Detroit Pistons Legends to Headline Motor City Madness Champions Brunch

2018 Horizon League Champions Brunch
2018 Horizon League Champions Brunch

DETROIT – The Horizon League and 313 Presents will gather with former Detroit Pistons legends for the second annual Champions Brunch at Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday, March 6, at 10 a.m. ET. The brunch will precede the Little Caesars Horizon League Women's Basketball Championship Game at Noon and the men's championship game at 7 p.m.

Panelists scheduled to speak inside the Rehmann Club at Little Caesars Arena include former Pistons greats Earl Cureton, James "Buddha" Edwards and Rick Mahorn. Moderating the session will be Lauren Jbara, a reporter for Fox Sports and the Pistons' in-arena host at Little Caesars Arena.

The brunch is open to the public and will cost $25, which includes brunch and a game ticket to the women's and men's championship games. To purchase, click here.

"In line with our proud history of college basketball and commitment to the Metro Detroit area, we are excited for this year's event, featuring panelists embodying Detroit's similar lineage of basketball excellence and leadership," said Jon LeCrone, Commissioner of the Horizon League.

"We're excited to bring the Champions Brunch to Little Caesars Arena after a very successful event at Joe Louis Arena last year," said Tom Wilson, President and CEO of Olympia Entertainment and Interim President of 313 Presents. "It will be a great prelude to an exciting day of Horizon League Basketball as two teams punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament."

Biographical Information about the Panelists:

Rick Mahorn played 18 years in the NBA, including seven seasons for the Pistons, winning the 1989 NBA Championship. He was a second-round pick of the Washington Bullets in 1980. Mahorn scored 7,763 career points and pulled down 6,957 career rebounds. He currently serves as a radio analyst for the Pistons. 

James "Buddha" Edwards played 19 years in the NBA, including three seasons for the Pistons, where he was a member of the 1989 and 1990 NBA Championship teams. Edwards, who was a third-round selection of the Los Angeles Lakers in 1977, averaged 12.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in his NBA career. Edwards played his college basketball at Washington, appearing in 106 career games.

Earl Cureton played 13 years in the NBA, including three seasons for the Pistons. Cureton was a third-round pick of the Philadelphia 76ers in 1979. He scored more than 3,600 points and recorded over 3,100 rebounds in his NBA career. Cureton played his final two seasons of college basketball at Detroit Mercy. He currently serves as a community ambassador for the Pistons.

Tickets for the 2018 Little Caesars Horizon League Men's and Women's Basketball Championship can be purchased at, the Little Caesars Arena Box Office, the Little Caesars Arena Ticket Sales and Service Office (313-471-7575), or by calling or visiting their favorite school's box office.

Ticket prices for Motor City Madness, which will take place March 2-6, begin at $15 per day and will feature all 20 Horizon League teams competing in 18 games over a five-day span. The tournament will culminate with a pair of championship games on Tuesday, March 6 with automatic berths to the NCAA Basketball Tournament at stake. Tickets purchased for each day are valid for all games on that day.

About the Horizon League

The Horizon League is an NCAA Division I athletics conference comprised of 10 member institutions located throughout the Midwest's major metropolitan cities. Headquartered in Indianapolis, the League and its members strive to be highly competitive athletically while committing to the total development of its student-athletes and creating a lasting impact on campus and in the community. For more information, visit

About 313 Presents

Headquartered in the heart of The District Detroit, 313 Presents is a joint venture between Olympia Entertainment and Palace Sports & Entertainment, offering fans, artists, booking agents and touring attractions an unmatched platform of premier entertainment destinations. 313 Presents is responsible for delivering unforgettable fan experiences via best in class booking, production, accounting, marketing and public relations services for world-class entertainment events, concerts, family shows and community functions at Little Caesars Arena, Fox Theatre, Comerica Park, DTE Energy Music Theatre, Meadow Brook Amphitheatre and Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill. 313 Presents also manages booking, marketing and production of events for City Theatre.