PRESS CONFERENCE: The Battleground 2k19

U-Sports Group will roll out the first event in its college basketball inventory this winter with the debut of The Battleground 2k19 (@Battleground2k). The neutral-site triple-header will take place Wednesday, December 18th at Toyota Center in Houston.


Two of the top teams participating in The Battleground 2k19, #17 Baylor and #18 Utah State, are ranked in’s Way-Too-Early Top 25, while South Florida and Oregon State are viewed by many as Top 40-caliber teams this season. Additionally, UTSA is highlighted in Mid-Major Madness’ The Other Top 25… and UT Martin has made significant upgrades to its roster and could be one of the big surprises in college basketball this season.


The Battleground 2k19 event slate will present intriguing match-ups, led by the Big 12 powerhouse Baylor Bears taking on the UT Martin Skyhawks out of the Ohio Valley. The defending Mountain West Champion Utah State Aggies will battle American Athletic Conference contender South Florida Bulls, followed by a match-up between Pac-12 challenger Oregon State Beavers and Conference USA preseason favorite UTSA Roadrunners.


The backdrop for The Battleground 2k19 will be a campaign called Athletes Against Abuse. The [a3] Initiative, in connection with U-Sports Group, will strive to blur the lines between sport and service, inspiring athletes to use their ability, notoriety and influence to improve the lives of those around them. The [a3] Initiative will utilize The Battleground 2k platform to get college basketball programs involved and bring awareness to child abuse in our country.


“The Battleground 2k Series will provide college basketball programs with an alternative to traditional MTE’s and neutral-site events,” U-Sports Group President Rhossi Carron says. “Our platform was constructed to highlight relevant social issues, with the idea of using the power of sports to create change in our communities and in ourselves. Competing, not just for the sake of winning, but also for the cause of change, is at the heart of U-Sports Group and will be reflected in our sporting events.”


Tickets for The Battleground 2k19 can be purchased online at or  Tickets will also be available at the Toyota Center box office.  For group tickets and special rates for youth organizations and sports teams, please send inquiry to