Alabama Men’s Basketball Announces Summer Foreign Tour


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama men’s basketball will be taking a trip to Europe this summer, the team announced in a release on Friday morning.

The Crimson Tide will travel to Spain and France over a 10-day stretch from Aug. 5-14, playing three games between Barcelona and Paris.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to have our program go on a foreign trip as a team to Barcelona and Paris,” Crimson Tide coach Nate Oats said in a statement. “It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our guys. It will give us all an opportunity to come together as a team before the season begins through the extra practices we’ll have, the educational and cultural experiences that we’ll encounter and the high-level competition that we plan on facing. It will be an experience that will remain with us all.”



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Maryland Men’s Basketball To Play In 2022 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off


UNCASVILLE, CT — The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the field of teams for the 2022 Tip-Off Tournament, which includes Maryland. The annual NCAA men’s exempt  tournament sponsored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will take place Saturday, Nov. 19 and Sunday, Nov. 20 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. 

Maryland will play Saint Louis on Nov. 19 and Miami will play Providence on the same day. The winners and losers will play the following day on Nov. 20. 

Miami advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight this past season while Providence won the Big East Championship and reached the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. Saint Louis advanced to the National Invitation Tournament last season. 

“We are very excited to play in the 2022 Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament,” said Maryland men’s basketball head coach Kevin Willard. “This event features some of  the best teams in the nation and we are excited to have an early-season challenge for our program.  Playing at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut is a great location for our fans to travel as we have a large following throughout the entire Northeast corridor, and they will be able to come and support the Terps.” 

Maryland Men’s Basketball season tickets for the 2022-23 season are on sale now. Special sales packages are available to all fans who purchase by June 1. For more information, please visit umterps.com/willard.

Maryland and Saint Louis have played once previously with the Terrapins winning a 1994 NCAA Tournament First Round game in Kansas City, 74-66 on March 17, 1994 with Joe Smith leading the way with 29 points and 15 rebounds. 

The Terps and Miami have played 19 times with the Hurricanes leading the series, 12-7, with most of those games coming as ACC rivals. The teams last played on Jan. 29, 2014, a 74-71 Maryland victory

Maryland and Providence have played three times with the Terps winning twice, including the last matchup on Nov. 25, 2013, a 56-52 victory in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Terps’ other win against the Friars came on Dec. 4, 1991, which was played at the Hartford Civic Center, that was Maryland’s last game played in the state of Connecticut. 

Maryland has played in the Hall of Fame Classic, when the event was held in Springfield, Mass., in 1993, 1995 and 2004.  

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will continue to serve as the host conference for the annual  event. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is also proud to continue its relationship with  Learfield IMG College for sponsorship representation of its portfolio of collegiate events.  

“We look forward to another exciting weekend at the Mohegan Sun for the 2022 Hall of Fame Tip-Off  Tournament,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “This year’s  field of teams will bring a high level of competition to one of the country’s best early-season events.” 

Ticket information, game times and television broadcast details and 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. For more information, please visit www.halloffametipoff.com. 

 

2021 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament Schedule:

Saturday, November 19 
Maryland vs. Saint Louis 
Providence vs. Miami 

Sunday, November 20 

Consolation Game 

Championship Game 

About Mohegan Sun Arena: 

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. 

About the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference: 

The MAAC, headquartered in Edison, N.J., consists of 11 member institutions: Canisius College, Fairfield  University, Iona College, Manhattan College, Marist College, Monmouth University, Niagara University,  Quinnipiac University, Rider University, Saint Peter’s University and Siena College. For more on the  conference, please visit www.maacsports.com

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 #HOFTipOff or  call 1-877-4HOOPLA. 

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Alabama Men’s Basketball Announces Foreign Trip to Spain, France in August


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama men’s basketball team will venture on a 10-day foreign tour to Barcelona, Spain, and Paris, France, in August, head coach Nate Oats has announced. The Crimson Tide will play two games and spend four days in Barcelona before traveling to Paris for another four days and one contest.

Per NCAA rules regarding a foreign tour, Alabama will hold 10 days of practices prior to departing Tuscaloosa. The Tide’s trip will begin on Aug. 5 when it departs Tuscaloosa for Atlanta. The Tide will arrive in Barcelona at 8:55 a.m. local time on Saturday, Aug. 6.

