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, a role which it will reprise for the 2020 NCAA Women’s Final Four.

Allstate Sugar Bowl Basketball History

Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO High School Tournament

The 2019 edition of the Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Basketball Tournament is scheduled for December 4-7 at four locations in New Orleans. The tournament will be celebrating its 65th year of action this year and has hosted many of the all-time greats in New Orleans prep basketball history.

Wednesday’s first-round games and Thursday’s quarterfinals will be played at Jesuit, Shaw, Holy Cross and De La Salle. The semifinals (Friday) and championship (Saturday, 3 p.m.) will be played at Jesuit.

Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Boys’ Basketball Tournament Schedule, Wednesday, December 4
Jesuit vs. Central Lafourche, 6 p.m. (at Jesuit)
Long Beach vs. St. Paul’s, 7:30 p.m. (at Jesuit)
St. Augustine vs. Lusher, 6 p.m. (at Shaw)
Shaw vs. Northshore, 7:30 p.m. (at Shaw)
Rummel vs. Lee Magnet, 6 p.m. (at Holy Cross)
Holy Cross vs. St. Thomas Aquinas, 7:30 p.m. (at Holy Cross)
De La Salle vs. St. Stanislaus, 6 p.m. (at De La Salle)
John Curtis vs. West Jefferson, 7:30 p.m. (at De La Salle)

Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Boys’ Basketball Quarterfinals, Thursday, December 5
7:30 p.m. (at Jesuit)
7:30 p.m. (at Shaw)
7:30 p.m. (at Holy Cross)
7:30 p.m. (at De La Salle)

Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Boys’ Basketball Semifinals, Friday, December 6
6 p.m. (at Jesuit) – Times subject to change
7:30 p.m. (at Jesuit) – Times subject to change

Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Boys’ Basketball Championship, Saturday, December 7
3 p.m. (at Jesuit)

Jesuit defeated Holy Cross, 64-54, to capture the championship of the 2018 Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Basketball Tournament. It was the record 12th championship in the event for the Blue Jays, who last won in 2009. Jesuit was led by tournament MVP Elijah Morgan. The 5-11 senior guard scored 16 points to pace the Blue Jays in the championship – he averaged 17.5 points per game in the tournament.

2018: Jesuit Tops Holy Cross for Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Basketball Championship
St. Paul’s Captures Second Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Basketball Title
: De La Salle Wins First Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Tourney Title Since 1988
2015: Devonte Allen Leads St. Paul’s to First Sugar Bowl CYO Title
2014: East St. John Earns First-Ever Sugar Bowl CYO Title
2013: East Jefferson Captures Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Title
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 National Prep Classic

Each January, the Allstate Sugar Bowl sponsors the National Prep Basketball Classic (scheduled for January 2-4, 2020). The event features multiple brackets for both boys’ and girls’ high school basketball players. It has featured teams from Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas.

While the event started with eight teams in 2011; it featured 68 teams in 2019, including 10 Louisiana state champions and 12 out-of-state participants.

In addition, the tournament organizers, Friends of Prep Sports LLC, award four $1,500 scholarships to deserving student athletes in the tournament.

Bishop Loughlin High School from Brooklyn and Germantown Academy from Fort Washington, Pa., earned the top boys’ and girls’ titles, respectively, at the Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Basketball Classic. Bishop Loughlin won the boys’ national bracket while Germantown won the girls’ platinum bracket. Other champions were Landry-Walker High School from New Orleans (boys’ state division), Lee Magnet High School from Baton Rouge (girls’ gold division) and Dominican High School of New Orleans (girls’ silver division).

Full results are available at AllstateSugarBowlHoops.com.

2019: New York and Pennsylvania Schools Capture Titles at Allstate Sugar Bowl Event
Riverside Boys and Curtis Girls Capture Top Titles at Allstate Sugar Bowl Tourney
: Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic Crowns Three New Champions
2016: Riverside Earns Third Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic Title
2015: Montverde and Salmen Win Titles at Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic
2014: Riverside Defends Title At Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic
2013: Riverside Academy Becomes First Louisiana School to Win National Prep Classic
2012: Oklahoma City’s Douglass Wins Second National Prep Classic
2011: Kimball Knights Claim Title at Inaugural National Prep Classic

UNO Basketball Homecoming

The Allstate Sugar Bowl has sponsored UNO’s Homecoming since the 2014-15 season.

Nicholls State turned in a pair of outstanding performances to sweep UNO in a men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader that capped the weekend of activities for the Privateers’ 2019 Homecoming Weekend sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl on February 9.

In the men’s game, local product Scott Plaisance posted a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead UNO, but Nicholls foiled the Privateers’ hopes for a key victory as Danny Garrick buried a three-pointer with 4.2 seconds to go to give the Colonels a 64-63 victory. UNO also had solid performances from Gerrale Gates (15 points, eight rebounds, two assists) and Ezekiel Charles (14 points, eight rebounds).

