Arizona State, Mississippi State, St. Mary’s and Utah State to play November 19 & 21 at T-Mobile Arena

LAS VEGAS (August 7, 2018) – College basketball returns to T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas when the fifth annual MGM Resorts Main Event tips off on November 19 & 21. The tournament’s Heavyweight Bracket will tip Monday, Nov. 19 with St. Mary’s vs. Utah State at 5:30 p.m. PT followed by Arizona State vs. Mississippi State at 8 p.m. The consolation and championship games will be played Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. PT, respectively.
“We have three teams in our top bracket that should be Top 25 teams this season, and many already have Mississippi State pegged inside the top 20 in their preseason polls,” said Brooks Downing, President and CEO of bd Global. “St. Mary’s is everyone’s Cinderella team and what Bobby Hurley has done to turn around the ASU program has been remarkable. Should be an exciting holiday week in Vegas!”
Arizona State finished 20-12 last season and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Sun Devils will be led by sophomore Romello White and Top 50 recruit Taeshon Cherry. Coach Ben Howland’s Mississippi State squad will be bolstered by two Top 50 recruits of its own in Reggie Perry and Robert Woodard II and will return all five starters from a 25-12 team last season including leading scorer and All-SEC standout Quinndary Weatherspoon.
Saint Mary’s has won 29+ games in each of the past three seasons and finished the regular season ranked among the nation’s Top 25 teams. Coach Craig Smith takes over the helm at Utah State after leading South Dakota to consecutive postseason appearances in his final two seasons. The Aggies will be led by Sam Merrill, last season’s leading scorer at 16.3 points, and Dwayne Brown, Jr.
Tickets will go on-sale on Friday, Aug. 10 at 10 a.m. PT at or by calling 888-9AXSTIX. Ticket information and hotel room information for the MGM Resorts Main Event can also be found at
MGM Resorts Main Event Schedule
Monday, Nov. 19

  • St. Mary’s vs. Utah State – 5:30 p.m. PT (ESPN Networks)
  • Arizona State vs. Mississippi State – 8 p.m. PT (ESPNU)

Wednesday, Nov. 21

  • Consolation Game – 5:30 p.m. PT
  • Championship Game – 8 p.m. PT (ESPNU)

Middleweight Bracket

  • Features Hartford, Long Beach State and Utah Valley on November 19 & 21 in Las Vegas
  • Schedule to be announced 

Campus Games

  • McNeese State @ St. Mary’s (Nov. 7)
  • McNeese State @ Arizona State (Nov. 9)
  • Hartford @ Utah State (Nov. 9)
  • Hartford @ Mississippi State (Nov. 11)
  • Utah Valley at St. Mary’s (Nov. 11)
  • Long Beach State @ Arizona State (Nov. 12)
  • Long Beach State @ Mississippi State (Nov. 16)
  • Hartford @ Utah State (Nov. 16)
  • Loyola University New Orleans @ McNeese State (Nov. 16)
  • University of Mobile @ McNeese State (Nov. 20)

(Campus games subject to change)
About bd Global:
bd Global, LLC is a representation, event management, and public relations firm operating on an international platform within the sports marketing industry. bdG manages multiple college basketball and college hockey events in the United States each season with events in Southwest Florida, Las Vegas, Vancouver and The Bahamas as well as two Tour events and the PGA TOUR Barbasol Championship. For more information, visit or follow on @bdGlobalSports on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
About T-Mobile Arena:
T-Mobile Arena, the 20,000-seat venue located on the Las Vegas Strip between New York-New York and Monte Carlo, opened April 6, 2016. The arena hosts more than 100 events annually including major headline entertainment, awards shows, UFC, boxing, basketball and other sporting events, family shows and special events. In Fall 2017, T-Mobile Arena welcomed the Vegas Golden Knights, a National Hockey League expansion team and the city’s first professional sports team. The city’s newest landmark, recently named the “2017 Venue of the Year” by Billboard Touring as well as the “Best New Major Concert Venue” by Pollstar Magazine, features 50 luxury suites, more than two dozen private loge boxes, complete broadcast facilities, and other specially designed exclusive hospitality offerings and fan amenities designed to create a guest experience second to none. Toshiba Plaza, an adjacent two-acre outdoor entertainment space, features performance stages, a variety of video screens and other interactive content and display areas. Designed by industry-leading architect Populous, T-Mobile Arena is a LEED® Gold certified venue as named by the U.S. Green Building Council. T-Mobile Arena is a privately funded joint venture between AEG and MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information, visit the T-Mobile Arena website at


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