The two games in Barcelona will be played Aug. 8 and Aug. 9, with the team departing for Paris on Aug. 10. The lone contest in France will take place Aug. 12. The team will return to Tuscaloosa on Aug. 14.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to have our program go on a foreign trip as a team to Barcelona and Paris,” head coach Nate Oats said. “It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our guys. It will give us all an opportunity to come together as a team before the season begins through the extra practices we’ll have, the educational and cultural experiences that we’ll encounter and the high-level competition that we plan on facing. It will be an experience that will remain with us all.”

Further details surrounding the trip including opponents, tip times, locations and more will be announced at a later time.

For all the latest information on the team, follow AlabamaMBB on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. General athletic news can be found @UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and Alabama Athletics on Facebook.



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Alabama Men’s Basketball Announces Foreign Trip to Spain, France in August


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama men’s basketball team will venture on a 10-day foreign tour to Barcelona, Spain, and Paris, France, in August, head coach Nate Oats has announced. The Crimson Tide will play two games and spend four days in Barcelona before traveling to Paris for another four days and one contest.

Per NCAA rules regarding a foreign tour, Alabama will hold 10 days of practices prior to departing Tuscaloosa. The Tide’s trip will begin on Aug. 5 when it departs Tuscaloosa for Atlanta. The Tide will arrive in Barcelona at 8:55 a.m. local time on Saturday, Aug. 6.

The two games in Barcelona will be played Aug. 8 and Aug. 9, with the team departing for Paris on Aug. 10. The lone contest in France will take place Aug. 12. The team will return to Tuscaloosa on Aug. 14.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to have our program go on a foreign trip as a team to Barcelona and Paris,” head coach Nate Oats said. “It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our guys. It will give us all an opportunity to come together as a team before the season begins through the extra practices we’ll have, the educational and cultural experiences that we’ll encounter and the high-level competition that we plan on facing. It will be an experience that will remain with us all.”

Further details surrounding the trip including opponents, tip times, locations and more will be announced at a later time.

For all the latest information on the team, follow AlabamaMBB on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. General athletic news can be found @UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and Alabama Athletics on Facebook.



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Maryland Men’s Basketball To Play In 2022 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off


UNCASVILLE, CT — The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the field of teams for the 2022 Tip-Off Tournament, which includes Maryland. The annual NCAA men’s exempt  tournament sponsored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will take place Saturday, Nov. 19 and Sunday, Nov. 20 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. 

Maryland will play Saint Louis on Nov. 19 and Miami will play Providence on the same day. The winners and losers will play the following day on Nov. 20. 

Miami advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight this past season while Providence won the Big East Championship and reached the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. Saint Louis advanced to the National Invitation Tournament last season. 

“We are very excited to play in the 2022 Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament,” said Maryland men’s basketball head coach Kevin Willard. “This event features some of  the best teams in the nation and we are excited to have an early-season challenge for our program.  Playing at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut is a great location for our fans to travel as we have a large following throughout the entire Northeast corridor, and they will be able to come and support the Terps.”  

Maryland and Saint Louis have played once previously with the Terrapins winning a 1994 NCAA Tournament First Round game in Kansas City, 74-66 on March 17, 1994 with Joe Smith leading the way with 29 points and 15 rebounds. 

The Terps and Miami have played 19 times with the Hurricanes leading the series, 12-7, with most of those games coming as ACC rivals. The teams last played on Jan. 29, 2014, a 74-71 Maryland victory

Maryland and Providence have played three times with the Terps winning twice, including the last matchup on Nov. 25, 2013, a 56-52 victory in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Terps’ other win against the Friars came on Dec. 4, 1991, which was played at the Hartford Civic Center, that was Maryland’s last game played in the state of Connecticut. 

Maryland has played in the Hall of Fame Classic, when the event was held in Springfield, Mass., in 1993, 1995 and 2004.  

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will continue to serve as the host conference for the annual  event. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is also proud to continue its relationship with  Learfield IMG College for sponsorship representation of its portfolio of collegiate events.  

“We look forward to another exciting weekend at the Mohegan Sun for the 2022 Hall of Fame Tip-Off  Tournament,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “This year’s  field of teams will bring a high level of competition to one of the country’s best early-season events.” 

