MMI Tip Off Tournament kicks off men's basketball season


he Hood College men's basketball team, in collaboration with the MMI Division of the Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics, will host the MMI Tip-Off Tournament on November 8-9 in BB&T Arena. 

The two-day tournament will begin with the Lynchburg vs. Albertus Magnus at 6 p.m., followed by the Blazers and Southern Virginia at approximately 8 p.m. On Saturday, the consolation game tips off at 1 p.m., with the championship at approximately 3 p.m.

Admission to the MMI Tip-Off Classic is $10 per day for adults, $5 for children 7-18 and free for children under six years of age. Hood College students, faculty and staff with a college ID. Tickets can be purchased in advance by clicking here

Live stats and a live video stream will be available for all four contests. Follow the schedule at the bottom of this preview with complete links. A tournament page can be found by clicking here.

Scouting the Blazers

  • Hood is the preseason favorite in the Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth after going 17-10 a year ago and earning the number two seed in the 2019 MAC Commonwealth Championships.
  • All-region selection Mason Wang leads a cast of 10 returners for Hood. Last season, he ranked among the leaders in the conference in scoring (fourth, 17.9 ppg), 3-point field goal percentage (eighth, .377), 3-point field goals per game (2.3), free throw percentage (fifth, .816), made free throws (fourth, 115), assist/turnover ratio (second, 2.1) and steals (second, 2.0). He scored at least 20 points on 11 occasions, including a 36-point outburst in a win over Lebanon Valley and a 41-point effort in the ECAC Tournament against Grove City.
  • Michael Riley joined Wang on the All-MAC Commonwealth team last season. He tied for the MAC Commonwealth lead at 2.7 made 3-point field goals per game. Riley tied for seventh in free throw percentage (83.3). He led Hood with 5.3 rebounds per game. He topped 20 points in a game five times, including back-to-back 22-point outings on his way to a conference player of the week nod during the final week of the regular season. 
  • Evan Wang is back after starting every game last season. He averaged 11.9 ppg, third on the team on 49 percent shooting. Wang was ninth in the conference in assists (3.7) and sixth in assist/turnover ratio (1.8). 
  • Kobe Butler and Tyler Evans return after starting multiple games last season. 
  • Christopher Smalls and Evans joined the Wangs and Riley in the starting lineup against George Washington in last week's exhibition contest. 

Scouting Southern Virginia

  • The Knights are picked to finish sixth in the Capital Athletic Conference after going 4-22 a year ago. 
  • Jamier Cross returns after earning All-CAC Second Team in 2019. He scored 13.9 ppg to go with 4.6 rpg and 2.4 apg. 
  • Trey Dill was second on the team in scoring at 10.7 ppg as a freshman last year and shot 39 percent from 3-point range. He led the team with 7.5 rpg. 
  • Austin Woods started 12 games a year ago and hit 43 percent behind the arc. 
  • 12 newcomers join the mix for the 2019-20 season. 

Scouting Albertus Magnus

  • Perennial New England power Albertus Magnus is coming off a 20-win season, Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championship and trip to the NCAA Tournament.
  • Picked to win the GNAC again this year, Albertus returns its top-four scorers from a year ago.
  • Leading scorer Tyreek Perkins and his 12.9 points-per-game average is back and shot 39 percent from 3-point range last season. 
  • Jahmerikah Green-Younger and Davon Warner also scored a dozen points per game, checking in with 12.6 and 12.2 points per game, respectively. Warner served as the team's sixth man and did not start a game in 2018-19. 
  • Albertus had plenty of depth last season as leading rebounder Andrew Rice (6.2 rpg) started just twice.
  • Last year marked the ninth consecutive year that the Falcons won more than 20 games. 

Scouting Lynchburg

  • The Hornets were voted to place fifth in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference this year after going 20-6 in 2019.
  • LC started 17-1 and was ranked as high as No. 14. 
  • Lynchburg lost three of its top five scorers to graduation but Chance Greene is back after scoring 11.1 ppg as the team's sixth man. He knocked down 44 percent from 3-point distance and averaged three assists per game. 
  • T.C. Thacker is the only returning starter from a year ago. He averaged 8.0 ppg and 6.1 rpg, while shooting 56 percent from the floor. 
  • 11 players return from last year, along with the addition of several newcomers including Millersville transfer DJ Shelton and Emory & Henry transfer Tharon Suggs (All-ODAC Second Team).