Aug. 5, 2010
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The tournament bracket for the inaugural Cancun Governor's Cup was announced Thursday afternoon by ESPN Regional Television.
The holiday tournament will be held Dec. 22-24 at the Poliforum Benito Juarez in Cancun, Mexico. Conference USA will serve as the event's sponsoring conference.
Southern Miss will take on Atlantic Sun Champion East Tennessee State in the first round on Wednesday, Dec. 22, at 1:30 p.m. CT. The winner advances to the second round against the winner of Northeastern and former C-USA foe Saint Louis, on Thursday, Dec. 23, also at 1:30 p.m. and televised on ESPNU. The Championship game will be played Friday, Dec. 24 at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
The rest of the field includes Appalachian State, Colorado State, Ole Miss, and Texas State. Seven of the eight teams reached the 2009-10 postseason, including ETSU in the NCAA Tournament. Ole Miss advanced to the National Invitation Tournament's final four, while Northeastern also played in the NIT. Colorado State and Saint Louis played in the College Basketball Invitational. Appalachian State and Southern Miss played in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
The 2010 Cancun Governor's Cup will feature 12 games through three days, Dec. 22-24. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format.
This will be the second time in three years that Southern Miss will participate in a pre-season tournament. The Golden Eagles took home a fourth-place finish in the 2008 Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, V.I. They also participated in the Kansas State Holiday Classic that year.
The Cancun Governor's Cup supports youth basketball initiatives in Mexico started by the Telmex Foundation and Mexican NBA star Eduardo Najera, which strives to bring the game of basketball to the youth of Mexico. Since 2007, when the league was created, 60,000 kids from across Mexico have participated. The Cancun Governor's Cup will annually offer tickets to the league for kids to experience collegiate basketball firsthand.
Tickets will go on sale later this summer. Additional information can be found on the Cancun Governor's Cup's official website: www.cancungovernorscup.com.
About Cancun Cancun, the gateway to Mexico and the Mayan world, offers luxurious hotel infrastructure with more than 28,000 rooms, and is Mexico's most beautiful and stylish destination. Opportunities for new experiences are everywhere, as the setting brings you into contact with both nature and Mayan culture like nowhere else. Top-level gastronomy and nightlife; warm beaches with soft, white sand; crystal-clear, turquoise seas; and a location opposite the Great Mesoamerican Reef System, in tandem with Mexico's world-famous hospitality, make Cancun an entirely unique tourist destination. Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau: www.cancun.travel.
Telmex Najera Youth League The Telmex Najera Youth League is an initiative of Telmex Foundation to boost the participation of Mexican youth in basketball. With its motto "Leave the streets for the courts", in its second year of operations 60,000 kids are playing all over the country. The Telmex Najera Youth League is the most important tournament of the country in its kind. For more information, visit www.ligatelmexnajera.org
ESPN Regional Television/Event Ownership The nation's largest syndicator of collegiate sports programming, ESPN Regional Television (ERT) annually produces more than 1,000 telecasts of sporting events. Programming includes football, basketball, NCAA events, golf and NHRA events accounting for more than 2,200 live and/or original hours of programming. In addition to event ownership, ERT is the production headquarters for ESPNU, the 24-hour college sports network; syndication rights-holder and producer of national, regional and local shows for college conferences (e.g. - SEC, BIG EAST, Big 12, Mid-American, WAC).
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