Second Annual Event Now to Feature Two of Last Year’s Final Four Teams

SAN DIEGO (May 30, 2024) – Earlier today Sports San Diego officials announced changes to the 2024 Rady Children’s Invitational tournament field.  While the Purdue Boilermakers (Big Ten) and BYU Cougars (Big 12) are still in the event as announced in 2023, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Arkansas Razorbacks have been replaced with the NC State Wolfpack (ACC) and Ole Miss Rebels (SEC).

“Well, this is exciting!” said Mark Neville, CEO of Sports San Diego.  “While we are disappointed that two teams have opted out of their contracts, we are so excited to welcome the SEC’s Ole Miss, and yet another team from last season’s Final Four in NC State!”

NC State and Purdue played each other in last year’s Final Four in Glendale, Arizona. Purdue advanced to the championship game by defeating the Wolfpack, 63-50.

The second annual tournament at LionTree Arena, located on the UC San Diego campus, will be held from November 28-29. Each day features two games, with the championship and third-place games taking place on November 29. Tip times will be announced at a later date.

All tournament games will air nationally on either FOX or FS1. Tickets are available for purchase at; prices for a two-day pass range from $80 to $140. Each day features two games. $5 from every ticket sold will go to Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego.


About the 2024 Rady Children’s Invitational Teams:

Purdue Boilermakers:

The Boilermakers have reached the Final Four three times (including last season), have won 26 Big Ten titles and have made the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 an impressive 14 times.

NC State Wolfpack:

The Wolfpack made their fourth Final Four in 2024. They have won two National Championships, one in 1974, the other in 1983. Additionally, they have appeared in 29 NCAA tournaments and have earned 18 conference championships.

BYU Cougars:

The Cougars have won 29 conference championships and have competed in 31 NCAA Tournaments. BYU also has won 1,938 games, ranking 12th among all Division I programs.

Ole Miss Rebels:

The Rebels have made nine trips to the NCAA tournament, and advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2001. They also have captured the SEC Western Division five times. Ole Miss has won 1,389 games.

About Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego:

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families — in our community, throughout the nation and around the world. As one of the largest children’s hospitals on the West Coast and one of the nation’s top pediatric health care systems, we are proud to provide care to more than 90 percent of the children in our region. With so many families depending on Rady Children’s, we rely on our incredible team of more than 1,000 physicians, nearly 1,500 nurses, more than 5,100 employees, and about 500 active volunteers to provide outstanding care and fulfill our covenant to the community. As a nonprofit organization, we rely on donations to support our mission. For more information, visit and find us on Facebook, Twitter and Vimeo.

About Sports San Diego

Recognizing that San Diego is a premier tourist destination, the mission of Sports San Diego, a non-profit 501c3 organization, is to generate tourism, visibility, and economic impact for the San Diego region by producing the Rady Children’s Invitational, Holiday Bowl, California State Games and recruiting outstanding sports events and experiences to San Diego.  Since 1978, the association has generated more than $1 billion in economic benefit for the San Diego region.