ESPN Announces Orlando Invitational Bracket
DAVIDSON, N.C. – Davidson will face Marquette in the opening round of the 2019 Orlando Invitational on Nov. 28 inside HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
The 2019 Orlando Invitational will feature 12 games over the three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will meet in the championship on Sunday, Dec. 1.
The Wildcats, who are making their second appearance in the annual event, will face either USC or Fairfield on day two.
In 2012, Davidson knocked off Vanderbilt and West Virginia before falling to then-No. 17 Gonzaga in the championship.
Ironically, the Wildcats’ last meeting with Marquette came in that same season, when the Golden Eagles’ Vander Blue hit a layup with a second left to rally past Davidson, 59-58, in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
Four years later, the Wildcats took part in ESPN’s Tire Pros Invitational, which was moved to Orlando from Puerto Rico after concerns over the Zika virus.
All games will be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPNEWS.
About the 2019 Orlando Invitational Field
The 2019 field includes NCAA Tournament squads from Marquette, Maryland and Temple along with NIT participants Davidson and Harvard. Some highlights from each team:
— Davidson is coming off a 24-10 season and its 17th postseason appearance in 30 years under coach Bob McKillop
— Fairfield returns to the Orlando Invitational for the second time, going 1-2 in 2011 with a victory over Arizona State
— Harvard has won the Ivy League championship seven times in the last nine years
— Marquette has reached the NCAA Tournament twice in the last three years, earning a No. 5 seed in 2019 with 24 wins
— Maryland is ranked No. 9 in the most recent ESPN Way Too Early Top 25, after NBA prospects Anthony Cowan, Jr. and Jalen Smith announced they would return to the team
— Temple welcomes new head coach Aaron McKie to a team that has reached the postseason four times in the last five years
— Texas A&M returns to the Orlando Invitational for the first time since 2010
— USC has played in the postseason in three of the last four years
November 28, 29 and December 1
HP Field House (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla.)
|Thu, Nov. 28||11 a.m.||Maryland vs. Temple||ESPN2|
|1 p.m. or 1:30 p.m.||Texas A&M vs. Harvard||ESPN or ESPN2|
|4 p.m.||USC vs. Fairfield||ESPNU|
|6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.||Davidson vs. Marquette||ESPN2 or ESPNU|
|Fri, Nov. 29||11:30 a.m.||Semifinal #1||ESPN or ESPN2|
|1:30 p.m. or 2 p.m.||Consolation #1||ESPN2 or ESPNEWS|
|4 p.m. or 4:30 p.m.||Semifinal #2||ESPN2 or ESPNU|
|6:30 p.m. or 7 p.m.||Consolation #2||ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPNEWS|
|Sun, Dec. 1||10:30 a.m.||7th Place Game||ESPNU|
|4 p.m. or 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.||Third Place Game||ESPN2 or ESPNU|
|4 p.m. or 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.||5th Place Game||ESPN2 or ESPNU|
Non-Bracketed Games: Fairfield at Maryland (Nov. 19), Temple at USC (Nov. 22)