College basketball know-it-all Jon Rothstein reported this afternoon that, per sources, the Virginia Cavaliers will be one of the four headliners at the 2022 Roman Main Event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The Hoos will be joined by Baylor, UCLA, and Illinois, per his sources.
NEWS: Baylor, UCLA, Virginia, and Illinois will headline the 2022 Roman Main Event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, according to multiple sources. https://t.co/eXWNrRXdEY— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) October 14, 2021
There’s not yet been any official announcement.
This year’s Roman Main Event (previously the MGM Resorts Main Event) features Arizona, Michigan, Wichita State, and UNLV and will take place November 19 and 21. The tournament benefits Coaches vs. Cancer.
New in 2021 for the Roman Main Event is the “Starting Five” — five player ambassadors who have signed name, image and likeness agreements to promote the event on social media. The Starting Five include Arizona’s Dalen Terry, Wichita State’s Dexter Dennis, UNLV’s Bryce Hamilton, and Michigan’s Adrien Nunez and Hunter Dickinson. Fans are able to use player-specific codes to get 20% off tickets in their school’s sections.
The tournament has been around since 2014. Assuming Rothstein is right, Virginia will be only the second ACC school to participate in the tournament. Clemson participated in 2019 (losing in the championship game to Colorado) and in 2015 (losing in the opening round to UMass).
Virginia’s 2021-2022 campaign starts in Charlottesville on November 9 at 9:00 p.m. against Navy.