Friday, May 12, 2023

ISU men’s hoops selected to play in 2023 ESPN Events Invitational

ORLANDO, Fla. –The 2023 ESPN Events Invitational field was announced today and the Iowa State men’s basketball team will be one of the teams in the 17th annual tournament. The Cyclones will be one of six teams that played in the 2023 NCAA Tournament that is part of the eight-team field. The tournament will take place at the State Farm Field House at the ESPN Wide World of Sports near Orlando November 23-26.

The 2023 appearance marks the second time the Cyclones take the floor in Orlando, having appeared in 2016. The 2016-17 Cyclones earned wins over Indiana State and Miami (Fla.) to advance to the championship game before falling to No. 11 Gonzaga 73-71.

Joining the Cyclones in Orlando will be Boise State, Butler, Florida Atlantic, Penn State, Texas A&M, VCU and Virginia Tech. FAU, Penn State, Boise State, Texas A&M and VCU joined Iowa State as 2023 NCAA Tournament participants, while Virginia Tech played in the 2023 NIT.

Oklahoma won the most recent ESPN Events Invitational in 2022. Previous winners include Dayton in 2021 and 2011, Maryland in 2019, Villanova in 2018, West Virginia in 2017, Gonzaga in 2016, 2012 and 2008, Xavier in 2015, Kansas in 2014, Memphis in 2013, Notre Dame in 2010, Florida State in 2009, N.C. State in 2008 and Arkansas in 2007.

More information, including travel packages, can be found on the ESPN Events Invitational web site.


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