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, a role which it will reprise for the 2020 NCAA Women's Final Four.
Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO High School TournamentThe Allstate Sugar Bowl took on sponsorship of the New Orleans CYO High School Tournament in 2008. The 2016 event, celebrating its 63rd year of action, is scheduled for Wednesday, November 30 through Saturday, December 3 at four local high schools.
In last year's event, Devonte Allen capped off an MVP performance by knocking down the game-winning shot to lift St. Paul's to a 81-79 victory over De La Salle to lift his school to its first-ever championship.
The Wolves defeated St. Thomas Aquinas, 79-59 in the opening round, then upended East St. John, 77-60 in the quarterfinals. They stopped Chalmette, 72-63, in the semifinals to advance to the championship game.
In addition to Allen being named MVP, St. Paul's collected all-tournament honors for Harrison Prieto and Parker Edwards. De La Salle was represented on the all-tourney team by Stephen Kelly and David Williams. Also earning all-tourney honors were Mitchell Robinson (Chalmette) and Devante Jones (St. Augustine).
All-Tournament Team Devonte Allen, St. Paul's (MVP) Harrison Prieto, St. Paul's Parker Edwards, St. Paul's Stephen Kelly, De La Salle David Williams, De La Salle Mitchell Robinson, Chalmette Devante Jones, St. Augustine
Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep ClassicThe seventh annual National Prep Basketball Classic will be played January 5-7, 2017 at the at the Alario Center in Westwego, La.
Riverside Academy won its third championship in six years at the Allstate Sugar Bowl's sixth annual National Prep Basketball Classic in 2016. Mount Carmel Academy won the girls' platinum bracket while Jewell Sumner captured the title in the girls' gold bracket.
A furious comeback led Riverside to its 60-57 victory over Edna Karr in the boys' event. Karr had built a 49-42 advantage with 4:06 to play, however, Riverside came to life behind the efforts of Jared Butler, who earned tournament MVP honors. Butler scored 11 fourth-quarter three-pointers including three three-pointers as he finished the game with 20 points.
The girls' Platinum championship also featured a come-from-behind win as Mount Carmel trailed Easton, 30-18, late in the first half. However, the Cubs rallied, putting together a crippling 24-2 run over the next 14:45 of the game. Megan Donaldson led Mount Carmel with 12 points while freshman Ellie Holzman added 11 points and Lauren Bodino chipped in with 10. Kechelle Figueroa led Easton with 18 points.
In the Girls' Gold Bracket title game, undefeated Jewell Sumner improved to 20-0 on the season with a wire-to-wire 54-40 victory over Covington. Bre'Ashlee Jones led the Cowgirls with 26 points, even rebounds and four assist as she was named the tournament MVP for her bracket.
Allstate Sugar Bowl Primetime Super 60 AAU Basketball TournamentFor the fifth year, the Allstate Sugar Bowl sponsored the Primetime Super 60 AAU Tournament at multiple locations in New Orleans on Memorial Day weekend (May 27-30, 2016). The primary headquarters of the event was the Alario Center in Westwego. The event featured 346 boys' teams, including many of the top-rated AAU teams in the country, from second-grade to eighth-grade and 44 girls' teams from seventh to 11th grade. Teams played multiple games at 24 locations around the city. The tournament featured young athletes from 16 different states and drew 10,000-12,000 visitors to the city. For more tournament information, please visit the SAAU Boys’ Hoops website.
NCAA BasketballThe Allstate Sugar Bowl was a key part of the process for the successful bid by the city of New Orleans to host the 2020 NCAA Women's Final Four. This will be the fourth NCAA Women's Final Four hosted by New Orleans. The Sugar Bowl will also play a significant role in the hosting process as a member of the Local Organizing Committee.
The 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.
Allstate Sugar Bowl Crosstown Classic and Bleu Devil ClassicThe Allstate Sugar Bowl has sponsored basketball match-ups between Dillard University and Xavier University for the past eight years. For the last five years, the bowl has been the title sponsor of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Bleu Devil Classic.