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LEXINGTON, Ky. – The participants and schedule for the inaugural Gulf Coast Showcase to be held this Thanksgiving at the Germain Arena in Estero, Fla. were announced on Friday morning by bd Global, LLC, a Lexington, Ky.-based sports marketing firm that is managing the event.

The Stetson men’s basketball team will end its eight-game road trip to start the 2013 season at the Gulf Coast Showcase, joining Illinois-Chicago, Louisiana Tech, San Diego, Southern Illinois, St. Bonaventure, UNC Greensboro, and Wagner in the eight-team, three-day tournament from Nov. 25-27. Stetson will open play on Monday, taking on the Northeast Conference’s Wagner in the third game of the first round.

“We are excited to showcase these 16 quality programs in the inaugural Gulf Coast Showcase,” said Brooks Downing, president of bd Global, referencing both the men’s and women’s tournaments. “We had been considering this market to launch a premium event of this nature, and after Florida Gulf Coast made its magical run last March, we were convinced that the Fort Myers-Naples area would be the ideal destination location to create a signature event.”

Fans can learn more about the tournament by visiting

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