George Mason will play in 2016 Gulf Coast Showcase

Posted In News - By Alan Kelly On Friday, June 10th, 2016 With 0 Comments

At long last, the identity of George Mason’s 2016 early-season tournament has been revealed, as the Gulf Coast Showcase announced their field today. The Patriots join Vermont, Wofford, Bradley, Kent State, South Dakota, Houston, and old CAA rival Hofstra in the 8-team team field. The tournament will be played November 21-23 (the week of Thanksgiving).

George Mason’s first round matchup with Houston (Monday Nov. 21, 7:30 pm) will be a rematch from the 2013 CBI, when the Patriots defeated the Cougars 88-84 in overtime in the quarterfinals at the Patriot Center. Bradley was also a participant in the 2015 Charleston Classic alongside the Patriots, although the teams never met.

The Gulf Coast Showcase will be played at the 7,000 seat Germain Arena in Estero, Florida, the home of the minor league Florida Everblades hockey team. Located between Naples and Ft. Myers on Florida’s southwest gulf coast, sunny Estero is an appealing destination for fans — especially when compared to Fairfax in November.

Weber State won last year’s third annual Gulf Coast Showcase, in a field that also included Duquesne from the A10, as well as Murray State, Milwaukee, Pepperdine, Drake, WKU, and Central Michigan. Past teams in this tournament have frequently scheduled a fourth, “non-bracketed” game, just as George Mason did with Towson last season, so we may see an additional non-conference game announced at a later date. This tournament has focused on giving additional exposure to mid-majors, so the lack of a Power 5-conference team should be seen as no surprise.

Masonhoops.com will keep you updated on all the latest schedule news via our schedule page, and you can join the discussion on our board.

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About - Alan Kelly is a 2010 and 2013 graduate of George Mason University and a former member of the Patriot Platoon. He had the memorable experience of being in the middle of the college decision process as George Mason's Final Four run unfolded. He currently resides in Northern Virginia.

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