Annual Myrtle Beach Invitational tips off Thursday
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - Some of college basketball’s best have made their way to the Grand Strand as the Myrtle Beach Invitational tips off Thursday.
The annual tournament takes place at the HTC Center on the campus of Coastal Carolina University. The Chanticleers will also be participating in the tournament for the first time since 2019.
NCAA rules only allow the host team to participate every four years.
It’s also the first time three South Carolina teams will compete in the tournament.
Other teams include Charleston, Furman and Vermont, each coming off NCAA Tournament appearances in the spring. Saint Louis, Wyoming and Wichita State all round out the field of eight.
CCU’s vice president of intercollegiate athletics, Matt Hogue, said this year’s tournament is an opportunity to showcase both the team and the university before the season officially starts.
“It brings a lot of fans and visitors to the area,” Hogue said. “So, they have a chance to know what we know, which is how beautiful our campus is and what amazing things it has to offer.”
Tournament action kicks off Thursday with the following first-round matchups:
- Charleston vs. Vermont - 11:30 a.m.
- Saint Louis vs. Wyoming - 2 p.m.
- Wichita State vs. Coastal Carolina - 4:30 p.m.
- Furman vs. Liberty - 7 p.m.
The tournament will then continue through Sunday.
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