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Tickets to the Philly Classic Basketball Tournament On Sale Now

Oct. 23, 2007

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- The Philly Classic, an inaugural Thanksgiving Weekend basketball tournament featuring college teams from the East, has announced that tickets for the Championship Rounds at the University of Pennsylvania's historic Palestra are now on sale. Navy is slated to play four games during the tournament, including two at the Palestra during Thanksgiving weekend.

The 2007 exempt tournament will feature eight schools: Drexel University, Howard University, Loyola College, Navy, Robert Morris University, Seton Hall University, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Virginia.

Navy will travel to Drexel on Sunday, Nov. 11, and host Robert Morris in the home opener on Tuesday, Nov. 14, before heading to the Palestra to battle Seton Hall on Friday, Nov. 23. Depending on the outcome of the Seton Hall contest, Navy will play either Penn or Virginia on Saturday, Nov. 24.

The Philly Classic's Championship Round games will be played at The Palestra on Friday, Nov. 23 and Saturday, Nov. 24. The tournament's preliminary games will be played at participating schools from November 11th through the 20th.

The Hoop Group, which organizes instructional clinics, high school events and college tournaments created The Philly Classic.

"We are very excited to bring a college basketball tournament to the city of Philadelphia with the inaugural Philly Classic," said Rob Kennedy, president of The Hoop Group. "We look forward to building a successful annual Thanksgiving Weekend tournament, anchored by a local team and featuring a few teams from BCS conferences each year."

As an exempt tournament, the entire slate will only count as two games towards each team's NCAA-imposed limit of 29. Each team will play a total of four games. The first two will be played at campus sites and the final two at The Palestra, where the winners and losers of Friday's doubleheaders advance to face each other the next day. There will be four games played at the Palestra on both Friday, Nov. 23, and Saturday, Nov. 24.



Tickets are available at The Palestra Box Office, located at 235 S. 33rd Street, Weightman Hall, in Philadelphia, by calling (215) 898-6151 or online at

For more information on The Philly Classic, please visit

About the HoopGroup
The Hoop Group is a comprehensive basketball company dedicated to fulfilling dreams by providing student athletes, parents and coaches the best instruction, competition and exposure. It is one of the largest basketball instruction organizations in the world with fifteen separate entities that encompass over 28,000 student-athletes and 3,000 high school, collegiate, AAU and youth league coaches. The Hoop Group is committed to help make each individual player realize their full potential and develop a lifelong love of the game. The Hoop Group's alumni list reads as a "Who's Who" of the basketball world, including Mosses Malone, Julius "Doctor J" Erving, Vince Carter, Kobe Bryant, Bob Knight, Chuck Daly, Billy Donovan and many more. As a family owned and operated business for over four decades, The Hoop Group staff works tirelessly to insure that each event participant, coach and sponsor receives the personal attention they desire.


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