Ticket information, game times and television broadcast details and 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. For more information, please visit www.halloffametipoff.com. 

 

2021 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament Schedule:

Saturday, November 19 
Maryland vs. Saint Louis 
Providence vs. Miami 

Sunday, November 20 

Consolation Game 

Championship Game 

About Mohegan Sun Arena: 

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. 

About the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference: 

The MAAC, headquartered in Edison, N.J., consists of 11 member institutions: Canisius College, Fairfield  University, Iona College, Manhattan College, Marist College, Monmouth University, Niagara University,  Quinnipiac University, Rider University, Saint Peter’s University and Siena College. For more on the  conference, please visit www.maacsports.com

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 #HOFTipOff or  call 1-877-4HOOPLA. 

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NBL basketball news 2022: Tasmania JackJumpers defeat Melbourne United to march into grand final


The Tasmania JackJumpers have pulled off one of the biggest NBL playoff upsets in recent memory, eliminating Melbourne United to march into the grand final.

They’ve done it. The Jackies are on the march and the fairytale is yet to be told after expansion club Tasmania pulled off one of the biggest NBL playoff upsets in recent memory, eliminating top-of-the-table Melbourne United.

And it was an angry ant who sucked all the life out of the home crowd, the remarkable Josh Adams jawing, yelling and draining bucket after bucket to end the reigning champions’ season in misery.

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The recriminations will be severe at United but, put simply, the JackJumpers have had their number for much of the season.

And so it was, with the well-co-ordinated JackJumpers’ fans drowning out the United crowd from their perch in a number of bays in the southwest corner of John Cain Arena, the JackJumpers marched into the grand final.

JackJumpers’ coach Scott Roth said his team’s success had given the sport a huge boost in the Apple Isle.

“Just an incredible effort for our group,” Roth said.

“To impact the state like these guys have done is just a fantastic thing for our group and the state and I don’t know what to say other than we’re just blessed to be in this position and humbled by it.

“I think we’ve impacted Tasmanian basketball for kids and young females growing up and children to rally around this sport and embrace it.

“Sports are so impactful and just a huge moment for Tasmania in general in a short period of time.”

The JackJumpers’ defence has been its calling card throughout NBL22 and Roth said he was always confident it was his side’s effort on that side of the ball that would propel it to great heights.

“We just stayed true to ourselves,” he said.

“It just came down to us defending and doing what we’ve hung our hat on.

“I’ve said all along ‘your defence will travel, it will always give you a chance to win on the road in the fourth quarter if you’re doing the right things’.

“It was my mindset from day one when I started to put this team together to be in the top four defensively and I thought it would be good enough to get to where we are today.”

Less than an hour before tip-off, United lost captain Chris Goulding to a calf strain and it was downhill from there.

Disappointed United coach Dean Vickerman revealed coaching staff had time to plan for Goulding’s absence and refused to blame it on the team’s loss — they were horrible from the three-point line and the charity stripe across the three games.

“We had some idea at shoot around today that he (Goulding) was not going to be available,” Vickerman said.

“This whole series, we couldn’t shoot over 20 per cent from the three-point line and tonight we struggled to shoot over 50 per cent from the foul line and missed 10.

“We got enough stops to win the basketball game, even though they had some moments and some patches that were really good, but we couldn’t throw it in the ocean the whole series.”

The JackJumpers, as they have done all series, continued to live up to their nickname, infesting John Cain Arena like ants with their brutal brand of physical in-your-face basketball.

Put simply, the Jackies rattled the reigning champions in a way no other team has been able to in NBL22 — and they didn’t handle the heat without their talisman.

The Jackies took two-and-a-half minutes to score their first bucket and United led 9-2 on the back of an intense defensive effort that they couldn’t sustain it early. The junkyard dog Jackies fought their way back into it and, when former United man Sam McDaniel capped a 12-2 run with a brilliant finish among the trees and converted from the free throw line, they led 14-11.

But Shea Ili, as he so often has, propelled United with nine first-quarter points while Jack White was an absolute monster on the boards as Melbourne took a 25-21 lead into the first break.

Vickerman praised the tireless Ili, who took it on himself to try to will United to victory.

“He just absolutely never quit and, whether that was taking two or three people on to get to the rim, whether it was defending at a crazy-high level, or just bouncing out of nowhere to give us an extra possession on a rebound I thought he was exceptional,” he said.

The animated, tattooed Adams is the type of cult figure who is beloved by his own supporters and draws the ire of opposing fans.

But he has the game to back it up and his nine points in the second quarter squared it all up at 40.

He left the floor at halftime to a chorus of boos after taking umbrage with the referee over an offensive foul call and stood there to soak it in as his teammates went down the race.

Big mistake — it energised the Phoenix native and he ignited the team from Tassie with 12 in the third to give them a six-point lead at the last break.

United would come again, on the back of star Jo Lual-Acuil Jr, who produced seven points in a 9-2 United run that gave them the lead.

But the Jackies would not be denied, producing a series of breathtaking plays down the stretch and it was fitting Adams would deliver the hammer blow — a three-pointer that put it to bed with a minute to go.

There was no coming back for the champions who now have a long off-season to ponder their missed opportunity.

“It’s a Cinderella story that’s continuing right now,” Vickerman said.

“We did a good job for the series (on Adams) and then he has 21 in the second half (on Monday night) and credit to him, he’s a pretty tough kid.

“This was a hell of a tough series. The JackJumpers can beat anyone.

“I hope they go on and really challenge Sydney and make it a really competitive grand final.”

MIGHTY JACKS

We’ve all been caught up in the good news story of Tassie’s debut season but it’s time to acknowledge what they are — a very good basketball team. Unheralded Jack McVeigh might be the ‘star’, but, as a collective, they are all on the same page and do one thing very, very well — they never give up on anything. Whether it’s defensively battling — when they’re overmatched in the height and weight divisions — or just finding ways to put the ball in the bucket. Scott Roth has a deep playbook, but there is an element of organised chaos with the way any and every Jackie will take and make a three ball. You can’t help but admire the expansion club and its fans. They rode every moment, selling out MyState Bank Arena on the regular and providing plenty of travelling support wherever the Jackies played. Every club claims to have the best fans in the league — the Jackies might be on the money when they say it. Could they finish with a championship in their debut season?

BRING ON THE KINGS

Sydney enters the grand final as the team to beat after sweeping away the second-seeded Illawarra Hawks in devastating fashion. led by NBL22 MVP Jaylen Adams, the Kings are a potent offensive team with weapons all over the floor. The Jackies are 1-2 against the Kings this season — they’ve beaten every team at least once on their first NBL tour. Worryingly, though, the last meeting ended in one of its biggest losses of the season, a 20-point demolition — in Tasmania. They’ll go in as heavy underdogs but it’s a title that has suited them so well throughout their debut season.

NBL GRAND FINAL SCHEDULE

Sydney Kings v Tasmania JackJumpers

Game one @ Qudos Bank Arena: Friday, May 6, 7.30pm

Game two @ MyState Bank Arena: Sunday, May 8, 2.30pm

Game three @ QBA, Wednesday, May 11, 7.30pm

Game four @ MBA, Friday, May 13, 7.30pm (if required)

Game five @ QBA, Wednesday, May 18, 7.30pm (if required)

SCOREBOARD

Melbourne United 73-76 Tasmania JackJumpers

United

Ili: 18 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists

Lual-Acuil Jr: 16 points, 7 rebounds

White: 14 points, 14 rebounds

JackJumpers

Adams: 30 points

McVeigh: 16 points

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Hawkeye Basketball 2021-22 Top 10: #8 – Keegan’s Penn State Tip Drill


Welcome to the 2021-22 Iowa Basketball Top 10! To review previous entries, click the links below:
#10 – The UVA Sequence
#9 – The Tony Perkins Experience

#8 – Keegan’s Penn State Tip Drill

Look – this game sucked. This was the second game with the Nittany Lions in a span of 9 days, and we mostly saw the exact same game twice. Penn State made a TON of tough, off-balance shots to keep them close in Iowa City or, in this case, extend the lead in Happy Valley.

Penn State pushed the lead out to 6 in the final 1:11 off a jumper from Sam Sessions. Then Keegan came alive – a 3-pointer made the game 65-62. After a Penn State turnover, Patrick McCaffery scored a quick 2 to pull within 1. Iowa was forced to foul in the closing seconds. Penn State only made 1 of 2 free throws to lead 66-64. Iowa rushed down and Jordan Bohannon went for the win. The shot was short, but here’s our hero again:

I could not believe this play in real time. I don’t think I’ve seen an Iowa player do something like this, in that situation, in my life, and my memory of Iowa basketball goes back to 1990. I haven’t thought about my all-time favorite Iowa plays list in awhile, but the top of the list is increasingly Keegan-centric and this play would make the cut. It would’ve been near the top if Iowa won the game (it then was superseded by some monstrous Keegan stuff around the rim in later games; we’ll get to that later, as Keegan is going to feature prominently here). The game should have been over right there and he does…this?? When do you ever see this sort of thing happen? Keegan doesn’t give up on the play and does that. Good GOD what a year he had.

And yeah, the end of the game stunk. The refs missed a clear travel at the end of the first overtime, and of course Penn State made the shot to force a second overtime, and more tough shots went down, and Penn State won. It was the second time in 12 days Iowa had fallen victim to bad officiating. At the time, it felt like a damaging loss, just another terrible luck loss for the Hawks. The loss dropped Iowa to 4-6 in league play and had them firmly on the bubble. The Hawks were in that 10-11 range seeding-wise heading into Columbus. It wasn’t exactly a feel-good atmosphere in the fan base.

Then the game at Ohio State was postponed due to weather, Iowa reset, and we know what they did from that point until the NCAA Tournament.



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Geico Nationals high school basketball tournament tips off in Fort Myers


A national championship high school basketball tournament that had been played in Madison Square Garden in New York City for three years now is calling Southwest Florida home.  

The Geico Nationals will have an eight-team boys tournament and a five-team girls tournament. The games will be played Thursday through Saturday at Florida SouthWestern State College’s Suncoast Credit Union Arena with tickets on sale for $10 at geicohoops.com. The girls championship game will tip off at 10 a.m. Saturday and will be followed by the boys title game at noon.  

ESPN’s channels will broadcast the entirety of the tournament, but Paragon Sports President Rashid Ghazi also is hoping to have fans in the stands after putting on the tournament last year without them due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The tournament began in 2009 at Georgetown Prep in Washington, D.C., when it was known as the National High School Invitational. Dick’s Sporting Goods became the title sponsor, and the event moved in 2014 to Madison Square Garden before moving to Christ the King High School in 2019.  

“Ultimately, COVID was much worse than any of us expected it to be,” Ghazi said of the canceled 2020 tournament, which would have been held in South Carolina. “So, we canceled the event because COVID was so fluid and fast-moving. We realized we couldn’t hold it safely anywhere in the country.  

“We decided to look for a new home in 2021. With COVID still in flux and New York under a lot of restrictions, we wanted to move it to Florida or Georgia. We looked at Atlanta and various venues in Florida.” Because FSW already served as the home of the City of Palms Classic basketball tournament, a premier high school event in the country, in mid-December made choosing the same venue as an easy choice.  

IMG Academy from Bradenton, Oak Hill Academy from Mouth-of-Wilson, Virginia, and Montverde Academy from near Orlando all played at FSW in the 2021 City of Palms Classic.  

“There are a couple of reasons why,” Ghazi said of choosing FSW. “We thought the venue was a great size. The venue was available. We love the connections with City of Palms. That venue is used to high-end basketball well. We knew there would be strong recognition with IMG, Montverde and Oak Hill, because they’ve all played in the City of Palms before. And Fort Myers is a beautiful location.  

“We always want to host it where the destination is a place for people to go. For the kids, for the clients and for the schools. Fort Myers is a gorgeous location with beautiful beaches.”  

Paragon Sports also secured the hotel rooms for the visiting teams a year ago, when the bookings were far cheaper than they are now, the height of tourist season. “A year ago, it wasn’t so much the typical tourist season because of COVID,” Ghazi said. “We were able to lock in hotels for 2021, because people still weren’t traveling. We locked in hotels months ago. If you look now, there’s a shortage of rooms in the area. But we had planned well enough in advance. We enjoyed the venue so much. FSW rolled out the red carpet for us.”  

The national tournament could continue and evolve into a Fort Myers fixture, he said, depending on how this year goes, but “right now our plan would be to come back.” 



