The Fighting Illini will travel to the picturesque Aventura Spa Palace for the 2013 Cancun Challenge over Thanksgiving weekend.
July 26, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois will participate in the 2013 Cancun Challenge at the all-inclusive Aventura Palace Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico, sponsored by Triple Crown Sports. The Fighting Illini open the event against Arizona State on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, face Arkansas State on Friday, Nov. 29, and wrap up the tournament against 2012 NCAA Tournament participant North Carolina.
Illinois is one of eight Division I women's college basketball teams will each play three games at the resort on November 28, 29, and 30. The Cancun Challenge Riviera Tournament features Arizona State, Arkansas State, Illinois and North Carolina. The Cancun Challenge Mayan Tournament features Boston College, Iowa, UNC Wilmington and USC. The teams each play one game per day in a true classic format.
Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013
Arizona State vs. Illinois, 12 p.m. CT
North Carolina vs. Arkansas State, 2:30 p.m. CT
UNC Wilmington vs. Boston College, 5 p.m. CT
USC vs. Iowa, 7:30 p.m. CT
Friday, Nov. 29, 2013
North Carolina vs. Arizona State, 12 p.m. CT
Arkansas State vs. Illinois, 2:30 p.m. CT
Iowa vs. Boston College, 5 p.m. CT
USC vs. UNC Wilmington, 7:30 p.m. CT
Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013
Illinois vs. North Carolina, 12 p.m. CT
Arizona State vs. Arkansas State, 2:30 p.m. CT
Boston College vs. USC, 5 p.m. CT
UNC Wilmington vs. Iowa, 7:30 p.m. CT
The Cancun Challenge tournaments are unique events where all teams stay and play at the all-inclusive Aventura Palace Resort in Riviera Maya near Cancun, Mexico. The resort's convention center ballroom is converted into an arena, which provides fans a special close-up view of the games.
Seating is limited for this exclusive event, and all fans should book travel packages through Triple Crown Sports for admission into games in Mexico. Travel packages are the only way to ensure admission to games at this time. For travel package information, book online or contact Sarah Sullivan by phone at 970-672-0533 or email.
The Cancun Challenge is owned and produced by Triple Crown Sports, based in Fort Collins, Colo. Triple Crown Sports also produces a men's Division I college basketball tournament in Mexico, as well as the preseason and postseason women's NIT.