LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Louisville Cardinals are flying south this Thanksgiving, with their sights set on the Bahamas. The University of Louisville will face Mississippi State in the first round of the Baha Mar Hoops Bahamas Championship on Thursday, Nov. 25 in Nassau.
What You Need To Know
- UofL will face off against Mississippi State on Thanksgiving Day in the Bahamas
- The match-up is part of the four-team Baha Mar Hoops Bahamas Championship
- The winner will play either Richmond or Maryland in the championship
The Maryland Terrapins will face the Richmond Spiders in the other game of the four-team Bahamas Championship. The two winning teams will then square off on Saturday, Nov. 27 in the title game, with the other two teams playing in the consolation game that day, UofL Athletics said in an email to Spectrum News 1. Game times and television details will be announced at a later date.
The quartet of programs is among 19 men’s and women’s teams who will participate in the Baha Mar Hoops event from this November during Thanksgiving week at the Baha Mar Convention Center. The Baha Mar Hoops Nassau Championship and Pink Flamingo Championship are the other two events planned that week.
The Cardinals had planned on participating in a multi-team event in New York’s Madison Square Garden in November, but UofL Athletics confirmed the program opted to play in the Bahamas after a scheduling issue.
Mississippi State returns two of its top three scorers from its 18-15 team that won seven of its last 10 games and earned a runner-up finish in the 2021 National Invitation Tournament, the Bulldogs’ third straight postseason tournament bid.
Maryland (17-14) reached the second round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament and is now led by All-Big Ten guard Eric Ayala, the Terapins top scorer last season when he averaged 15.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.
Richmond returns 15 of its 16 players from its 2020-21 roster when the Spiders reached the quarterfinals of the NIT with a 14-9 record. Among the returnees are four career 1,000-point scorers in forward Nathan Cayo, guard Jacob Gilyard, forward Grant Golden and guard Nick Sherod.