Fans Guide to STI Basketball Events

Fans Guide to STI Basketball Events

College basketball season is right around the corner. Summer workouts and overseas trips are in the rear-view mirror and fans are chomping at the bit for mid-November when the regular season starts. Just a few weeks after season openers, the highly anticipated holiday tournaments begin. These events take place in vacation destinations from stunning tropical locales in the Caribbean to the bright lights and excitement of Las Vegas.

Holiday tournaments serve as sports entertainment vacations for true hoops aficionados and provide intense, high-level competition for teams. It is not uncommon for underdogs to stage upsets of higher ranked teams and for unknown players to have breakout performances during holiday tournaments. However, if you want to take part in the electric atmosphere of these events, you should start planning now. The following guide provides you with a schedule of Sport Tours International’s well-known tournaments to help you begin scheduling your basketball-themed vacation.

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San Juan Shootout

Sport Tours started the San Juan Shootout 30 years ago. Fans get to enjoy watching two days of games in beautiful San Juan.

When: Nov. 24 – 25, 2017

Where: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Teams: Coastal Carolina, North Texas, Buffalo, Nebraska, Detroit, Clemson

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South Point Shootout

The South Point Shootout features several teams from Power Five conferences as well as mid-major heavy hitters.

When: Nov. 24 – 26, 2017

Where: Las Vegas, Nevada

Teams: Washington, Creighton, UCLA, Kansas State, LSU, Texas, Penn State, Louisiana Tech, Cleveland State, Saint Louis, Louisiana, Niagara

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Holiday Hoops Classic

The Holiday Hoops Classic features a mix of up-and-coming talented teams such as DI newcomer Abilene Christian and those with decades of history behind them including Old Dominion.

When: Dec. 21-22, 2017

Where: Las Vegas, Nevada

Teams: Abilene Christian, Radford, Towson, Arkansas Pine Bluff, Oakland, Old Dominion

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Divisions II and III

Daytona Beach Shootout

The Daytona Beach Shootout brings together DII and DIII men’s women’s basketball teams for a multi-day competition on the coast of Florida. Participant Embry-Riddle will host women’s teams.


When: Dec. 18 – 21, 2017

DII Teams: Angelo State, St. Edward, Embry-Riddle, Illinois Springfield

DIII Teams: Rockford, Centre, Simpson, Lebanon Valley, Drew, Carthage, Lasell

DII Schedule

DIII Schedule


The Dayton Beach Shootout’s DIII men’s bracket includes seven teams. Most games will be played in downtown Dayton Beach at the Ocean Center, just steps away from the beach.

When: Dec. 19 – 21, 2017

Where: Daytona Beach, Florida

Teams: Lawrence, Dubuque, Berry, Oglethorpe, Bates, Concordia, Alma

DIII Schedule

Porta Del Sol Shootout

The Porta Del Sol Shootout’s gives some of the best DIII women’s basketball teams the opportunity to participate in a competitive holiday tournament in a tropical setting.

When: Dec. 19 - 21

Where: Rincon, Puerto Rico

Teams: Wheaton, Westminster, MacMurray, Bethel, Washington & Lee

DIII Schedule Classic

The Classic is the premier DIII tournament. This season marks the ninth year of the event. The field includes the women's basketball defending national champion, Amherst. On the men’s side, 2017 Final Four participant Whitman is also set to participate.

When: Dec. 28 – Dec. 30

Where: Las Vegas, Nevada

Women’s Teams: Trine, UW Stout, UC Santa Cruz, Amherst, Occidental, Hamline

Men’s Teams: Augsburg, Carroll, Ramapo, Ohio Wesleyan, UW-Stevens Point, Wartburg, Central, Pacific Lutheran, Whitman


NAIA and DIII Women

Puerto Rico

NAIA teams and DIII Swarthmore women’s basketball will have a chance to experience tournament competition in sunny Rincon, Puerto Rico during the winter. Three different events will give teams the chance to compete against local teams.

Nov. 17 - 18
Westminster men vs. UPR Mayaguez and Caribbean University

Dec. 18 – 20
Shawnee State women vs. UPR Mayaguez, Inter San German and UPR Aguadilla

Jan. 11 - 12
Swarthmore women vs UPR Mayaguez and Inter San German

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