Cancun Challenge Field Announced


By Bryan Messerly for WVUsports.com
May 23, 2013 10:44 AM
Fort Collins, Colo. – Tournament officials announced today the eight teams selected to compete in the 2013 Men’s Cancun Challenge, played at the all-inclusive Aventura Palace resort near Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

This year’s Riviera Division features Old Dominion (CUSA), Saint Louis (Atlantic 10), West Virginia (Big 12) and Wisconsin (Big Ten). The Mayan Division will include Bowling Green (Mid-American), Georgia Southern (Southern), Oral Roberts (Southland) and Presbyterian (Big South).

“We’re excited about this year’s field which will be one of the most competitive since the tournament’s inception in 2008,” said Cancun Challenge Director Brent Amick. “This is a special event for teams and fans and is played in an incredible ocean-front setting in Mexico. Fans making the trip down to cheer on their school will be able to watch great competition while enjoy the warm climate and beautiful beaches of the Riviera Maya.”

The tournament format includes eight games played in the United States (Nov. 21 and 23) where the four teams in the Riviera Division host the four schools in the Mayan Division. All eight teams then travel to Mexico for two games played in their respected divisions (Nov. 26-27). 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 on CBSsports.com, ULive.

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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