UMass-AIC men's basketball matchup looks likely in November
Published: Monday, September 06, 2010, 7:09 PM Updated: Monday, September 06, 2010, 7:15 PM
SPRINGFIELD - The University of Massachusetts men's basketball team is likely to play American International College is the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament.
A source close to the tournament said details are being worked out. UMass will play four games in the November tournament, two against major Division I teams and two against either mid-majors or schools from lower divisions.
UMass athletic director John McCutcheon said he could not comment. Hall of Fame president John L. Doleva could not be reached for comment.
Initially, the Hall of Fame sought an eight-team field with four teams from major conferences, and four Division I mid-majors.
The major teams were lined up fairly quickly. UMass will be joined by Southern California, Bradley and Texas Christian, and will play two of those schools.
They will also play two other teams, one of which is expected to be AIC from Division II, the source said.
New Mexico State and Rider were originally part of the fold. The schedules from those schools have not been released.
The schedules for USC, Bradley and TCU include Tip-Off games. UMass has yet to release its schedule, but McCutcheon confirmed the Minutemen's place in the tournament.
Two UMass games will be at the Mullins Center, and two at the MassMutual Center.
The source said Springfield College, a Division III team, might also play in the tournament, as well as Le Moyne College from Division II.
AIC would play two games in the tournament - one against UMass and the other against Le Moyne.
The second game would count in the Northeast 10 Conference standings.
The tournament is a revival of the former Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic, a one-game event that was staged from 1979 to 2005.
UMass and AIC have played 34 regular-season games in men's basketball, but none since 1987. The Yellow Jackets have played both Connecticut (twice) and UMass in preseason games in recent years.