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Pairings Announced For Cancun Challenge

By UNC Athletics Posted July 28, 2013 at 7:43 am

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FORT COLLINS, CO – Tournament officials announced the women’s fields and pairings for the 2013 Cancun Challenge Tournaments at the all-inclusive Aventura Palace Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Eight women’s Division I college basketball teams will each play three games at the resort on November 28-30. The Cancun Challenge Riviera Tournament features Arizona State, Arkansas State, Illinois and North Carolina. The Cancun Challenge Mayan Tournament features Boston College, Iowa, UNC Wilmington, and USC.

The teams each play one game per day in a true classic format. The games are played in the Central Time Zone.

Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013
Riviera Tournament
Arizona State vs. Illinois, 12 p.m. CT
North Carolina vs. Arkansas State, 2:30 p.m. CT

Mayan Tournament
UNC Wilmington vs. Boston College, 5 p.m. CT
USC vs. Iowa, 7:30 p.m. CT

Friday, Nov. 29, 2013
Riviera Tournament
North Carolina vs. Arizona State, 12 p.m. CT
Arkansas State vs. Illinois, 2:30 p.m. CT

Mayan Tournament
Iowa vs. Boston College, 5 p.m. CT
USC vs. UNC Wilmington, 7:30 p.m. CT

Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013
Riviera Tournament
Illinois vs. North Carolina, 12 p.m. CT
Arizona State vs. Arkansas State, 2:30 p.m. CT

Mayan Tournament
Boston College vs. USC, 5 p.m. CT
UNC Wilmington vs. Iowa, 7:30 p.m. CT

Carolina and Arizona State last met in 2007 as part of the State Farm Tip-off Classic in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels won that game 75-60 and are 4-0 all-time against the Sun Devils. UNC is also 4-0 against Illinois, with the last meeting coming in Honolulu in 2010. Carolina and Arkansas State have never played in women’s basketball.

The Cancun Challenge tournaments are unique events where all teams stay and play at the all-inclusive Aventura Palace Resort in Riviera Maya near Cancun, Mexico. The resort’s convention center ballroom is converted into an arena which provides fans a special close-up view of the games.

Seating is limited for this exclusive event, and all fans should book travel packages through Triple Crown Sports for admission into games in Mexico. Travel packages are the only way to ensure admission to games at this time. For travel package information, contact Sarah Sullivan by phone at 970-672-0533 or by email at sarah@triplecrownsports.com, or visit the website at www.cancunchallenge.net.

The Cancun Challenge is owned and produced by Triple Crown Sports, based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Triple Crown Sports also produces a men’s Division I college basketball tournament in Mexico, as well as the Preseason and Postseason Women’s NIT.

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