KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Big 12’s Oklahoma Sooners, along with Butler, Stanford and the Missouri Tigers, are set to face off next season in Kansas City, Mo., in the championship rounds of the 2019 Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker, Nov. 25-26 at Sprint Center. The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced the field today.
The Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker will be the culminating event of college basketball’s Hall of Fame Weekend, which also includes the 14th annual induction ceremony for the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. That event will take place on Sunday, Nov. 24 in Kansas City.
The semifinal rounds will be held on Monday, Nov. 25. The finals will take place the following day, Tuesday, Nov. 26, beginning with the consolation game, followed by the championship game. All four contests will be aired on an ESPN network.
Select tickets for the championship round games at Sprint Center will be available beginning Tuesday, March 12, at 10:00am CT through www.axs.com or www.halloffameweekend.com, and will remain on sale through the end of the college basketball season on April 9. Additional tickets will be available beginning on Saturday, September 7, at 10:00am CT via the same on-line ticket outlets, as well as charge by phone at 1-888-929-7849 and in person at Sprint Center Box Office.
The complete bracket, including matchups and television times for the 2019 Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker, will be announced at a later date.
Butler – The Bulldogs finished the regular season at 7-11 in the difficult Big East Conference, good for a tie for 8th place, and 16-15 overall……Have participated in 4 straight NCAA Tournaments…..Led by junior guard Kamar Baldwin averaging team-highs in points (17.5), and rebounds (5.0), redshirt-senior guard Paul Jorgensen (11.8ppg) and junior forward Sean McDermott (9.7ppg)… Lavall Jordan, head coach of the Bulldogs, stated: “Our program is excited to be part of the 2019 Hall of Fame Classic. It’s a great event that always includes high-caliber competition. As every team is looking to post signature wins and prepare for conference play at that point in the season, it will be special to have that opportunity in Kansas City, just down the street from the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.”
Missouri – The Tigers completed the regular season 12th in the rugged Southeastern Conference, with a 5-13 mark and 14-16 overall… Appeared in last year’s NCAA Tournament…..Led by senior guard Jordan Geist with team-highs in points (14.0), and assists (3.2), sophomore guard Mark Smith (11.4ppg) and sophomore forward Jeremiah Tilmon (10.4ppg, team-high 5.9rpg) … Tigers’ head coach Cuonzo Martin had this to say about playing in the event: “We’re looking forward to playing in next season’s Hall of Fame Tournament against great competition. It’s an exciting opportunity to showcase our program at a high-level event right in our backyard in Kansas City, and we’re ready for the challenge.”
Oklahoma – The Sooners finished up at 7-11 in the ultra-competitive Big 12 Conference, good for a tie for 7th place, and 19-12 overall …..Looking to play in their sixth NCAA Tournament in the past seven years....Led by senior guard Christian James with team-highs in points (14.5), and 3-pointers made (61), sophomore forward Brady Manek (11.7ppg), and junior forward Kristian Doolittle (11.0ppg, team high 6.9rpg) … Sooners head coach Lon Kruger said, “We’re thrilled to be a part of the 2019 Hall of Fame Classic. The tournament field will provide our team with a strong early-season challenge against a group of well-coached, high-level programs. Kansas City has always been a tremendous host during the Big 12 Championship and we’re looking forward to a similar experience in November at the Sprint Center.”
Stanford – Finished tied for 8th place in the Pac-12 Conference, at 8-10 and 15-15 overall… Attempting to make their second consecutive post-season appearance and their sixth in the past eight seasons…..The Cardinal are led by sophomore forward KZ Okpala (17.1ppg), sophomore guard Daejon Davis (11.8ppg, team-high 4.6apg), and senior center Josh Sharma (10.0ppg, team-high 6.9rpg)……Third-year head coach Jerod Haase had this to say about participating in this year’s tournament: “We are excited to be a part of the Hall of Fame Classic. It is a great field at an outstanding venue. Playing in Kansas City and exploring the Hall of Fame will be a great experience for our team. We look forward to the opportunity to compete in a high-level tournament against some of the best teams in the country.”