Men’s basketball to play in 2019 Islands of the Bahamas Showcase

Tournament set for November 22-24

Men’s basketball to play in 2019 Islands of the Bahamas Showcase

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -An exciting trip awaits the University of Evansville men’s basketball team in its non-conference slate this season as the Purple Aces will take part in the Islands of the Bahamas Showcase.

UE joins a field that includes defending Atlantic Sun regular season and tournament champion Liberty along with George Washington from the A-10, East Carolina from the AAC and Rice from Conference USA for the third-annual “The Islands of the Bahamas Showcase” on Nov. 22-24, 2019 in Nassau. The event will feature 12 total games during the three-day event. The field and pairings for the tournament were released Thursday by the event’s organizer, bdG Sports.

“I am very excited for our program to have the opportunity to play in the Islands of the Bahamas Showcase,” Aces head men’s basketball coach Walter McCarty said. “It will give us valuable tournament experience early in the season while providing an early test for our guys against some top notch competition.”

Aces fans will have the opportunity to join the team on the trip while flying a direct private charter from Evansville to the Bahamas along with accommodations at the Courtyard by Marriott Junkanoo Beach. Full information is available by clicking here.

The full 2019 field includes:

• East Carolina (American Athletic Conference)

• Evansville (Missouri Valley Conference)

• George Washington (Atlantic 10 Conference)

• Liberty (Atlantic Sun Conference)

• Milwaukee (Horizona League)

• Morgan State (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference)

• Rice (Conference USA)

• UMKC (Western Athletic Conference)

All 12 games will be played at Kendal Isaacs National Gymnasium with the teams residing at the exclusive Baha Mar resort.

The schedule for the opening round of the tournament on Friday, Nov. 22 is as follows:

• 11 a.m. ET – Liberty vs. Morgan State

• 2 p.m. ET – Rice vs. Milwaukee

• 5 p.m. ET – UMKC vs. George Washington

• 8 p.m. ET – Evansville vs. East Carolina

“We are excited to once again bring NCAA Division I basketball to Nassau which has embraced this tournament as a community event,” said bdG Sports president Brooks Downing. “Hosting this tournament has truly been a team effort between our staff, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, National Sports Authority, Bahamas Basketball Federation and Baha Mar. From the sapphire blue waters that define The Bahamas to the world-class accommodations at Baha Mar, this event provides an unbelievable experience for the participating teams.”

Courtesy: UE Athletics

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