MINNETONKA, Minn. (Nov. 28, 2012) – Does it get any better than this? Terrific matchups abound at the 9th annual Breakdown Tip Off Classic. Anxious to see how two of the best players in the state of Minnesota matchup when Tyus Jones and Apple Valley face off against Quinton Hooker and Park Center? How about powerful Riley Dearring and Minnetonka against Rashad Vaughn and Robbinsdale Cooper? Or high-scoring Anders Broman and Lakeview Christian against potent Blake with Kebu Johnson? Well, don’t wait until March to get your basketball fix. Those games are among 14 terrific matchups between the elite in Minnesota boys’ high school basketball at the BREAKDOWN SPORTS Tip Off Classic.
Many of the top players and teams in the state of Minnesota will be on the courts at Minnetonka High School for the 9th annual Tip Off Classic, Dec. 8, 2012. Games begin at 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning with a showdown between perennial state contenders Buffalo and Woodbury and conclude later Saturday night with seven total games on each court, all of which feature teams ranked among the top-15 in their respective classes.
Saturday, Dec. 8 – Minnetonka West gym
11:00 a.m. – Buffalo vs. Woodbury (No. 11AAAA)
12:30 p.m. – Blake (No. 4AAA) vs. Lakeview Christian (No. 2A)
2:00 p.m. – Hopkins (No. 3AAAA) vs. Tartan (No. 14AAAA)
3:45 p.m. – Eden Prairie (No. 2AAAA) vs. Rice Lake (WI)
5:15 p.m. – Osseo (No. 5AAAA) vs. Eastview (No. 15AAAA)
6:45 p.m. – Apple Valley (No. 1AAAA) vs. Park Center (No. 7AAAA)
8:15 p.m. – Minnetonka (No. 8AAAA) vs. Robbinsdale Cooper
Saturday, Dec. 8 – Minnetonka East gym
11:15 a.m. – Duluth East vs. Prior Lake (No. 10AAAA)
12:45 p.m. – St. Peter (No. 3AA) vs. Pelican Rapids (No. 2AA)
2:15 p.m. – Roseville (No. 6AAAA) vs. Holy Angels (No. 6AAA)
4:00 p.m. – Minneapolis Washburn vs. Hudson (WI)
5:30 p.m. – New Prague (No. 10AAA) vs. Maple Grove
7:00 p.m. – Austin (No. 3AAA) vs. Edina (No. 4AAAA)
8:30 p.m. – Robbinsdale Armstrong vs. Wayzata (No. 9AAAA)
The Tip Off Classic features more than 150 college prospects, including several who have already committed to D1 programs. Twenty teams are ranked among the top-15 in the state in our preseason polls, including the preseason No. 1 team in Class AAAA (Apple Valley) and the defending Class AAAA state champions (Osseo), as well a pair of out-of-state powers in Hudson (WI) and Rice Lake (WI).
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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.
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