Tuesday, July 06, 2021

Two-Day Doubleheader to feature CCSU, NC State, Oklahoma State and UMass Lowell


Uncasville, Conn. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the field of teams for the newly developed Basketball Hall of Fame Showcase on November 16 and 17 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. The two-day double header will feature Central Connecticut State University (Northeast), North Carolina State (ACC), Oklahoma State (Big 12), and UMass Lowell (America East).

“Mohegan Sun Arena is a fabulous venue where we’re always happy to host collegiate teams and their fans from both near and far,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “This two-day event will provide some great early season games ahead of the holiday season.”

The Basketball Hall of Fame Showcase 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.


The Basketball Hall of Fame Showcase schedule is as follows:


Tuesday, November 16

CCSU vs. NC State 

UMass Lowell vs. Oklahoma State 


Wednesday, November 17

CCSU vs. UMass Lowell

NC State vs. Oklahoma State 


Ticket information, game times and television broadcast details and 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. For more information, please visit www.hoophall.com.


Quotes from Participating Head Coaches

“It’s exciting for our program to be included in the Basketball Hall of Fame Showcase. It’s a great event held here in Connecticut and will provide our team with a chance to challenge themselves against some strong teams.” - Patrick Sellers, Central Connecticut

"It's a great opportunity for our program to play in the Basketball Hall of Fame Showcase at the Mohegan Sun. I'm excited to head back to Connecticut and it'll be a great early season test for our team to play two quality opponents in the opening week of the season.” - Kevin Keatts, NC State

“We’re very excited to be a part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Showcase at Mohegan Sun Arena. This will be an opportunity to showcase the growth of our squad against some of the best teams in the nation while also paying tribute to the history of greats that have played this game. Oklahoma State now has five members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and it’s fitting that the Cowboys participate in this event just months after the legendary Eddie Sutton was inducted.” - Mike Boynton, Oklahoma State

“The early season Hall of Fame tournament is the perfect opportunity for our program – very little travel, great venue, first class event and top-notch competition. It should be an exciting couple of days for our players and fans.” - Pat Duquette, UMass Lowell 


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 Now and is also consistently ranked top 15 in the “World for All Size Venues.” The award–winning venue was named “#1 Social Media Venue in the World” in 2016 and is a seven–time Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM) national award–winner for “Arena of the Year,” with the most recent recognition coming in 2019.  For more information and updates on Mohegan Sun Arena, call 1.888.226.7711 or visit Mohegan Sun.


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 #HOFShowcase or call 1-877-4HOOPLA.