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Previewing the Tip Off Classics

By Breakdown Sports USA, 11/24/18, 8:45PM CST


Dozens of top teams hit the court for our girls' and boys' Tip Off Classics on Dec. 1 and 8

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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. 1 and Dec. 8, 2018 at Hopkins High School

CLEAR LAKE, Minn. (Nov. 24, 2018) – For the last 15 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 17 great girls’ games on Dec. 1 and 16 terrific boys’ games on Dec. 8 — 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. 1, 2018 at Hopkins High School’s Lindbergh Center. We’re featuring 17 girls’ games that include 24 total ranked teams. Three preseason No. 1 teams are in action (Hopkins in Class AAAA, DeLaSalle in Class AAA and Minnehaha Academy in Class AA), as well as the defending state champions in Class AAAA (Eastview), Class AAA (Robbinsdale Cooper), and Class AA (Sauk Centre). We feature 11 of the top 15 ranked teams in Class AAAA and all the top six teams in Class AAA.

2018 Girls’ Tip Off Classic match-ups

MAIN COURT (Away vs. Home)

  • 9:00 a.m. — No. 13AAA Alexandria vs. No. 1AAA DeLaSalle
  • 10:30 a.m. — No. 7AA Rush City vs. No. 1AA Minnehaha Academy
  • 12:00 p.m. — Bloomington Kennedy vs. Becker
  • 1:30 p.m. — No. 10AAAA Forest Lake vs. No. 8AAAA Centennial
  • 3:00 p.m. — Lakeville South vs. No. 7AAAA Stillwater
  • 4:30 p.m. — No. 4AAAA St. Michael-Albertville vs. No. 6AAAA Lakeville North
  • 6:00 p.m. — No. 3AAAA Eastview vs. No. 1AAAA Hopkins
  • 7:30 p.m. — Holy Angels vs. No. 5AAA Robbinsdale Cooper
  • 9:00 p.m. — Apple Valley vs. No. 12AAAA Eden Prairie

EAST COURT (Away vs. Home)

  • 9:30 a.m. — St. Cloud Apollo vs. No. 3AAA Hill-Murray
  • 11:00 a.m. — No. 6AAA Waseca vs. No. 2AAA Simley
  • 12:45 p.m. — Maple Grove vs. No. 15AAAA Chaska
  • 2:15 p.m. — No. 15AAA Marshall vs. No. 4AAA Benilde-St. Margaret’s
  • 3:45 p.m. — No. 2A Menahga vs. Hayfield
  • 5:30 p.m. — No. 6AA Sauk Centre vs. No. 5AA Stewartville
  • 7:00 p.m. — No. 13AAAA Prior Lake vs. No. 11AAAA Park Center
  • 8:30 p.m. — Tartan vs. St. Louis Park

The boys’ Tip Off Classic will be held the following Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 at Hopkins High School’s Lindbergh Center. We’re featuring 16 boys’ games with 25 teams ranked in our preseason top-15 poll, including all of the top 12 in Class AAAA, and seven of the top eight in Class AA. That number includes three preseason No. 1-ranked teams in East Ridge (Class AAAA), DeLaSalle (Class AAA), and Minnehaha Academy (Class AA).

In each of the past SIX seasons, a BREAKDOWN event has featured a match-up of the eventual Class AAAA state championship game, including last year’s Cretin-Derham Hall victory over Apple Valley in the Granite City Classic. Could there be a seventh straight title preview game?

2018 Boys’ Tip Off Classic match-ups

MAIN COURT (Away vs. Home)

  • 9:30 a.m. — No. 8AAA St. Thomas Academy vs. No. 6AAA Robbinsdale Cooper
  • 11:00 a.m. — No. 4AA Lake City vs. No. 7AA Breck
  • 12:45 p.m. — No. 1AAA DeLaSalle vs. No. 5AAAA Wayzata
  • 2:15 p.m. — No. 8AAAA Rochester John Marshall vs. No. 10AAAA Cretin-Derham Hall
  • 3:45 p.m. — No. 4AAAA Lakeville North vs. No. 3AAAA Hopkins
  • 5:30 p.m. — No. 6AAAA Prior Lake vs. No. 1AAAA East Ridge
  • 7:00 p.m. — No. 7AAAA Park Center vs. No. 2AAAA Eden Prairie
  • 8:30 p.m. — No. 11AAAA Champlin Park vs. No. 1AA Minnehaha Academy

EAST COURT (Away vs. Home)

  • 9:00 a.m. — Brooklyn Center vs. Totino-Grace
  • 10:30 a.m. — Rochester Mayo vs. Minnetonka
  • 12:00 p.m. — No. 8AA New London-Spicer vs. No. 13AAA Minneapolis Roosevelt
  • 1:45 p.m. — No. 5AA Perham vs. No. 6AA Caledonia
  • 3:15 p.m. — No. 4A North Woods vs. No. 10A Mayer Lutheran
  • 4:45 p.m. — Sun Prairie (WI) vs. New Prague
  • 6:30 p.m. — No. 9AAAA Tartan vs. No. 12AAAA Edina
  • 8:00 p.m. — No. 2AA Minneapolis North vs. Eastview

The BREAKDOWN girls’ Tip Off Classic features well over a hundred college prospects, including dozens of girls with D1 potential. The boys’ Tip Off Classic has more than a hundred college prospects, several dozen of whom we believe can play at the D1 level. Over the past 15 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.

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