KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Texas A&M will join Kansas, Saint Louis and Washington State as the host schools of the 2012 CBE Classic, the National Association of Basketball Coaches announced on Tuesday.
All four teams will meet at Kansas City's Sprint Center for the
Championship Rounds of the CBE Classic. The semifinal matchups will be
held on Monday, November 19. The finals will take place the following
day, Tuesday, November 20, beginning with the Consolation Game, followed
by the Championship Game.
The complete bracket, including matchups, game times and television
information for the 2012 CBE Classic will be announced at a later date.
Tickets for the Championship Round games at Sprint Center will go on
sale today at 1:00 PM CST and may be purchased through www.axs.com,
www.sprintcenter.com, or www.cbeclassic.com, by phone at 1-888-929-7849
or in person at Sprint Center Box Office.
---- Championship Rounds ----
Semifinal Doubleheader Championship Doubleheader
Sprint Center - Kansas City, MO Sprint Center - Kansas City, MO
Monday, November 19 Tuesday, November 20
Kansas - Currently ranked in the Top 5 in the country and leading the
Big 12 Conference with an overall record of 25-5.....about to participate
in their 22nd consecutive NCAA Tournament and looking for their 14th
trip to the Final Four after just missing out last year, falling in the
Elite Eight......led by All-American candidate and Big 12 Player of the Year
candidate Thomas Robinson (17.8 ppg, 11.8 rpg) and senior guard Tyshawn
Taylor (17.1 ppg, 4.9 apg)........Bill Self is in his ninth season as head
coach of the Jayhawks and is looking to add to his NCAA all-time record
of most games won over a five-year span (165).
Saint Louis - Currently in second place in the Atlantic 10 Conference,
with an overall record of 23-6 and receiving votes in both the ESPN/USA
Today Coaches and AP Polls.......looking to make its first appearance in the
NCAA Tournament since 1999-00, and second post-season appearance in the
past three years......led by senior forward and Atlantic-10 Conference
All-Academic Team member Brian Conklin (13.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg) and junior
guard Kwamain Mitchell (12.0 ppg, 3.6 apg)......head coach Rick Majerus is
in his sixth year at the helm of the Billikens, after serving as head
coach at Utah, Ball State and Marquette.
Texas A&M - Will play in the 2012 CBE Classic as a new member of the
Southeastern Conference, after spending many years in the Big 12
Conference....has participated in six consecutive NCAA Tournaments, one of
only 12 programs in the country to achieve that feat..... led by junior
guard Elston Turner (13.6 ppg) and junior forward Khris Middleton (12.6
ppg, 5.0 rpg).....head coach Billy Kennedy is in his first season in
College Station after spending the past six years leading Murray State.
Washington State - Has made the post-season in four out of the past five
seasons, including last year's run to the NIT Semi-Finals in New York
and the NCAA's Sweet Sixteen in 2007-08....... Finished last year with a
22-13 mark......led by junior forward Brock Motum (17.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg) and
senior guard Faisal Aden (14.5 ppg, 1.3 spg).......head coach Ken Bone is in
his third season with the Cougars, after serving as head coach at
Portland State University and Seattle Pacific University, his alma
The 2011 CBE Classic Champion was the University of Missouri, ranked #
21 at the time, which defeated then #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.
The event 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 tournament, in
partnership with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC),
was initially established in 2001 as the Guardians Classic.
The CBE 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. Our
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
Aggies to Play in 2012 CBE Classic
March 06, 2012
Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
(photo: Texas A&M Athletics)