MSU Will Play South Carolina in Puerto Vallarta on Nov. 24
O'FALLON, Mo. -- Basketball Organizer PlanBC3, LLC and the National Urea Cycle Disorders Foundation have announced pairings for the inaugural Hoops for Hope Classic to be held this season at campus sites with finals in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
This event will consist of eight men's teams: Arkansas-Little Rock, Jacksonville, Missouri State, Rider, Southern Methodist, South Carolina, Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Malone University. All teams will play two games at campus sites Nov. 11, 19 and 21 with Missouri State, UALR, South Carolina and SMU serving as hosts for the preliminary rounds.
All teams except Malone will then play two additional games, Nov. 23-25 at the Puerto Vallarta International Convention Center in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
The complete schedule is as follows:
Wisconsin-Milwaukee at South Carolina
Jacksonville at Missouri State, 7:05 p.m.
Wisconsin-Milwaukee at UALR
Malone at SMU
Rider at South Carolina
Malone at Missouri State, 7:05 p.m.
Jacksonville at UALR
Rider at SMU
Jacksonville vs. Rider, 3:30 p.m.
Wisconsin-Milwaukee vs. Jacksonville, 3:30 p.m.
Missouri State vs. South Carolina, 6:00 p.m.
UALR vs. Southern Methodist, 8:30 p.m.
Rider vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 3:30 p.m.
Third-Place Game, 6:00 p.m.
Championship Game, 8:30 p.m.
The women's portion of the event -- the Hardwood Tournament of Hope -- is held exclusively in Puerto Vallarta, Nov. 20-22. It's the Lady Bears' first international event since 2008.
Missouri State opens the three-game, three-day event on Nov. 20 against Gonzaga (8:30 p.m.). Gonzaga was a 2012 NCAA Sweet 16 team. On Nov. 21, the Lady Bears play either Louisville or Central Florida (time TBA). MSU's third game in Mexico will be on Nov. 22 against either Oregon State, UC Santa Barbara, Winthrop or Mississippi State.
The tournaments are sponsored by the Missouri Valley Conference and proceeds will be used to raise awareness, support and research for the National Urea Cycle Disorders Foundation www.nucdf.org . The event is being coordinated by Plan BC3, LLC www.planbc3.com and Triple Threat Travel, LLC.
All-inclusive fan travel packages are available at www.planbc3.com or by calling Triple Threat Travel at (314) 757-7554. Four and five-night packages are available with airfare departure options from Springfield, Kansas City and St. Louis. All packages include game tickets, resort accommodations and unlimited food and beverages at the resorts as well as Mexican culture, modern resort amenities, state-of-the-art playing facilities, and great college basketball.