Tuesday, June 06, 2017

TCU and Nevada Join USC, Oklahoma, St. John’s and Arizona State for Triple-Header on December 8


Los Angeles, CA – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the addition of TCU and University of Nevada to the field of teams for the second annual Basketball Hall of Fame Classic, a previously announced college basketball showcase held in conjunction with STAPLES Center on Friday, December 8, 2017.

The one-day triple-header will feature University of Oklahoma vs. the University of Southern California, St. John’s University vs. Arizona State University and Texas Christian University vs. University of Nevada.

“The STAPLES Center is undoubtedly an iconic venue in the basketball community and we’re so pleased our event will now provide six teams and their tremendous fans the opportunity to enjoy the unique environment,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “We appreciate the hospitality of AEG and STAPLES Center and look forward to another terrific college showcase in southern California.”

Tickets for the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic are on-sale now at AXS.com, by phone at 888-929-7849 and the STAPLES Center box office. With the addition of the third matchup, ticket prices remain the same. Tickets are valid for all three games. Game times and television broadcast information will be released at a later date.


Quotes from Participating Head Coaches

"We are extremely excited to be playing in the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic in Los Angeles. For our players to get the opportunity to play in the STAPLES Center against a Big 12 Conference team is unbelievable. We feel TCU is a Top 25-caliber team and will be a great test for us this season." – Eric Musselman, Nevada head coach

“The Basketball Hall of Fame Classic has become a premier event in our sport and we are thrilled to be a part of it. It’s a great opportunity for us to play in an outstanding NBA arena in STAPLES Center and in California, home to many TCU alums and current students. It is also an opportunity for us to play a very good basketball team like Nevada, which finished with an RPI of 35 last season." – Jamie Dixon, TCU head coach


About STAPLES Center

STAPLES Center has clearly established itself as the sports and entertainment center of the world. As the home of four professional sports franchises – the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings and the most recent 2016 WNBA Champions Los Angeles Sparks – STAPLES Center has proven to be a home court advantage for the local teams. The AEG owned and operated arena continues to distinguish itself as the host of major, high-profile events of national and international distinction including the 2004 & 2011 NBA All-Star Games, 2002 NHL All-Star Game, 2000 Democratic National Convention, 2009 World Figure Skating Championships and 15 of the last 16 GRAMMY Awards shows. STAPLES Center’s sixteen years have also been marked with performances and special events that brought international stature to the downtown Los Angeles venue including concerts Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Prince U2, Paul McCartney, Garth Brooks, Usher, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Keith Urban, Roger Waters, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Sade and Justin Timberlake, as well as world championship boxing, family shows and special events. Hosting over 250 events a year, the arena’s reputation for world-class amenities, features and commitment to quality of service and the guest experience is second to none. Staples, Inc. entered into a 20-year agreement to become the arena’s Naming Rights Partner December 1, 1998, which has since been extended into perpetuity.   


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.  For more information on these and other upcoming events, please visit www.hoophall.com or call 1-877-4-HOOPLA.

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