(WBNG Binghamton) The Stop DWI holiday classic is about a message.
They started delivering that message to the teams playing in the tournament at the Charlie Howland memorial luncheon, named in honor of the former Binghamton coach who was killed by a drunk driver.
But the basketball side of things is certainly one of the sporting hi-lites of the entire year in the Binghamton area.
This year's field includes teams from Arizona to New York City, and includes talent that boasts nearly a dozen division 1 basketball players.
" We have a lot coming in. We have some players that the coaches have told me they're waiting for the best offer, but they will be committing to a D-1 pretty soon. I haven't heard of any players that Syracuse is looking at, but usually Syracuse doesn't share information with me," says Tournament Director Richard Westfall.
Besides the national division there is also the regional division with 8 local teams, including the host Binghamton Patriots who step back from the big bracket for the first time.
The tourney starts with a 3-point shootout and dunk contest on December 27th, with the games running from the 28th to the 30th.