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Louisville announces nine-team men’s basketball event to start 2020-21 season

Louisville is blowing up its own bubble.

A nine-team men’s basketball event, which has been named the Wade Houston Tipoff Classic, will be hosted by the University of Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center with 18 total games scheduled to take place across 10 days from Nov. 25 through Dec. 4.

According to a press release put out by UL, joining the Cardinals for what is expected to be the largest university-run nonconference event for the upcoming season will be Duquesne (21-9 in 2019-20, fifth in Atlantic 10), UNC Greensboro (23-9, third in Southern Conference); Arkansas Little Rock (21-10, Sun Belt Champions); Louisville (24-7, tied for second in ACC), Prairie View A&M (19-13, SWAC Champions); Seton Hall (21-9, BIG EAST Co-Champion), Southern Illinois (16-16, fifth in Missouri Valley Conference); Western Kentucky (20-10, tied for second in Conference USA); and Winthrop (24-10, Big South Co-Champion).

Basically, the lineup features a lot of potential NCAA Tournament teams, then Duquense and Southern Illinois. Not a bad slate of games, though.

The most anticipated matchup will be between the host team Louisville and the Seton Hall Pirates on Nov. 27. All nine teams will stay at the arena-attached Galt House Hotel for the event, and three indoor courts and a weight room are being installed to prevent teams from having to leave the premises. All meals will also be eaten at the hotel and, outside of a possible bus trip to practices, teams shouldn’t have to leave the bubble at all. According to UL, “Testing protocols will be in place for all participating teams and health protocols established by the ACC will be in place.”

Can we have the Kentucky schedule now pretty pleaseeeee?

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

8 Comments for Louisville announces nine-team men’s basketball event to start 2020-21 season

  1. mashman 93
    10:08 pm November 3, 2020 Permalink

    Yes give us the Kentucky a schedule please. GO CATS!!!

  2. ukkatzfan
    11:50 pm November 3, 2020 Permalink

    U6 has a tourney and names it after a tenn coach. Hahahahaha. And I thought it would have been named after our coach since he likes to use the name so much. Bwahahahaha

      4:34 am November 4, 2020 Permalink


    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      10:17 am November 4, 2020 Permalink

      My first thought was “They named it after an assistant coach?” And then I thought “An assistant coach who went to an flamed out at UT?” Why is it not named after Denny Crum? He won multiple championships. Or is the court, or something else, already named after him so they went another direction because of that?

    • UKinIN
      10:57 am November 4, 2020 Permalink

      My guess, and maybe this was been implied and I’m just missing it, is that Houston was the first African American scholarship player at U of L.

  3. BobbyBlue
    11:31 am November 4, 2020 Permalink

    I don’t understand why Louisville is even allowed to play again, this year.

  4. 2andToodleLoo
    2:04 pm November 4, 2020 Permalink


  5. wild horses
    2:19 pm November 4, 2020 Permalink

    Mack looks like Wallace from Wallace and Grommet. Look it up and tell me I’m wrong.