Savannah Invitational

The Savannah Invitational is a college basketball tournament founded in 2016 that is held at the Savannah Civic Center[1] in Savannah, Georgia. The event includes both a men′s and a women′s tournament.

Savannah Invitational
SportCollege basketball
FounderSavannah Sports Council
No. of teams8
Venue(s)Savannah Civic Center, Savannah, Georgia
Official websiteSavannah Invitational


Men's tournamentEdit

The men's tournament took place November 20-26. The eight participating teams were divided into two brackets, a "host" bracket and a "visitors" bracket.[2][3] Each of the four "host" teams hosted two of the "visitors" teams in games on their campuses in the first two rounds of the tournament on November 20 and 22.[2][3] Regardless of the results of those two rounds, the four "host" teams then met one another in a bracketed tournament in Savannah in the third and championship rounds on November 25 and 26.[2][3] Meanwhile, the four "visitor" teams also met in Savannah on November 25 and 26 to play a non-bracketed round-robin among themselves, with no championship awarded to them.[2][3]

Campus gamesEdit

Host bracketEdit

  Third Round
November 26
November 27
  Mercer 70  
  East Carolina 66    
      Mercer 63
      Akron 65
  Akron 84    
  Air Force 75   Consolation
November 27
East Carolina 70
  Air Force 63

Visitors bracketEdit

Women's tournamentEdit

The women's tournament was played November 22–24. The format was a three-round round-robin, with all games played in Savannah.


Men's tournamentEdit

In 2017, the men's event was played November 11-26.[4][5] As in 2016, the eight participating teams were divided into a "Host" bracket and a "Visitors" bracket.[4] In the first round, held on November 11 and November 19, each of the four "Host" bracket teams played a home game on its campus against one of the four "Visitors" bracket teams.[4][5] "Visitor" bracket team North Carolina Wesleyan played no further games in the Invitational, and "Host" team UNC Wilmington had a bye in the second round, but the other three "hosts" played another on-campus game against another of the three remaining "visitors" in the second round, held on November 21.[5] Regardless of the results of these two rounds the four "host" teams then met in Savannah to play one another on November 24-25.[4][5] Unlike in 2016, the "Host" teams met in a two-round round-robin "Hosts' Showcase" event in Savannah rather than in a bracketed tournament,[4][5] a change made because "Host" bracket team Valparaiso had made a late move from the Horizon League to the Missouri Valley Conference, to which "Host" bracket team Loyola–Chicago also belonged;[4] NCAA regulations prohibited teams from the same conference participating in the same in-season non-conference tournament, and the round-robin "showcase" format allowed the Invitational both to comply with NCAA non-conference tournament regulations and to ensure no meeting between Valparaiso and Loyola-Chicago. As a result of the non-bracketed "showcase" format, no championship was awarded in the "Host" bracket in 2017.[4] Meanwhile, the three remaining "Visitor" bracket teams met at the Pete Hanna Center on the campus of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, on November 24, 25, and 26 to play one another in the "Visitors Subregional," a non-bracketed round-robin with no championship awarded.[4][5]

Campus gamesEdit

Hosts' ShowcaseEdit

Visitors' SubregionalEdit

Women's tournamentEdit

The women's tournament was played November 21-23. The format was a three-round round-robin.


  1. ^ "Savannah to host Thanksgiving college hoops tourney". Savannah Morning News. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Dobbertean, Chris, "2016 Savannah Invitational Primer: Akron Headlines New Tournament,", August 11, 2016, 3:13 p.m. EDT
  3. ^ a b c d 2016-2017 Savannah Invitational Information
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Dobbertean, Chris, "2017 Savannah Invitational Primer,", November 10, 2017, 12:00 noon EDT
  5. ^ a b c d e f 2017-2018 Savannah Invitational Information