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WVU Basketball’s 2019 Cancun Challenge Schedule Announced

Thanksgiving trip to the Mayan Riviera in store for the Mountaineers in 2019.

Yucatan Peninsula Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images for Lumix

Though West Virginia men’s basketball fans are still concerned about finishing this season positively, the 2019-2020 schedule is beginning to come together. The Cancun Challenge released the 2019 tournament schedule today, revealing the two domestic games and first-round matchup for all teams.

WVU will first take on Northern Colorado on Monday, Nov. 18, in the WVU Coliseum. The Bears from the Big Sky Conference are in the Mayan Division of the tournament. Then, on Friday, Nov. 22, the Mountaineers will welcome Boston Univ. to Morgantown. Times will be announced later.

The Mountaineers will spend Thanksgiving week on the Mayan Riviera, competing in the Riviera Division (decidedly the more prestigious group). WVU will open tournament play against Northern Iowa, on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 8:30 p.m.

South Carolina and Wichita State will also play on Nov. 26, and tip at 6 p.m. No matter what, Bob Huggins will play either a former assistant coach or a former player. The Gamecocks are coached by Frank Martin, who assisted Huggins at Kansas State in 2006-2007. Former WVU guard Teddy Allen transferred to Wichita State and will be eligible to play next season.

The winner of the first matchups will play in the championship game on Black Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 8:30 p.m. Losers will play in the third-place game at 6 p.m. All games will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network and played at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya.

From Triple Crown Sports

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 or visit the website at

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.