June 10, 2010
Athens, Ohio - The Ohio men's basketball team will be among eight schools playing in the 10th Annual Las Vegas Invitational. The field includes two previous NCAA champions and six teams that finished with winning records in 2009.
The 2010 Las Vegas Invitational will be held from Friday, November 26 to Saturday, November 27 at the beautiful Orleans Arena. The location has served as the site to the last two West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournaments and will host the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament.
Ohio will take on perennial national power Kansas in third-round action and Arizona will play Santa Clara during Friday's session. On Saturday, the Bobcats will battle the Broncos while KU and UA will meet in the other contest.
The field will also include Northern Colorado, Bethune-Cookman, Valparaiso and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Each team in the tournament will play four games with the first two contests at campus sites.
Ohio is coming off its first win in the NCAA Tournament since 1983, a resounding victory over nationally-ranked Georgetown. The Bobcats are led by the 2010 Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year D. J. Cooper (13.5 ppg, 5.9 apg, 5.4 rpg), big man DeVaughn Washington (11.3 ppg) and sharpshooter Tommy Freeman, who finished second in the nation in three-point field goal accuracy at 47.7 percent.
The Jayhawks will be the top draw after capturing their sixth-consecutive Big 12 regular-season title and earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four years. In fact, Kansas currently owns the longest active streak with 21 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and won the national title as recently as 2008.
Arizona returns four starters and 11 letterwinners including Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Derrick Williams for Sean Miller's second season in the desert. The 1997 National Champion and four-time Final Four participant is trying to rebound from their first March with no postseason since the 1983-84 campaign.
Santa Clara should return all five starters and also get 2009 WCC Newcomer of the Year Kevin Foster back after redshirting due to an injury. He will be joined by 6-9 sophomore Marc Trasolini, an honorable mention all-WCC performer last year who averaged almost 14 points per game.
The best seats have been reserved for the individual institutions. Tickets for the Las Vegas Invitational can be purchased at the participating school's athletic ticket office when they become available by calling the Ohio box office. Ticket allocation and seating will be based on the Ohio Bobcat Club priority point system. To learn more about the Ohio Bobcat Club, call 740-593-1176 or visit www.ohiobobcats.com/bobcatclub.