Matchups for ESPN Events’ 2021 Men’s College Basketball Tournaments are Set

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Matchups for ESPN Events’ 2021 Men’s College Basketball Tournaments are Set

Note: This release was updated on July 28, 2021, with the addition of the matchups for the Myrtle Beach Invitational.

The matchups for ESPN Events’ owned and operated early-season men’s college basketball tournaments have been determined. Teams participating in this year’s events, unveiled in May, will begin competition on November 18, and will continue through Christmas Day.

Each eight-team men’s college basketball tournament – Shriners Children’s Charleston Classic, Myrtle Beach Invitational, ESPN Events Invitational, and Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic – will be comprised of 12 games over three days, with the NIT Season Tip-Off and Paycom Wooden Legacy each featuring four teams and four games over two days of play. Teams will compete in one game per day, advancing through the bracket. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in the championship game on the final day of the tournament.

Across the six tournaments, 15 teams participated in the 2021 NCAA Men’s Tournament, while six teams played in the postseason NIT. A number of teams are also featured in the recent edition of ESPN.com’s Way-Too-Early Top 25 (Jeff Borzello), and Joe Lunardi’s 2022 NCAA Tournament Bracketology.

In addition to the multi-team tournaments, ESPN Events also manages four single-day, neutral-site events including the Armed Forces Classic, State Farm Champions Classic – featuring Duke vs. Kentucky and Kansas vs. Michigan State – Phil Knight Invitational, and Jimmy V Men’s and Women’s Classics presented by Corona. Fields for the remaining events will be announced in the coming weeks.

ESPN Events is also working in conjunction with the Charlotte Sports Foundation and the Jordan Brand on the newly created Jumpman Invitational, set for December 2022, in Charlotte, N.C. The event will feature both men’s and women’s teams from the original four Jordan Brand schools – Florida, Michigan, North Carolina and Oklahoma.

Shriners Children’s Charleston Classic
November 18, 19 and 21
TD Arena | Charleston, S.C.

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Event Network
Thu, Nov. 18 2 p.m. St. Bonaventure vs. Boise State ESPN2
  4 p.m. Clemson vs. Temple ESPN2
  7 p.m. Marquette vs. Ole Miss ESPN2
  9 p.m. Elon vs. West Virginia ESPN2
Fri, Nov. 19 Noon Consolation Game #1 ESPN2 or ESPNU
  2 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. Semifinal #1 ESPN2 or ESPNU
  7 p.m. Semifinal #2 ESPN2
  9 p.m. Consolation #2 ESPN3
Sun, Nov. 21 10:30 a.m. Seventh Place Game ESPNU
  1 p.m. Fifth Place Game ESPN2
  5 p.m. Third Place Game ESPN2
  7:30 p.m. Championship ESPN


Myrtle Beach Invitational
November 18, 19 and 21
HTC Center | Conway, S.C.

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Event Network
Thu, Nov. 18 Noon Davidson vs. New Mexico State ESPNU
2 p.m. Penn vs. Utah State ESPNU
7 p.m. Oklahoma vs. East Carolina ESPN2 or ESPNU
9 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. Indiana State vs. Old Dominion ESPNU
Fri, Nov. 19 Noon Semifinal #1 ESPN2 or ESPNU
2 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. Consolation Game #1 ESPN2 or ESPNU
5 p.m. Semifinal #2 ESPN2
7:30 p.m. Consolation #2 ESPNU
Sun, Nov. 21 12:30 p.m. Seventh Place Game ESPNEWS
3 p.m. Championship ESPN2
6 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. Fifth Place Game ESPN2 or ESPNU
Third Place Game ESPN2 or ESPNU

NIT Season Tip-Off
November 24 and 26
Barclays Center | Brooklyn, N.Y.

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Event Network
Wed, Nov. 24 7 p.m. Xavier vs. Iowa State ESPNU
  9:30 p.m. Memphis vs. Virginia Tech ESPN2
Fri, Nov. 26 7 p.m. Third Place Game ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPNEWS
  9 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. Championship ESPN2

Paycom Wooden Legacy
November 25 and 26
Anaheim Arena at Anaheim Convention Center | Anaheim, Calif.

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Event Network
Thu, Nov. 25 9:30 p.m. USC vs. Saint Joseph’s ESPN2
  11:30 p.m. Georgetown vs. San Diego State ESPN2
Fri, Nov. 26 9 p.m. Third Place Game ESPNU
  11:30 p.m. Championship ESPN2

ESPN Events Invitational (formerly Orlando Invitational)
November 25, 26 and 28
HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Event Network
Thu, Nov. 25 Noon Dayton vs. Miami (Fla.) ESPN or ESPN2
  2 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. North Texas vs. Kansas ESPN or ESPN2
  5 p.m. Alabama vs. Iona ESPN or ESPN2
  7 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. Belmont vs. Drake ESPN2 or ESPNU
Fri, Nov. 26 11 a.m. Consolation Game #1 ESPN2
  1 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. Semifinal #1 ESPN or ESPN2
  4:30 p.m. Consolation #2 ESPN2 or ESPNU
  6:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. Semifinal #2 ESPN2 or ESPNU
Sun, Nov. 28 TBD Seventh Place Game TBD
  TBD Championship TBD
  TBD Fifth Place Game TBD
TBD Third Place Game TBD

Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic
December 22, 23 and 25
Stan Sheriff Center | Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Event Network
Wed, Dec. 22 3 p.m. Liberty vs. Northern Iowa ESPNU
  5 p.m. Wyoming vs. Stanford ESPNU
  TBD BYU vs. South Florida ESPN2 or ESPNU
  TBD Hawaii vs. Vanderbilt ESPN2 or ESPNU
Thu, Dec. 23 4 p.m. Semifinal #1 ESPN2
  6:30 p.m. Consolation #1 ESPNU
Thu, Dec. 23 or Fri, Dec. 24 10 p.m. or 12:30 a.m. Semifinal #2 ESPN2
Thu, Dec. 23 or Fri, Dec. 24 10 p.m. or 12:30 a.m. Consolation #2 ESPN2
Sat, Dec. 25 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. Seventh Place Game ESPNU
  1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. Fifth Place Game ESPNU
  6:30 p.m. Third Place Game ESPN2
  8:30 p.m. Championship ESPN2

ESPN Events 
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a portfolio of 34 collegiate sporting events nationwide. The roster includes five early-season college football games, 17 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events and a college softball event, which accounts for approximately 400 hours of live programming, reaches nearly 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in more than 10 markets across the country, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

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Anna Negron

It was always a dream of mine to work at ESPN, and here I am! I joined the College Sports PR team in March 2016. Hailing from the great Garden State, I graduated from Seton Hall University (Go Pirates!) with a degree in sport management, where I not only sang the National Anthem at games, but was also a member of the Seton Hall Sapphires Dance Team and a student reporter for Pirate Sports Network. Before joining ESPN, I served as a Public Relations Associate for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
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