Quadruple-header to Feature Penn State, Florida, Purdue, West Virginia, Stanford, Georgia Tech, Army and Princeton
Brooklyn, NY (June 17, 2020) – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has announced the field of teams for the second annual Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational. The premier college basketball showcase will take place at Barclays Center on Sunday, December 13, 2020 with a quadruple-header featuring Penn State vs. Florida, Purdue vs. West Virginia, Stanford vs. Georgia Tech and Army vs. Princeton.
“The Basketball Hall of Fame is excited to return to one of the greatest basketball cities in the world,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “Barclays Center is a beautiful world-class arena and we are proud to provide this unique experience to the eight teams participating and their fans.”
The Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational is one event in the Hall of Fame’s series of collegiate events, which continues to grow in an effort to celebrate the game outside the museum walls. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is 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 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.
Quotes from Participating Head Coaches
“We love being able to play in front of our Penn State alumni and fans in New York City and we’re looking forward to being part of this exciting slate of games. We’ve been fortunate to have been invited to Basketball Hall of Fame events in previous years and every time we have a great experience.” – Patrick Chambers, Penn State
“The Basketball Hall of Fame puts on a first-class event, and we’re excited about coming back to New York to compete on this stage. We always look to build a challenging non-conference schedule for our team and our fans, and this game against a really good Penn State program fits that mold.” – Mike White, Florida
“We are excited to face West Virginia in the Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational, adding another great opponent to our schedule. We have a lot of respect for Bob Huggins and his program and we know it will be a big challenge for our squad. Playing in Brooklyn at Barclays Center will be a great experience for us and we are looking forward to the opportunity.” – Matt Painter, Purdue
“We are certainly looking forward to participating in the Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational in New York against Purdue. I have a lot of respect for Paint (Matt Painter) and the job he has done at Purdue. Since I’ve been at West Virginia, we have played Purdue four times and another three times in closed scrimmages. Anytime you have the opportunity to play a team like Purdue and the opportunity to play in a special non-conference event, you jump on it. We love playing in New York and our fans love when we play in New York. We’re happy to be a part of this event and for the continued exposure for our basketball program.” – Bob Huggins, West Virginia University
“Playing at Barclays Center this year will be exciting. The opportunity to experience New York City and play on a big stage is great for our student-athletes and the program as a whole.” – Jerod Hasse, Stanford
“We’re excited and happy to bring Georgia Tech’s basketball team to New York and support the Basketball Hall of Fame in this top-notch event. Stanford is a terrific opponent for us; we’re both strong academic institutions with quality basketball programs. We expect this to be a great test for our team, part of a strong non-conference schedule.” – Josh Pastner, Georgia Tech
“It’s an honor for our program to play in the Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational at Barclays Center. Having the opportunity to play in a venue like Barclays Center and against a quality opponent like Princeton will be great for our program.” – Jimmy Allen, Army
“We are so appreciative to be included in the Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational at Barclays Center this year. This means so much to our student-athletes and for the many Tiger Alums we have in Brooklyn and NYC. It is really an honor to be able to play there as it is a first class event associated with the Hall of Fame.“ – Mitch Henderson, Princeton
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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 www.hoophall.com, follow @hoophall #BHOFInvitational or call 1-877-4HOOPLA.
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