Inaugural Event Set for November 23-24 at UC San Diego’s LionTree Arena
Each Game to be Nationally Televised on FOX or FS1

SAN DIEGO (August 17, 2023)—Today, Sports San Diego announced the tipoff times and first-day matchups for the inaugural Rady Children’s Invitational Basketball Tournament. The early season Thanksgiving holiday tournament will take place November 23-24 at LionTree Arena on the campus of UC San Diego in La Jolla. Each of the games will be televised on FOX or FS1. The event is produced by Sports San Diego and sponsored by Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego.

The first-year event includes the Iowa Hawkeyes from the Big Ten, Oklahoma Sooners from the Big 12, Seton Hall Pirates from the BIG EAST and USC Trojans from the Pac-12. All game times listed are PST.

November 23:
12:00 p.m. – Oklahoma v. Iowa (FS1)
2:30 p.m. – Seton Hall vs. USC (FS1)

November 24:
12:30 p.m. – Oklahoma vs. Seton Hall or USC (FOX)
3:00 p.m. – Iowa vs. Seton Hall or USC (FOX)

“Sports events have been a pillar of the tourism industry in San Diego,” said Dennis DuBard, 2023 President of Sports San Diego. “Together with Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, FOX Sports, UC San Diego Athletics, and Global Sports & Events – we endeavor to produce the best and most special early season college basketball tournament in the country. San Diego is the perfect place to do this, and we cannot wait to tipoff the inaugural event.” Ticket prices range from $35 to $125 per two-game session. For tickets, fans can visit $5 for each ticket sold will be donated to Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego.


Iowa Hawkeyes:
The Hawkeyes have played in 29 NCAA tournaments, eight NIT tournaments, won eight Big Ten regular-season conference championships, and won the Big Ten tournament three times. Iowa has played in the Final Four on three occasions.

USC Trojans:
USC has notched 14 conference championships, 21 NCAA tournament appearances, played in five Sweet 16s, four Elite Eights, and two Final Fours.

Seton Hall Pirates:
Seton Hall has logged 14 appearances in the NCAA Tournament. They were the tournament runner-up in 1989 and have played in four Sweet Sixteen and two Elite Eight games.

Oklahoma Sooners:
The Sooners have earned a spot in the NCAA tournament 33 times, advancing to the Sweet Sixteen on 11 occasions, making the Final Four five times and appearing in the championship game twice. OU has been crowned regular season conference champs on 14 occasions and earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament with seven conference tournament titles. In addition to their team success, the Sooners
boast 33 All-American honors, including National Players of the Year – Buddy Hield and Blake Griffin.

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 pediatric health care systems on the West Coast and ranked among the nation’s top 10 children’s hospitals, 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, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Sports San Diego’s mission is to drive visitor demand to economically benefit the San Diego region through producing the Holiday Bowl, Rady Children’s Invitational and California State Games, and recruiting, supporting, and hosting world-class sports events.