FloSports, the innovator in live sports streaming and original content, and Caymax Sports Ltd. announced that the 2020 Cayman Islands Classic will once again return to FloSports for the second consecutive year and third year overall. The highly regarded preseason tournament will be broadcast on FloHoops November 23-25 and will showcase all 12-games across the three-day event.
In its fourth year, the NCAA Men’s Division 1 college basketball tournament has grown to become one of the most anticipated events of the basketball preseason. This year’s Cayman Islands Classic will be headlined by Kansas State, Ole Miss, Nevada, Northern Iowa, Oregon State, Miami (FL), La Salle and Western Kentucky. The full schedule for the Cayman Islands Classic will be announced in the coming months.
The Cayman Islands Classic field features some of the top coaches from around the country including Miami's Jim Larranaga, Kansas State's Bruce Weber and Western Kentucky's Rick Stansbury. Combined, this year’s participating teams have made 44 NCAA Tournament appearances since the turn of the century.
Miami will be led by senior All-Atlantic Coast Conference guard Chris Lykes (15.4 PPG), who will be joined by a talented recruiting class headlined by four-star forward Matt Cross. Northern Iowa, a team many expected to serve as a giant killer in the NCAA Tournament as the calendar turned to March, is the defending Missouri Valley Conference regular season champ welcoming back a bevy of talent, including leading scorer AJ Green (19.7 PPG), a junior guard who was named the 2020 Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year.
Western Kentucky returns the bulk of its starting lineup from what was a 20-win team in 2019-20, including senior guard Taveion Hollingsworth (16.6 PPG) and junior center Charles Bassey (15.3 PPG, 9.2 RPG). After posting 19 wins this past season Nevada is expected to contend for the Mountain West Conference sparked by the return of senior guard Jalen Harris who led the league in scoring with a 21.6 average while being named the league’s newcomer of the year.
Under the guidance of nine-time conference coach of the year Kermit Davis, Ole Miss will be seeking its second trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last three years bolstered by the arrival of highly touted transfers Robert Allen and Dimencio Vaughn coupled with senior guard Devontate Shuler.
With the arrival of four-star point guard Nijel Pack, Weber is looking to lead Kansas State to its sixth NCAA Tournament appearance during his nine-year tenure there. Senior guard David Beatty, La Salle’s leading scorer, will be key to the Explorers' fortunes this season.
“Each year our tournament continues to gain momentum and reach more college basketball fans worldwide," said Jill Turk, Chief Strategy Officer for Caymax Sports, Ltd. "We're excited to bring these incredibly competitive teams together for what is going to be a stellar preseason event. FloSports continues to help us expand our global reach to a college basketball audience, making this a great opportunity to showcase our college teams and event sponsors on a global platform. We are very excited to partner with them."
“In our fourth year, the Cayman Islands Classic has quickly grown into a premier early season event,” said Joe Wright, CEO Caymax Sports, Ltd. "We continue to attract top teams, making it a very competitive field loaded with lots of talent. FloSports has proven to be an effective partner to deliver our event to a broad audience and we look forward to working with them again this year.”
“FloSports is thrilled to once again bring this premier tournament to college basketball fans in 2020,” said Lindsey Ross, Director, Rights Acquisition for FloSports. “And this year’s competitive field will feature some of the best teams in NCAA Division I basketball. It’s going to be another great event and we’re proud to partner with Caymax Sports again.”
With the addition of the 2020 Cayman Islands Classic and the just-announced comprehensive partnership with the NCAA Division II Gulf South Conference that will showcase both football and additional conference championships, FloSports continues to bolster its collegiate sports offering.
Along with the basketball programming on FloHoops, the company recently launched an all-new vertical sports platform, FloBaseball, that featured over 700 games on its broadcast schedule for the 2020 season and its industry-leading platform, FloSoftball, has become a destination for softball fans across the country. The company has demonstrated a consistent ability to build a highly engaged sports audience through compelling content and delivering quality broadcast production value to college sports fans.
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