Triple-header to feature Virginia, Temple, Virginia Tech, Davidson, East Carolina and Liberty
Charlotte, NC – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the field of teams for the first-ever Basketball Hall of Fame Shootout, a newly developed college basketball showcase held at Spectrum Center on Friday, November 13, 2020. The one-day triple-header will feature the Virginia vs. Temple, Virginia Tech vs. Davidson, and East Carolina vs. Liberty. Game times, ticket information and television broadcast details will be released at a later date.
“We’re very excited to be launching a new collegiate event in North Carolina, a state known for its tremendous basketball history,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “Spectrum Center is a fantastic NBA venue in a terrific basketball community, and we’re excited to provide this unique opportunity to six collegiate teams and their fans this fall.”
The Basketball Hall of Fame Shootout 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. 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 play Temple in the Hall of Fame Shootout. It’s always rewarding to play against a quality non-conference opponent early in the season.” – Tony Bennett, Virginia
"We look forward to taking part in the Hall of Fame Shootout this year and playing a high-level opponent in Virginia. Being part of this college basketball tripleheader in Charlotte is one of the highlights of our non-conference season.” – Aaron McKie, Temple
"We are excited for the Hokies to make the trip to Charlotte for the Hall of Fame Shootout. It is a tremendous field and a great experience for our student-athletes, as well as a way for us to connect with our strong fan base in the area." – Mike Young, Virginia Tech
“It has always been special for us to compete in a game hosted by the Hall of Fame. Our match up against Virginia Tech at Spectrum Center adds significant excitement to this event. Playing an ACC team in a world-class arena in the magnificent city of Charlotte makes it even more special.” – Bob McKillop, Davidson
“We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to compete in the Hall of Fame Shootout. Coach McKay has done a terrific job with his program at Liberty and they will provide us with a strong early season challenge. Charlotte is one of our largest alumni bases and we’re hoping to see a lot of purple in seats at the Spectrum Center in November.” – Joe Dooley, East Carolina
“Liberty is honored to play in such a prestigious event such as the Hall of Fame Shootout. This game affords our players the opportunity to play in a tournament-like atmosphere against an exceptional opponent in East Carolina.” – Ritchie McKay, Liberty
About Hornets Sports & Entertainment
Hornets Sports & Entertainment owns the Charlotte Hornets, Greensboro Swarm and Hornets Venom GT, and operates Charlotte’s Spectrum Center. The Charlotte Hornets are a member of the NBA’s Southeast Division. Owned by NBA Legend Michael Jordan, the Hornets organization strives to deliver a relentless attack on the court, an unmatched experience in the stands and a positive impact throughout the community. The name of the city’s original NBA team from 1988-2002, the Hornets moniker returned to Charlotte in May 2014, uniting the rich history of NBA basketball in the Carolinas. The Greensboro Swarm are the NBA G League affiliate of the Charlotte Hornets and play at the Fieldhouse at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. Hornets Venom GT is the organization’s esports team affiliate that joined the NBA 2K League in 2020. Spectrum Center is the premier destination for sports and entertainment in the Carolinas, hosting over 150 sporting events, concerts and family shows annually. For more information, please visit hornets.com, gsoswarm.com, HornetsVenomGT.com or spectrumcentercharlotte.com.
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 #BHOFShootout or call 1-877-4HOOPLA.