Two NCAA Champions, Five Tournament Teams Highlight Third Annual Hoopsville Classic, November 21-23 at Stevenson
Stevenson University will host its third annual Hoopsville National Invitational Classic presented by Buffalo Wild Wings at Owings Mills Gymnasium November 21-23, 2014. The classic is the biggest, on campus tournament in NCAA Division I, II or III.
The 2014 Classic will feature 10 teams from nine different states and the District of Columbia, six of which were ranked at No. 13 or higher in the D3hoops.com Top 25 a year ago and five of which participated in the 2014 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship.
This year's field includes Catholic, Cabrini, Chicago, Gwynedd Mercy, Mary Hardin-Baylor, Purchase, Randolph-Macon, Stevenson, Wittenberg and WPI. The 10 teams combined for 201 wins and a .739 winning percentage last season and have made six appearances in the national championship game, including four since 2001, while boasting a total two national titles.
Six of the NCAA’s eight Division III regions are represented: Atlantic (Cabrini, Gwynedd Mercy, Purchase), Central (Chicago), Great Lakes (Wittenberg), Mid-Atlantic (Catholic, Stevenson), Northeast (WPI), and South (Mary Hardin-Baylor, Randolph-Macon).
“Once again, some of the nation's best student-athletes, highly acclaimed coaches and national recognized teams will convene together at Stevenson University to compete in a must see event,” said Hoopsville Founder Gary Stewart, head coach of Stevenson’s men’s basketball. “The Hoopsville National Invitational Classic has quickly become one of the premier Division III college basketball tournaments in the country. The quality, diversity, and depth of the 2014 field represent an extraordinary gathering of outstanding collegiate basketball programs.”
The 2014 Classic will feature 14 all-conference and four player of the year selections as well as 10 head coaches who have combined for 124 years of experience, 3,436 games, 2,212 wins and a .644 winning percentage.
“It is impressive how quickly the Hoopsville National Invitational Classic has grown and how eager teams around the country are to play when we reach out to them,” said Dave McHugh, Executive Director and Host of Hoopsville. “Once again, this year features incredible teams and intriguing matchups the entire Division III basketball community can only dream of seeing during the season or postseason.”
For more information on Hoopsville, including a full schedule, team bios, and tournament history, visit gomustangsports.com
Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent undergraduate university in Maryland with more than 4,400 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and adult bachelor’s programs at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills.”