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 Bleu Devil Classic

Rosie Davis (Courtesy of Dillard Athletics)

The 13th annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Bleu Devil Classic is planned for 2021, however, details are TBD due to COVID-19.

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

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.

2020: 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

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 is not able to sponsor the 2021 event.

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.

2020: 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

UNO Basketball

The Allstate Sugar Bowl has sponsored UNO Basketball as the presenting sponsor of either the Homecoming games or Alumni Nights since the 2014-15 season. This year, the Sugar Bowl sponsored the Privateers’ Alumni Night Doubleheader against Nicholls State on in 2020 as UNO split its two games.

The UNO women used a second-half rally to pull away from Nicholls State in a 77-63 victory. New Orleans native Rehema Franklin anchored the Privateer attack with a 23-point performance while Dionjhae Thomas tallied 12 points and six rebounds to lead 10 players who scored in the game. The Colonels held a 17-16 lead after one quarter, but UNO took charge in the second quarter to pick up the Southland Conference victory.

On the men’s side, Troy Green (21 points), Bryson Robinson (16) and Jahmel Myers (11) all reached double figures in scoring, but it wasn’t enough for UNO as Nicholls State pulled away for a 77-72 victory.

2020: UNO Basketball Teams Split Allstate Sugar Bowl Alumni Day Contest
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 CYO High School Tournament

There will not be a 2020 Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Basketball Tournament.

The 2019 edition of the Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Basketball Tournament was played December 4-7 at four locations in New Orleans. The tournament, which celebrated its 65th year of action in 2019, has hosted many of the all-time greats in New Orleans prep basketball history.

St. Augustine defeated Lee Magnet, 56-43, to capture the championship of the Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Basketball Tournament. The victory gives the Purple Knights their 11th championship in the 65 years of the CYO Tournament.

St. Aug used a big second quarter to build a 33-19 halftime advantage and held on for the victory. D’Mari Wiltz led the Purple Knights with 16 points and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Jaron Pierre and Jason Malbrue each added 14 points. Lee, which was making its first appearance in the tournament, was led by a 19-point effort from David Weber.

Wiltz was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Pierre and Ashton Trufant as well as Weber, Isaiah Crawford (Archbishop Shaw) and Alex Crawford (Central Lafourche).

2019: St. Aug Defeats Lee for 11th CYO Basketball Title
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 Primetime Super 60 AAU Basketball Tournament

The Allstate Sugar Bowl was scheduled to sponsor the Primetime Super 60 AAU Tournament for the ninth straight year in 2020. While the event is typically played over Memorial Day weekend, the COVID-19 pandemic forced organizers to cancel the 2020 edition.

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).

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.

2020: Cancelled Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
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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