Allstate Sugar Bowl Basketball
The Allstate Sugar Bowl has a rich history with the sport of basketball, as well as football. Dating back as far as 1936, the Sugar Bowl has sponsored basketball events in conjunction with the annual football classic. In addition, the Bowl has been a sponsor for multiple local events in the sport. In 2008, the Sugar Bowl Committee partnered with other local organizations to put together a successful bid to host the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four, officially hosted by Tulane University. The Bowl also worked with Tulane and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation to host the 2013 NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four.
NCAA Men's BasketballThe 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four was the fifth played in New Orleans. Freshman Anthony Davis led Kentucky to the national title just months before being selected by the New Orleans Hornets with the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. The city's previous four Final Fours have also been memorable. In 1982, Dean Smith captured his first National Championship as a freshman named Michael Jordan buried the game-winning shot to upend Georgetown. In 1987, it was Bobby Knight and Indiana defeating Syracuse on a baseline jumper by Keith Smart. Smith was back again in 1993, as his North Carolina team defeated the Fab Five from Michigan. And in 2003, Jim Boeheim made up for his 1987 loss as freshman Carmelo Anthony led Syracuse to a win over Kansas.
The 2013 NCAA Women's Final Four was the third hosted by New Orleans, the most of any city. The University of Connecticut took the title with a 93-60 victory over Louisville. The win gave UConn and head coach Geno Auriemma eight national championships, matching the record held by Tennessee. UConn was led by freshman Breanna Stewart, who was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four. Stewart scored 23 points with nine rebounds and three assists to follow-up a magnificent 29-point effort in the victory over Notre Dame. She is the first freshman since 1987 to win Most Outstanding Player honors at the Women's Final Four.
In addition to earning the right to host the Men's Final Four, the Bowl was also part of the host committee for 2010 NCAA Men's Basketball First and Second Round action and the 2011 NCAA Men's Southeast Regional Championship at the New Orleans Arena.
2013: UConn Collects Eighth Title at 2013 NCAA Women's Final Four
2012: Kentucky Wins NCAA Basketball Crown in New Orleans
2011: Butler Captures Title at NCAA Men's Basketball Southeast Regional
New Orleans Men's Final Four Logo for 2012 Unveiled
NCAA Announces that New Orleans Will Host 2012 Final Four
National Prep ClassicCharvon Julien scored 22 points and handed out five assists as Riverside Academy, of Reserve, La., upset Sheldon High School from Sacramento, Calif., 72-65, to win the boys' title in the third annual Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic. Julien earned tournament Most Valuable Player honors. The three-day event was contested at the Alario Center in Westwego. In the first girls' tournament at the National Prep Classic, Warren Easton High school, from New Orleans, won the championship with a 42-39 defeat of Salmen High, from Slidell, La. Lawriell Wilson scored 17 points and was named the girls' Most Valuable Player.2011: Kimball Knights Claim Title at Inaugural National Prep Classic
National Prep Classic Record Book (through 2013 tourney)
National Prep Classic All-Time Results
2013: Riverside Academy Becomes First Louisiana School to Win National Prep Classic
2012: Oklahoma City's Douglass Wins Second National Prep Classic
Allstate Sugar Bowl Primetime Super 60 AAU Basketball TournamentFor the second year, the Allstate Sugar Bowl will sponsor the Primetime Super 60 AAU Tournamentat at multiple locations in New Orleans on Memorial Day weekend (May 25-27, 2013). The primary headquarters of the event will be the Alario Center in Westwego. Last year’s event featured nearly 300 boys teams from third-grade to 11th-grade playing 500 games as they booked an estimated 1,500 hotel rooms around the city. The tournament, hosted by SAAU Boys’ Hoops, included young athletes from 18 different states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. For more tournament information, please visit the SAAU Boys’ Hoops website.
2012: Primetime Super 60 Tournament Brings Over 2,000 Youth Players to City
Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO High School TournamentThe Allstate Sugar Bowl took on sponsorship of the New Orleans CYO High School Tournament in 2008. The event celebrated its 59th year of action in 2012 with Newman High School winning its first-ever title in the event, upending Brother Martin, 58-57 in overtime.
The 2012 event featured a total of 16 boys' high school teams competing in 30 basketball games at five different locations (Brother Martin, Jesuit, Rummel, Hannan, Holy Cross).
2012: Overtime Shot Lifts Newman to Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Title
2011: Purple Knights Win Second Straight Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Basketball Title
2010: St. Augustine Edges Brother Martin for Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Basketball Championship
2009: Jesuit Tops St. Aug for Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Basketball Title
2008: O. Perry Walker Wins Championship of Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Basketball Tournament
Allstate Sugar Bowl Crosstown Classic and Bleu Devil ClassicThe Allstate Sugar Bowl has been the title sponsor of the Crosstown Classic and the Blue Devil Classic, collegiate basketball doubleheaders between the men's and women's teams from Xavier University and Dillard University, for five years.
2013: Xavier Takes Two in Annual Bleu Devil Classic
2012: Xavier Comes Out On Top Again in Bleu Devil Classic
2011: Gold Nuggets and Gold Rush Victorious in City Series
2010: Xavier Sweeps Allstate Sugar Bowl Crosstown Classic
2009: Xavier Tops Dillard in Allstate Sugar Bowl Crosstown Classic
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Women's Final Four Notes
2013 NCAA® WOMEN'S FINAL FOUR®, APRIL 7 & 9