2021 ESPN Events Invitational Bracket Revealed


The bracket for the 2021 ESPN Events Invitational was revealed today. The eight-team tournament will be held Thanksgiving weekend, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Nov. 25, 26 & 28, at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla.


Field Highlights

  • Five of the eight teams in the field reached the 2021 NCAA Tournament: Alabama (Sweet 16), Kansas and North Texas (second round), as well as Drake and Iona
  • Dayton played in the 2021 National Invitation Tournament
  • Four of the eight teams are seeded in’s latest Bracketology: No. 1 seed, Kansas, No. 4 seed Alabama, No. 12 seed Belmont and No. 16 seed Iona.
  • Kansas returns to the ESPN Events Invitational for the first time since winning the tournament in 2014. Dayton will be making its third appearance (2011, 2015) while Iona (2009) and Miami (2016) return for the second time


The 2021 ESPN Events Invitational, a bracket-format tournament, 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 face off in a championship match Sunday, Nov. 28.


All games will be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN, or ESPNU.

Ticket information and travel packages will be announced later this summer.


ESPN Events Invitational
November 25, 26 and 28

HP Field House (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla.)


Date Time (ET) Matchup/Event Network
Thu, Nov. 25 Noon Dayton vs. Miami ESPN or ESPN2
  2 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. North Texas vs. Kansas ESPN or ESPN2
  5 p.m. Alabama vs. Iona ESPN or ESPN2
  7 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. Belmont vs. Drake ESPN2 or ESPNU
Fri, Nov. 26 11 a.m. Semifinal #1 ESPN2
  1 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. Consolation #1 ESPN or ESPN2
  4:30 p.m. Semifinal #2 ESPN2 or ESPNU
  6:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. Consolation #2 ESPN2 or ESPNU
Sun, Nov. 28 10:30 a.m. 7th Place Game ESPNU
  1 p.m. Championship ESPN
  4:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. Third Place Game ESPN2 or ESPNU
  4:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. 5th Place Game ESPN2 or ESPNU


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