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Official: SMU, Virginia, WVU and Wisconsin Headline 2023 Fort Myers Tip-Off



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It was announced on Wednesday morning that SMU, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin will headline the 2023 Rocket Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-Off event next season. The event will take place down in Fort Myers, Fl. from Nov. 20-22, 2023.

“The four teams taking part in the 2023 Rocket Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-Off are historically strong programs that reinforce the premier status of this event in the eyes of the college basketball community,” said Mark Starsiak, tournament director and vice president at Intersport. “Between national championship contenders, recent Final Four participants, coaching veterans and passionate fan bases, these teams will create a very special environment. We can’t wait to host these programs in Lee County and Southwest Florida.”

West Virginia has most recently played Virginia in 2017 and Wisconsin in 2014. The Mountaineers have never matched up with SMU in basketball.

WVU is currently on their multi-team event trip for the 2022 season as they’re in Portland this week for the PK85 event. The Mountaineers will take on No. 24 Purdue starting on Thursday night with the winner playing No. 6 Gonzaga or Portland State on Friday.

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Ethan Bock is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in journalism at WVU. Ethan has covered WVU men’s basketball, football and recruiting for the past two years. He is from Cincinnati, Ohio.

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