SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the matchups for the annual Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase presented by Citi on Sunday, December 16 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. The tripleheader will feature University of Rhode Island (Atlantic 10) versus West Virginia University (Big 12), The University of Tulsa (American Athletic) versus University of Dayton (Atlantic 10) and Drexel University (Colonial Athletic) versus Quinnipiac University (Metro Atlantic).
“The Basketball Hall of Fame is pleased to return to Mohegan Sun for the Holiday Showcase presented by our newest partner, Citi,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “The six teams participating, and their fans, are sure to have a memorable day of basketball in a beautiful venue this holiday season.”
General public tickets will go on sale Friday, September 7 at 10am ET via all Ticketmaster outlets and the Mohegan Sun Arena box office. Game time, television details and an exclusive Citi-pass pre-sale opportunity will be released at later date.
Quotes from Participating Head Coaches
“The Basketball Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase is one of the premiere events in college basketball and we are honored to take part. The opportunity to face a Top 25 program like West Virginia – and a Hall of Fame-nominated coach in Bob Huggins- is one we relish. It will only help us be better prepared for conference play.” – David Cox, University of Rhode Island
“We are certainly looking forward to participating in the Basketball Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase against Rhode Island. Anytime you have the opportunity to play in a special non-conference event you jump on it. Rhode Island has had a lot of success recently, and I’m sure our fans recall our history with them dating back to the Atlantic 10 days. We’re happy to be a part of this event and for the continued exposure for our basketball program.” – Bob Huggins,West Virginia University
“We look forward to participating in this year’s Basketball Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase. It will be a tremendous event and experience for our student-athletes. Any time you can be associated with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, it’s really special and I’m excited that our program will be part of what will be a great celebration of our sport.” – Frank Haith, University of Tulsa
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“We are excited to be a part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase at Mohegan Sun Arena. It’s an opportunity to play a quality opponent in Tulsa at a venue that is becoming known for college basketball.” – Anthony Grant, University of Dayton
“We are looking forward to playing Quinnipiac at Mohegan Sun in the Basketball Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase. Our goal is to provide unique experiences for our players during their time at Drexel and this will definitely be one of those experiences.” – Zach Spiker, Drexel University
“Our program is thrilled to participate in the Basketball Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase at Mohegan Sun. This event offers an opportunity to compete against high level competition at an amazing venue in our home state. We are looking forward to the opportunity.” – Baker Dunleavy, Quinnipiac University
About Mohegan Sun:
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.
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About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was invented, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate and high school, for both men and women on the global stage.
Press Release Credit: WVU Sports Communications
Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGs