Eastern to Play in CBE Hall of Fame Classic

Eagles will join 11 other teams in tourney and will play one game in Pullman and three in Santa Clara

Eastern Washington University, led by second-year head coach Jim Hayford, is among the 12 NCAA Division I men’s basketball teams participating in the 2012 CBE Hall of Fame Classic, the National Association of Basketball Coaches announced  Thursday (July 26).

As part of the tournament, Eastern will play at Washington State in Pullman, Wash., on Nov. 10. The Eagles will also play three games in Santa Clara, Calif. – Nov. 20 versus Utah Valley; Nov. 21 against South Carolina-Upstate; and Nov. 23 versus Santa Clara.

The remainder of Eastern’s non-conference schedule is still be finalized and will be announced at a later date.

Kansas, Saint Louis, Texas A&M and WSU will serve as the four host round participants for this year’s CBE Hall of Fame Classic, with the opening round games beginning on Nov. 9. Each team will play two games on campus before advancing to the Championship Rounds on Nov. 19-20 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Joining Kansas, Saint Louis, Texas A&M and Washington State in the 2012 CBE Hall of Fame Classic are Eastern, Louisiana Tech, Santa Clara, Southeast Missouri State, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Troy, USC-Upstate and Utah Valley. Santa Clara and Tennessee-Chattanooga will serve as sub-hosts for games played Nov. 18-23.

ESPN Networks will broadcast the four championship round games. The semifinal doubleheader featuring Texas A&M and Saint Louis will be aired on ESPNU at 4:30 p.m. Pacific time, followed by Washington State and Kansas on ESPN2. The next evening, the consolation game will be shown on ESPN3 at 4 p.m. Pacific, followed by the championship game on ESPNU.



College Station Host Round
Reed Arena – College Station, Texas
Friday, November 9 – 5:00 PM PT
Louisiana Tech at Texas A&M
Monday, November 12 – 5:00 PM PT
Troy at Texas A&M

Pullman Host Round
Beasley Coliseum – Pullman, Wash.
Saturday, November 10 – TBD
Eastern Washington at Washington State
Wed, November 14 – 7 PM PT
Utah Valley at Washington State

Lawrence Host Round
Allen Fieldhouse – Lawrence, Kan.
Friday, November 9 – 5:00 PM PT
Southeast Missouri State at Kansas
Thursday, November 15 – 5:00 PM PT
Tennessee-Chattanooga at Kansas

Saint Louis Host Round
Chaifetz Arena – St. Louis, Mo.
Friday, November 9 – 5:00 PM PT
USC-Upstate at Saint Louis
Wed, November 14 – 5:00 PM PT
Santa Clara at Saint Louis



Chattanooga Sub-Host Round
McKenzie Arena – Chattanooga, Tenn.
Sunday, November 18 – Noon PT
SEMO vs. Tennessee-Chattanooga
Louisiana Tech vs. Troy
Monday, November 19 – 2:00 PM PT
SEMO vs. Louisiana Tech
Troy vs. Tennessee-Chattanooga
Tuesday, November 20 – 2:00 PM PT
SEMO vs. Troy
Louisiana Tech vs. Tennessee-Chattanooga

Santa Clara Sub-Host Round
Leavey Center – Santa Clara, Calif.
Tuesday, November 20 – 6:00 PM PT
Eastern Washington vs. Utah Valley
USC-Upstate vs. Santa Clara
Wednesday, November 21 – 6:00 PM PT
Eastern Washington vs. USC-Upstate
Utah Valley vs. Santa Clara
Friday, November 23 – 2:00 PM PT
USC-Upstate vs. Utah Valley
Eastern Washington vs. Santa Clara



Semifinal Doubleheader
Sprint Center – Kansas City, Mo.
Monday, November 19 – 4:30 PM PT
Texas A&M vs. Saint Louis (ESPNU)
Washington State vs. Kansas (ESPN2)

Championship Doubleheader
Sprint Center – Kansas City, Mo.
Tuesday, November 20 – 4:00 PM PT
Consolation Game (ESPN3)
Championship Game (ESPNU)


More about the CBE Classic and the College Basketball Experience

Tickets for the Championship Round games at Sprint Center are on sale and may be purchased through www.axs.com, www.sprintcenter.com, or www.cbehalloffameclassic.com, by phone at 1-888-929-7849 or in person at Sprint Center Box Office.

The 2011 CBE Classic Champion was the University of Missouri, ranked No. 21 at the time, which defeated then No. 18 California 92-53 in the Championship Game. Missouri senior guard and Kansas City native Marcus Denmon captured the 2011 CBE Classic Most Valuable Player Award, after scoring 26 points vs. Notre Dame in the semifinals and 18 points vs. California.

The CBE Hall of Fame Classic is named after the College Basketball Experience, the award-winning and highly interactive college basketball fan facility adjacent to Sprint Center, which also features the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Opened in October 2007, the College Basketball Experience is the nation's only facility that celebrates, in its entirety, the sport of men's collegiate basketball. The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame hosts an Induction Celebration on the Sunday before the tournament, celebrating Hall of Fame collegiate careers.

The tournament, in partnership with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), was initially established in 2001 as the Guardians Classic. Founded in 1927, the NABC, since its inception, has acted as a guardian of the game of basketball by furthering the best interests of the game as well as the players and coaches who participate. The NABC engages in many efforts to enhance the college basketball experience for players, coaches and fans. To find out more, visit: www.cbehalloffameclassic.com

The CBE Hall of Fame Classic is produced by Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc. Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc. is a sports management firm based in the Shenandoah Valley city of Winchester, Virginia. The staff offers over 35 years of combined experience in the management of sporting events throughout the U.S. with an event resume that spans NCAA Football, NCAA Basketball, NBA Preseason, MLB Exhibitions, NHL Preseason, Golf Tournaments, All American High School Basketball, Tennis Exhibitions, All-American High School Baseball. For more information on Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc. please visit www.blueridgesports.com.

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