By Zachary Baru
UNCASVILLE - Day 1 of the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament began with alumni from the University of Massachusetts and Notre Dame scattered through the stands of the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Absent from the atmosphere of the arena was the typical student section, as alumni from both schools scattered the 9,323-seat venue. Besides the decent showing of UMass fans making the trip down from Amherst, there were a fair showing of Notre Dame fans making their presence known each time the Fighting Irish scored a basket.
But make no mistake about it, as expected, this was by far a UMass crowd. With Thanksgiving approaching, it was no surprise that many of the students did not make the drive to Uncasville. At Day 1, it was the alumni that filled the void made up much of the crowd.
The game, like all games at the weekend-long tournament, received national media coverage, airing live on ESPN 3. Seven of the tournament's eight games will be available live on ESPN 3, while tomorrow's UMass-Florida State game will be airing live on ESPNU at noon.
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