Classic Brings 10 D-III Teams to Maryland: Second Annual Hoopsville Classic Tips-Off at Stevenson University November 22
Stevenson University is gearing up to host the Second Annual Hoopsville National Invitational Classic presented by Buffalo Wild Wings, which will take place at Owings Mills Gymnasium and run Friday, November 22 through Sunday, November 24. The classic is the biggest on-campus men's basketball tournament in Division III and the second-largest event of its kind behind only the D3hoops.com Classic held in Las Vegas.
"Stevenson is honored to host several of the nation's top collegiate basketball student-athletes, coaches, and teams in what has undoubtedly become the premier early season basketball event in Division III," said Gary Stewart, the Classic's founder and Stevenson's Men's Basketball Head Coach. "The participating teams are from some of the most prestigious conferences throughout the country and offer a breadth of diversity and strength that will lend itself to a compelling weekend of basketball."
This year's event will feature 10 teams from seven different states, five of which were either ranked or received votes in the D3hoops.com Top 25 during the 2012-13 season. Five of the schools qualified for the 2013 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship and three reached the tournament's Elite 8.
The 2013 field includes Birmingham-Southern, Cabrini, Keystone, La Verne, Middlebury, Ohio Wesleyan, Salisbury, St. Mary's (Md.), Stevenson, and Trinity (Texas). In the "classic" format, each team will compete in two games apiece.
"Any time you can get three Elite 8 teams and five NCAA Tournament teams on the same floor early in the season, it's a great thing," said Pat Coleman, Executive Editor of D3hoops.com. "We don't have preseason-exempt tournaments in Division III, so there's no extra incentive for these teams to put themselves out there like this-other than the love of high-level competition."
For tickets and info go to hoopsville.eventbrite.com/ or call Mike Gohlinghorst, Assistant Athletic Director, at 443-352-4064.