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Boston College, Loyola, Richmond and Wyoming to play in inaugural Fort Myers Tip-Off event at FSW

July 20, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

FORT MYERS Intersport announced Thursday that four men's college basketball teams from America's top conferences will descend upon Fort Myers, Fla., Nov. 19-21, 2018, to compete in the inaugural Fort Myers Tip-Off at Suncoast Credit Union Arena live on FS1.

The early season tournament field includes the Boston College Eagles of the ACC, the Loyola Chicago Ramblers of the Missouri Valley Conference, the Richmond Spiders of the Atlantic 10 Conference and the Wyoming Cowboys of the Mountain West Conference.

"We are thrilled to launch the Fort Myers Tip-Off in collaboration with Lee County to welcome college basketball's elite teams and their fans to this city's beautiful shores each November," said Drew Russell, Intersport's vice president of sports properties. "Based on Intersport's storied and successful history of creating and producing live college events for more than 30 years, we fully anticipate this tournament becoming one of college basketball's annual marquee events."

The tournament will be staged at Suncoast Credit Union Arena, a $28 million state-of-the-art arena that opened in 2016 and seats approximately 3,500 fans. The arena is located on Florida Southwestern College's Lee Campus and serves primarily as the home court for the Buccaneers' basketball and volleyball teams.

All four participating teams enter the 2018-19 season riding momentum from last year. Loyola and Boston College both advanced to postseason tournaments in 2017-18, including Loyola's thrilling run to the Final Four in the NCAA Tournament and BC's first postseason berth since 2011. Wyoming and Richmond both reached the quarterfinals of their respective conference tournaments despite not reaching postseason play. Collectively, the 2018 Fort Myers Tip-Off contenders have appeared in 48 NCAA Tournaments and won two national championships.

The Fort Myers Tip-Off will begin on Monday, Nov. 19 with two historic, first-ever matchups when Loyola meets Richmond at 6:30 p.m. and Boston College meets Wyo-ming at 9 p.m., marking the first time these schools have met in their storied histories. Losing teams will compete for third-place on Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 5 p.m., while the winning teams will advance to the Championship game that will conclude the tournament later that evening at 7:30 p.m. ET. All four games will be televised live on FS1.

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