UALR will participate in Hoops for Hope Classic in Puerto Vallarta

UALR Coach Steve Shields confirmed that UALR has signed on to participate in the Hoops for Hope Classic.

UALR will host two games in November at the Jack Stephens Center. They'll then travel to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where they'll play two games. Those two games in Mexico will come from a pool that will include SMU, Missouri State and South Carolina. UALR split two games with SMU the past two seasons and has lost four times in the past four years to Missouri State.

It appears those Puerto Vallarta games will be played Nov. 23 and 25, which is the Friday and Sunday after Thanksgiving.

As reported last month on Burn The Horse, UALR has to pay guarantees to their two Stephens Center opponents. No word yet on who those opponents will be. The Springfield News-Leader reported Missouri State will host Jacksonville and Alcorn State for its games.

The Hoops for Hope Classic is supposed to announce the tournament field and schedule in the next week.