City hoops: Skip Connors played at UMass in the mid-'80s and is a lover of his Minutemen specifically and college basketball generally.
He has an idea and now he's trying to execute it.
"I wanted to bring college basketball back to Boston,'' he said.
And so Connors is the promoter of the Boston Tipoff Classic to benefit Children's Hospital, a college basketball doubleheader at TD Garden Dec. 4. UMass will play BC and Northeastern will face Drexel. It will be televised on Comcast SportsNet New England.
Connors plans to make this an annual event. UMass will be involved every year and Connors is going to have other local teams be part of the doubleheader. But he also wants to make this a national-caliber event and is working to get some big-time teams to commit to playing in Boston.
"I can't see why this can't be an annual event that draws 12,000-15,000 people,'' he said.
He's even thinking he might make it a tripleheader eventually.
Exhibition notes: Syracuse lost to LeMoyne last season but the Orange kept their minds on business Tuesday night with a 91-48 victory.
Kansas beat Washburn, but highly touted freshman Josh Selby didn't play because he has not been declared eligible yet by the NCAA.
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