 PM - Loyola Marymount University vs. Rider University
2:30 PM - New Mexico State University vs. University of Southern California
5:00 PM - Bradley University vs. TCU
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22
4:00 PM - Springfield College vs. Lyndon State College
6:00 PM - American International College vs. LeMoyne College
8:00 PM - University of Massachusetts vs. TCU