Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Partnership With University of Louisville and University of Memphis to Host the Basketball Hall of Fame Shootout
Two-year series will feature match-up of top programs in men’s college basketball
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. –The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today that it has
formed a partnership with the University of Louisville to host the Basketball Hall of Fame Shootout at
the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday, December 17th at 4:00 pm ET. The
University of Louisville will renew a longtime rivalry with the University of Memphis with a portion of the
proceeds to benefit the non-profit Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.
The game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports. This will be the start of a series between the two
schools with the return game being held in the 2012-13 season at Memphis.
"The Basketball Hall of Fame Shootout will be an incredible platform for our organization with two very
high-profile basketball programs battling on national television," said John L. Doleva, President & CEO
of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. "We would like to thank Louisville and Memphis, as
well as their fans, for supporting the Basketball Hall of Fame."
Both basketball programs have been projected as early top 20 teams for the 2011-12 NCAA Men's
Basketball season. Louisville returns 10 lettermen from its 25-10 BIG EAST Conference Championship
runner-up team, led by point guard Peyton Siva and forward Kyle Kuric, with freshmen Wayne
Blackshear and Chane Behanan expected to be key contributors. Memphis, which finished the 2010-
11 campaign with a 25-10 record and the Conference USA Tournament title, returns the dynamic
backcourt of Will Barton and Joe Jackson and nearly its entire roster while adding impressive
newcomers Adonis Thomas and Stan Simpson.
"Memphis and Louisville have a storied rivalry and a long tradition of competitive games," said
Louisville head coach Rick Pitino. "We're excited to have them back on our schedule."
“Since I got this job two years ago, our fans have talked to me on numerous occasions about the
Memphis-Louisville rivalry, and how much they want to renew the series,” said Memphis head coach
Josh Pastner. “This is a great rivalry not only for the schools and their fans, but it’s also one of college
basketball’s top rivalries. I have a tremendous respect for Coach (Rick) Pitino and what he has done
throughout his career and at Louisville. We are looking forward to an exciting and hard-fought game
with the Cardinals.”
The game will mark the 86th meeting between the two teams and the first since 2005 when both
schools were members of Conference USA. The schools have also previously shared league
memberships in the Missouri Valley Conference and Metro Conference. Louisville has a 51-34 series
The University of Louisville will manage the Basketball Hall of Fame Shootout this upcoming
December. Tickets will be handled by Louisville as they would for any other men's basketball home
game and the game will be a part of the Cardinals' season ticket package.
The significant contribution from this game will help the Basketball Hall of Fame in its on-going efforts to
preserve and promote the game at all levels.
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.