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Mohegan Sun To Host Early-Season Tournaments, Over 30 College Basketball Teams In Bubble

Oct 24, 2020 4:01 PM

The Mohegan Sun has agreed to host two early-season college basketball tournaments and several "pods" of games in their bubble.

The Tip-Off Tournament, Women's Challenge, Empire Classic, and the Legends Classic will all move to Connecticut from their previous locations.

The Mohegan Sun has a 10,000 seat basketball arena that is currently the home of the WNBA's Connecticut Sun.

More than 35 teams will participate in games between November 25th and December 5th.

UConnUSCVirginiaFloridaSt. John'sUMassVanderbiltBYULouisville, and North Carolina State are among teams that have agreed to play at the Mohegan Sun.

"It's a single site, secluded location, with enormous square footage for social distancing," said Greg Procino, vice president of basketball operations for the Hall of Fame.

Tom Cantone, the senior vice president for sports and entertainment at Mohegan Sun, added that while it will not be a full bubble like the NBA, the environment will be highly controlled.

"We're just following the playbook we've already established and has been working brilliantly,'' said Cantone. 

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Olivier Sarr, Jacob Toppin Eligible For Wildcats This Season

Oct 22, 2020 1:15 AM

Olivier Sarr and Jacob Toppin were granted eligibility to play for the Kentucky Wildcats this season.

Sarr transferred from Wake Forrest, with Toppin a transfer from Rhode Island.

"I'm excited for Olivier and Jacob. Both have worked really hard and deserve this opportunity. They were both hopping and skipping out of my office after getting the news because they've been waiting on this day. I want to thank the NCAA and the SEC for considering the unique circumstances surrounding this season, and we appreciate them working with us throughout this process," said John Calipari.

Sarr, who averaged 13.7 points and 9.0 rebounds last season, was one of the top-ranked transfers of the spring.

Kentucky, which lost 8 out of their top 9 players from last season, will likely move into the top five of ESPN's preseason rankings.

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