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Could a Baltimore-area college basketball showcase be close? Coaches hope so

Could a Baltimore-area college basketball showcase be close? Coaches hope so

In the 1960s and ’70s, it was called the Baltimore Metro, a three-day, season-opening tournament of games between seven local men’s basketball programs. One of the schools, the University of Baltimore, no longer has a team; another, Johns Hopkins, competes in Division III.

From 1998 to 2003, it returned as the Battle of Baltimore Classic, a four-team, two-round competition sponsored and televised by Channel 2. UMBC won three titles, Loyola Maryland two, and Towson, Coppin State and Morgan State none.

On Tuesday, as head coaches from the five Division I programs within 10 miles of downtown Baltimore gathered at Towson’s SECU Arena for the first Greater Baltimore Basketball...

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