FORT COLLINS, Colo. The Colorado State men's basketball team will make its second regular-season appearance in two seasons in a tropical destination when the Rams travel to the 2019 Cayman Islands Classic Nov. 25-27. The three-day, eight-team tournament that features five teams that competed in the postseason last year will be held at John Gray Gymnasium in George Town, Grand Cayman and is hosted by Caymax Sports Ltd.
Joining the Rams for the event are 2019 NCAA Tournament participants New Mexico State and Old Dominion, NIT competitors Loyola Chicago and Nebraska, College Basketball Invitational champion South Florida along with George Mason and Washington State.
"This is a great field for us," second-year head coach Niko Medved said. "I've heard so many great things about the event and to get an opportunity to play some teams from some of the best leagues in the country and to have the chance to do that on a neutral court is great. It's something we are really looking forward to and it's an outstanding opportunity for our program and the Mountain West."
"We're excited that our tournament director Maury Hanks has put together another strong competitive tournament, featuring several teams that college basketball fans will be hearing about during the upcoming season," said Cayman Sports chief executive officer Joe Wright. "We're happy that the Cayman Islands Classic is gaining a strong reputation. Coaches who have played here continue to talk about the great Cayman Islands hospitality and how well organized our three-day event has been."
"The Cayman Islands has earned a reputation for being a premier destination for sporting events and I am very pleased that we will once again have the opportunity to host the prestigious CI Classic for the 3rd consecutive year," said the Honorable Moses Kirkconnell, Minister for District Administration, Tourism & Transport. "This tournament brings some of the leading U.S. men's college basketball teams to our shores and also delivers significant economic and promotional benefits to our Island. Last year over a billion active users were able to tune in via Facebook's extensive streaming network, providing the Cayman Islands with tremendous global exposure.
"As well as providing excellent facilities at the John Gray gymnasium, we look forward to extending our unique brand of Cayman kindness to the visiting teams to ensure their time with us will be productive and memorable," Kirkconnell said.
Pairings and ticket information will be announced later this summer.