Cameron Tyson and Seattle U will head to the Hawaiian Islands for Christmas in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamondhead Classic. Courtesy Seattle U Athletics.

Nonconference MTE Events Featuring WAC Schools

Nonconference schedules are starting to trickle out as November approaches. And MTE events are becoming the norm around college basketball. MTE events give teams the opportunity to play opponents they otherwise would not have on the schedule.

For WAC schools, MTE events create an opportunity to get a marquee win. They also give WAC schools the opportunity to increase the conference brand and notoriety. Think about New Mexico State beating Davidson in the Myrtle Beach Invitational last season. Or Utah Valley winning the SoCal Challenge. SFA made it to the title game of the Cancun Challenge before falling to Saint Louis. And it goes on and on.

With that being said. Let’s take a look each MTE that features a WAC school. Thank you to Ashley Elam of KBMT for the help is researching these.

Fort Myers Tip-Off – Nov. 17-23


Sam Houston, Georgia Tech, Marquette, Mississippi State, Utah, Long Island, Northern Illinois, South Dakota

U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam – Nov. 18-21


Tarleton, Belmont, Boston College, Buffalo, Drake, George Mason, Howard, Wyoming

Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic – Nov. 18-20


Utah Valley, Georgetown, LaSalle, Loyola Marymount, Wake Forest, Green Bay, Morgan State, Queens

Northern Classic – Nov. 25-27


Stephen F. Austin, Middle Tennessee, New Hampshire, Quinnipiac, UC Irvine, UNC Greensboro and possibly two others

Gulf Coast Showcase – Nov. 21-23


UT-Arlington, Drexel, East Carolina, Florida Gulf Coast, Indiana St., Kansas City, Northern Kentucky, Toledo

SoCal Challenge – Date TBA


California Baptist, Minnesota, Southern Illinois, UNLV, Central Michigan, Cal St. Northridge, High Point, Tennessee State

Hall of Fame Classic – Nov. 21-22


Grand Canyon, Northern Iowa, San Francisco, Wichita State

Northshore Classic – Date TBA


Hawai’i, Sacramento State, Southern Utah, Texas State and possibly others to be announced.

Sun Bowl Invitational – Dec. 21-22 (non-exempt tournament)


UTEP, New Mexico State, Kent St., North Carolina A&T

Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic – Dec. 23-25


Seattle U, Utah State, SMU, Washington State, Pepperdine, Iona, Hawaii, George Washington

North Dakota MTE – Nov. 25-27


North Dakota, Utah Tech, Cal State Fullerton

Texas MTE – Nov. 21-26


UTRGV, Texas, Northern Arizona

McNeese MTE – Nov. 18-20


McNeese State, Lamar, Lindenwood, Western Carolina

As of today, the lone school in the WAC to not be in an MTE, per Blogging the Bracket, is ACU. But, remember, it is only July so that will most likely change. Either way, these MTE’s are a good chance for WAC schools to make an impact. There will be games against other Mid-Majors as well as Power 6 schools. It is good exposure for schools especially when they get that upset or signature win.

*WAC Schools are in bold letters.

This article will be updated as more information becomes available. 


About the author

Kyle McDonald

Love everything about WAC Hoops so decided I wanted to write more about it and cover this amazing conference that just keeps getting better. Follow us on Twitter @wachoopsdigest for information, game analysis and much more.

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