East Carolina University’s men’s basketball team will play Liberty in the first-ever Basketball Hall of Fame Shootout on Nov. 13 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, according to a release by the team on Wednesday.

“We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to compete in the Hall of Fame Shootout, ECU head basketball coach Joe Dooley said in the release. “Coach (Ritchie) MacKay has done a terrific job with his program at Liberty and they will provide us a strong early season challenge. Charlotte is one of our largest alumni bases and we’re hoping to see a lot of purple in the seats at the Spectrum Center in November.”

ECU versus Liberty is one of three games to be played in the shootout. Virginia versus Temple and Davidson versus Virginia Tech make up the other two contests.

The Pirates have faced Liberty in hoops a total of eight times dating back to the 1988-89 campaign and own a 5-3 record over the Flame. The last match up between the two programs came on Nov. 16 of last year when Liberty downed the Pirates 77-57 inside Minges Coliseum in Greenville, North Carolina.

“We’re very excited to be launching a new collegiate event in North Carolina, a state know for its tremendous basketball history,” John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame, said in the release. “Spectrum Center is a fantastic NBA venue in a terrific basketball community, and we’re excited to provide this unique opportunity to six collegiate teams and their fans this fall.”

The release said game times and ticket information will be provided at a later date and any potential updates to the event regarding COVID-19 concerns will be passed along accordingly.

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