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Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions Set For Cancun Tournament

by on June 11, 2018 1:20 PM

Penn State men’s basketball team will open its 2018-19 season at the Bryce Jordan Center as part of the 11th annual Cancun Challenge the program announced on Monday.

The Nittany Lions will play host to North Florida Friday, Nov. 9, and Jacksonville State, Monday, Nov. 12.

The eight-team tournament begins with seven games in the United States between the teams in the Mayan Division -- Jacksonville State, North Florida, Southern Miss and Western Carolina -- and the Riviera Division, which includes Penn State, Bradley, SMU and Wright State.

While in Cancun, Mexico, Penn State will face Wright State in the 8:30 p.m. ET game on Tuesday, Nov. 20 following the game between Bradley and SMU. The Wednesday, Nov. 21 games will feature bracket winners and losers facing off in a doubleheader evening.

Both of Penn State’s games in Cancun will be televised by CBS Sports Network.

“Last year our team traveled to the Bahamas for our foreign tour trip, and this year, we have the opportunity to be a part of the Cancun Challenge,” said Coach Patrick Chambers in a release. “Having two games in the Bryce Jordan Center is a great way to open our 2018-19 season, and then going to the resort to play in this location will give our guys another extraordinary experience.”   

In addition to the four games affiliated with the Cancun Challenge, including two at home in early November, Penn State will travel to DePaul for a Thursday, Nov. 15 game as part of the 2018 Gavitt Tipoff Games. The Bryce Jordan Center will play host to Virginia Tech on Tuesday, Nov. 27 for this year’s edition of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

As previously reported, the Basketball Hall of Fame’s inaugural Boardwalk Classic will feature Penn State versus N.C. State on Saturday, Dec. 15 in Atlantic City, N.J.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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