Monday, June 08, 2020

Eight Teams to Take the Court at Mohegan Sun Arena this November


Uncasville, CT – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the field of teams and brackets for the 2020 Tip-Off Tournament. The annual NCAA men’s exempt tournament sponsored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will take place Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Eight schools will compete in two four-team brackets with campus round games leading up to the Mohegan Sun Arena contests.

Teams scheduled to participate in this year’s Tip-Off Tournament are: University of Central Florida (American Athletic), Marquette University (Big East), University of Minnesota (Big 10), University of Rhode Island (Atlantic 10), University at Albany (America East), Lehigh University (Patriot League), Long Island University (Northeast), and Quinnipiac University (Metro Atlantic).

“The Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament has proven to be one of the best early season events in the country, offering great competition and an outstanding venue,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “We look forward to hosting this year’s field of teams and their fans at beautiful Mohegan Sun.”

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will continue to serve as the host conference for the annual event. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is also proud to continue its relationship with Learfield IMG College for sponsorship representation of its portfolio of collegiate events.

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


Naismith Bracket

University of Central Florida

Marquette University

University of Minnesota

University of Rhode Island


Springfield Bracket

University at Albany

Lehigh University

Long Island University

Quinnipiac University


Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament Schedule

NCAA Multi-Team Event / Campus Round Schedule

November 14
     University at Albany at Marquette University

November 17 
     Long Island University at University of Minnesota

November 18 
     Lehigh University at University of Rhode Island
     Quinnipiac University at University of Central Florida


NCAA Multi-Team Event / Neutral Site Brackets at Mohegan Sun Arena

November 21

University of Rhode Island vs. Marquette University (Naismith Bracket)

University of Central Florida vs. University of Minnesota (Naismith Bracket)

Lehigh University vs. Quinnipiac University (Springfield Bracket)

University at Albany vs. Long Island University (Springfield Bracket)

November 22

Naismith Championship Bracket

Naismith Consolation Bracket

Springfield Championship Game

Springfield Consolation Bracket


Quotes from Participating Head Coaches

"We're excited to play in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament this year. There should be some great competition for us in the early part of the season and we look forward to heading up to Connecticut for the event." - Johnny Dawkins, University of Central Florida 

“We are looking forward to competing in this year’s Tip-Off Tournament at the Mohegan Sun. The tournament has a great reputation and will provide our team a good early test against quality competition. Marquette has a strong fan base in the area and we are looking forward to strong support in the stands for our games.” - Steve Wojciechowski, Marquette University  

“We are looking forward to bringing our team to Mohegan Sun in November for the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off. Every year it's a great event that partners one of the iconic institutions in our sport with some of the best teams in the country, and we're extremely excited to be a part of it.” - Richard Pitino, University of Minnesota

"We are excited to return to Mohegan Sun for the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-off Tournament, one of the premiere events in college basketball. Our fans enjoy the atmosphere created by the Hall of Fame s, and our players embrace the challenge of facing a Big East program like Marquette. This event goes a long way toward preparing us for conference play.” - David Cox, University of Rhode Island

"We are looking forward to participating in this Hall of Fame multi team event. Greg Procino and his staff do an outstanding job and Mohegan Sun is an awesome venue. Our past experiences participating in the Tip-Off Tournament have been memorable and we expect the same this year as it truly is a first-class event." - Will Brown, University at Albany

"We at Lehigh look forward to participating in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament in November. It is an honor to be a part of an event that the storied Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame hosts. It should be a great experience for our team and fans and will provide the opportunity to face quality competition in preparation for the remainder of our season.” - Brett Reed, Lehigh University

“We are very fortunate and excited to once again be involved with the Basketball Hall of Fame and the tremendous job they do for basketball and community. We are looking forward to participating in a first-class event!” – Derek Kellogg, Long Island University

“Quinnipiac men’s basketball is excited to participate in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament at Mohegan Sun Arena. The tournament provides a great opportunity for our team to compete against tough competition and prepare us for the MAAC regular season schedule. Mohegan Sun Arena is an excellent venue, and we’re excited to get there in November to compete with three great programs in Lehigh, Albany and LIU.” - Baker Dunleavy, Quinnipiac University


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


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 #HOFTipOff or call 1-877-4HOOPLA.