Runners will compete in the Myrtle Beach Invitational in November


As the Murray State men’s basketball team builds its 2022-23 schedule, a solid multi-team event is almost always on the schedule. The runners have accepted an invitation to the fourth annual Myrtle Beach Invitational and play three games in four days (November 17, 18, and 20) at the HTC Center in Conway, South Carolina, on the campus of Coastal Carolina University.

The Racers, who played and won a game in March in the NCAA Tournament, are joined in Myrtle Beach by a strong group of teams, including two other NCAA teams, Boise State and Loyola Chicago. NIT participants Texas A&M and Colorado are also in the field, as are Charlotte, UMass and Tulsa.

The Racers will play back-to-back games Nov. 17 and 18, have the day off, and play their third game on Nov. 20.

Murray State’s new head coach Steve Prohm is in his second era with the Racers and is guiding them to the Missouri Valley Conference where MSU joins the league on July 1. While replenishing the roster, Prohm also announced this week that his coaching staff is complete.

Myrtle Beach Invitational support and an announcement on ticket sales will be announced this summer. Currently, the Myrtle Beach Invitational is offering a $25 pre-tournament discount to fans who register online. Fans who register early receive early access to purchase discounted tickets later in the summer before they go on sale to the general public.

All 2022 Myrtle Beach Invitational games will be streamed live on ESPN’s Channels platform.

Myrtle Beach Invite Notes

  • Murray State Coach Steve Prohm previously won a tournament title at the HTC Center when he coached Iowa State to the Puerto Rico Tipoff crown in 2017. The event was moved to the Coastal Carolina campus due to Hurricane Maria .
  • The last time the Racers won an in-season tournament was in Prohm’s first season as MSU coach in 2011 at the Great Alaska Shootout. The Racers beat Southern Miss. In double overtime during the championship game.
  • In Myrtle Beach, the Racers could meet Colorado and if they do, it will bring coach Prohm and Buffs coach Tad Boyle together again. The two practiced against each other in the 2012 Charleston Classic title match, which Colorado won 81-74.
  • The first three champions of the Myrtle Beach event are Central Florida (2018), Baylor (2019) and Utah State (2021).

Myrtle Beach Field

  • Boise State Broncos (Mountain West) – Coach Leon Rice – 2021-22 record: 27-8
  • Charlotte 49ers (Conference USA) – Coach Ron Sanchez – Record 2021-22: 17-14
  • Colorado Buffaloes (Pac-12) – Coach Tad Boyle – Record 2021-22: 21-12
  • Loyola Chicago Ramblers (Atlantic-10) – Coach Drew Valentine – 2021-22 record: 25-8
  • Murray State Racers (Missouri Valley) – Coach Steve Prohm– 2021-22 balance sheet: 31-3
  • Texas A&M Aggies (Southeast) – Coach Buzz Williams – 2021-22 record: 27-13
  • Tulsa Golden Hurricane (American Athletic) – Coach Eric Konkol – Record 2021-22: 11-20
  • UMass Minutemen (Atlantic-10) – Coach Frank Martin – Record 2021-22: 15-17

The Myrtle Beach Invitational is managed by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, which owns and operates a portfolio of 34 collegiate sporting events nationwide. The slate includes five early-season college football games, 17 college bowling games, 11 college basketball events and one college softball event, which accounts for approximately 400 hours of live programming, reaches nearly 64 million viewers and attracts more than 800,000 participants each year. With satellite offices in more than 10 markets across the country, ESPN Events builds relationships with local conferences, schools and communities, while providing unique experiences for teams and fans. For more information, visit the official website, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube pages.


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