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Las Vegas Invitational Tickets

Las Vegas Invitational tickets

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.

Las Vegas Invitational History

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.

The Experience

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.

The Teams

Some 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.


The Las Vegas Invitational has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 2003 when the tournament was held at Las Vegas' Valley High School.

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