Alcorn State and Morgan State join field for
2004 Guardians Classic
September 22, 2004
Alcorn State and Morgan State have been announced as part of
the field for the Guardians Classic, a twelve-team, exempt
college basketball tournament on November 15-16, 2004 sponsored
by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Missouri,
Creighton and Ohio State will each host the Opening Rounds
of the tournament.The Championship Rounds of the Event will
be held on November 23-24 at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas
City, Missouri. Other schools participating in the tournament
include Brown, Houston, Iona, Northern Arizona, Robert Morris,
Sam Houston State and Towson.
On November 15, Alcorn State is set to face Creighton at
7:30pm at the Qwest Center Omaha in Omaha, NE while Morgan
State will face Robert Morris in opening round action at
the Shottenstein Center in Columbus, OH. The tipoff times
of the games in Columbus have not been determined.
The winner of each regional and one "wild card" (four
teams total) will advance to the Championship Rounds at historic
Municipal Auditorium in downtown Kansas City. Municipal Auditorium
has played host to more NCAA Final Fours than any other building.
The national collegiate basketball champion has been crowned
nine times on the Municipal hardwood.
The criteria for determining the "wild card" team
will be based upon 1) Team RPI 2) Relative margin of victory
or defeat in the first round, 3) RPI of first round opponent,
4) Relative margin of victory or defeat in the second round,
5) RPI of second round opponent. No weight is given to any
victory or defeat greater than 15 points.
"We are excited to have twelve outstanding programs
compete in this year's Guardians Classic. The Guardians Classic
highlights the positive aspects of college basketball, the
role coaches play in the lives of student-athletes, and the
contributions that coaches make to their communities," said
Jim Haney, Executive Director of the National Association
of Basketball Coaches.
The Guardians Classic was created to promote the NABC's
Guardians of the Game program, which emphasizes four core
values; advocacy, leadership, service, and education, is
produced by the Gazelle Group. For more information about
the Guardians Classic, visit guardiansclassic.com