Cacok to represent CAA in 2019 3X3U tournament


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Devontae Cacok (15) during UNCW’s Senior Night matchup with Hofstra on Feb. 16, 2019.

Noah Powers, Assistant Sports Editor

While UNC Wilmington men’s basketball was excluded from NCAA Tournament play for the second year in a row, Devontae Cacok has punched his ticket to the big dance.

The senior standout, who averaged 15.1 points and 12.3 rebounds this season, has been selected as one of four Colonial Athletic Association seniors to play in the 2019 Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship tournament.

The 2nd annual tournament will showcase 32 four-man teams representing every NCAA Division I conference. The event is reserved for seniors whose NCAA eligibility has been exhausted and allows athletes to play for prize money.

With a total prize pool of $150,000, each win earns a team $1,000 leading up to the title game which is worth $100,000 to be split amongst the four members of the winning team.

Per, the field will be split into eight pools with four teams in each pool. The four teams will play round-robin style with the winner of each pool advancing to the bracket portion of the tournament. From there, each team will play single-elimination style until a winner is determined.

The two losing teams in the semifinals will square off against one another in a consolation game to determine the third-place team.

The Big Ten Conference was victorious in last year’s tournament in San Antonio. That team was comprised of Indiana’s Robert Johnson, Minnesota’s Nate Mason, Ohio State’s Jae’Sean Tate and Purdue’s Vincent Edwards.

Last year’s CAA foursome of Joe Chealey (College of Charleston), Rokas Gustys (Hofstra), Mike Morsell (Towson) and David Cohn (William & Mary) finished 2-1 in their pool before being eliminated.

Play for the 2019 tournament is set for April 5-7 at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota — about nine miles from U.S. Bank Stadium, the site of this year’s Final Four.

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