In December, we learned that Seton Hall, Ohio State, Rhode Island and Washington would be headlining the 2012 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament. At that time, the other teams that would be joining the field were not determined.
Today in a press release, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced that Albany, Loyola (MD), Missouri-Kansas City and Norfolk State would make up the Springfield bracket, while the four headliners will participate in the Naismith bracket.
The tournament will be held at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut between November 16th-18th, however game times have yet to be determined. Additionally, each team will play in two on-campus games, Seton Hall will host theirs, but at The Rock, of course.
Kevin Willard was quoted on Seton Hall's invitation:
"This is a great opportunity for our program to participate in one of the marquee early season events on the national calendar. We're proud to be a part of a tournament that celebrates the tradition and history of our sport. We're excited to be a part of this impressive field and look forward to the competition next November."
I will be in attendance for the tournament and am looking forward to organizing an SOJ reader meet up and get together at the Casino for the weekend. Discounted hotel rooms will be available. Stay tuned!