ETSU men to face Southern Miss in opening round at Christmas event
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Aug. 5, 2010) - The ETSU men's basketball team will face Southern Miss in the opening round of the inaugural Cancun Governor's Cup on Thursday, Dec. 22 at 2:30 p.m. (EST), according to ESPN Regional Television which announced the pairings for the eight-team tournament on Thursday.
The event, which will be played Dec. 22-24 at the Poliforum Benito Juarez in Cancun, Mexico, will feature ETSU, Southern Miss, Ole Miss, Colorado State, Appalachian State, Texas State, Northeastern and St. Louis. The tournament's semifinal games will air live nationally Dec. 23 on ESPNU, with the third-place game and championship matchup airing Dec. 24 on ESPN2.
While the Bucs' complete 2010-11 schedule is not yet in place, ETSU head coach Murry Bartow said learning of his team's first round opponent in Mexico is another step toward finalizing the slate.
"It's a tough first round matchup for us," said Bartow, whose team is coming off back-to-back Atlantic Sun Conference titles and trips to the NCAA Tournament. "Southern Miss has a good team out of Conference USA and they are well-coached. We will have our hands full in Cancun, but this tournament offers us a chance to play three quality, neutral site games. If we enjoy some success there you also have the chance to play on ESPNU or ESPN2, so we're excited about this opportunity."
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. The two teams that remain undefeated will face off in a championship game Friday, Dec. 24, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
The complete schedule can be found by clicking on the link above.
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.
For more on ESPN Regional Television and the event itself, please see below:
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). ESPN Regional Television markets and/or owns several sporting events, including collegiate football events: the Beef ‘O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg; Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (Fort Worth, Texas); Birmingham Bowl; MAACO Bowl Las Vegas; New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl (Honolulu); Texas Bowl (Houston); the MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney (Orlando, Fla.); and The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards; collegiate basketball events: the 76 Classic (Anaheim, Calif.); Cancun Governor's Cup; Charleston Classic (S.C.); DIRECTV SEC/BIG EAST Invitational; Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Old Spice Classic (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan); All-College Basketball Classic (Oklahoma City) and BracketBusters; as well as the new ESPNU Warrior Classic (Lacrosse) and the ESPN National Golf Challenge presented by Callaway. For more information, visit ESPNPlus.com.