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.
9 Teams. 18 Games. 10 Days.
The 2020 Wade Houston Tipoff Classic features:
?? Seven 20-game winners
?? Six teams that won or finished 2nd in their conferences
?? A group with a collective record of 189-93
— Louisville Athletics (@GoCards) November 3, 2020
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?