Saint Joseph’s junior forward Pierfrancesco Oliva goes up for a shot against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons last November at the HTC Center in Conway. St. Joseph’s won 89-69 in the opening game of the 2018 Myrtle Beach Invitational.
The inaugural Myrtle Beach Invitational college basketball tournament tipped off Thursday at Coastal Carolina University’s HTC Center.
The event features eight teams highlighted by West Virginia and Wake Forest, and 12 games being played Thursday, Friday and Sunday. All of the games are being televised on an ESPN network or website, and the tournament is sold out of spectator tickets, though some may be available on the event’s official online ticket exchange powered by Primesport.
The championship game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sunday and will be broadcast on ESPN2.
The 2019 Myrtle Beach Invitational will be held next Nov. 21-24, and the field was released Thursday. It is highlighted by Villanova, which has won two national championships in the last three seasons.
The other seven teams in 2019 are Coastal Carolina, Baylor, Memphis, Mississippi State, Utah, Middle Tennessee and Ohio.
The 2018 Schedule
Game 1 - Saint Joseph’s 89, Wake Forest 69
Game 2 - Central Florida 68, Cal State Fullerton 52
Game 3 - Valparaiso vs. Western Kentucky, 5 p.m. ESPNU
Game 4 - Monmouth vs. West Virginia, 7 p.m., ESPNU
Game 5 - Wake Forest vs. Cal State Fullerton, 11 a.m., ESPN2/ESPNU
Game 6 - Saint Joseph’s vs. Central Florida, 1 or 1:30 p.m., ESPN2/ESPNU
Game 7 - Valpo/WKU loser vs. Monmouth/West Virginia loser, 6:30 p.m., ESPN3
Game 8 - Valpo/WKU winner vs. Monmouth/West Virginia winner 9 p.m., ESPNU
Game 9 - Game 5 and Game 7 winners, 10:30 a.m., ESPNU
Game 10 - Game 5 and Game 7 losers, 12:30 p.m., ESPN3
Game 11 - Game 6 and Game 8 losers, 4 p.m., ESPNU
Game 12, Championship - Game 6 and Game 8 winners, 6:30 p.m., ESPN2