Springfield, Mass. - December 20, 2018 - The Springfield College men's and women's basketball programs will be hosting the Hampton Inn West Springfield/Naismith Classic basketball tournaments over the holiday break as the men's tournament will be hosted in Blake Arena on Saturday, December 29 and Sunday, December 30, before the women's tournament kicks off on Monday, December 31 and will carry over to Tuesday, January 1.
For the women, this marks the 24th annual tournament, while the men will be hosting the Classic for the 32nd season. Hampton Inn West Springfield will serve as the official sponsor for the 10th-straight tournament.
The action will kick off on Saturday, December 29 at 1 p.m. when the Springfield College men's basketball program will square off with nationally-ranked Salisbury University for the opening game of the tournament. Following suit, the Nichols College men's basketball team will host Eastern Connecticut at 3 p.m. On Sunday, December 30, the winner of Springfield College and Salisbury will take on the winner of Nichols and Eastern Connecticut in the Championship game at 3 p.m., which will be played following the consolation game at 1 p.m.
As for the women's tournament, Springfield College plays host to Bates at 1 p.m. on Monday, December 31, while Vassar will be the home team against Newbury College at 3 p.m. Similar to the men's tournament, the winner of Springfield and Bates will take on the winner of Vassar and Newbury at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, January 1, played following the consolation game, which begins at 1 p.m.