Coaches Quotes from Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament (Day 1)


Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari

Why is Doron playing so well?
“His motor is going. He’s not playing a casual game like he did a year ago at times. When he’s got a motor on him you see him out there and say man is he good.”

On Doron Lamb
“In my opinion he’s the best two point shooter in college basketball. He’s a good three-point short. If he gets something 15-17 feet he’s one of those guys that makes that shot. He’s one of the best in college basketball.”

On Penn State
“They are a new team with a new coach. They are going to be fine. They hit us on a bad day. We played pretty good.”

Assessing Marquis Teague
“I’m going to keep working with him. What I told him after the game was I want people looking at him saying I want him as my point guard. I want him to run my team. I just got to keep coaching. He’s a great kid and he listens. I’m not settling for anything else than he’s capable of.”

On winning a national championship
“I would love to win national titles. That’s not my focus and not just my goal. I’d love it for the university, I’d love it for the fans. What I said is if none of my players were drafted I’d be disappointed.”

“All I want my players to do is reach their dreams. I just want players getting better.”

Penn State Head Coach Patrick Chambers

“Kentucky is a great team and you can tell they are the no. 2 in the country.”

“I think our young guys are going to grow up with games like that. We have to use this as a learning experience.”

On being down and coming out at halftime
“Pride in Penn State. Pride in what we do.

On playing tomorrow again right away.
“I think its great for the kids and players to get back on the floor right away. “

What will be different for tomorrow?
“Today was about Penn State and about us. Tomorrow nothing changes. We have to play harder and execute better. It’s about Penn State and bringing these guys together more each day.”


Old Dominion Head Coach Blaine Taylor

Difference in second half
“ I think the fact that my guys outrebounded them in the second half and overtime was a big difference.”

On individual performances
“I thought some guys stepped forward and did some things that don’t show up on the stat sheet. I thought getting Nick Wright back for the first game helped us from the front line and some size I thought Kent Bazemore played his best game so far. Chris Cooper was very good during the stretch when we needed it.”

On playing South Florida
“A lot of respect for the Big East Conference. A lot of respect for South Florida. We have played against that league over and over and many times successfully and we can add this one to the list.”

Minutes from Kent Bazemore
“He’s a competitor and he gave us tough minutes and gave us guts. And that’s what I’m happy with regarding Kent. He was trying very hard and was very competitive.”

On pulling out the victory in overtime
“We are far from a finished product. We are finding a way to win games.”

On younger players today
“Dimitri was a little shot in the arm. He has played well in the games to date. We finished the first half with three freshmen on the court. We need them to play well and be more ready at times. He was one of the guys that was.”

Playing Kentucky
“They are very good. We are excited to play a game with so much meaning. It’s a nice stage and platform for our university to be on. We have been in the post-season the last seven years. We have our work cut out for us.”



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Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament Update

Silent Auction, Luncheon, Appearances by Hall of Famers Highlight Weekend
Springfield, Mass. – The Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament takes place on Saturday, November 19, and Sunday, November 20 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut highlighted by eight schools in two four-team brackets.  

In addition to the games, the Hall of Fame will hold a special silent auction throughout the weekend in the main concourse of the arena.  Proceeds from the auction will assist the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame – a non-profit organization – to continue to celebrate the game of basketball through its college tournaments including the Tip-Off Tournament, Holiday Showcase and Hall of Fame Shootout, as well as its Spalding Hoophall Classic high school event.  Proceeds will also continue to help the general operations of the Hall of Fame.  The auction will run from 11 am until the end of the games each day.  Winners will be notified on Monday, November 21st.

Another highlight of the Tip-Off Tournament will be the Basketball Hall of Famers in attendance at the games. Hall of Famers scheduled to attend include Dan Issel, Nancy Lieberman, C.M. Newton, Tommy Heinsohn and Cliff Hagan.

Finally, the weekend will begin with a Tip-Off Luncheon on Friday, November 18th at the XL Center in Hartford featuring UConn head coach and Hall of Famer Jim Calhoun.  Tickets are still available by contacting Jason Fiddler at 413-231-5540.

The Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off teams include Long Island University (Northeast), Marist College (MAAC), Old Dominion University (CAA), Penn State University (Big Ten), Radford University (Big South), University of Kentucky (SEC), University of South Florida (Big East) and the University of Vermont (America East).  

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Holiday Showcase adds fourth game match up between Fairfield University and Old Dominion

Event adds fourth game match up between Fairfield University and Old Dominion

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. –The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the addition of Fairfield University and Old Dominion to the 2011 Holiday Showcase schedule held at the MassMutual Center on Friday, December 9th. The event will include featured match-ups from all three NCAA Divisions, with a Division I doubleheader including UMass, Siena, Fairfield University and Old Dominion. 

“We are excited to work in conjunction with three of our neighbor institutions as well as new MAAC friends to develop a great celebration of college basketball for Western Massachusetts,” said John L. Doleva, President & CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  “The Hall of Fame hopes that the Holiday Showcase becomes an annual mainstay in our basketball community.”

The Basketball Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase will tip-off with Division II schools AIC and Philadelphia University at 3:00 pm. Philadelphia is coached by Herb Magee, the all-time NCAA wins leader at any level and was recently Enshrined into the Hall of Fame this past summer. A Division III matchup between Springfield College and Trinity College will follow at 5:00 pm finishing with a Division I doubleheader. The 7:00 pm game will feature UMass and Siena with the final game between Fairfield and Old Dominion University starting around 9:00 pm.

Tickets will be priced at $20 and $10. Tickets will be good for all four games and go on sale Tuesday October 18 at 10:00 AM via Ticketmaster outlets or the MassMutual Center box office during business hours.


Hall of Famer Edward 'Easy Ed' Macauley Passes Away at Age 83

The Basketball Hall of Fame mourns the loss of Edward 'Easy Ed' Macauley, who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 83.  Enshrined in 1960 as the youngest person ever to be inducted into the Hall of Fame at 32, Macauley was a seven-time NBA All-Star and three-time All-NBA First-Team selection (1951, 1952 and 1953).  He played for the St. Louis Bombers, Boston Celtics and also helped guide the St. Louis Hawks to a championship in 1958.

"Ed Macauley will be missed by fans who watched his exciting style of basketball starting with an NIT championship at St. Louis University and into the NBA," said John L. Doleva, President & CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  "He became a legend in his community and will always be remembered as a pioneer on the basketball court."