NCAA Basketball: 2019 Myrtle Beach Invitational preview and predictions

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – NOVEMBER 16: Justin Moore #5 of the Villanova Wildcats attempts a shot as Ben Vander Plas #5 of the Ohio Bobcats defends during the first half of a college basketball game at Wells Fargo Center on November 16, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Villanova defeated Ohio 78-54. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

The Myrtle Beach Invitational looks to be one of the best non-conference tournaments this NCAA Basketball season.

One of the first non-conference NCAA Basketball tournaments to start out the college basketball season, the Myrtle Beach Invitational looks to be a great tournament to be watching. With the first match-up tipping off at 11 AM Eastern on November 21, expect college hoops to be on all day long. One of the best times of the year some people say.

The Myrtle Beach Invitational started up last season. UCF beat Western Kentucky for the inaugural title with a 78-62 win. UCF was led by now Boston Celtic Tacko Fall. Last year’s eight teams were:

  • Cal State Fullerton
  • Monmouth
  • Saint Joseph’s
  • UCF
  • Valparaiso
  • Wake Forest
  • West Virginia
  • Western Kentucky

The biggest win margin last year was two 20 point wins by Saint Joseph’s and UCF (Saint Joseph’s beat Wake Forest 89-69 and UCF beat Saint Joseph 77-57). Saint Joseph’s came in the opening round and UCF’s came in the semifinals. The tournament has 4 games each day the tournament takes place. they take a break on the 3rd day, which will be November 23, and then have the championship, 3rd, 5th, and 7th place games take place.

The field in this year’s tournament looks to help produce a lot of great games for the fans to watch. The Myrtle Beach Invitational is an up-and-coming tournament that is gaining lots of attention and will continue to grow year by year. ESPN will be broadcasting every game so fans can enjoy this great tournament. Here is my preview of one of the first non-conference tournaments in college basketball.

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