ESTERO, Fla. (August 4, 2015) – The Murray State men’s basketball program, which won 25 consecutive games before being upset in its conference championship game in March, will open the third annual Gulf Coast Showcase at Germain Arena against UW-Milwaukee, while NCAA powerhouses Stanford and Louisville drew in opposite brackets of the women’s tournament, as pairings were released Tuesday by the event’s organizer, bd Global. The weeklong event showcases the very best men’s mid-major programs and the elite women’s teams in two eight-team tournament brackets.
The action tips with the men’s tournament featuring 12 games played over three days. Murray State is joined in the field by cross-state rival Western Kentucky which will play Drake in the opposite bracket. WKU expects a strong crowd for its Monday opener as its football team plays the Saturday before at FIU in Miami. The complete first-round schedule for Nov. 23 is as follows: