An eight-team tournament schedule for the 2013 HBCU Tip-Off Championship has been announced. JumpBall LLC, owners and creators of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Tip-Off Championship, made it official Thursday which four Division I and four Division II teams are set to compete at Atlanta ‘s Philips Arena Nov. 8-11.
“We are very excited about the upcoming HBCU Tip-Off,” said Kevin Clayton , JumpBall founder. “This event was created for the participating HBCU schools to collaborate and leverage their strong brands for the betterment of all Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The student athletes will benefit by participating in a first-class event, held in a great city at a world-class arena. Atlanta area high school students will benefit from proceeds that will go towards college scholarships at the participating eight schools.”
Division II teams set to compete are Virginia Union and Johnson C. Smith from the CIAA and Tuskegee from the SIAC. Joining from the Division I ranks will be Norfolk State from the MEAC, Texas Southern and Arkansas-Pine Bluff from the SWAC, while Wisconsin-Green Bay (non-HBCU) from the Horizon League rounds out the field.
Tournament Schedule [Times approximate]:
Friday, Nov. 8: Saturday, Nov. 9:
1 p.m. – Virginia Union vs. Tuskegee 11 a.m. – Johnson C. Smith vs. Tuskegee
3 p.m. – Green Bay vs. Ark. Pine Bluff 1 p.m. – Norfolk State vs. Ark. Pine Bluff
7 p.m. – Norfolk State vs. Texas Southern
9 p.m. – Morehouse vs. Johnson C. Smith
Sunday, Nov. 10: Monday, Nov. 11:
4 p.m. – Green Bay vs. Texas Southern 1 p.m. – Arkansas Pine Bluff vs. Tuskegee
7 p.m. – Morehouse vs. Virginia Union 3 p.m. – Texas Southern vs. Morehouse
Philips Arena, home of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks and WNBA’s Atlanta Dream, will host the annual event. It will mark the first time in the arena’s 14-year history that it has hosted a HBCU basketball game. Additionally, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Sam Jones, a graduate of North Carolina Central University , will serve as ambassador of the event.
“We want to congratulate the schools that have been selected to participate in the inaugural HCBU Tip-Off,” stated Bob Williams, President, Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena. “We are thrilled to host these student-athletes as representatives of their schools and to establish this tournament as an annual Philips Arena event.”
The Tip-Off will take place every Veterans Day weekend in Atlanta . It is a week-long celebration of events showcasing the athletic talents and achievements of current and past HBCU players and coaches. Additionally, it will celebrate the rich history and contributions of the HBCU culture and provide a platform for alumni, friends and supporters to come together to address social, health and economic issues and opportunities. Each school will play a minimum of two games and each year eight new schools will be invited to participate in the Tip-Off event.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com. More information on the tournament can be found at www.hbcutipoff.com.