Earlier this week, Northwestern released its non-conference basketball schedule, and one of the highlights was the Wildcats' participation in the Cancun Challenge.
As part of the early season event, Northwestern will play two opponents in Evanston before taking on two of three teams in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico, and the Wildcats now know who those first two foes will be.
The school announced Wednesday the opponents for the first two games of the Cancun Challenge. The Cats will take on North Florida on Nov. 20 and Elon on Nov. 22, with both games being played at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
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North Florida finished 16-16 last season. The Wildcats have a pair of previous meetings with the Ospreys, both wins at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Northwestern won by one point, 40-39, in 2006. In 2009, it was a 30-point victory for the Cats, 84-54.
Elon, meanwhile, has posted back-to-back good seasons in the Southern Conference, with next season being its first in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Phoenix finished 18-14 last season. Northwestern has played Elon once before, beating the Phoenix, 66-51, in a 2002 game in Evanston.
In other Cancun Challenge news, one of the Wildcats' potential opponents has been replaced. UCF will no longer compete, getting replaced by Miami (Ohio). That makes Virginia Tech, Northern Iowa and Miami (Ohio) the three potential opponents for Northwestern in Mexico. Those games will take place on Nov. 25 and 26.