Cancun Challenge Pairings Announced

  • By Bryan Messerly
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  • June 12, 2013 02:12 PM
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Tournament officials announced the pairings for the 2013 Men’s Cancun Challenge played at the all-inclusive Aventura Palace resort near Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

The tournament features eight men’s DI college basketball teams and includes eight games played in the United States, and eight games played in Mexico. Old Dominion, Saint Louis, West Virginia and Wisconsin headline the host teams for the games played in the U.S. and are joined by Bowling Green State, Georgia Southern, Oral Roberts, and Presbyterian.

Once teams arrive in Mexico they are split into two divisions (Riviera and Mayan). A champion is crowned in both divisions. All four games of the Riviera Division will be nationally televised LIVE in HD from the Aventura Palace Convention Center on CBS Sports Network. The Mayan Division games will be webcast live on CBSsports.com, ULive.

Pairings for all games in the U.S. and Mexico are listed below:

U.S. Games (Times TBD)

Thur. - Nov. 21
Bowling Green at Wisconsin
Oral Roberts at Saint Louis
Presbyterian at Old Dominion
Georgia Southern at West Virginia

Sat. - Nov. 23
Oral Roberts at Wisconsin
Bowling Green at Saint Louis
Georgia Southern at Old Dominion
Presbyterian at West Virginia

Mexico Games (Times TBD)

Tues. - Nov. 26
Mayan Division
Presbyterian vs. Bowling Green
Oral Roberts vs. Georgia Southern

Riviera Division
West Virginia vs. Old Dominion
Saint Louis vs. Wisconsin

Wed. - Nov. 27
Games TBD

The Cancun Challenge is regarded as one of the most unique preseason men’s college basketball tournaments. Teams stay at the Aventura Palace and enjoy all the amenities the resort has to offer. A ballroom is converted into an arena, and fans who attend the event get an up-close perspective of their team while enjoying an all-inclusive setting. Previous champions include Vanderbilt (2008), Kentucky (2009), Missouri (2010), Illinois (2011) and Wichita State (2012).

The Cancun Challenge is owned and produced by Triple Crown Sports, which also organizes the Women’s Cancun Challenge, and the Preseason and Postseason Women’s NIT. Triple Crown is a leader in youth and college sports and manages more than 300 youth events across the country in baseball, basketball, softball and volleyball. With 30 years of experience running sporting events, Triple Crown is nationally recognized for its professionally-produced destination tournaments.

For complete information on the Cancun Challenge and fan packages that include lodging and admission please visit www.cancunchallenge.net.

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