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Basketball Hall of Fame to Honor the Late Dave Gavitt With the Naming of the Tip-Off Tournament Championship Trophy

The newly named trophy will be called “The Gavitt Cup”

Springfield, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the naming of its Tip-Off Tournament championship trophy as The Gavitt Cup, in honor and recognition of Hall of Famer Dave Gavitt, a true architect of the modern game of college basketball.  Beginning his career as the coach of Providence College, Gavitt made an impact in college basketball as the founder of the Big East Conference, Chairperson of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee and President of USA Basketball.  He was also the Chairman of the Board for the Basketball Hall of Fame during one of the organization’s most critical periods as he was truly instrumental with the building of the new current facility.

“The Hall of Fame is proud to announce the naming of the Tip-Off Tournament trophy in recognition of Dave Gavitt and his family,” John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.  “Dave impacted the lives of countless student-athletes and we are honored to celebrate his life and dedication to college basketball through the naming and presentation of this trophy.”

As coach of the Friars from 1969 to 1979, Gavitt led Providence College to 209 wins, including eight consecutive 20-win seasons, five NCAA tournament appearances, the 1973 Final Four, and three NIT appearances. Gavitt galvanized efforts to create the Big East Conference in 1979 and served as the powerhouse conference's first commissioner until 1990.

His work with the Division I Men's Basketball Committee resulted in the expansion of the NCAA tournament to 64 teams and the use of domed stadiums for the Final Four. His lengthy résumé and contributions to New England basketball includes serving as Senior Executive Vice-President of the Boston Celtics from 1990 to 1994 and Chairman of the Hall of Fame from 1995 to 2003. Dave was inducted in to the Hall of Fame in 2006.

The annual Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament, an NCAA men’s exempt tournament, is sponsored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will take place on Saturday, November 17, and Sunday, November 18 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut highlighted by eight schools in two four-team brackets.  

This year’s Tip-Off tournament teams are Loyola – MD (MAAC), Norfolk State University (MEAC), Ohio State University (Big Ten), Seton Hall University (Big East), University of Albany (America East), University of Missouri at Kansas City (Summit League), University of Rhode Island (Atlantic 10) and the University of Washington (Pac-12).

Tickets are available via the Mohegan Sun Arena box office and all Ticketmaster outlets.  

The 2012 Tip-Off Tournament Brackets are:

Naismith Bracket
Ohio State University
Seton Hall University
University of Washington
University of Rhode Island

Springfield Bracket
University of Albany
Loyola University of Maryland
Norfolk State

For more information on the Hall of Fame Tip-Off, ticket packages, hospitality packages for the weekend games and campus site schedule, log onto www.halloffametipoff.com

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Birthplace of Basketball, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate, men and women.

About Mohegan Sun:
Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribe, is one of the largest, most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming and shopping destinations in the United States.  Situated on 240 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country.  More information is available by calling 1.888.226.7711 or visiting mohegansun.com.  Connect with us on facebook.com/mohegansun, follow us on twitter.com/mohegansun and view us on youtube.com/mohegansunvideos.

About the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference:
The MAAC, headquartered in Edison, N.J., consists of 10 member institutions: Canisius College, Fairfield University, Iona College, Loyola University Maryland, Manhattan College, Marist College, Niagara University, Rider University, Saint Peter's College and Siena College. For more on the conference, please visit www.maacsports.com.