MTSU men's basketball team to face Villanova in November

MTSU's basketball team will once again face top-notch competition in the preseason as it meet national power Villanova in the first round of the the Myrtle Beach Invitational in November.

The Blue Raiders will face the Wildcats on Nov. 21. Villanova, which lost to Purdue in the second round of the NCAA tournament last year, won national championships in 2016 and 2018.

"We're looking forward to being a part of this year's Myrtle Beach Invitational," MTSU coach Nick McDevitt said. "Our opening round game against Villanova presents a tough challenge, but we're excited about the opportunity it presents our program. Coach (Jay) Wright has built them into one of the nation's premier programs and has backed it up with a pair of national titles in the last four years."

MTSU will face either Mississippi State or Tulane the following day. Ohio, Utah, Baylor and Coastal Carolina are in the tournament's opposite bracket.

All games will be televised live on either ESPN, ESPNU or ESPN News.

"The chance to play in a high-level event in front of a national television audience gives us the opportunity to showcase our program and our great university," McDevitt said.

In McDevitt's first-year at the helm, the Blue Raiders faced national champion Virginia, Butler and Stanford last year's Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis.

MTSU's compete schedule will be announced at a later date.

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