Aztecs Head To Las Vegas Invitational: Preview, Tournament Schedule & How To Watch
This year’s Las Vegas Invitational features Creighton, Iowa, and 2019 NCAA Championship runner up Texas Tech.
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The undefeated Aztecs have a big challenge this weekend as they face Creighton followed by either Iowa or Texas Tech . . .
Las Vegas, NV- The San Diego State Aztecs (6-0, 0-0 MWC) open up the 2019 Continental Tires Las Vegas Invitational over the Thanksgiving weekend against the Creighton Bluejays(4-1, 0-0 Big East)
The Aztecs and Bluejays tip off at 7:30 p.m. PST on Thursday, November 28, in the Orleans Arena. It is the final game of day one of the two-day tournament.
On Friday evening, November 29, the SDSU/Creighton winner faces the winner of Texas Tech/Iowa for the championship. The losers play a consolation game. The championship game tips off at 5p.m. PST and the consolation game is set for 7:30 p.m. PST.
This is the 19th year the event has been held. The Tournament is made up of two brackets. San Diego State, Creighton, #12 Texas Tech (5-0, 0-0 Big 12) and Iowa (4-1, 0-0 Big 10) compete in the Upper bracket. Tennessee State (3-3, 0-0 Tennessee Valley), Cal Poly (1-5, 0-0 Big West), North Florida (4-3, 0-0 ASUN) and LIU (1-5, 0-0 Northeast) square off against one another in the Lower bracket.
FOX Sports 1 (FS1) will televise all four Upper bracket games including the two games on Thursday as well as the championship and consolation games on Friday. This will make watching the tournament easy for Aztecs fans.
Creighton finished 2018-19 with a 20-15 record and reached the third round of the National Invitational Tournament (NIT). Iowa went 23-12 last season, and was a No. 10 seed in the 2019 NCAA Tournament. Iowa was eliminated in the round of 32 by No. 6 Tennessee.
Texas Tech (31-7 in 2018-19) played for the national championship last year, falling to Virginia in an epic overtime battle, 85-77.
This is the second time SDSU has been in this tournament. The program first participated in the event in the 2015-16 season. San Diego State defeated No. 14/13 California, 72-58, in its opening game but fell to No. 22 West Virginia in the championship match, 72-50.
San Diego State has played Creighton six times and trail the Bluejays 4-2 in the all-time series, which began in 1948 with a 47-33 victory for Creighton. Their most recent match ended in an 86-80 Aztec win in the Wooden Legacy, in Fullerton, Calif, during 2013.
The Las Vegas Invitational will give San Diego State a true test, and may feature the toughest of the Aztecs’ non conference schedule.
2019 Continental Tires Las Vegas Invitational
November 28 & 29
Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.
Texas Tech vs. Iowa – 5:00 p.m. (PT)
San Diego State vs. Creighton – 7:30 (PT)
Championship – 5:00 p.m. (PT)
Consolation – 7:30 p.m. (PT)