BYU, Florida State, Notre Dame, and Saint Joseph’s chosen
as host schools for Coaches vs. Cancer Classic

Major Pre-Season College Basketball Event at Barclays Center in Brooklyn

--truTV to televise all four Championship Round Games--

BROOKLYN, NY – The National Association of Basketball Coaches and the American Cancer Society announced today that the four host schools of the 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic to be played at Barclays Center in Brooklyn have been set.

BYU, Florida State, Notre Dame and Saint Joseph’s will meet at Barclays Center for the Championship Rounds of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. The semifinal matchups will be held on Friday, November 16, and will be televised live on truTV. The finals will take place the following day, Saturday, November 17, beginning with the Consolation Game, followed by the Championship Game. Both of Saturday’s games will also be televised on truTV.

The complete bracket, including matchups and game times for the 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic will be announced at a later date.

Tickets for the Championship Round games at the Barclays Center will go on sale Saturday, March 17.

---- Championship Rounds ----

Semifinal Doubleheader
Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY
Friday, November 16

Championship Doubleheader
Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY
Saturday, November 17


BYUBYU – looking for its 6th consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament after finishing this season with a 25-8 mark……led by senior forward Noah Hartsock (16.7 ppg, 1.6 bpg) and junior forward Brandon Davies (15.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg)…….Dave Rose, Head Coach of the Cougars since 2005, is second in BYU history in wins and had this to say about BYU’s participation: “It’s an honor for BYU to be selected to participate in the Coaches vs Cancer Classic. Coaches vs Cancer is a fantastic organization that continues to make a big impact in the fight against cancer. The Classic is annually one of the best in college basketball and will be a great opportunity for our team.”


Florida StateFlorida State – after finishing this season at 21-9 overall and being ranked #17 in the country, the Seminoles are looking forward to their fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament…..led by junior guard Michael Snaer (14.1 ppg) and senior forward Bernard James (10.4 ppg, 2.3 bpg)…..Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year Leonard Hamilton, in his tenth season leading the Seminoles, stated: “We are honored to have the opportunity to play in the 2012 Coaches vs Cancer Tournament. As we have worked to improve our program, this tournament has developed into one of the most prestigious events in all of college basketball. The Coaches vs Cancer Tournament is an event that is important for us because cancer has unfortunately touched all of our lives and this is just a small way in which we, as college basketball coaches, can contribute towards finding a cure.”


Notre DameNotre Dame – finished this season with an overall record of 21-10, a surprising 13-5 mark in the Big East, good for third place and a #23 national ranking…..will be making their 13th consecutive post-season appearance…..led by junior forward Jack Cooley (12.5 ppg, 9.2 rpg) and sophomore guard Eric Atkins (12.4 ppg, 4.1 apg)…..Head Coach Mike Brey, in his 12th season in South Bend, had this to say about participating in the Coaches vs Cancer Classic: “We’re very honored to be part of the 2012 Coaches vs Cancer field. I have been very involved with the CvC program for many years so being part of this basketball event is very special for me. Playing the tournament at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn will be exciting for the teams and their fans.”


St. Joseph'sSt. Joseph's – looking to make its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2007-08…..finished the regular season with a 19-12 mark, including 9-7 in the Atlantic 10 Conference…..led by junior guard Carl Jones (16.3 ppg, 3.2 apg) and sophomore guard Langston Galloway (15.9 ppg)……Head Coach Phil Martelli, in his 17th year with Saint Joseph’s and their all-time winningest coach said: "It is an honor to be participating in the Coaches vs Cancer Classic. The Coaches vs Cancer Program has done so much good but still, there is much to do. Hopefully our participation in this Classic will raise awareness and much needed dollars."


The Coaches Versus Cancer 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 www.BlueRidgeSports.com.

About Coaches vs. Cancer
Coaches vs Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers basketball coaches, their teams, and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer. The program leverages the personal experiences, community leadership, and professional excellence of basketball coaches nationwide to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through year-round awareness efforts, fundraising activities, and advocacy programs. Since 1993, the initiative has raised more than $80 million dollars to fund groundbreaking research, provide up-to-date cancer literacy, advocate for public health policies and deliver services to improve the quality of life for patients and their families. To learn more, visit www.CoachesVsCancer.org

About Barclays Center
Scheduled to open in September 2012, Barclays Center will be a major sports and entertainment venue in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. Developed by Brooklyn-based real estate developer Forest City Ratner Companies, and designed by the award-winning architectural firms AECOM (www.aecom.com/architecture) and SHoP Architects (www.shoparc.com), Barclays Center will have one of the most intimate seating configurations ever designed into a modern multi-purpose arena, with unparalleled sightlines and first-class amenities. Barclays Center will offer approximately 18,000 seats for basketball and up to 19,000 seats for concerts, and will also have 100 luxury suites, four bars/lounges, three clubs, and a restaurant.

Barclays Center will host an extensive variety of events, including premier concerts, monthly major professional boxing cards, top college basketball, family shows, professional hockey, and NETS Basketball. Current programming alliances with Barclays Center include Golden Boy Promotions, IMG, Feld Entertainment, Lagardère Unlimited, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

In addition to Barclays, the naming rights partner, Founding Partners for Barclays Center include Cushman & Wakefield, EmblemHealth, Foxwoods Resort Casino, MetroPCS, and Stolichnaya. Other sponsors include: Anheuser-Busch, The Coca-Cola Company, Haier America, HighPoint Solutions, Phillips-Van Heusen, Tyco, and Willis.

Located atop one of the largest transportation hubs in New York City, Barclays Center will be accessible by 11 subway lines and the Long Island Rail Road.

Barclays trains



For more information on Barclays Center please visit www.BarclaysCenter.com.

About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest “Phog” Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. Then NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.org.

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