Aces Get Invite to Florida Basketball Tournament

A trip to Southwest Florida will be on tap for the University of Evansville men’s basketball team in November when the Purple Aces make their second appearance in the Gulf Coast Showcase.

Posted: Jul 29, 2021 5:49 PM
Updated: Jul 29, 2021 7:06 PM

A trip to Southwest Florida will be on tap for the University of Evansville men’s basketball team in November when the Purple Aces make their second appearance in the Gulf Coast Showcase.

Set to take place from Nov. 22-24, the tournament will be held at Hertz Arena in Estero, Florida. Fan travel information, including preferred hotel rates at the official tournament resorts, and ticket information can be found at the official event website – www.gulfcoastshowcase.com and on social media at @GCShowcase.

Tournament play for UE opens at 11 a.m. on the 22nd versus Rice University. This will be just the second-ever meeting between the programs and first since the 1997 San Juan Shootout. The Owls took that game by a final of 59-54 in Puerto Rico. In the second game of the event, Evansville will face either Vermont or Oakland. The Aces have not faced either squad in its history. Vermont does have ties to Evansville as senior guard Robin Duncan is a native of Evansville and graduated from Harrison High School.

In its third and final game of the event on Nov. 24, the Aces will be paired against either Akron, Fordham, Appalachian State or Delaware.

This will be the second time the Aces have participated in the Gulf Coast Showcase. In 2014, Evansville earned victories over Fresno State and San Francisco while falling to eventual tournament champion Green Bay in the second game of the tournament.

Evansville’s full non-conference schedule is being finalized and will be released upon completion.

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