Friday, August 09, 2019

Eight Teams to Take the Court at Florida Atlantic University for Inaugural Event


BOCA RATON, FLORIDA – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the field of teams and brackets for the Boca Raton Beach Classic. The inaugural NCAA men’s multi-team event sponsored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will take place Sunday, December 1 and Monday, December 2 at Florida Atlantic University.

Teams scheduled to participate in the Boca Raton Beach Classic are: Canisius College (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference), College of the Holy Cross (Patriot League), Florida Atlantic University (Conference USA), Hofstra University (Colonial Athletic Association), Mercer University (Southern), University of Illinois at Chicago (Horizon League), University of San Diego (West Coast), and St. Bonaventure University (Atlantic 10).

The eight schools will compete in two four-team brackets with campus round games leading up to the Boca Raton contests on Abessinio Court at FAU. General public tickets are available for $20 per day via the Florida Atlantic University box office.


Naismith Bracket



Holy Cross



Hall of Fame Bracket

Florida Atlantic


San Diego

St. Bonaventure


Boca Raton Beach Classic - Campus Round Schedule


November 23

Mercer at UIC

November 26

Mercer at St. Bonaventure

Canisius at UIC

November 27

Hofstra at San Diego

November 29

Holy Cross at Florida Atlantic

December 4

Canisius at Florida Atlantic

December 7

Hofstra at St. Bonaventure

Holy Cross at San Diego


Boca Raton Beach Classic - Neutral Site Brackets at FAU


December 1

12:00 PM - Mercer vs. Canisius (Naismith Bracket)

3:00 PM - Hofstra vs. Holy Cross (Naismith Bracket)

6:00 PM - Florida Atlantic vs. UIC (Hall of Fame Bracket)

9:00 PM - San Diego vs. St. Bonaventure (Hall of Fame Bracket)


December 2

11:00 AM - Naismith 3rd Place Game

2:00 PM - Naismith Championship Game

5:00 PM - Hall of Fame 3rd Place Game

8:00 PM - Hall of Fame Championship Game


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


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, follow @hoophall or call 1-877-4HOOPLA.