Quadruple-header to Feature Fordham, Florida, Iona, Maryland, Miami,
North Carolina State, Purdue and Yale
Brooklyn, NY – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has announced the field of teams for the second annual Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational. The premier college basketball showcase will take place at Barclays Center on Sunday, December 12, 2021, with a quadruple-header featuring Florida vs. Maryland, Purdue vs. North Carolina State, Iona vs. Yale and Fordham vs. Miami.
“The Basketball Hall of Fame is excited to return to live events in one of the greatest basketball cities in the world,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “Barclays Center is a beautiful world-class arena and we are proud to provide this unique experience to the eight teams participating and their fans.”
The Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational 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 Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is proud to continue its relationship with Learfield IMG College for sponsorship representation of its portfolio of collegiate events and Position Sports in an event operations and media relations capacity.
Ticket information, game times and television broadcast details will be released at a later date. As the health and safety of the athletes, fans and staff is of the utmost importance, the Basketball Hall of Fame will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely in the coming months and provide updates as needed.
Quotes from Participating Head Coaches
“We are excited to be playing in such a prestigious event as the Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational at Barclays Center. Having grown up just down the street from Barclays Center, I know what an honor it is to play in that unique venue and how exciting it will be for the Rams. Playing a high-quality ACC opponent like Miami will be an early test to the 2021-2022 season for our guys and I’m sure that our fans will turn out to support us.” - Kyle Neptune, Fordham
“We absolutely love traveling to New York and playing in front of all the loyal Florida alumni up there, and the Basketball Hall of Fame always puts on a first-class event. As our fans know, it’s a priority for us to play one of the most challenging non-conference schedules year-in and year-out, and this game certainly fits that mold.” - Mike White, Florida
"Many thanks to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for the opportunity to participate in this event at Barclays Center. Playing a formidable Ivy League opponent in Yale at a major New York City arena gives our fans a chance to support our players and the program the ability to showcase Iona basketball to the Metropolitan Area.” - Rick Pitino, Iona
"We are looking forward to returning to Brooklyn to play in this year's Hall of Fame Invitational. We have an incredible fanbase in the New York City region and always enjoy having the opportunity to showcase our program.” - Mark Turgeon, Maryland
“We are very much looking forward to returning to the Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational next season. This is an exceptional event that we always enjoy participating in. Barclays Center is a fantastic venue, and it is always a thrill for our players to be in NYC with the opportunity to compete in an NBA arena.” - Jim Larrañaga, Miami
“It’s great to have the opportunity to play in the Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational at Barclays Center. Purdue is going to be one of the top teams in all of college basketball this coming season and will be a terrific challenge for our program. The Basketball Hall of Fame always puts on a great event and we’re excited to be a part of it.” - Kevin Keatts, North Carolina State
"We are excited to play in the Hall of Fame Invitational against a very good team in North Carolina State, and this will be a great doubleheader in Barclays Center. We are looking forward to the event and that our East Coast fans will have the chance to see us play in this outstanding matchup.” - Matt Painter, Purdue
“We are very much looking forward to the opportunity to compete at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in the Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational. It will be a tremendous experience for our student athletes.” - James Jones, Yale
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About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was born, the Naismith Memorial 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 www.hoophall.com, follow @hoophall #BHOFInvitational or call 1-877-4HOOPLA.