Myrtle Beach to Host Early Season College Basketball Tournament in 2018

by | Apr 12, 2018 | Joseph Oakes, NCAA Basketball, News

ESPN announced this week that it is adding an early season basketball tournament this year at the HTC Center in Conway, SC on the campus of Coastal Carolina University. The event will take place November 15, 16 and 18.

“We are excited to launch the Myrtle Beach Invitational,” said Pete Derzis, ESPN senior vice president of college sports programming and ESPN Events. “After collaborating with Visit Myrtle Beach and the city of Myrtle Beach to move last year’s Puerto Rico Tip-Off to the area due to the effects of Hurricane Maria, we saw first-hand the community’s outstanding facilities and passion for college basketball. Based on that experience, we determined that Myrtle Beach would be an ideal location for college basketball teams and their fans to visit each November.”

This year’s inaugural tournament will feature 2018 NCAA tournament participants West Virginia and Cal State Fullerton, as well as Western Kentucky, who made it to the NIT semifinals. Other teams that will participate include Wake Forest, St Joseph’s, UCF, and Valparaiso. An eighth team will be added at a later date.

“We are excited to host ESPN and eight Division I men’s college basketball programs in November for the inaugural Myrtle Beach Invitational,” said Carla Schuessler, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Chair of the Board. “We are also looking forward to welcoming all the fans to our destination; in addition to the exciting action on the court, the Myrtle Beach area has so much to offer fans from the beautiful beach, to dining and attractions.”

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