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Gamecocks to Face Xavier on Nov. 25 in Fort Myers Tip-Off
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Gamecocks to Face Xavier on Nov. 25 in Fort Myers Tip-Off

South Carolina Athletics

Will be just the second all-time meeting between the two programs and the first since 1941

FORT MYERS, Fla. – South Carolina will face Xavier in its opening game of the 2024 Fort Myers Tip-Off on Nov. 25 Intersport announced on Wednesday. The Gamecocks and Musketeers will tip at 8:30 p.m. (ET) on FS1.

The other side of the Beach Division bracket features Michigan and Virginia Tech, who will play prior at 6 p.m. The championship game will tip at 8:30 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, Nov. 27, with the third-place game taking place prior at 6 p.m. FS1 will provide TV coverage for all Beach Division contests.

All games for the Fort Myers Tip-Off will take place at Suncoast Credit Union Arena on the campus of Florida Southwestern State College.

South Carolina and Xavier have met one time previously and that was back on Dec. 19, 1941. The Musketeers were victorious, 63-43.

The complete schedule of events for the 2024 Fort Myers Tip-Off can be found below:

Date Division Matchup Time (ET)
Monday, Nov. 25 Palms Miami (OH) vs. Siena 11 a.m.
Monday, Nov. 25 Palms Jacksonville vs. Mercer 1:30 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 25 Beach Michigan vs. Virginia Tech 6 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 25 Beach South Carolina vs. Xavier 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 26 Palms Third-Place Game 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 26 Palms Championship Game 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 27 Beach Third-Place Game 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 27 Beach Championship Game 8:30 p.m. 

Travel packages are currently the only way to guarantee tickets to the 2024 Fort Myers Tip-Off. Division-specific travel packages are available for fans looking to join their favorite team at this year’s tournament and can be secured by visiting The Westin Cape Coral at Marina Village and the Marriott Sanibel Harbour are the event’s host hotels and fans will have the opportunity to stay where the teams stay and experience resort life to the fullest. Ticket packages, based on availability, will go on sale this fall.

“The outlook for each of these programs looks even brighter since the conclusion of last season,” said Mark Starsiak, vice president of basketball at Intersport, owner and operator of the Fort Myers Tip-Off. “With summer workouts in full swing, first-year coaches, new players and experienced veterans are creating the foundation for how their programs will look next season. There will be significant momentum surrounding each of these teams once they arrive in Fort Myers during Thanksgiving Week. We’re looking forward to how they stack up when it’s time to get the games underway this November.”

Nationally recognized brands have also aligned themselves with the high-profile nature of the Fort Myers Tip-Off. Premium partners Old Trapper Beef Jerky, State Farm, Libman and more will be prominently featured via promotional signage, broadcast integrations and in-venue activations as part of the 2024 event.

The Fort Myers Tip-Off has established itself as one of the preeminent early season college basketball events on both the men’s and women’s calendars. For the third time, Intersport, owner and operator of the Tip-Off, will host the top men’s and women’s programs for a weeklong celebration of college basketball during Thanksgiving Week. In total 16 men’s and women’s games will be contested over a six-day period from Nov. 25-30. Eight men’s games across two divisions will lead off the schedule of events from Nov. 25-27 and will conclude with the Elevance Health Women’s Fort Myers Tip-Off Nov. 28-30 in an event headlined by three-time national champion South Carolina, along with perennial tournament powers Iowa State, Michigan, Purdue, Virginia Tech and MTSU, among others.

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