LOGAN, Utah – Utah State men’s basketball will face Saint Mary’s in the opening game of the MGM Resorts Main Event in Las Vegas, Nev., at T-Mobile Arena on Monday, Nov. 19, as announced by bd Global on Thursday, the organization coordinating the tournament. The Aggies and Gaels will be joined at the event by Arizona State and Mississippi State, with the championship and consolation games scheduled to be played on Wednesday, Nov. 21.
“I get more and more excited for the season as our schedule continues to take shape,” USU head men’s basketball coach Craig Smith said. “We want to play the best competition we can at Utah State and this tournament will deliver on that. Saint Mary’s, Arizona State and Mississippi State are all incredible programs and teams that had great success last season. I can’t wait to get the ball tipped in Las Vegas.”
Saint Mary’s has finished in the top-25 in each of the past three season, while picking up close to 30 wins during each of those years. Arizona State was an NCAA Tournament team a year ago and finished the year 20-12. Mississippi State advanced to the semifinals of the 2018 NIT, where it lost to eventual champion Penn State, punctuating the year with an overall mark of 25-12.
The MGM Resorts Main Event tournament is in its fifth year with previous winners including UNLV, Valparaiso, Creighton and Oklahoma State. Utah State is the third consecutive school from the Beehive State at the event as Utah lost in the championship in 2017 and BYU lost in the championship during the 2016 season.
The tournament will also include a pair of home games for the Aggies in the weeks leading up to the tournament, however the rest of the teams participating have yet to be announced. A full schedule is anticipated to be released later this summer. More information about the tournament, including tickets and hotel accommodations, can be found online at www.mgmresortsmainevent.com.