The 2012 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament will be at Mohegan Sun Arena this weekend, and Western Mass. Sports Biz will be there to cover the event. Check back here for analysis and pictures from the tournament.
The eight-team, two-day tournament was played as the Tip-Off Classic between 1979 and 2005 at the Springfield Civic Center/MassMutual Center. The event will feature four games broadcasted live on ESPN networks, one on ESPN2, and the remaining three on ESPN3. It is the only exempt NCAA Division I college basketball tournament in New England, where teams receive exempted status for scheduling.
The teams will include Ohio State, Rhode Island, Seton Hall, Washington, Albany, UMKC, Norfolk State and Loyola-Maryland. Ohio State will play in the marquee games Saturday at 5 and Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
The 9,323 seat Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut opened in 2001, and rivals TD Garden for the biggest concert tours in New England each year. The arena has won many awards, and is ranked 3rd in the U.S. by Billboard Magazine.
If you can't make it, check back here this weekend for coverage from the weekend-long event.