Aug 15, 2010

Mizzou, Georgetown Announce Hardwood Clash at Sprint Center

College Basketball is rooted in Kansas City, Mo., and two tradition-filled programs will celebrate that local history this season when the Missouri Tigers and Georgetown Hoyas collide at the Sprint Center on Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. in the 2010 John McLendon Classic.

Nationally televised on ESPNU, Missouri and Georgetown each advanced to NCAA Tournament play last year and both programs have been picked inside numerous preseason Top 25 polls this summer. Missouri returns a pair of starters and the second deepest bench in all of college basketball (31.6 bench points per game in 2010) from last season, while the Hoyas welcome back four starters, highlighted by the return of leading scorer Austin Freeman (16.5 ppg).

“What an outstanding game for our fans and of course Kansas City,” Head Coach Mike Anderson said. “This will be an NCAA Tournament-type atmosphere. We have two programs with proud traditions and to have this event in our backyard makes it fun for everyone. We want Tiger Nation to show up in force!”

Tickets for the McLendon Classic will go on sale later this summer through the Mizzou Athletics Ticket Office. Tiger Scholarship Fund members and Mizzou Basketball season ticket holders will receive priority ordering information about this game in the mail. If fans and alumni are not TSF members or season ticket holders, but want to ensure they receive ticket information for this game, please visit mutigers.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/10-baskbl-ticket-info.html.

Tickets are not part of the 2010 Mizzou Basketball season ticket package and must be purchased separately. For more information, please visit mutigers.com or call the ticket office at 1-800-CAT-PAWS; 884-PAWS in Mid-Missouri.

General Public ticket sales for the John McLendon Classic go on sale Friday, Oct. 1 at SprintCenter.com, Sprint Center Box Office or charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Missouri and Georgetown have met just once on the hardwood, with the Hoyas claiming a 63-51 win on Feb. 20, 1982 in Washington, D.C. Ricky Frazier led the Tigers with 24 points and 14 rebounds, while Eric “Sleepy” Floyd dropped in 16 and Patrick Ewing recorded a 13-point, 13-rebound double-double. Georgetown advanced to the NCAA Tournament finals that season, but fell 63-62 to Michael Jordan and the North Carolina Tar Heels in New Orleans.

A portion of the proceeds from this contest will support the John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Program, which assists minorities pursuing educational interests in sports administration.

About the John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation:
In 1998, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) founded the John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation in honor of the late John McLendon. The John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Awards are presented to senior-level minority students who intend to pursue a graduate degree in athletics administration. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than 55 postgraduate scholarships. Additionally, in 2007 the Foundation established the McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame to recognize and honor the dedication of longtime minority athletics administrators in raising awareness and working towards the advancement of minorities in the field of athletics administration, while achieving the highest level of excellence in their own career. For more information regarding this program, please visit www.mclendonminorityfoundation.com.