Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Mississippi State, Northwestern, Rhode Island and Washington State to Take the Court at Mohegan Sun Arena this November


SPRINGFIELD, MASS. – The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the field of teams for the 2023 Tip-Off Tournament. The annual NCAA men’s exempt tournament, sponsored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, will take place November 18-19 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.


Saturday, November 18

Mississippi State vs. Washington State

Rhode Island vs. Northwestern

Sunday, November 19

Consolation Game

Championship Game


“We are excited to host another highly competitive weekend of basketball at the Mohegan Sun for the 2023 Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. “We look forward to watching the field of teams play and welcoming their fans to one of the country’s best early season events.”

The 2023 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off is one event in the Hall of Fame’s series of collegiate events, which continues to grow in an effort to celebrate the game outside the museum walls. The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame is proud to continue its relationship with LEARFIELD for sponsorship representation of its portfolio of collegiate events and Position Sports in an event operations, content and communications capacity.

Tickets for the 2023 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off will go on sale Friday, September 8, via Ticketmaster and on sale at the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office starting Saturday, September 9. Game times and television broadcast details will be released at a later date. For more information, please visit hoophall.com.


Quotes from Participating Head Coaches

“We’re looking forward to playing in this year’s Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off. Since my time coaching at Columbia, the Hall of Fame Committee has carried forward the sport and this event with prestige. This year’s tournament is no different and presents an excellent opportunity for our team. We’re honored to be included in a competitive field, and we know it will provide a great experience early in the season.” – Kyle Smith, Washington State

“We are excited to participate in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off at Mohegan Sun Arena. The opportunity to face quality competition, in a tournament setting, at a great venue is something that will really help our team develop and grow. We look forward to the trip and can’t wait to get there.” – Chris Collins, Northwestern

“We’re looking forward to playing in The Hall of Fame Tip-off. Northwestern, Rhode Island and Washington State are quality programs led by highly respected coaches. This event will help prepare us for the challenges of our season and our SEC schedule.” – Chris Jans, Mississippi State

"We are excited to participate in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip Off. In addition to offering a great opportunity to measure up against schools from the SEC, Big Ten and Pac-12, this is a high-end event right in our backyard. Rhode Island fans can create a homecourt setting for us, which makes for a great atmosphere." – Archie Miller, Rhode Island


About Mohegan Sun Arena

Mohegan Sun Arena is now ranked consistently among the top venues in the world according to Billboard Magazine, Pollstar and Venues Today. It has won “Casino of The Year” at the Country Music Awards in 2008 & 2010 and in 2013, was voted “Arena of The Year” at the G2E Global Gaming Conference in Las Vegas.  Mohegan Sun Arena was also ranked among the top 10 arena venues in the nation for 2014, regardless of size. In 2015, Mohegan Sun took home the IEBA award for “Casino of the Year.”  Mohegan Sun also won “Casino of the Year” in 2 categories at the 2013 & 2016 Academy of Country Music Awards. For more information on concerts and other great events, visit Mohegan Sun. For information on this week’s schedule, call the Entertainment and Special Events hotline at ‪1-888.226-7711, ext. 27163.

About the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

The MAAC, headquartered in Edison, N.J., consists of 11 member institutions: Canisius College, Fairfield University, Iona College, Manhattan College, Marist College, Monmouth University, Niagara University, Quinnipiac University, Rider University, Saint Peter's University and Siena College. For more on the conference, please visit maacsports.com.

About the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame

Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was born, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting, preserving and celebrating the game of basketball at every level – men and women, amateur and professional players, coaches and contributors, both domestically and internationally. The Hall of Fame museum is home to more than 400 inductees and over 40,000 square feet of basketball history. Nearly 200,000 people visit the Hall of Fame museum each year to learn about the game, experience the interactive exhibits and test their skills on the Jerry Colangelo "Court of Dreams." Best known for its annual marquee Enshrinement Ceremony honoring the game’s elite, the Hall of Fame also operates over 70 high school and collegiate competitions annually throughout the country and abroad. For more information on the Basketball Hall of Fame organization, its museum and events, visit hoophall.com, follow @hoophall or call 1-877-4HOOPLA.