With another mix of quality D-I programs from around the nation officially signing on the bottom line, officials for the 2018 Men’s Cancun Challenge have secured the eight-team field for this popular Thanksgiving Week event held at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya.
This marks the 11th edition of the men’s event. The Cancun Challenge continues to be one of the most sought-after destinations for a pre-conference tournament; last year’s champion was Louisiana Tech, and previous champions include Purdue (2016), Maryland (2015), Northern Iowa (2014) and Wisconsin (2013).
In the Riviera Division, the 2018 field consists of Bradley, SMU, Penn State and Wright State; the Mayan Division will see Jacksonville State, North Florida, Southern Miss and Western Carolina. Games take place Nov. 20-21, with the last two games each day televised by CBS Sports Network.
Games are played in the modified ballroom at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya; teams and their fans are in walking distance from their rooms to the games to the restaurants to poolside. The Cancun Challenge also includes games played at host sites in the US.
Here's the schedule for the 2018 Men’s Cancun Challenge:
Wednesday, Nov. 7
Western Carolina at Wright State
Friday, Nov. 9
North Florida at Penn State
Sunday, Nov. 11
Southern Miss at SMU
Monday, Nov. 12
Jacksonville State at Penn State
Wednesday, Nov. 14
Western Carolina at SMU
Jacksonville State at Bradley
Saturday, Nov. 17
North Florida at Wright State
Cancun Challenge at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya (all times Cancun/Eastern Time):
Tuesday, Nov. 20
Game 1: Western Carolina vs. Jacksonville State, 12:30 p.m.
Game 2: North Florida vs. Southern Miss, 3 p.m.
Game 3: Bradley vs. SMU, 6 p.m.
Game 4: Wright State vs. Penn State, 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 21
Game 1/Game 2 losers, 12:30 p.m.
Game 1/Game 2 winners, 3 p.m.
Game 3/Game 4 losers. 6 p.m.
Game 3/Game 4 winners, 8:30 p.m.
“With a decade in the books, the Men’s Cancun Challenge comes up in conversation very quickly when people in the game talk about an ideal tournament,” said event director Brent Amick. “Our relationship with the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya means fans who travel in get the best in food and entertainment options; meanwhile, the teams can move around easily in the gated, secure setting and get their work done on the floor while also getting some time in the sun.”
About the Cancun Challenge
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 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.
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 (email to firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit the website at www.cancunchallenge.net.
About Triple Crown Sports
Based in Fort Collins, CO., Triple Crown Sports has been producing college and youth events for more than 30 years. TCS runs both the preseason and postseason WNIT basketball events and produces the men’s and women’s Cancun Challenge tournaments in November. Triple Crown is also powering “WNIT” concept events in D-I softball (NISC) and volleyball (NIVC), with those two events debuting in 2017. TCS youth fastpitch tournaments (including the 900-team Sparkler/Fireworks event) draw the nation’s finest club programs, and hundreds of college coaches attend TCS events for recruiting purposes.