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WVU cagers to participate in new event

The Inter-Mountain file photo WVU and Derek Culver will face Texas A&M in the first game of the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic in November.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — An elite field of men’s college basketball programs will compete in the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic at the Sanford Pentagon, Nov.25-27.

The Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic is a new event whose eight men’s programs have a combined 70 appearances in the Sweet Sixteen and 20 trips to the Final Four. The field of men’s teams includes Creighton, Dayton, Memphis, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Utah, West Virginia and Wichita State. All 12 games will air live on the ESPN family of networks.

“Since opening in 2013, the Sanford Pentagon has earned the reputation of being a premier place to host Division I basketball games,” said Jesse Smith, vice president of operations for the Sanford Sports Complex. “We are privileged to welcome these eight teams to Sioux Falls and will provide them a safe and memorable experience to start their season.”

Tickets will go on sale Nov. 1, with a limited amount available for each game. Masks are required for all spectators and will be available for free at the door.

Bad Boy Mowers, based in Batesville, Arkansas, and nationally known for its zero-turn mowers, is the title sponsor of the tournament. The company has a long history of supporting major college basketball events and post-season college football games.

“This is going to be an epic three days of basketball, and we are excited to help bring some of the most prominent teams in college basketball to Sioux Falls,” said Lennie Foree, marketing director of Bad Boy Mowers. “It’s become a Thanksgiving tradition to kick the college basketball season off with a bang, and we’re so proud to be able to give fans a taste of hoops during the holiday week.”

All members of each team’s traveling party will be tested regularly for COVID-19 once they arrive in Sioux Falls. All traveling members will remain in a controlled environment during their entire stay.

SCHEDULE

Nov. 25 (All times CST)

West Virginia vs. Texas A&M, 1 p.m.

Ohio State vs. Memphis, 3:30 p.m.

Creighton vs. Utah, 6 p.m.

Dayton vs. Wichita State, 8:30 p.m.

Nov. 26

Semifinal No. 1, 11 a.m.

Semifinal No. 2, 1:30 p.m.

Consolation semifinal No. 1, 5:30 p.m.

Consolation semifinal No. 2, 8 p.m.

Nov. 27

TBD

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