The Maryland men’s basketball team will participate in the 2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City on Nov. 24 and 25, competing against three other power conference opponents in the two-day tournament, an individual with knowledge of the situation said.
The championship round field at the Sprint Center will also include Iowa State, Arizona State and Alabama, according to a second individual with knowledge of the situation. The inclusion of the Cyclones was previously reported by Coach Fred Hoiberg on his radio show.
In their mid-season tournament last November, the Terrapins beat Marist, Northern Iowa and Providence en route to winning the Paradise Jam tournament in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The CBE Hall of Fame Classic represents a homecoming of sorts for Coach Mark Turgeon, who was born in Topeka and attended Hayden High School, an hour’s drive west of Kansas City. The event also coincides with the National College Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony; this year, former Maryland all-American Tom McMillen was enshrined.
This season, behind seniors Melvin Ejim and DeAndre Kane, the Cyclones (14-1, 2-1 Big 12) are currently ranked ninth in the Associated Press top 25 and seventh in the USA Today coaches poll. The Crimson Tide, who the Terps topped in Tuscaloosa during the NIT quarterfinals last season, have labored to a 7-8 record and are 0-6 against RPI top 100 opponents, while the Sun Devils are 13-4 overall with road wins at Southern California and DePaul.
Wichita State, Turgeon’s former school, was crowned the 2013 CBE Hall of Fame Classic champions after beating BYU by 13 points. Each participant in the championship round also hosted two “host games” against mid-major school weeks before the actual event.