Cancun Challenge matchups announced

Will Cheney

Almost one month after Georgia Southern University men’s basketball accepted the invitation to compete in the Cancun Challenge, GSU now knows the teams it will match up with in the challenge.

The first block of games, held in the U.S., will feature GSU pitted against West Virginia University on Nov. 21 and Old Dominion University on Nov. 23.

WVU faced some challenges in the Big 12 Conference last season, compiling a 6-12 record while going 13-19 overall. WVU also went winless against top-25 teams.

ODU struggled in the Colonial Athletic Association, finishing at the bottom of the conference standings with a 3-15 record while going 5-25 overall.

Once the teams arrive in Cancun, GSU will face Oral Roberts University on Nov. 26.

ORU came in 3rd in the Southland Conference standings at 13-5, but went sub .500 in out-of-conference matchups with a record of 7-10 to finish 20-15 overall.

GSU finished towards the bottom in the Southern Conference standings last season with a 7-11 record while going 14-19 overall.

Senior Eric Ferguson, GSU’s leading scorer from last season, returns for the 2013-14 season after posting 13.9 points per game in the 2012-13 season.

The Cancun Challenge will be somewhat of a coming-out party for new head coach Mark Byington, and his promising recruiting class, which has added five players since Byington’s hiring on April 1.

The games in Cancun will be webcast live on for the Mayan Division that GSU is a part of, whereas games for the Riviera Division will be televised nationwide live in high-definition on the CBS Sports Network.

The Cancun Challenge is owned and produced by Triple Crown Sports, which also organizes the Women’s Cancun Challenge and the Preseason and Postseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament (NIT).

Triple Crown is a leader in youth and college sports and manages more than 300 youth events across the country in baseball, basketball, softball and volleyball. With 30 years of experience running sporting events, Triple Crown is nationally recognized for its professionally produced destination tournaments.