Three of Elite 8 reunite at Hoopsville Classic
|Middlebury's 2012-13 season
ended in the Elite Eight in Salem, with a 25-4
Hoopsville National Invitational Classic, presented by
Buffalo Wild Wings
All times p.m., Eastern
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For the second consecutive year, Stevenson University will host the Hoopsville National Invitational Classic presented by Buffalo Wild Wings which will take place at Owings Mills Gymnasium from Nov. 22-24. The classic, which is the biggest on-campus tournament in Division III, is the second-largest event of its kind, behind only the D3hoops.com Classic held in Las Vegas.
This year's event will feature 10 teams from seven states, five of which were either ranked or receiving votes in the D3hoops.com Top 25 during the 2012-13 season and five who participated in the 2013 Division III NCAA Tournament.
The 2013 field includes Birmingham-Southern, Cabrini, Keystone, La Verne, Middlebury, Ohio Wesleyan, Salisbury, St. Mary's (Md.), Stevenson and Trinity (Texas). The 10 teams averaged more than 20 wins last season while four had its head coach named conference coach of the year.
"We at the Hoopsville National Invitational Classic continue to strive to bring in some of the best teams in the country and others who are up and coming," said tournament executive director Dave McHugh. "We also continue to look to have teams from around the country get a chance to play programs they normally wouldn't play on their regular season schedule."
Cabrini, Middlebury, Ohio Wesleyan, St. Mary's (Md.) and Trinity (Texas) were all ranked last season while Cabrini, Middlebury, Ohio Wesleyan, St. Mary's (Md.) and Trinity (Texas) advanced to the 2013 Division III NCAA Tournament. Cabrini, Middlebury and St. Mary's (Md.) reached the Elite Eight.
"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 D3hoops.com executive editor Pat Coleman. "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."
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