Wisconsin Men’s Basketball to Play in 2012 Las Vegas Invitational

MADISON, Wis. -- As part of its 2012-13 non-conference schedule, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team will be participating in the 12th-Annual Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational on Nov. 23 and 24. In addition to the Badgers, this year's field includes Creighton, Arkansas and Arizona State.

Wisconsin will play a total of four games as part of the Las Vegas Invitational, with two coming at the Kohl Center before the final two rounds at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

Donors to the Wisconsin Athletic Department and Wisconsin men’s basketball season ticket holders can request tickets through 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, online at UWBadgers.com or by calling the Wisconsin ticket office at 1-800-GO BADGERS.

General public can also purchase tickets beginning Saturday, May 19, by calling the Box Office at the Orleans Arena (702) 284-7777, or on the web at www.orleansarena.com.

UNLV took home the 2011 Las Vegas Invitational title, besting North Carolina in the finals. Last season, Wisconsin won the Chicago Invitational Challenge over Thanksgiving weekend. Over the last five seasons, the Badgers have spent Thanksgiving at the Paradise Jam (St. Thomas, 2008), the Maui Invitational (2009), the Old Spice Classic (Orlando, Fla., 2010) and the Chicago Invitational Challenge (2011).

Wisconsin is coming off a 26-win season and its third Sweet 16 appearance in the last five years. The Badgers will look to replace All-American Jordan Taylor in 2012-13, but return four of five starters from last year’s squad and over 70 percent of the team’s scoring. The all-time wins leader at Wisconsin, Bo Ryan will enter his 12th season with the Badgers owning a record of 268-101 (.726).

Creighton finished the 2011-12 campaign ranked 21st in the AP poll after tying a school-record for wins in a 29-6 season. The Bluejays will return nine of their top 10 scorers from that squad, including first-team All-American and Naismith Player of the Year finalist Doug McDermott (22.9 ppg., 8.2 rpg.).

Arkansas will enter its second season under head coach Mike Anderson after going 18-14 last year with signature wins over three ranked teams, including Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and Michigan. The Razorbacks return 77 percent of their scoring and 73 percent of their rebounding from a year ago, as well as second-team All-SEC guard BJ Young.

Arizona State, one of just nine schools in the country without a senior on its roster, is coming off a 10-21 season in 2011-12. Led by 2009-10 Pac-10 Coach of the Year Herb Sendek, the Sun Devils figure to be led by Carrick Felix (10.5 ppg) and 7-foot-2 center Jordan Bachynski (6.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg).

COURTESY UW-MADISON


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