The West Virginia Mountaineers men’s basketball team was announced as on of the eight participants for this year’s Cancun Challenge. The early season tournament pits eight teams against one another, with two separate divisions of four teams.
WVU will be competing as part of the Riviera division this year alongside the Saint Louis Billikens, the Old Dominion Monarchs, and the Wisconsin Badgers.
The other four team division, the Mayan division, will consist of the Bowling Green Falcons, Georgia Southern Eagles, Oral Roberts Golden Eagles, and the Presbyterian Blue Hose.
The Cancun Challenge consists of two different stages, on campus match-ups between the host Riviera division teams and the Mayan division teams. The on-campus games are to occur between November 21-23.
After the games in the US, all teams in the Cancun Challenge will travel to Mexico for on-site for a two division games. The divisional round is set for November 26-27.
West Virginia’s opponents in the Riviera division are all pretty challenging foes. The Wisconsin Badgers went 23-12 this past season including a first round loss in the NCAA Tournament. The Saint Louis Billikens were equally tough last year, notching a record of 28-7 after advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Old Dominion Monarchs were the one team in WVU’s division that did not make the post-season. ODU limped to a meager 5-25 record last year in the Colonial Athletic Association.
It is far too early to project how each of these teams will fair next season, but the Mountaineers should be able to put away their Mayan foe as well as notch a win against Old Dominion (provided they play in the divisional round).