Tigers To Play In Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational Over Thanksgiving
June 13, 2014
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – For the third-straight Thanksgiving, the University of Memphis men’s basketball squad is scheduled to “work” on the holiday, as the 14th-annual Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational announced Friday that the Tigers are part of its 2014 field. The event is set for Nov. 27-28 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
Memphis opens play in Las Vegas on Thanksgiving (Nov. 27) with an 11 p.m. (CT) contest versus Baylor. The other invitational semifinal has Illinois meeting Indiana State in a 4 p.m. (CT) match-up. The following day (Nov. 28), the two semifinal winners are scheduled for a championship-game encounter at 9:30 p.m. (CT), while the two semifinal losing squads will play at 7 p.m. (CT). Fox Sports 1 is televising all four games.
The other Las Vegas Invitational bracket includes Austin Peay, Brown, Prairie View and Stephen F. Austin. Games for those four squads are scheduled for 1 p.m. (CT) and 8 p.m. (CT) Nov. 27 and 1:30 p.m. (CT) and 4 p.m. (CT) Nov. 28.
Six of the eight teams in the Las Vegas Invitational made 2014 postseason appearances. Memphis, Baylor and Stephen F. Austin all earned NCAA Tournament berths, while Illinois and Indiana State received National Invitation Tournament (NIT) bids. Brown played in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT).
Each Las Vegas Invitational participant is slated to play four games, with two at on-campus sites and two at the Orleans Arena. Memphis’ two Las Vegas Invitational contests at FedExForum will be announced at a later date.
Tickets for the rounds in Las Vegas are available at the Orleans Arena box office at 1-888-234-2334 or 702-284-7777 or via the arena’s website at www.orleansarena.com.
The Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational is the Tigers’ first in-season tournament played in Nevada’s largest city. Memphis, however, has made three previous trips to Las Vegas and has a 1-2 record in those contests. All three trips to Las Vegas were match-ups against UNLV, with the last meeting a 66-62 setback to the Runnin’ Rebels in the 1997 NIT.
The Tigers have a 2-1 record when playing on Thanksgiving Day. Memphis won its last Thanksgiving Day appearance with an 87-60 victory over Siena in last year’s Old Spice Classic quarterfinal round. The Tigers won the Old Spice Classic title with a 73-68 win over Oklahoma State.