AdvoCare Invitational Tickets
Event: AdvoCare Invitational (also known as the Orlando Invitational)
Sport: NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball
Location: Kissimmee, Fla., just south of Orlando
Arena: HP Field House at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Style of Play: Bracket tournament
AdvoCare Invitational TicketsThe AdvoCare Invitational (also sometimes called the Orlando Invitational, depending on the sponsor) is an eight-team tournament that brings together major and mid-major teams from across the college basketball landscape. All participating basketball squads represent schools competing at the Division I level of the NCAA. As a regular major sports production of ESPN Events, the invitational is held each year during a three-day period over the Thanksgiving weekend. The results of the games count toward the teams' regular-season standings, giving the teams a chance to polish their résumés against top competition for a potential postseason bid. The inaugural invitational took place in 2006 and featured both a winner’s and a loser’s bracket. The format of the tournament has remained mostly unchanged since then. If you want to attend one or more games during the tournament, you can purchase AdvoCare Invitational tickets at StubHub, always a leading source for live events.
What is the AdvoCare Invitational format?The invitational takes the form of a traditional tournament in which the winners advance through the three rounds until a winner is determined in the final championship game. However, unlike most tournaments, the losers aren’t completely eliminated just because they suffered a setback. When a team loses in the first round, it will play in a consolation bracket. The losers of the consolation bracket will then play a final game to determine the seventh-place team, and the winners play in a fifth-place game. Meanwhile, in the main bracket, the winners of the first round will advance to the semifinals. The two winners of the semifinals will advance to the finals, and the losers play each other in a third-place game. This will determine a clear ranking from first to eighth. Moreover, every team is guaranteed to play three games regardless of whether it wins or loses throughout the tournament.
Who is participating in the latest AdvoCare Invitational?The 2019 invitational schedule features a collection of teams from different conferences. The first-round matchups on November 28 include Maryland vs. Temple, Texas A&M vs. Harvard, USC vs. Fairfield and Davidson vs. Marquette. Depending on how the first round transpires, the teams will face new opponents over the next two days. The semifinals and consolation games are scheduled for November 29, and the seventh-place, fifth-place, third-place and championship games take place on December 1. Many of the teams in the invitational have NCAA Tournament aspirations. In the preseason AP polls, Maryland was ranked No. 7, and Marquette, USC, Davidson and Harvard all received votes outside of the Top 25.
How big is the HP Field House?Located within the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Walt Disney World, the HP Field House seats approximately 5,000 people. It is surrounded by the ESPN Clubhouse Shop, ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill and other sports complexes, including tennis, track and field and baseball.
What is an AdvoCare Invitational game like?Because the event takes place at a neutral site, games will typically feature fans from both teams, much like an NCAA Tournament game. This can lead to a different atmosphere from your typical college basketball home game as the cheering section is less organized and less purely partisan. When you aren’t watching the game, you can also experience many of the sights around the field house from the ESPN complex to the wider Orlando area.
What were the results of the past invitationals?Past winners have included Villanova in 2018, West Virginia in 2017, Gonzaga in 2016, 2012 and 2008, Xavier in 2015, Kansas in 2014, Memphis in 2013, Dayton in 2011, Notre Dame in 2010, Florida State in 2009, NC State in 2007 and Arkansas in 2006.
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