Tournament officials are excited to announce the final four teams selected to compete in the eight-team field of the 2016 Men’s Cancun Challenge, played at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in Mexico just before the Thanksgiving holiday, Nov. 22-23.
Making up this year’s Mayan Division are the teams from Eastern Kentucky (Ohio Valley), Georgia State (Sun Belt), Idaho State (Big Sky), and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (A-Sun). All four teams will be making their first appearance in the Cancun Challenge.
“We are very happy to announce the participation of four more great teams for the 2016 Cancun Challenge. The event has had many great basketball programs in the past, and this year’s field will continue the tradition,” said tournament director Brent Amick. “The uniqueness of the location and event setup makes this tournament a truly special experience for fans who want to follow their favorite team. It is an ideal way to enjoy the warm climate of the Riviera Maya combined with exciting basketball in a close-up, intimate setting.”
Auburn (SEC), Purdue (Big Ten), Texas Tech (Big 12), and Utah State (Mountain West) outfit the Riviera Division of the tournament. The tournament will feature games both in the United States and in Mexico. All Riviera Division games at the Hard Rock will be televised on CBS Sports Network; all other games will be live streamed via YouTube.
The 2016 tournament features an exciting match-up of teams. Listed below is the schedule for both U.S. and Mexico games (times TBD).
Games in the U.S.
Monday, Nov. 14
Georgia State at Auburn
NJIT at Utah State
Thursday, Nov. 17
Eastern Kentucky at Auburn
Friday, Nov. 18
Georgia State at Purdue
Saturday, Nov. 19
Eastern Kentucky at Texas Tech
Idaho State at Utah State
Saturday, Nov. 26
NJIT at Purdue
Idaho State at Texas Tech
Games in Mexico
Tuesday, Nov. 22
NJIT vs Georgia State
Idaho State vs Eastern Kentucky
Auburn vs Texas Tech
Utah State vs Purdue
Wednesday, Nov. 23
Mayan Third Place Game
Mayan Championship Game
Riviera Third Place Game
Riviera Championship Game
Ranked as one of the top preseason college tournaments according to Sports Illustrated, the Cancun Challenge offers teams and fans opportunities and experiences they’ll never forget. The resort’s convention center ballroom is converted into a one-of-a-kind arena that allows fans an up-close and personal view of their favorite teams. The all-inclusive experience at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya gives teams and fans access to games, practices, unlimited dining and drinks, world-class entertainment, and fun from the time they arrive until the time they leave.
Located just off the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea, the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya offers the ultimate vacation for guests of all ages with both the adults-only and family friendly resort experiences. With a combined 1,264 ultra-posh and lavishly appointed guestrooms boasting a balcony, terrace views or new, expansive sky terrace options with picturesque views, hydro tubs in each room, world-class shopping and endless style, Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya is nothing short of the ultimate crowd-pleaser. Complete with expansive outdoor pools and private beach, this all-inclusive escape offers nine world-class restaurants, eight bars and lounges, in addition to 88,915 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and event space ideal for elegant banquets, themed parties, weddings, concerts, and more.
All fans should book packages through Triple Crown Sports. Seating is limited and travel packages are the only way to guarantee admission into games. For travel package information, contact Sarah Sullivan at 970-672-0533, by email at Sarah@triplecrownsports.com or visit the website at www.cancunchallenge.net.
About Cancun Challenge at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya
The Cancun Challenge is owned and produced by Triple Crown Sports, based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Triple Crown Sports also produces the Women’s Cancun Challenge, a Division I college basketball tournament during the same week at the same resort, as well as the Preseason and Postseason Women’s NIT. Two recent men’s champions (Wisconsin, 2013 and Wichita State, 2012) reached the NCAA Final Four that same season. For more information on the Cancun Challenge, visit www.cancunchallenge.net.
Tournament officials announced Monday the schedule for the 10-team field of the 2016 Women’s Cancun Challenge. The Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya just south of Cancun, Mexico will once again play host to this spectacular event, slated for Nov. 24-26.
The four-team field of the Mayan Division features Northeastern (Colonial), Stanford (Pac-12), Purdue (Big Ten), and Wichita State (Missouri Valley). Teams will battle in a round-robin format, playing the other three teams across the Thanksgiving Holiday break. Davidson (Atlantic 10), Idaho State (Big Sky), Iowa (Big Ten), James Madison (Colonial), Toledo (Mid-American), and UCLA (Pac-12) make up the Riviera Division. Each of those teams will play two games at the Cancun Challenge.
Rated as a top-five tournament in 2014 by Sports Illustrated, it’s no wonder teams are jumping at the chance to return to the Yucatan. In the 12th installment of the Women’s Cancun Challenge, the Hawkeyes will be flying south for the fourth time this November and looking to improve on their 6-1 all-time record at the event. Joining Iowa in returning to the Cancun Challenge is JMU. The Dukes bring in a 4-3 record and are back for the fourth time.
Three other schools in the field are making repeat trips. Idaho State (2011), Purdue (2011), and Wichita State (2012) are all heading back to the tournament.
Here is the 2016 Women’s Cancun Challenge schedule (Home team listed second and will wear light-colored uniforms; all times Cancun/Eastern Time):
Thursday, Nov. 24
Northeastern vs. Stanford, 11 a.m. ET
Wichita State vs. Purdue, 1:30 p.m. ET
Davidson vs. Toledo, 4 p.m. ET
JMU vs. Idaho State, 6:30 p.m. ET
UCLA vs. Iowa, 9 p.m. ET
Friday, Nov. 25
Stanford vs. Wichita State, 11 a.m. ET
Purdue vs. Northeastern, 1:30 p.m. ET
Idaho State vs. Davidson, 4 p.m. ET
Toledo vs. UCLA, 6:30 p.m. ET
Iowa vs. JMU, 9 p.m. ET
Saturday, Nov. 26
Northeastern vs. Wichita State, 11 a.m. ET
Stanford vs. Purdue, 1:30 p.m. ET
Seating is limited for this exclusive event, and all fans should book land travel packages through Triple Crown Sports for admission into games in Mexico. Travel packages are the only way to guarantee admission to games at this time. For travel package information, contact Sarah Sullivan at 970-672-0533 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the website at www.cancunchallenge.net.
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