Utah State opening against Penn at the Myrtle Beach Invitational – Cache Valley Daily

Utah State forward Justin Bean (34) celebrates after Nevada was forced to call a timeout during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, in Logan, Utah. (Eli Lucero/The Herald Journal via AP, Pool)

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State men’s basketball will open the 2021 Myrtle Beach Invitational against Penn on Thursday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. (ET) on ESPNU, inside the HTC Center in Conway, South Carolina, as announced by ESPN Events on Wednesday. The matchup against the Quakers will mark the first meeting between the two teams on the hardwood.

Penn did not participate in any sports during the 2020-21 season as the Ivy League elected not to sponsor intercollegiate competition during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Quakers were 16-11 during the 2019-20 season, including an 8-6 mark in league play.

A victory will put the Aggies in the tournament semifinal on Friday, Nov. 19, at noon (ET), while a loss will put Utah State is the first of two consolation games at 2 or 2:30 p.m. (ET) that same day. USU will face either Davidson or longtime WAC rival New Mexico State in that second game, marking the first matchup in school history against Davidson, or the 67th meeting against NMSU, the 10th-longest rivalry in school history.

Utah State will wrap up the tournament on Sunday, Nov. 21, with games scheduled for 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. All of the games throughout the tournament can be seen on the ESPN family of networks, including ESPNU, ESPNEWS and ESPN2.

All-Tournament tickets are currently on sale until Aug. 31 and can be purchased online at myrtlebeachinvite.com. Regular priced all-tournament tickets will then begin on Sept. 1, with the sale of single-season tickets starting Nov. 1. Pre-sale tickets will range from $105 to $135, while regular tickets will range from $130 to $145.

Utah State men’s basketball news and information is available on Facebook (facebook.com/usumensbasketball), on Twitter (@usubasketball) and on Instagram (@usuaggiebasketball). Fans can also get USU men’s basketball highlights on YouTube (youtube.com/utahstateathletics). Aggie fans can follow the Utah State athletic program on Twitter (@usuathletics), on Facebook (facebook.com/usuathletics) or on Instagram (@usuathletics).

Myrtle Beach Invitational Schedule

Date                    Time (ET)             Matchup/Event                              Network

Thu, Nov. 18       Noon                   Davidson vs. New Mexico State  ESPNU

                              2 p.m.                  Penn vs. Utah State                        ESPNU

                              7 p.m.                  Oklahoma vs. East Carolina           ESPN2 or ESPNU

                              9 p.m. or 9:30 p.m.          Indiana State vs. Old Dominion   ESPNU

Fri, Nov. 19         Noon                   Semifinal #1                                    ESPN2 or ESPNU

                               2 p.m. or 2:30 p.m.         Consolation Game #1     ESPN2 or ESPNU

                               5 p.m.                 Semifinal #2                                    ESPN2

                               7:30 p.m.            Consolation #2                              ESPNU

Sun, Nov. 21       12:30 p.m.           Seventh-Place Game                     ESPNEWS

                               3 p.m.                  Championship                               ESPN2

                               6 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.         Fifth-Place Game              ESPN2 or ESPNU

                                Third-Place Game             ESPN2 or ESPNU

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