Highly Anticipated Fort Myers Tip-Off Begins Monday

Highly Anticipated Fort Myers Tip-Off Begins Monday

November 18, 2023

FORT MYERS, Fla. (November 18, 2023) – The sixth-annual Fort Myers Tip-Off gets underway Monday with highly anticipated matchups set over the course of three days inside Suncoast Credit Union Arena on the campus of Florida SouthWestern State College.

The sold out Beach Division begins Monday night with Wisconsin facing Virginia at 6 p.m. ET and West Virginia taking on SMU at 8:30 p.m. and concludes Wednesday with the third-place game and championship games at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., respectively. All four Beach Division games will air live on FS1 with Jeff Levering and LaPhonso Ellis on the call.

Virginia enters the tournament with a perfect 4-0 mark and will face a Wisconsin team that is 2-2 on the young season, with losses to a top-10 Tennessee team and on the road to Providence. The Badgers and Cavaliers have faced each other six times previously, with Virginia owning a 4-2 mark in the series. West Virginia and SMU each carry winning records into their opening-round matchup. The Mountaineers are 2-1 on the season while the Mustangs are 3-1. This will be the first all-time matchup between the two programs.

The Palms Division will feature a three-game round-robin schedule between Appalachian State, Murray State and UNC Wilmington. UNC Wilmington will face Murray State on Monday at 1:30 p.m. and Appalachian State on Tuesday at Noon. Appalachian State will take on Murray State at Noon on Wednesday. UNC Wilmington and Murray State have met just once previously, with the Seahawks holding the 1-0 advantage. It will be the first all-time meeting between Appalachian State and Murray State, while Appalachian State and UNC play for the 20th time, with the Mountaineers holding an 11-8 all-time edge.

Below is the complete schedule of Fort Myers Tip-Off contests:

DateDivisionMatchupTime (ET)  Broadcast
Nov. 20Palms DivisionUNC Wilmington vs. Murray State1:30 p.m.  FSWBucs.com
Nov. 20Beach Division*Wisconsin vs. Virginia6 p.m.  FS1
Nov. 20Beach Division*West Virginia vs. SMU8:30 p.m.  FS1
Nov. 21Palms DivisionUNC Wilmington vs. Appalachian StateNoon  FSWBucs.com
Nov. 22Palms DivisionAppalachian State vs. Murray StateNoon  FSWBucs.com
Nov. 22Beach Division*Beach Division Third-Place Game6 p.m.  FS1
Nov. 22Beach Division*Beach Division Championship Game8:30 p.m.  FS1

* Indicates tickets are sold out

Tickets remain available for the three Palms Division matchups and can be purchased by visiting www.fortmyerstipolff.com/tickets.

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About the Fort Myers Tip-Off

An annual celebration of men’s and women’s college basketball, the Fort Myers Tip-Off welcomes the top programs from around the country for six days of incredible competition to see which teams and their fans will #OwnTheFort during Thanksgiving Week. Contested at Suncoast Credit Union Arena, the home of Florida SouthWestern State College, the Fort Myers Tip-Off has quickly become a staple of the Southwest Florida sports calendar. For more information and to stay updated on the participating teams, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, or visit www.fortmyerstipoff.com or www.womensfortmyerstipoff.com.

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