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 CYO High School Tournament
The Allstate Sugar Bowl took on sponsorship of the New Orleans CYO High School Tournament in 2008. The event, which celebrated its 64th year of action in 2017 as it was played from Wednesday, November 29 through Saturday, December 2 at four local high schools.
St. Paul’s School of Covington won its second CYO Basketball title in three years as it defeated defending tournament champion De La Salle, 46-44, in the 2017 event.
Devonte Allen became the fourth player in the 64 years of the tournament to earn MVP honors twice. He joins Bobby Delpit (St. Aloysius, now Brother Martin, 1950, 1951), Brandon Spann (Jesuit, 1997, 1998) and Craig Victor (St. Augustine, 2010, 2011). Allen, who won the MVP honor in 2015 after hitting the game-winning shot in the title game, scored 23 points in Saturday’s championship victory.
Allen was joined on the all-tournament team by Parker Edwards (St. Paul’s), Abiram Frye (De La Salle), Glenn Grover, Jr. (Hahnville), Jalen Henry (De La Salle) and Kolby Warren (Slidell).
2017: St. Paul’s Captures Second Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Basketball Title
2016: 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. The event features multiple brackets for both boys’ and girls’ high school basketball players. It has featured teams from Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas.
While the event started with eight teams in 2011, it is expected to grow to more than 64 teams in 2019. The tournament will feature at least eight out of state participants.
In addition, in 2018, the tournament organizers, Friends of Prep Sports LLC, awarded four $1,500 scholarships to deserving student athletes in the tournament.
The eighth annual National Prep Basketball Classic was played January 2-6, 2018 at the at the Alario Center in Westwego, La. The event featured three girls’ brackets and and one boys’ bracket.
Riverside Academy captured its fourth boys’ title in six years at the 2018 event John Curtis Christian School earned the Girls’ Platinum title while Lafayette Christian won the Gold Bracket and Dominican took the Silver Bracket title.
In the boys’ championship game, Riverside improved to 22-0 on the season with a 61-55 overtime victory against Karr. Jared Butler, an Alabama signee, scored a game-high 26 points, including four three-pointers, while adding six steals, five rebounds and five assists. The 6-3 guard was named the tournament MVP.
Sophomore standout Jerkalia Jenkins scored 24 points to earn MVP honors as she led Curtis to a lop-sided 57-36 victory over Kentwood (Ill.) in the girls’ platinum division. The Patriots improved to 15-1 overall with the victory. It was its third trip to the championship game, but the first victory for Curtis.
2018: Riverside Boys and Curtis Girls Capture Top Titles at Allstate Sugar Bowl Tourney
2017: 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
Allstate Sugar Bowl Bleu Devil Classic
The Allstate Sugar Bowl will sponsor the Bleu Devil Classic, the annual showdown between New Orleans’ NAIA basketball powers Dillard University and Xavier University, for the eighth year in 2019. The doubleheader match-up of the men’s and women’s basketball teams for the schools is scheduled for Saturday, February 16 at Dent Hall on the Dillard campus. The Allstate Sugar Bowl sponsored the Crosstown Classic between the two schools for three years prior to the Bleu Devil Classic sponsorship.
2018: Dillard Sweeps Xavier Again at Allstate Sugar Bowl Bleu Devil Classic
2017: Home Team Sweeps 2017 Allstate Sugar Bowl Bleu Devil Classic
2016: 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
UNO Basketball Homecoming
The Allstate Sugar Bowl has sponsored UNO’s Homecoming since the 2014-15 season.
The Privateer men’s and women’s basketball teams swept McNeese State to cap a successful 2018 Homecoming Weekend. In the men’s game, UNO posted a 90-74 victory as Makur Puou finished with a career-high 23 points to go with eight rebounds. Travin Thibodeaux and Bryson Robinson took over in the second half as the Privateers clinched a Southland Conference Tournament playoff spot with the lopsided victory. Puou was 9-of-12 overall in his second to last home game while Thibodeaux played the role of facilitator early, collecting seven assists and six boards to go with 18 points. Robinson scored all 14 points in the second half and added three assists and Lamont Berzat finished with seven points, six assists and four steals.
In the women’s match-up, Shania Woods had a game to remember, leading a trio of double-digit scorers with a career-high 31 on 9-of-12 shooting in UNO’s 84-62 victory. Woods added 11 rebounds for her 11th double-double of the season. Randi Brown collected 16 points, three assists and three steals and Mariah Wright scored 11 points to go with five assists and three steals. Halie Matthews came off the bench with 11 boards and two blocks and Jada Duncantell was credited with four steals.
2018: 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 Primetime Super 60 AAU Basketball Tournament
For the seventh year, the Allstate Sugar Bowl sponsored the Primetime Super 60 AAU Tournament at multiple locations in New Orleans on Memorial Day weekend (May 25-28, 2018). 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 2018 event featured 249 boys’ teams, including many of the top-rated AAU teams in the country, from second-grade to eighth-grade and 70 girls’ teams from sixth to 11th grade. Teams played multiple games at 24 locations around the city. The tournament featured young athletes from 17 different states and drew 10,000-12,000 visitors to the city. For more tournament information, please visit the Super 60 website.
The 2018 event also welcomed some adult basketball stars – former NBA player and playground legend Rafer “Skip To My Lou” Alston coached a team, as did former UNO star Ervin Johnson (a 2018 inductee into the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame). Former NBA star Juwan Howard and current Sacramento King Zach Randolph were in attendance a fans.
2018: Over 300 AAU Basketball teams Hosted by Allstate Sugar Bowl
2017: 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
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