The Savannah Sports Council (SSC) announced Thursday that it will host a new collegiate basketball tournament called the Savannah Invitational this November. The five-day event, which will take place November 22-26 at the Savannah Civic Center, will bring six women’s and six men’s college basketball teams to Savannah.
Participating women’s teams and conferences, which are scheduled to play Nov. 22-24, are Auburn University (SEC), Ball State University (MAC), East Carolina University (AAC), Marist College (MAAC), North Carolina A&T (MEAC) and West Virginia University (Big 12). Participating men’s teams and conferences, which are scheduled to play Nov. 25-26, are University of Akron (MAC), the U.S. Air Force Academy (MWC), East Carolina University (AAC), Georgia Southern University (Sunbelt), Mercer University (SoCon) and Radford University (Big South).
In preparation for the tournament, the SSC, in partnership with the City of Savannah and Visit Savannah, has refurbished the basketball court at the Civic Center. It was rebuilt and painted by Horner Flooring, the court’s original creator.
The SSC has partnered with Chris Spencer of Basketball Promotions & Events (BPE) to assist with recruiting the teams and managing the event. Spencer currently assists with events in New York City, Las Vegas and Corpus Christie, Tx., and will be key in helping launch the Savannah Invitational.