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Alabama women’s basketball vs. South Dakota State in WNIT


Alabama women’s basketball will travel to South Dakota State in the Elite Eight of the WNIT on Sunday. 

The game will tip off at 5 p.m. CT and can be heard on The Varsity Network. 

The Crimson Tide (20-13) are coming off a 79-64 win over Houston on Thursday. The Crimson Tide were led by Brittany Davis and Megan Abrams with 18 points. JaMya Mingo-Young added 17 points while Davis had eight rebounds. 

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The Jackrabbits (26-9) are coming off 84-66 win over Drake on Thursday. South Dakota State was led by Myah Selland with 21 points and seven rebounds. Paiton Burckhard added 20 points and Tori Nelson had 16 points. 

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How Arkansas basketball is preparing for No. 1 Gonzaga in the Sweet 16


FAYETTEVILLE –  Kris  Musselman has never seen her son  coach Arkansas basketball in person. Eric Musselman has been coach of the Razorbacks since 2019, but due to health limitations, Kris hasn’t been able to make the long trip from her home in San Diego.

Now, with No. 4 Arkansas (27-8) to play No. 1 Gonzaga (28-3) in San Francisco, Kris will finally get to see her son coach in his second straight Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. She’ll be in for a show on Thursday (6:09 p.m. CT, CBS) at the Chase Center when the nation’s leader in scoring offense meets Arkansas’ strong defense.

The Razorbacks advanced to the third round of the West Region  with close wins over No. 13 seed Vermont and No. 12 New Mexico State in Buffalo, New York. Gonzaga defeated No. 16 Georgia State and No. 9 Memphis, both of which gave the Bulldogs scares early.

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Gonzaga bigs Drew Timme and Chet Holmgren

When preparing for New Mexico State, Arkansas had to lock in on leading scorer Teddy Allen. Allen scored almost 40 points in the first round against UConn, but Au’Diese Toney and the Razorbacks held him to 12 on Saturday.

Preparation always hinges on more than one player, but Gonzaga presents a special challenge. Five Bulldogs average more than 11 points per game. Leading scorer Drew Timme averages almost 19.

“This team is really talented and as good as anybody in the country,” Musselman said Monday. “You’re going to have to play at an elite level to give yourself a chance to win.”

Timme and fellow forward Chet Holmgren are a powerful duo. Holmgren is 7-0 and is No. 8 in the country in defensive rebounds per game (8.03). Just ahead of him at No. 6, though, is Arkansas’ Jaylin Williams.

“Chet, he can stretch the floor for his size,” Williams said. “Timme, he’s a hard player …  He knows how to score. They are really the heart of that team.”

Gonzaga’s guard play

Timme and Holmgren are the stars, but Musselman also highlighted Gonzaga’s guard play and emphasized Gonzaga’s 3-point shooting ability. The Bulldogs are shooting 37.41%, the best mark of any team Arkansas has played thus far.

Guards Andrew Nembhard, Julian Strawther and Rasir Bolton all shoot at least 37% from 3-point range. To Williams’ point about Holmgren stretching the floor, the big man is third on the team in 3-point percentage with 39.2% on more than 100 attempts. Bolton is the leader, though, shooting 47% while taking the second-most 3-pointers.

“We have to lock in on their personnel because they do have a lot of weapons out there,” Arkansas guard Stanley Umude said. “A lot of their guys do things specific to them. I think if we can lock in on trying to take away each individual player’s strengths and try to do our best to contain them, we’ll be in good shape.”

Prep time

The Razorbacks will meet Gonzaga having had almost five full days since their last game. Musselman said there were some travel delays that cut into Arkansas’ preparation time. There’s more travel still to come, as Arkansas doesn’t leave until Tuesday, plus a two-hour time change.

But Musselman has been to the Sweet 16 twice before, and he knows how to spend his prep time. If he wants his mother to watch more than one Arkansas game in person, the Razorbacks will need to use it wisely.

“Our coaches do a great job down to every last detail from the tip to the end of the game on what our opponent wants to do,” Umude said. “It’s definitely a confidence boost for us knowing (Musselman) has been here in this situation before. We trust him, and he trusts us to go out and play as hard as we can for 40 minutes.”

Christina Long covers the Arkansas Razorbacks. You can email her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @christinalong00.





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