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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

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