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Continental Tire Main Event to feature Saint Mary’s-San Diego State & Xavier-Washington in first-round games

LAS VEGAS – A projected top-25 matchup will headline the first-round games of the Continental Tire Main Event when Saint Mary’s battles San Diego State on Friday, Nov. 17 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Xavier will face Washington in the second matchup of the four-team tournament being played this year during one of the grandest weekends in Las Vegas history when Formula 1 also comes to The Strip.

Coming off last season’s magical run to the NCAA Championship Game, San Diego State is pegged as the No. 12 team entering the new season in ESPN’s latest “Way-Too-Early” Top-25 published on Aug. 1. Saint Mary’s comes in at No. 23 in the same rankings with three key returnees from last season’s squad which finished No. 19 in the nation.

Xavier looks poised to capitalize on last season’s run to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. The Musketeers looked impressive in two wins at the Baha Mar Hoops Summer League during the team’s foreign tour in early August. Washington is also adding additional practice time this month by taking a foreign trip to Spain and France. The Huskies were victorious in their first game over a Spanish all-star team.

The full schedule for the 2023 Continental Tire Main Event is as follows:

Friday, Nov. 17

  • San Diego State vs. Saint Mary’s – 6:30 p.m. PT (ESPN+)
  • Xavier vs. Washington – 9 p.m. PT (ESPN2)

Sunday, Nov. 19

  • Consolation Game – 4:30 p.m. PT (ESPN+)
  • Championship Game – 7 p.m. PT (ESPN2)

Tickets for the two-day tournament range from $35 to $499 for courtside seats per day (prices are inclusive of tax and facility fee) and can be purchased starting Friday, June 30 at 10 a.m. PT at or as well as the AXS app. Tickets will allow access to both games on the given day.

Fans can book rooms at one of the many resort properties within walking distance of T-Mobile Arena or travel packages with tickets and hotel rooms by visiting Fans also can find the latest tournament news by following @VegasMainEvent on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok.

Since launching in 2014, the Continental Tire Main Event has blossomed into one of the premier early season tournaments in all of college basketball. Virginia won last season’s tournament, beating Illinois and catapulting the Cavaliers to a national top-five ranking. The event benefits Coaches vs. Cancer, an initiative spearheaded by the National Association of Basketball Coaches ( and the American Cancer Society ( and is managed by veteran Las Vegas promoter bdG Sports.