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Mauer Chevrolet Buick GMC Boys' Tip Off Classic is this Saturday!

By Tim Kolehmainen, Breakdown Sports Media, 12/01/19, 3:30PM CST


The greatest day in MN HS boys' hoops is at Hopkins on Dec. 7

The Mauer Chevrolet Buick GMC Breakdown Tip Off Classic is the premier high school basketball events in the state – and in the nation

Dozens of top teams and more than a hundred college prospects hit the courts at our boys’ Tip Off Classic on Dec. 7, 2019 at Hopkins High School

CLEAR LAKE, Minn. (Dec. 1, 2019) – For the last 16 years, BREAKDOWN SPORTS has given high school basketball fans across Minnesota the best teams and match-ups at our annual Tip Off Classics. This year, we've brought together more of the top programs that you've come to expect, with 16 terrific boys’ games on Dec. 7 at Hopkins High School’s Lindbergh Center. It’s sure to be an instant classic — and a day no basketball fan will want to miss.

We’re featuring 25 teams ranked in our preseason top-15 poll, including all of the top 10 in Class AAAA, six of the top 10 in Class AA, and all of the top five in Class AA. That number includes three preseason No. 1-ranked teams in Park Center (Class AAAA), Minnehaha Academy (Class AAA), and Waseca (Class AA), as well as the defending state champions in Class AAAA (Hopkins), Class AAA (DeLaSalle), and Class AA (Minnehaha Academy).

In each of the past SEVEN seasons, a BREAKDOWN event has featured a match-up of the eventual Class AAAA state championship game, including last year’s Hopkins victory over Lakeville North in the Tip Off Classic. Could there be a eighth straight title preview game?

2019 Mauer Chevrolet Buick GMC Boys’ Tip Off Classic match-ups

MAIN COURT (Away vs. Home)

  • 9:30 a.m. — No. 6AAA Totino-Grace vs. Lakeville North
  • 11:00 a.m. — No. 10AAAA Champlin Park vs. No. 1AA Waseca
  • 12:45 p.m. — No. 2AAA DeLaSalle vs. No. 3AAA Mankato East
  • 2:15 p.m. — No. 8AAAA Eastview vs. No. 4AAAA Wayzata
  • 3:45 p.m. — No. 7AAAA Shakopee vs. No. 6AAAA Hopkins
  • 5:30 p.m. — No. 2AAAA Eden Prairie vs. No. 3AAAA Prior Lake
  • 7:00 p.m. — No. 9AAAA East Ridge vs. No. 1AAAA Park Center
  • 8:30 p.m. — No. 5AAAA Cretin-Derham Hall vs. No. 1AAA Minnehaha Academy

EAST COURT (Away vs. Home)

  • 9:00 a.m. — Mahtomedi vs. Minnetonka
  • 10:30 a.m. — No. 4AA Minneapolis North vs. No. 2AA Lake City
  • 12:00 p.m. — No. 3AA Caledonia vs. No. 8AA Maranatha Christian
  • 1:45 p.m. — No. 15AAAA Lakeville South vs. Buffalo
  • 3:15 p.m. — No. 2A BOLD vs. No. 7A Minneota
  • 4:45 p.m. — No. 5AA Perham vs. No. 8AAA Mound Westonka
  • 6:30 p.m. — No. 10AAA St. Cloud Apollo vs. Cambridge-Isanti
  • 8:00 p.m. — North St. Paul vs. Spring Lake Park

The Tip Off Classic began back in January 2004. The BREAKDOWN staff wanted to showcase teams from across the state and provide unique, competitive match-ups that might not otherwise be seen, including top-rated teams with state tournament aspiration squaring off. The experiment worked out so well that now The BREAKDOWN now hosts the No. 1 single-day classic in Minnesota.

BREAKDOWN SPORTS and our annual publications are Minnesota's No. 1 resource for players, coaches, fans and sports enthusiasts.  We are a full-service high school sports company, offering season preview publications, in-season premier events, off-season leagues, great photography and an extensive website with news and notes. 

We’ve covered boys’ and girls’ basketball since 2002, girls’ volleyball and boys’ hockey since 2008, boys’ baseball since 2015, and girls’ softball and girls’ hockey since 2018.  The goal of the BREAKDOWN is simple: We want to offer players, coaches and fans a complete sports resource and experience that they will never forget.

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