Las Vegas Invitational Schedule
The Las Vegas Invitational is a preseason college basketball tournament that has
been around just over a decade and continues to quickly grow in popularity each year. Eight teams make up the two brackets
of the tournament with each bracket proclaiming a winner at the end of the two day contest. The Las Vegas Invitational features
some of the best preseason college basketball to be found anywhere and college hoops fans from all over the country will be
coming to Sin City to be a part of all the excitement. The Las Vegas Invitational is one of the most popular tournaments in
all of college basketball and tickets sell out quickly so be sure to get yours early while you can still choose from among
the best seats in the house.
Once again the Las Vegas Invitational will be held at the Orleans Arena, one of the top
sporting venues in all of Las Vegas. This year the action will unfold on November 27th and 28th with Illinois, Indiana State,
Baylor, and Memphis making up one bracket and Austin-Peay, Brown, Stephen F. Austin, and Prairie View A&M making up the
other. On the 27th Illinois will take on Indiana State while Baylor will go up against Memphis with the winners meeting for
the championship game on the 28th and the losers playing for third place. Similarly, in the other bracket, on the 28th Austin-Peay
will go to battle against Brown while Stephen F. Austin will take on Prairie View A&M with the winners and losers meeting
each other on the 28th. Each year some of the most exciting games of the college basketball season take place during the Las
Vegas Invitational so be sure to make all of the appropriate plans to be in Sin City in late November.
The Las Vegas Invitational has been held since 2003 and has had some of the best teams in college
basketball participating in the event every year. Past winners of the tournament include Bradley, Southern Illinois, Boston
College, Kansas, North Carolina, Kentucky, Oklahoma State, UNLV, Creighton, and UCLA. This year's field of contestants is
as impressive as ever and college hoops fans from all over the country will be coming to Las Vegas to bear witness to all
of the action.
Many of the best student athletes in the world participate in college basketball,
and the game gives birth to some the most passionate fans in the world of sports, this combination produces an environment
that is unparalleled. When you step into Orleans Arena for the 2014 Las Vegas Invitational this will all be evident. As the
teams get set for the opening tip off, fans stand up and loudly cheer for their favorite team. The games continue with end-to-end
action, big-time shots and clutch defensive stops. Suddenly the clock is winding down in the second half and the two sides
are desperately looking to gain control of a game that has been back and forth for most of the afternoon. Anxiety fills the
arena both on the court and in the stands and each possession becomes more and more important. Finally one team pulls ahead
just long enough to advance to the next round and their players and fans explode in ecstasy.
of the best teams in college basketball will once again be taking the floor during the Las Vegas Invitational. Illinois has
made the NCAA Tournament 30 times, most recently at the end of the 2013 season. The program has appeared in 11 Sweet Sixteens,
nine Elite Eights, five Final Fours, and one National Championship Game, in 2005 when the Fighting Illini were the National
Runners Up. Four former Illini have been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: Jerry Colangelo, Abe
Saperstein, Andy Phillip, and Henry Porter. Each year Indiana State features some of the best basketball players from the
Midwest, all anxious to place their names in the annals of school basketball history alongside the likes of John Wooden and
Larry Bird. The team achieved its most notoriety perhaps in the 1978-1979 college basketball season when they reached the
NCAA championship game behind Larry Bird's amazing performances and squared off against the Magic Johnson led Michigan State
Spartans. Baylor Bears basketball has a strong tradition that dates back to the program's founding in 1907 and the Bears continue
to be one of the toughest teams to beat in the Big 12, a conference generally considered one of the very best in the country.
These are only the teams in the top half of the bracket, and the bottom half is sure to be just as exciting, especially featuring
a Stephen F. Austin team that really turned heads in the 2014 NCAA Tournament while advancing to the Round of 32.
Las Vegas Invitational has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 2003 when the tournament was held at Las Vegas' Valley