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CUSA announces sponsor, poll in advance of Tipoff at Space & Rocket Center

DALLAS – Conference USA is gearing up to hold its basketball Tipoff and Media Days on
Monday at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, and the league announced that
Trilogy NextGen has signed a deal as presenting sponsor.

The Media Day is coming here to ring in the 2023-24 season, which culminates with the men’s and women’s CUSA Championships at the Von Braun Center. The tournaments are March 12-16 at Propst Arena.

The Tipoff and Media Days is the first to be in-person since 2019 because of the COVID
pandemic. CUSA Commissioner Judy MacLeod, head coaches, and players from each team will discuss and preview the upcoming 2023-24 men’s and women’s basketball seasons.

In addition to traditional press conferences and media availability, all participants will also take part in a live ESPN+ show Monday, hosted by ESPN’s John Schriffen, which will be broadcast on the ESPN+ platform beginning at 11 a.m.

Coaches and players will spend Monday doing interviews at the Space Camp Operations Center, then will move to the Saturn V Hall to do live broadcasts on ESPN+. The 2024 and 2025 C-USA men’s and women’s championships will be hosted at Propst Arena in
partnership with the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Huntsville Sports Commission and Knight Eady.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and Mark Russell, executive director of the HSC, will be part of the telecast in the final time slot at 2:15 p.m.

“Conference USA is excited to welcome Trilogy NextGen as the presenting partner of the CUSA Basketball Media Days,” Drew Mitchell, the league’s chief revenue officer, said. “Through this partnership, Trilogy NextGen will experience significant exposure and brand integration across one of our conference’s most anticipated moments of the college basketball season.

“Coming off a Final Four appearance, an NIT Championship and CBI Championship from the
2023 college basketball campaign, Conference USA continues to build the strongest programs in all of college basketball, and relationships like this one with Trilogy NextGen will be vital to our continued success.”

Meanwhile, Liberty and Middle Tennessee State tied atop the predicted order of finish for the 2023-24 Conference USA men’s basketball season in a vote by the conference’s nine head coaches, the league announced Thursday. Additionally, 10 student-athletes were named CUSA Preseason All-Conference honorees, headlined by Preseason Player of the Year Isaiah Crawford of Louisiana Tech.

Following the Flames and the Blue Raiders in the voting were Western Kentucky, Louisiana Tech, Texas-El Paso, Sam Houston, Florida International, New Mexico State and Jacksonville State.

No player from Jacksonville State was named preseason all-conference.

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