This year’s field features Duke (ACC), Georgia Tech (ACC), High Point (Big South), Idaho (Big Sky), Iowa State (Big 12), NC State (ACC), Northern Iowa (MVC), Seton Hall (Big East), Texas State (Sun Belt), and UAB (CUSA). Only Duke and UAB have competed in the event before with the Blue Devils making their third appearance (2006 and 2009), while the Blazers are coming for the second time (2010). Duke is 5-0 all-time in Cancun Challenge games; UAB is 1-1.
The Mayan Tournament features four teams (Duke, Idaho, Iowa State, Texas State) playing each other in a three-game round robin. The Riviera Tournament features the other six teams in a pool where each plays twice during their time in Mexico.
Here is the 2015 Women’s Cancun Challenge schedule (Home team listed first; all times Cancun/Eastern Time):
Thursday, Nov. 26
Iowa State vs. Texas State, 11 a.m. ET
Duke vs. Idaho, 1:30 p.m. ET
UAB vs. High Point, 4 p.m. ET
Seton Hall vs. NC State, 6:30 p.m. ET
Georgia Tech vs. Northern Iowa, 9 p.m. ET
Friday, Nov. 27
Texas State vs. Idaho, 11 a.m. ET
Iowa State vs. Duke, 1:30 p.m. ET
NC State vs. UAB, 4 p.m. ET
High Point vs. Georgia Tech, 6:30 p.m. ET
Northern Iowa vs. Seton Hall, 9 p.m. ET
Saturday, Nov. 28
Idaho vs. Iowa State, 11 a.m. ET
Duke vs. Texas State, 1:30 p.m. ET
The Cancun Challenge is one of the top basketball events held each year and was rated as a top-five preseason tournament by Sports Illustrated in 2014. Teams stay and play at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. The resort’s convention center ballroom is converted into an arena which provides fans a special close-up view of the games. Once arriving to the hotel, teams and fans are treated to a spectacular all-inclusive rock star vacation with games, practices, unlimited dining and drinks, world-class entertainment and fun all in one location.