Some of the best college basketball games of the regular season unfold over the extended Thanksgiving weekend. The 2023 ESPN Invitational is a big part of Feast Week. Texas A&M is favored to take home the first-place trophy.
The bracket plays out at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, FL.
Quarterfinals unfold on Thanksgiving Day. Semifinals and consolation semis take place on Black Friday. Teams have Saturday off, then Sunday games decide places 1-8. The championship game is at 1 p.m. ET Sunday on ESPN.
2023 ESPN Invitational Odds to Win Tournament
BetMGM includes odds for each of the eight teams to win the ESPN Invitational. Click on the odds to sign up for one of the best sports betting apps and place your bet. Up-to-date ESPN Invitational odds at BetMGM can be found on the NCAAM page under the futures tab.
- Texas A&M: +240
- FAU: +260
- Iowa State: +300
- Boise State: +800
- Virginia Tech: +1100
- VCU: +1400
- Penn State: +1400
- Butler: +3500
Teams in the 2023 ESPN Invitational field have a combined record of 25-5. Texas A&M, Iowa State, and Penn State enter the holiday tournament at 4-0. The No. 12 Aggies moved up in the rankings on Monday. The No. 19 FAU Owls were a Final Four participant a season ago and were a top-10 team before a 61-52 loss to Bryant on Saturday.
2023 ESPN Events Invitational Bracket and Schedule
Thursday, Nov. 23
- Noon ET — Penn State vs Texas A&M — ESPN
- 2:30 p.m. ET — Florida Atlantic vs Butler — ESPN2
- 5:30 p.m. ET — Iowa State vs VCU — ESPN2
- 8 p.m. ET — Boise State vs Virginia Tech — ESPN2
Friday, Nov. 24
- 11 a.m. ET — Winner of PENN ST/TA&M and FAU/BUTLER — ESPN2
- 1:30 p.m. ET — Loser of PENN ST/TA&M and FAU/BUTLER — ESPN+
- 5:30 p.m. ET — Winner of IOWA ST/VCU and BOISE/VA TECH — ESPN2
- 8 p.m. ET — Loser of IOWA ST/VCU and BOISE/VA TECH — ESPNU
Sunday, Nov 26
- 10:30 a.m. ET — Seventh Place Game — ESPNU
- 1 p.m. ET — Championship — ESPN
- 4 p.m. ET — Fifth Place Game — ESPN2
- 6:30 p.m. ET — Third Place Game — ESPN2
Picks for ESPN Invitational Favorites, Longshots
Texas A&M (+240)
We like the Aggies to make a run in the top half of the ESPN Invitational bracket, but they could face a tricky semifinal opponent in FAU. Texas A&M is a top 15 team in the latest AP Poll. SEC media picked Wade Taylor IV as the preseason player of the year. Collectively, the Aggies are picked to finish second in the conference behind only Tennessee. Their 4-0 start includes wins at SMU and at Ohio State.
Florida Atlantic (+260)
Bryant stunned the then-No. 10 Owls 61-52 on Saturday in one of the biggest upsets so far this season. That might add value for a Florida Atlantic bet to win the Thanksgiving tournament. FAU was a Final Four team a season ago, and much of the roster is back on campus for 2023-24. The ESPN Invitational is less than three hours away from the FAU campus, so the AAC preseason favorites should have a supportive crowd for three games in the Orlando area. They are in the same half of the bracket as Texas A&M.
Iowa State (+300)
BetMGM likes the Cyclones to come out of the bottom half of the ESPN Invite bracket. Iowa State has the third-best odds overall. They’ve eased into the 2023-24 campaign with four home games against low-major teams. The Cyclones have handled the assignments as expected, with an average winning margin of 45.5 points. The three games in Kissimmee will be the first true challenges of the season for the Big 12 team.
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