ESPN Events Invitational Betting Guide: Preview, Statistics & Picks

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Founded in 2006, the ESPN Events Invitational is a college basketball tournament played over the Thanksgiving weekend of each year where eight teams compete for bragging rights!

ESPN Events Invitational Betting Guide: Preview, Statistics & Picks
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What is the ESPN Events Invitational?

The ESPN Events Invitational is a college basketball tournament that has gone under a few different names in the past, the Orlando Invitational, the Orlando Classic, the Old Spice Classic, and the Advocare Invitational!

It takes place over Thanksgiving weekend at the State Farm Field House which is located at the Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

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What teams are playing in the ESPN Events Invitational?

The teams competing in the 2024 tournament will be announced later in 2024, here are the teams who competed in the 2023 tournament.

  • Florida Atlantic (Champions)
  • Virginia Tech (Runners-up)
  • Texas A&M (3rd Place)
  • Iowa State (4th Place)
  • Butler (5th Place)
  • Boise State (6th Place)
  • VCU (7th Place)
  • Penn State (8th Place)

What is the ESPN Events Invitational bracket?

The bracket will be split into a top four and bottom four who will compete for a place in the championship game, the bracket will be announced closer to the tournament.

Who won the ESPN Events Invitational?

There have been seventeen previous editions of the tournament since 2006 with no tournament held in 2020. Dayton's win in 2021 was their second having also won it in 2011 making them the second multiple-winning team along with Gonzaga (2008, 2012 & 2016).

Here are the last ten winners of the ESPN Events Invitational

YearWinnerScoreRunner-Up
2023Florida Atlantic84-50Virginia Tech
2022Oklahoma59-55Ole Miss
2021Dayton63-61Belmont
2019Maryland84-63Marquette
2018Villanova66-60Florida State
2017West Virginia83-79Missouri
2016Gonzaga73-71Iowa State
2015Xavier90-61Dayton
2014Kansas61-56Michigan State
2013Memphis73-68Oklahoma State

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