Twelve men's and women's NCAA teams descend on Vancouver in November for top-flight basketball tournament at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The Vancouver Showcase is the first ever NCAA basketball tournament to take place in Canada, running November 18-24, 2018.Tickets are on sale now at TicketsTonight.
Defending NCAA Champion Notre Dame will tip-off the inaugural Vancouver Showcase women’s tournament against two-time defending West Coast Conference champion Gonzaga onThursday, Nov. 22 at noon PT at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The loaded field also includes 2017 National Champion South Carolina and Pac-12 powerOregon State. Tournament organizer, bd Global, announced the pairings for the women’s tournament as well as game times for the Men’s Whistler Bracket.
“This is an incredible field in which to christen college basketball in Vancouver, and without question, the best early season tournament in the sport,” said ESPN analyst and women’s tournament director Debbie Antonelli.
“It features three teams that finished in the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight with Notre Dame, South Carolina and Oregon State, and three other teams that won their respective conference tournaments — Western Kentucky, Drake and Gonzaga. It will strongly resemble an NCAA Tournament regional weekend in Vancouver.”
The pairings for the women’s tournament are as follows (all times are Pacific):
- Notre Dame vs. Gonzaga – Noon
- Drake vs. Rutgers – 2:30 p.m.
- South Carolina vs. ETSU – 6 p.m.
- Oregon State vs. Western Kentucky – 8:30 p.m.
Game times will be the same on Friday with the semifinals being played at 6 and 8:30p.m. Saturday’s evening session featuring the championship/third place games will tip at 5 p.m.
“This is an incredible field in which to christen college basketball to Vancouver, and without question, the best early season tournament in the sport,” said ESPN analyst and women’s tournament director Debbie Antonelli. “It features three teams that finished in the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight with Notre Dame, SouthCarolina and Oregon State, and three other teams that won their respective conference tournaments – Western Kentucky, Drake and Gonzaga. It will strongly resemble an NCAA Tournament regional weekend in Vancouver.”
Action in the Men’s Tournament commences on Sunday, Nov. 18 with Washington vs.Santa Clara at 5 p.m. PT followed by Texas A&M vs. Minnesota on 7:30 p.m.PT. Both games will be broadcast on ESPN Networks. On Tuesday, Nov. 20, the third-place game will be played at 6 p.m. PT followed by the championship game at 8:30 p.m. which will be broadcast on ESPN2.
“We are excited to welcome all of these teams to Vancouver and showcase the vibrancy of the ocean and mountain-wrapped city and the beauty of BritishColumbia,” said local tournament organizer David Munro. “But it really gets exciting to know that these games will be broadcast to millions of homes in theUnited States and worldwide through ESPN networks. It truly will be a video postcard of Vancouver for those watching at home.”
Tickets for the men’s and women’s tournament are on-sale now at TicketsTonight.ca.
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