The Las Vegas Invitational released the field for its 2011 tournament on Wednesday, which includes the USC basketball taem. UNLV will also participate, along with North Carolina, Southern California, Morgan State, Tennessee State, Mississippi Valley State and Cal. State Poly.
The Gamecocks (14-16) return seven letterwinners, including returning starters, redshirt-senior forward Malik Cooke (9.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg), junior forward Lakeem Jackson (7.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg) and sophomore forward Damontre Harris (3.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg), to the court next season.
The Tar Heels (29-8) return to Las Vegas ranked No. 1 in the 2011-12 preseason by ESPN.com analyst Andy Katz. North Carolina returns all five starters from its Elite 8 run in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, including senior forward Tyler Zeller (15.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg), junior forward John Henson (11.7 ppg, 10.1 rpg) and sophomore forward Harrison Barnes (15.7 ppg).
Each team will play four games — the first two at campus sites and the final two rounds at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on November 25th and 26th.