Cancun Challenge tip times announced for Auburn hoops

AUBURN, Ala.Auburn will play Texas Tech, a 2016 NCAA Tournament participant, in the Cancun Challenge on Nov. 22 at 5 pm CT at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya.

The Tigers will play either nationally-ranked Purdue or Utah State, which play at 7:30 pm CT, in the championship/consolation at 5 pm/7:30 pm CT on Nov. 23. All four games in the Riviera Division will be televised by the CBS Sports Network.

As part of the Cancun Challenge, Auburn plays host to Georgia State on Nov. 14 and Eastern Kentucky on Nov. 17 in Auburn Arena. Georgia State has won 25 games in two of the last three seasons and defeated Baylor in the 2015 NCAA Tournament. Eastern Kentucky has won 21 or more games three out of the last four years.

Purdue finished last season ranked 12th nationally after going 26-9 and reaching the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year and for the eighth time in the last 10 seasons. Since 2000, Utah State has won seven regular season conference titles and six tournament championships.

The Cancun Challenge, entering its ninth year, is one of the most unique basketball events held each year. Teams stay and play at the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya; the resort’s convention center ballroom is converted into a basketball arena, providing fans a special close-up view of the games.

Upon arrival, teams and fans are treated to a spectacular all-inclusive rock star vacation with games, practices, unlimited dining and drinks, world class entertainment and fun all in one location. Previous champions include Vanderbilt (2008), Kentucky (2009), Missouri (2010), Illinois (2011), Wichita State (2012), Wisconsin (2013), Northern Iowa (2014) and Maryland (2015).

Located just off the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea, the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya offers the ultimate vacation for guests of all ages with both the adults-only and family friendly resort experiences.

With a combined 1,264 ultra-posh and lavishly appointed guestrooms boasting balcony, terrace views or new, expansive sky terrace options with picturesque views, hydro tubs in each room, world-class shopping and endless style, Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya is nothing short of the ultimate crowd-pleaser. Complete with expansive outdoor pools and private beach, this all-inclusive escape offers nine world-class restaurants, eight bars and lounges, in addition to 88,915 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and event space ideal for elegant banquets, themed parties, weddings, concerts, and more.

Seating is limited for this exclusive event, and fans should book land travel packages through Triple Crown Sports for admission into games in Mexico. Travel packages are the only way to guarantee admission to games at this time. For travel package information, contact Sarah Sullivan at 970-672-0533 or email to, or visit the website

Two recent men’s champions (Wisconsin, 2013 and Wichita State, 2012) reached the NCAA Final Four that same season. For more information on the Cancun Challenge, visit

All game are Cancun time (ET), home team listed second:

Tuesday, Nov. 22

NJIT vs. Georgia State, 12:30 p.m.
Idaho State vs. Eastern Kentucky, 3 p.m.
Texas Tech vs. Auburn, 6 p.m.
Purdue vs. Utah State, 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 23

Mayan Division third-place game, 12:30 p.m.
Mayan Division championship, 3 p.m.
Riviera Division third-place game, 6 p.m.
Riviera Division championship, 8:30 p.m.


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