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FORT COLLINS, CO – With college basketball programs more comfortable plotting schedules after COVID-19’s disruptions, plans are already in motion for the 2022 Men’s Cancun Challenge, set for November 22-23 at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya and powered by Triple Crown Sports.
Seven of the eight teams in the field have been secured, with the final squad still to be determined: Auburn Tigers, Bradley Braves, Liberty Flames, Northwestern Wildcats, Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons, Southern Miss Golden Eagles, Winthrop Eagles.
This is the second trip to the event for Auburn, Bradley, Liberty, Northwestern, and Southern Miss; it’s the debut appearance for Purdue Fort Wayne and Winthrop. Liberty also played in the 2020 Space Coast Challenge, a four-team event in Florida last November which Triple Crown produced when the Cancun event was canceled.
Games take place in the modified ballroom of the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, in a setting where teams and fans can walk from their rooms to the restaurants to the games. The Cancun Challenge also includes games played at host sites in the US.
“Teams all around the country are excited to see these travel events return to the forefront, and it’s no surprise the Cancun Challenge has a solid group of programs already on board,” said event director Sarah Molina.