Men's Basketball

UMass Set To Play In Cancun Governor's Cup In Dec. 2011

Terrell Vinson will take his game to Mexico in 2011.

Terrell Vinson will take his game to Mexico in 2011.

Nov. 10, 2010

BRISTOL, Conn. -- The Cancun Governor's Cup has placed six of the eight teams in the field for the 2011 tournament, to be held in late December around the Christmas holiday, at Poliforum Benito Juarez in Cancun, Mexico. The remaining two teams will be announced at a later date.

The second annual Cancun Governor's Cup field includes the College of Charleston, Kansas State, Massachusetts, Rice, Southern Illinois and Utah. Kansas State, currently ranked No. 3 in the preseason ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, advanced to the Elite of the NCAA Championship in 2010, falling to national runner-up Butler. Charleston participated in the College Basketball Invitational.

UMass last played outside the United States in the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic in Dec. 1999.

The 2011 Cancun Governor's Cup, a bracket-format tournament, will feature 12 games over three days in late December 2011. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in a championship game on the final day.

The inaugural Cancun Governor's Cup will take place Wednesday-Friday, Dec. 22-24, 2010, at the Poliforum Benito Juarez. Conference USA will serve as the event's sponsoring conference.

The tournament offers teams an opportunity to practice, play and be immersed in the Mexican culture and landscape. Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the Cancun Governor's Cup Web site at

The Cancun Governor's Cup is owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television, Inc. (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN.

ESPN Regional Television/Event Ownership The nation's largest syndicator of collegiate sports programming, ESPN Regional Television (ERT) annually produces more than 1,000 telecasts of sporting events. Programming includes football, basketball, NCAA events, golf and NHRA events accounting for more than 2,200 live and/or original hours of programming. In addition to event ownership, ERT is the production headquarters for ESPNU, the 24-hour college sports network; syndication rights-holder and producer of national, regional and local shows for college conferences (e.g. - SEC, BIG EAST, Big 12, Mid-American, WAC).



ESPN Regional Television markets and/or owns several sporting events, including collegiate football events: Beef `O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg; Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl; BBVA Compass Bowl (Birmingham, Ala.); MAACO Bowl Las Vegas; New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl (Honolulu); Texas Bowl (Houston); MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney (Orlando, Fla.) and The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards. Collegiate basketball events: 76 Classic (Anaheim, Calif.); Cancun Governor's Cup; Charleston Classic (S.C.); DIRECTV SEC/BIG EAST Invitational; Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Old Spice Classic (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Honda Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan); Lane Furniture All-College Basketball Classic (Oklahoma City) and BracketBusters; as well as the new ESPNU Warrior Classic (Lacrosse) and the ESPN National Golf Challenge. For more information, visit


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