ESPN Events Unveils Teams Slated to Participate in 2021 Owned and Operated Men’s College Basketball Tournaments

 ESPN Events has revealed the teams slated to participate in six of its 11 owned and operated college basketball events. After a brief hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Shriners Children’s Charleston Classic <link to Charleston release>, Myrtle Beach Invitational, NIT Season Tip-Off, ESPN Events Invitational (formerly Orlando Invitational), Paycom Wooden Legacy and Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic will return in the 2021-22 season, and are expected to be played during ESPN’s Feast Week, with the Diamond Head Classic taking place Christmas week. Matchups, times and network designations will be released this summer.

Each eight-team men’s college basketball tournament will feature 12 games through three days, with the NIT Season Tip-Off and Paycom Wooden Legacy each featuring four teams and four games. 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 2020 NCAA Men’s Tournament, while six teams played in the postseason NIT.

ESPN Events
Men’s College Basketball Tournaments
Shriners Children’s Charleston Classic
November 18, 19 and 21TD Arena | Charleston, S.C.


·        Boise State

·        Clemson

·        Elon

·        Marquette

·        Ole Miss

·        St. Bonaventure

·        Temple

·        West Virginia


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


·        Davidson

·        East Carolina

·        Indiana State

·        New Mexico State

·        Oklahoma

·        Old Dominion

·        Penn

·        Utah State


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


·        Iowa State

·        Memphis

·        Virginia Tech

·        Xavier



ESPN Events Invitational

November 25, 26 and 28

HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex | Kissimmee, Fla.


·        Alabama

·        Belmont

·        Dayton

·        Drake

·        Iona

·        Kansas

·        Miami

·        North Texas


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


·        Georgetown

·        Saint Joseph’s

·        San Diego State

·        USC


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


·        BYU

·        Hawaii

·        Liberty

·        Northern Iowa

·        South Florida

·        Stanford

·        Vanderbilt

·        Wyoming



Participating teams for the Armed Forces Classic, Jimmy V Men’s and Women’s Classic and PKI will be announced in the coming weeks. This year’s State Farm Champions Classic will feature Duke vs. Kentucky and Kansas vs. Michigan State. More information on ESPN Events can be found at

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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