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Cayman Islands Classic relocates to Florida due to pandemic; WKU part of eight-team tournament field

The fourth annual Cayman Islands Classic, which includes Western Kentucky University, has been relocated to Niceville, Fla., in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The tournament will be held Nov. 23-25 at Raider Arena on the campus of Northwest Florida State College. Teams participating in the tournament with Western Kentucky are Kansas State, La Salle, Ole Miss, Miami (Fla.), Nevada, Northern Iowa and Oregon State.

Four different Power Five conferences are represented among the field. WKU is 8-4 against Power Five competition since the start of the 2017-18 season.

Western Kentucky forward Carson Williams averaged 14.0 points and 6.6 rebounds per game last season. (WKU photo)

Four games will be played each day with brackets for the tournament being released later this summer. Each team is guaranteed three games.

“The Cayman Islands Government will be implementing a phased re-opening of its borders in the final quarter of this year that also involves a five-day self quarantine for each visitor. Any adjustments made to this phased approach will depend on the results of the first phase,” said Joe Wright, Chief Executive Officer for CaymaxSports.

“Although these conditions do not make it possible for this year’s tournament to be held in Cayman, we completely understand and respect the Government’s decision and approach. The Cayman Islands Government has done a phenomenal job in suppressing and controlling the COVID-19 disease and we commend them for that. We look forward to bringing the tournament back to the Cayman Islands in 2021.”

Western Kentucky posted a 20-10 overall record last season, including a 13-5 mark in Conference USA play. The Hilltoppers will feature Taveion Hollingsworth (16.6 points per game), Carson Williams (14.0 ppg, 6.6 rebounds per game) and 6-foot-11 center Charles Bassey (coming back from an injury) this season.

Tickets for the Cayman Islands Classic will go on sale later this summer. More tournament information can be found at caymanislandsclassic.com.

All games of the event will be streamed by FloSports.

From Western Kentucky University

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