BB&T Classic Basketball Tournament

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The BB&T Classic Basketball Tournament is a Washington, D.C. based basketball tournament that has been held annually since 1995, when it was known as the Franklin National Bank Classic. It is staged at the Verizon Center, on or around the first weekend in December. The tournament raises funds for the Children's Charities Foundation, a fund-raising organization that financially supports Washington-area charities

Format[edit]

Originally, the event lasted two days and featured four teams, highlighted by local mainstays Maryland and George Washington (GW), accompanied by two nationally recognized programs. The first day would consist of a doubleheader pitting each of the local teams against each of the national teams. The following afternoon, a championship game would be held between the two opening round winners. A consolation game between the two teams who lost in the opening round was introduced in 1995.

In 2005, the tournament format was altered due to an inability to attract nationally renowned programs, partially because teams would have two fewer home games. The event transformed into a single-evening weeknight event with a tripleheader.

The event has been broadcast both nationally on ABC and locally on Washington D.C.'s WDCA. The 2005 and 2006 editions were shown on CSN Mid-Atlantic, in recent yeart the BB&T Classic has been televised on MASN.

Tournament results[1][edit]

Year Champion Runner-Up Consolation 4th Place Tournament MVP
1995 UMASS Florida Maryland GW Marcus Camby, UMass
1996 Maryland GW Cal Mississippi State Keith Booth, Maryland
1997 GW Maryland Kansas Penn Shawnta Rogers, GW
1998 Maryland DePaul Stanford GW Steve Francis, Maryland
1999 GW Maryland Illinois Seton Hall SirValiant Brown, GW
2000 Maryland GW St. John's Michigan SirValiant Brown, GW
2001 Maryland Connecticut GW Princeton Lonny Baxter, Maryland
2002 Notre Dame Texas Maryland GW T. J. Ford, Texas
2003 Gonzaga GW West Virginia Maryland Ronny Turiaf, Gonzaga
2004 GW Maryland Mich St George Mason TJ Thompson, GW
2005 GW Maryland
Date Game One Game Two Game Three Date Consolation Championship
12/2/1995 UMass 50
Maryland 47
Florida 75
GW 66
N/A 12/3/1995 Maryland 98
GW 81
UMass 80
Florida 58
12/8/1996 Maryland 80
Cal 64
GW 57
Miss St 36
N/A 12/9/1996 Cal 78
Miss St 45
Maryland 74
GW 68
12/7/1997 Maryland 86
Kansas 83
GW 66
Penn 62
12/8/1997 Kansas 89
Penn 71
GW 70
Maryland 66
12/6/1998 Maryland 62
Stanford 60
DePaul 87
GW 79
N/A 12/7/1998 Stanford 70
GW 56
Maryland92
DePaul 75
12/4/1999 GW 72
Seton Hall 63
Maryland 69
Illinois 67
N/A 12/5/1999 Illinois 72
Seton Hall 61
GW 74
Maryland 69
12/2/2000 Maryland 82
Michigan 51
GW 85
St John's 75
12/3/2000 St John's 97
Michigan 83
Maryland 71
GW 63
12/2/2001 UConn 84
GW 76
Maryland 61
Princeton 53
N/A 12/3/2001 GW 60
Princeton 57
Maryland 77
UConn 65
12/7/2002 Texas 100
GW 92
Notre Dame 79
Maryland 67
N/A 12/8/2002 Maryland 93
GW 82
Notre Dame 98
Texas 92
12/6/2003 GW 70
West Virginia 64
Gonzaga 82
Maryland 68
N/A 12/7/2003 West Virginia 78
Maryland 77OT
Gonzaga 96
GW 91
12/4/2004 GW 96
Michigan St 83
MD 78
Geo Mason 54
12/5/2004 Mich St 66
Geo Mason 60
GW 101
Maryland 92
12/5/2005 Navy 82
Howard 73
Geo Mason 75
American 35
GW 78
Maryland 70
12/3/2006 Bucknell 60
Geo Mason 57
GW 63
Virginia Tech 62
Notre Dame 81
Maryland 74
12/2/2007 Auburn 74
GW 70
East Carolina 68
Geo Mason 65
VCU 85
Maryland 76
12/7/2008 Virginia Tech 79
Navy 70
Maryland 76
GW 53
N/A
12/6/2009 GW 81
Navy 69
Villanova 95
Maryland 86
N/A
12/5/2010 Florida 67
American 48[2]
Navy 64
GW 57[3]
Temple 64
Maryland 61[4]
12/4/2011 Maryland 78
Notre Dame 71
VCU 75
GW 60
12/2/2012 Maryland 69
Geo. Mason 62
GW 67
Manhattan 55

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