Men's Basketball to Face Xavier in Las Vegas Invitational

July 20, 2017

LAS VEGAS -- The Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational has announced the matchups for this year's event, and GW is set to face former Atlantic 10 foe Xavier in the third round on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23 at 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT) in Orleans Arena for a nationally televised game on FS1.

The championship round will be held on Friday, Nov. 24, with the Colonials facing either Kansas State or Arizona State. Should GW defeat the Musketeers on Thursday, they'll play at 5:30 p.m. ET Friday on FOX, while a loss would see them play at 8 p.m. on FS1.

For the first two rounds of the Invitational, GW will host a pair of games in the Charles E. Smith Center. On Saturday, Nov. 18, the Colonials will play Hampton before facing Rider on Monday, Nov. 20.

Xavier is a consensus preseason top 25 team for the 2017-18 season. The Musketeers have six returning letterwinners, including four returning starters, from last year's squad which reached the 2017 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight.

Kansas State returns nine lettermen, including four players with starting experience, from a team that won 21 games and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in five seasons. Arizona State Sun will be led by a pair of 1,000-point career scorers, as guards Tra Holder (16.2 ppg) and Shannon Evans (15.0 ppg) return along with fellow senior Kodi Justice (140 career three-pointers). ASU will welcome seven newcomers to a team that went 15-18 last season.

Always one of the top early season tournaments of the college basketball season, the past champions of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational reads like a "Who's Who" of college basketball: Illinois (2005), Kansas (2006 and 2010), North Carolina (2007), Kentucky (2008) and Oklahoma State (2009). In the 2011 title game, UNLV upset No. 1 North Carolina 90-80. Creighton (2012), UCLA (2013), Illinois (2014), West Virginia (2015) and Butler University (2016) account for the last five titles.



For tickets to the first two rounds in the Smith Center and the final rounds in Las Vegas, please contact the GW ticket office at 202-99-GWTIX or