RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team will compete in the 2017 MGM Resorts Main Event, an eight-team tournament held at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada from November 20-22.
EKU is one of four teams in the tournament’s Middleweight Bracket, joining Eastern Washington, Georgia State and Prairie View A&M.
Ole Miss, Rice, UNLV and Utah comprise the Heavyweight Bracket.
Eastern Kentucky and Prairie View A&M will play the Main Event’s opening game on Monday, November 20 at 2:00 p.m. ET. The Colonels will then play either Georgia State or Eastern Washington in the Middleweight Bracket consolation game (2:00 p.m. ET) or championship game (4:30 p.m. ET) on Wednesday, November 22.
Before arriving in Las Vegas, EKU will open the 2017 season with tournament road games at Rice (November 10) and Ole Miss (November 12).
“We are very excited to play in the MGM Resorts Main Event,” head coach Dan McHale said. “Being able to open up the season at a C-USA school and SEC school will test us early. Then playing two neutral site games in Las Vegas at a cool venue will be an experience my players will never forget.”
T-Mobile Arena, the new 20,000-seat venue located right on the Las Vegas strip between New York-New York and Monte Carlo, opened in April of 2016.
Tickets for all sessions of the MGM Resorts Main Event are on sale now and can be purchased at the T-Mobile Arena and MGM Grand box offices, AXS.com or by calling 888-9AXSTIX.
Eastern Kentucky traveled to Mexico for the Cancun Challenge last November, and the Colonels are set to play in the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam in November of 2018.
EKU returns five of its top six scorers from last season's 12-19 club, including two-time first team All-OVC forward Nick Mayo (18.5 points-per-game) and 2017 OVC All-Newcomer guard Asante Gist (15.9 points-per-game).
Here are the Eastern Kentucky games in the 2017 MGM Resorts Main Event:
Non-Las Vegas Games
November 10 – at Rice (Houston, Texas)
November 12 – at Ole Miss (Oxford, Mississippi)
Las Vegas Games
November 20 – vs. Prairie View A&M @ 2:00 p.m.
November 22 – vs. Georgia State/Eastern Washington @ 2:00 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. ET