Men’s basketball to play UNC in 2013 Tip-Off Tournament

Belmont men’s basketball is slated to participate in the 2013 Tip-Off Tournament as announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Wednesday, featuring a Nov. 17 contest at UNC Chapel Hill against the Tar Heels.

North Carolina has won five National Championships and reached 18 Final Fours.

The Bruins will open up the first of four games at Atlantic 10 conference member Richmond on Nov. 11, a team that has made nine NCAA Tournament appearances including reaching the Sweet 16 in 1988 and 2011.

For the rest of the tournament, the Bruins will travel to the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. where they will play Holy Cross of the Patriot League on Nov. 23 and either Hartford or Hofstra on Nov. 24.

Louisville and Fairfield are also participating in the tournament.

“We appreciate being invited to participate in the 2013 Hall of Fame Tip Off, and our entire program looks forward to exciting competition and lifetime memories,” said Belmont head coach Rick Byrd. “We are grateful to take part in one of the premier events in college basketball – one linked to the history of the game.”

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