2018 AdvoCare Invitational Bracket Revealed


AdvoCare Invitational

November 22, 23 & 25

HP Field House (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla.)

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The AdvoCare Invitational is headlined by reigning national champion Villanova. Elite Eight squad Florida State and CAA champion Charleston highlight the bottom half of the bracket along with LSU’s top-five recruiting class. New Memphis coach Penny Hardaway will return to the Orlando area after playing for the Orlando Magic for six seasons.


  • Canisius will make its first appearance in the AdvoCare Invitational
  • College of Charleston made its fifth NCAA Tournament appearance in program history in 2018, after winning the Colonial Athletic Association tournament championship
  • Florida State advanced to the Elite Eight of the 2018 Tournament as a No. 9 seed
  • LSU will make its second AdvoCare Invitational appearance (2013)
  • Memphis makes its first appearance in the AdvoCare Invitational since 2013, when it defeated Oklahoma State to win the event’s championship
  • Oklahoma State won 21 games in head coach Mike Boykin’s first season and advanced to the NIT Quarterfinals
  • UAB has won at least 20 games in three of the past four seasons
  • Villanova has won two national championships and two BIG EAST championship titles in the last three seasons


Date Time (ET) Matchup Network
Thu, Nov. 22 1:30 p.m. Villanova vs. Canisius ESPN or ESPN2
  3:30 p.m. or 4 p.m. Oklahoma State vs. Memphis ESPN or ESPN2
  7 p.m. Charleston vs. LSU ESPN2 or ESPNU
  9 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. UAB vs. Florida State ESPN2 or ESPNU
Fri, Nov 23 11:30 a.m. Semifinal #1 ESPN or ESPN2
  1:30 p.m. Consolation #1 ESPN3
  4:30 p.m. Semifinal #2 ESPN2 or ESPNU
  7 p.m. Consolation #2 ESPNU or ESPN3
Sun, Nov 25 10:30 a.m. 7th Place Game ESPNU
  1 p.m. 3rd Place Game or Championship ESPN
  4 p.m. 3rd Place Game or Championship ESPN2
  6:30 p.m. 5th Place Game ESPNU

Non-Bracketed Games: Memphis at LSU (Nov. 13), Furman at Villanova (Nov. 17), Charleston at Oklahoma State (Nov. 18), West Alabama at UAB (Nov. 18), Canisius at Florida State (Nov. 19)

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Collegiate Football
Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl (Houston); AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston); Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl (Tampa, Fla.); Bahamas Bowl (Nassau); Birmingham Bowl (Alabama); Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl (Florida); Camping World Kickoff (Orlando, Fla.); Celebration Bowl (Atlanta); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); Frisco Bowl (Texas); Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff (Montgomery, Ala.); Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); MEAC/SWAC Challenge (Atlanta); Las Vegas Bowl (Nevada); New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.); The Home Depot College Football Awards (Atlanta)

Collegiate Basketball

AdvoCare Invitational (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Armed Forces Classic (Fort Bliss, Texas); Charleston Classic (South Carolina); College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s (Los Angeles); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Men’s Classic presented by Corona (New York City); Jimmy V Women’s Classic Presented by Corona (South Bend, Ind.); Myrtle Beach Invitational (Conway, S.C.); NIT Season Tip-Off (Brooklyn, N.Y.); Puerto Rico Tip-Off; State Farm Champions Classic (Indianapolis) and Wooden Legacy (Fullerton, Calif.)

Collegiate Softball

Elite Softball Invitational (Clearwater, Fla.)

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