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Tip Off Classics coming soon!

By Breakdown Staff, 11/17/17, 8:00AM CST


Click for match-ups from our Dec. 2 and 9 events at Hopkins!


For more info contact:
Justin Hegna, President/Founder
Breakdown Sports USA
P.O. Box 10, Clear Lake, MN 55319
Phone: 612-454-1440

Breakdown Tip Off Classics are the premier high school basketball events in the state – and in the nation

Dozens of top teams and more than two hundred college prospects hit the courts at our girls’ and boys’ Tip Off Classics on Dec. 2 and Dec. 9, 2017

CLEAR LAKE, Minn. (Nov. 26, 2017) – For the last 14 years, BREAKDOWN SPORTS has brought 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 great games on Dec. 2 and 17 terrific games on Dec. 9 — both at Hopkins High School’s Lindbergh Center. It’s sure to be an instant classic — and two days no basketball fan will want to miss.

The girls’ Tip Off Classic begins our schedule on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at Hopkins High School’s Lindbergh Center. We’re featuring 12 girls’ games and four boys’ games that include 27 total ranked teams. Two preseason No. 1 teams are in action (Hopkins in Class 4A and Sauk Centre in Class 2A), as well as the defending state champions in Class 2A (Roseau). We feature 11 of the top 15 ranked teams in Class 4A and five of the top six teams in Class 2A.

We also include four boys’ games that match up seven of Minnesota’s best teams, including defending state champions and top-ranked Minnehaha Academy and DeLaSalle, No. 2-3A Orono, No. 2-4A Cretin-Derham Hall, No. 3-4A Hopkins, No. 6-4A East Ridge, and Robbinsdale Armstrong against each other or a powerful Iowa City West program.

2017 Girls’ Tip Off Classic match-ups

MAIN COURT (Away vs. Home)

  • 9:30 a.m. — Prior Lake vs. No. 13-4A Park Center
  • 11:00 a.m. — No. 6-4A St. Michael-Albertville vs. No. 4-4A Eastview
  • 12:45 p.m. — No. 14-4A Forest Lake vs. No. 2-4A Minnetonka
  • 2:15 p.m. — No. 3-4A Centennial vs. No. 1-4A Hopkins
  • 3:45 p.m. — Iowa City West vs. No. 1-3A DeLaSalle (BOYS GAME)
  • 5:30 p.m. — No. 2-3A Orono vs. Robbinsdale Armstrong (BOYS GAME)
  • 7:00 p.m. — No. 2-4A Cretin-Derham Hall vs. No. 3-4A Hopkins (BOYS GAME)
  • 8:30 p.m. — No. 1-2A Minnehaha Academy vs. No. 6-4A East Ridge (BOYS GAME)

EAST COURT (Away vs. Home)

  • 9:00 a.m. — No. 15-4A Minneapolis South vs. No. 10-4A Cretin-Derham Hall
  • 10:30 a.m. — No. 9-1A Heritage Christian vs. No. 6-1A Wheaton/Herman-Norcross
  • 12:00 p.m. — No. 1-2A Sauk Centre vs. No. 11-2A Annandale
  • 1:45 p.m. — No. 5-4A Lakeville North vs. No. 8-4A Wayzata
  • 3:15 p.m. — No. 4-2A Roseau vs. No. 2-4A Minnehaha Academy
  • 4:45 p.m. — No. 4-3A Mahtomedi vs. No. 2-3A DeLaSalle
  • 6:30 p.m. — Sleepy Eye vs. No. 3-2A Maranatha Christian
  • 8:00 p.m. — Chisago Lakes vs. No. 6-2A Norwood-Young America

The boys’ Tip Off Classic will be held the following Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 at Hopkins High School’s Lindbergh Center. We’re featuring 17 boys’ games with 30 teams ranked in our preseason top-15 poll, including 13 of the top 15 in Class 4A, seven of the top nine in Class 3A, and six of the top seven in Class 2A. That number includes all four No. 1-ranked teams in Apple Valley in 4A, DeLaSalle in 3A, Minnehaha Academy in 2A, and Springfield in 1A.

In each of the past FIVE seasons, a Breakdown event has featured a match-up of the eventual Class 4A state championship game, including last year’s Champlin Park victory over Apple Valley in the Tip Off Classic — a result the Eagles flipped in the state tournament. Could there be a sixth straight title preview game?

2017 Boys’ Tip Off Classic match-ups

MAIN COURT (Away vs. Home)

  • 9:00 a.m. – No. 12-4A Osseo vs. No. 4-3A St. Thomas Academy
  • 10:30 a.m. — No. 11-2A Perham vs. No. 12-2A Breck
  • 12:00 p.m. — No. 11-4A St. Cloud Tech vs. No. 5-4A Lakeville North
  • 1:30 p.m. — No. 7-4A Wayzata vs. No. 9-4A Woodbury
  • 3:00 p.m. — No. 10-4A Rochester John Marshall vs. Lakeville South
  • 4:30 p.m. — No. 4-4A Park Center vs. No. 1-2A Minnehaha Academy
  • 6:00 p.m. — No. 1-3A DeLaSalle vs. No. 3-4A Hopkins
  • 7:30 p.m. — No. 2-3A Orono vs. No. 2-4A Cretin-Derham Hall
  • 9:00 p.m. — No. 2-2A Minneapolis North vs. No. 1-4A Apple Valley

EAST COURT (Away vs. Home)

  • 9:30 a.m. — No. 11-1A Spring Grove vs. No. 1-1A Springfield
  • 11:00 a.m. — No. 6-3A Austin vs. No. 8-3A Totino-Grace
  • 12:45 p.m. — No. 9-3A Fergus Falls vs. No. 5-3A Delano
  • 2:15 p.m. — No. 8-4A Eden Prairie vs. North St. Paul
  • 3:45 p.m. — No. 4-2A Caledonia vs. No. 3-2A St. Cloud Cathedral
  • 5:30 p.m. — No. 5-2A Annandale vs. No. 7-2A Esko
  • 7:00 p.m. — No. 14-4A Champlin Park vs. No. 15-4A Minnetonka
  • 8:30 p.m. — Robbinsdale Armstrong vs. New Prague

The Breakdown girls’ Tip Off Classic features nearly 150 college prospects, including 43 girls and 20 boys with D1 potential. The boys’ Tip Off Classic had 130 college prospects, 37 of whom we believe can play at the D1 level. Over the past 14 years we’ve featured thousands of players who have gone on to play college basketball, and several who now play in the NBA.

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 USA 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're in our 17th year of covering boys’ and girls’ basketball, 11th in girls’ volleyball and boys’ hockey, 4th in boys’ baseball, and 1st in girls’ softball.  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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No press or media credentials will be accepted at the gate. If you are interested in covering the event please contact Justin Hegna at 612-454-1440 or email to receive a media pass. All photography or video taken at the event is for editorial purposes only. No resale of photographs or reproduction of images will be allowed without the written consent of Breakdown Sports Media Inc.

Please note: game times are subject to change.

For questions: please contact Dean Kesler at or 320-420-6445

Coaches: please contact Dean to confirm your game time and opponent.