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 it was scheduled to reprise for the 2020 NCAA Women’s Final Four, which was cancelled by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Allstate Sugar Bowl Basketball History

Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic

For 10 years, the Allstate Sugar Bowl sponsored the National Prep Basketball Classic, an event featuring multiple brackets for both boys’ and girls’ high school basketball players. It has featured teams from Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the Sugar Bowl was not able to sponsor the 2021 event. The 2022 event is scheduled for January 5-8, 2022.

While the event started with eight teams in 2011; it featured 63 teams in 2020, including 12 out-of-state participants.

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

Four Louisiana high schools swept the four championships at the 2020 Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic. The two top honorees were Scotlandville High School, which won the Boys National Bracket and LaGrange High School which captured the Girls Platinum Bracket title. Also earning championships were KIPP-Booker T. Washington High School from New Orleans, which won the Boys State Bracket and Huntington (Shreveport) High School, which won the Girls Gold Bracket.

2021: Cancelled Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
Louisiana Schools Rise to Titles at Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic
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

Allstate Sugar Bowl Primetime Super 60 AAU Basketball Tournament

The Allstate Sugar Bowl is scheduled to sponsor the Primetime Super 60 AAU Tournament for the ninth year in 2022. The high-level AAU tournament featuring boys’ and girls’ teams from around the country is scheduled for May 28-29, 2022.

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 (Minnesota Timberwolves), Robert Williams (Boston Celtics) and Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks) as well as 2021 NCAA Final Four stars Jared Butler (Baylor) and Jalen Suggs (Gonzaga).

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.

2021: Cancelled Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
Cancelled Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
Top AAU Basketball 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

Allstate Sugar Bowl Bleu Devil Classic

Rosie Davis (Courtesy of Dillard Athletics)

The Dillard’s men’s basketball team had a four-game win streak in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Bleu Devil Classic snapped by the Gold Rush, but the Bleu Devil women posted their third win in the last four years in the 2020 event.

In the men’s game, Dillard (17-13) was led by 17 points from Tyrell Alcorn, but it was not enough as No. 15 Xavier (23-6) had a huge game from Rayshawn Mart, who scored 19 points to go with nine rebounds, in the 73-66 decision. In the women’s match-up, Jabria Pounds scored 20 points and Paige Williams added 16 as Dillard (10-19) snagged a 62-52 victory from Xavier (14-14). Pounds also added 11 rebounds four assists and four steals.

The historic rivalry between the two schools began on Jan. 17, 1948 when the men’s basketball teams first clashed on the hardwood. Saturday’s meeting was the 142nd (including a February 15 meeting at Xavier) in history between the Gold Rush and the Blue Devils, with Xavier holding an 87-55 advantage. The schools first met in women’s basketball action during the 1977-78 season. The Gold Nuggets and Lady Blue Devils have played 95 times with Xavier on top 71-24 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.

2021: Cancelled Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
Dillard and Xavier Split Allstate Sugar Bowl Bleu Devil Classic Again
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

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. That would have been the fourth NCAA Women’s Final Four hosted by New Orleans and the Sugar Bowl was scheduled to play a significant role in the hosting process as a member of the Local Organizing Committee. However, the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

2020: Cancelled Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
: 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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