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Model City getting ready to see a ‘Show’

STEVE WILMOTH, TriCitiesSports.com • Nov 22, 2016 at 9:11 PM

KINGSPORT — “The Show” is coming to Kingsport this weekend.

MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center will once again be college basketball central for the area when it hosts “The Show,” a two-day NAIA Division II showcase featuring 10 men’s and six women’s teams.

Sixteen games are on tap: five men’s games and three women’s games on both Saturday and Sunday.

“We are excited to be hosting ‘The Show’ for the second annual year,” said Frank Lett, Kingsport Convention & Visitors Bureau’s associate executive director. “Last year was such a success we have doubled the tournament in size and added the women’s division. The event is truly becoming one of the premier holiday season NAIA basketball tournaments.”

On the men’s side, the teams are Milligan College, Bluefield (Va.) College, Union (Barbourville, Ky.), Southeastern University (Lakeland, Fla.), Rochester College (Rochester Hills, Mich.), Robert Morris University-Illinois (Urban, Ill.), West Virginia Tech (Montgomery, W.Va.), Warner University (Lake Wales, Fla.), Rio Grande (Rio Grande, Ohio) and Cincinnati Christian.

The participating women’s teams are Milligan, Rio Grande, Southeastern University, Union, Tennessee Wesleyan (Athens) and Asbury College (Willmore, Ky.).

“The Show” is part of a yearlong calendar of sporting events recruited to the Model City by the KCVB that pump millions of dollars annually into the local economy.

“The event is a perfect fit in a traditionally slower time for area hotels and the convention center,” Lett said. “Our early estimates project this event to be over $500,000 in economic impact to the region.”

NAIA Division II Basketball Showcase

MeadowView Convention Center, Kingsport

Men’s Schedule

Convention Room A

Saturday, Nov. 26

Southeastern University vs. West Virginia Tech, 11 a.m.

Rochester vs. Cincinnati Christian, 1 p.m.

Warner vs. Milligan, 3 p.m.

Union vs. Robert Morris University-Illinois, 5 p.m.

Bluefield College vs. Rio Grande, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 27

Southeastern University vs. Rochester College, 11 a.m.

Warner vs. Robert Morris University-Illinois, 1 p.m.

Milligan vs. West Virginia Tech, 3 p.m.

Rio Grande vs. Union, 5 p.m.

Cincinnati Christian vs. Bluefield College, 7 p.m.

Women’s Schedule

Convention Room B

Saturday, Nov. 26

Milligan vs. Rio Grande, 1 p.m.

Southeastern University vs. Union, 3 p.m.

Asbury vs. Tennessee Wesleyan, 5 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 27

Tennessee Wesleyan vs. Southeastern University, 1 p.m.

Union vs. Rio Grande, 3 p.m.

Milligan vs. Asbury, 5 p.m.

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