Junior Rehema Franklin, a New Orleans native, tallied a career-high 13 points in the women’s game, but once again, UNO couldn’t pull out a victory as Nicholls pulled away for a 76-62 victory. Shania Woods added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Privateers. The Colonels were led by Cassidy Barrios, last year’s Southland Conference Player of the Year, who scored 15 points and snagged 16 rebounds.

2019: Nicholls State Spoils UNO Homecoming Festivities
UNO Basketball Sweeps McNeese State in Homecoming Doubleheader
2017: UNO Celebrates Homecoming With Sweep of Nicholls State
2016: UNO Men Win, But Women Lose in OT, on Homecoming
2015: UNO Hoops Team Suffer Homecoming Sweep

Allstate Sugar Bowl Bleu Devil Classic

Rosie Davis (Courtesy of Dillard Athletics)

The 12th annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Bleu Devil Classic is scheduled for Saturday, February 29 at Lakefront Arena. The Bleu Devil women’s basketball team hosts crosstown rival Xavier at 3 p.m., followed by the Dillard men battling the Xavier men at 5 p.m.

Dillard University defeated Xavier, 81-70, for its  fourth straight victory on the men’s basketball side of the 2019 Allstate Sugar Bowl Bleu Devil Classic on February 16 at the Battlefield in Dent Hall. The Dillard women had their own two-game series winning streak snapped by Xavier as the Bleu Devils fell 60-55.

The historic rivalry between the two schools began on Jan. 17, 1948 when the men’s basketball teams first clashed on the hardwood.The 2020 meeting will be the 142nd (including a February 15 meeting at Xavier) in history between the Gold Rush and the Blue Devils, with Xavier holding an 85-55 advantage. The schools first met in women’s basketball action during the 1977-78 season. The Gold Nuggets and Lady Blue Devils have played 93 times with Xavier on top 70-23 in the all-time series (entering 2019-20).

Three players in the XU-DU men’s series reached the NBA. Xavier’s Donald “Slick” Watts played six seasons with three NBA teams from 1973-79. Watts was the first player to lead the NBA in assists and steals in the same season (1975-76). Gold Rush teammate Bruce Seals played three NBA seasons (1975-78) after two seasons in the ABA. Dillard’s George Johnson played 13 seasons with six NBA teams from 1972-86 and ranks 13th in the NBA with 2,082 career blocked shots. Johnson was a member of the Golden State Warriors’ 1975 NBA championship team, and Seals played in the NBA Finals in 1978 with the Seattle SuperSonics.

2019: Dillard Splits Allstate Sugar Bowl Blue Devil Classic with Xavier
Dillard Sweeps Xavier Again at Allstate Sugar Bowl Bleu Devil Classic
Home Team Sweeps 2017 Allstate Sugar Bowl Bleu Devil Classic
: Dillard Men Upend Xavier in Overtime of Annual Bleu Devil Classic
2015: Dillard Splits Allstate Sugar Bowl Bleu Devil Classic Games
2014: Annual Bleu Devil Classic Once Again Features Two Xavier Wins
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

Allstate Sugar Bowl Primetime Super 60 AAU Basketball Tournament

For the eighth year, the Allstate Sugar Bowl sponsored the Primetime Super 60 AAU Tournament at multiple locations in New Orleans on Memorial Day weekend (May 24-26, 2019). The primary headquarters of the event was the Alario Center in Westwego.

The Super 60 tourney has featured many top teams and star players in its history, including current NBA players Marvin Bagley (Sacramento Kings), Melvin Frazier (Orlando Magic), Wendell Carter (Chicago Bulls), Collin Sexton (Cleveland Cavaliers), Jared Vanderbilt (Denver Nuggets), Robert Williams (Boston Celtics) and Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks).

The 2019 event featured 185 boys’ teams, including many of the top-rated AAU teams in the country, from second-grade to eighth-grade and 52 girls’ teams from sixth to 11th grade. Teams played multiple games at 24 locations around the city. The tournament featured young athletes from 20 different states and drew 10,000-12,000 visitors to the city. For more tournament information, please visit the Super 60 website.

Recent years of the event have also welcomed some adult basketball stars – former NBA star and current University of Memphis basketball coach Penny Hardaway and former NBA player and playground legend Rafer “Skip To My Lou” Alston have coached teams, as did former UNO star Ervin Johnson (a 2018 inductee into the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame) and current New Orleans Pelican Darius Miller. New York Knick Elfrid Payton and former NBA stars Juwan Howard and Zach Randolph have attended as fans.

2019: Top AAU Basketbal Players Visit New Orleans
Over 300 AAU Basketball teams Hosted by Allstate Sugar Bowl
: Sugar Bowl Welcomes Thousands of Elite Basketball Players to New Orleans
2016: Primetime Super 60 Hoops Tournament Features 390 Teams
2015: Allstate Sugar Bowl Hosts Top AAU Basketball Players
2014: Four Hundred AAU Teams Converge on New Orleans
2013: Sugar Bowl Welcomes Elite Young Athletes to New Orleans for AAU Hoops
2012: Primetime Super 60 Tournament Brings Over 2,000 Youth Players to City

NCAA Basketball

The 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.

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

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