(All times Eastern)
5:30 p.m.: Cincinnati vs. Vanderbilt (ESPN2)
7:30 p.m.: Wichita State vs. Pittsburgh (ESPN2)
8:30 p.m.: Tennessee vs. Purdue (FCS)
10 p.m.: Texas vs. Iowa (ESPN2)
Midnight: Arizona vs. Wisconsin (ESPN2)
All day: Maui Invitational (ESPN networks)
7 p.m.: Cornell at Syracuse (ESPN360.com)
7 p.m.: Florida State at Florida (ESPN360.com)
10 p.m.: CBE Classic final (ESPN2)
All day: Maui Invitational (ESPN networks)
7 p.m.: LSU vs. Connecticut (ESPN2)
9:30 p.m.: Arizona State vs. Duke (ESPN2)
Noon.: Creighton vs. Michigan (ESPN2)
2:30 p.m.: Xavier vs. Marquette (ESPN2)
4:30 p.m.: Texas A&M vs. Clemson (ESPN2)
8:30 p.m.: Minnesota vs. Butler (ESPN2)
All day: 76 Classic (ESPN networks)
All day: Old Spice Classic (ESPN networks)
8 p.m.: Florida vs. Michigan State (HDNet)
10:30 p.m.: Illinois vs. Utah
4 p.m.: Louisville at UNLV (Versus)
7:30 p.m.: Old Spice Classic final (ESPN2)
10 p.m.: 76 Classic final (ESPN2)
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Maui, Hawaii (Monday-Wednesday):
The Maui Invitational field looked weak last spring. But that changed with the influx of new talent at Gonzaga, Arizona and Cincinnati. The Cincinnati-Vanderbilt matchup in the first round should be a gem. Gonzaga, Maryland, Arizona, Cincinnati are all capable of winning the event. The team that is hard to figure out is Wisconsin.
Kansas City (Monday-Tuesday):
The Pitt-Wichita State semifinal at the CBE Classic could be an upset special, although the Shockers are without suspended point guard Clevin Hannah
. That should give an edge to the Panthers' Ashton Gibbs, who has been a big hit so far this season. A Texas-Pitt final on Tuesday -- assuming the Panthers beat Wichita State and the Longhorns advance past Iowa -- sounds great in name only. Pitt isn't ready to play the Longhorns yet.
Syracuse, N.Y. (Tuesday):
Cornell won at Alabama and UMass, but dropped a home game to Seton Hall. If the Big Red want to improve its seeding -- and possibly its at-large chances if they don't win the Ivy -- then winning at upstart Syracuse would be a major accomplishment.
New York, N.Y. (Wednesday and Friday):
The Arizona State-Duke and LSU-Connecticut matchups in the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals will be as interesting as the Sun Devils and Tigers make them. If Arizona State can score 100-plus against the Blue Devils -- ASU defeated San Francisco 104-65 last week -- the Sun Devils have a chance. And LSU might need Tasmin Mitchell
or Bo Spencer
to go off against Connecticut. The likely final matchup of Duke and Connecticut doesn't have the same luster this season that it would have had in years past, but it would certainly provide quite a headline at Madison Square Garden. UConn's Stanley Robinson
would have to play his best defense to contain Duke's Kyle Singler
. Duke's Nolan Smith
should be able to hang with Connecticut's Jerome Dyson
Anaheim, Calif. (Thursday, Friday and Sunday):
The 76 Classic has the strongest field of any early-season tournament. Butler comes in as a top-10 team. West Virginia, if it has Devin Ebanks
, can win the Big East. Clemson is on a roll and should be an NCAA team. So, too, should Minnesota (which plays Butler) and possibly Texas A&M (which goes against Clemson). Portland just beat Oregon and opens with UCLA. Long Beach State, picked to win the Big West, gets the Mountaineers.
Orlando (Thursday, Friday and Sunday):
Michigan is the class of the Old Spice Classic, but can the Wolverines prove it on a neutral court? (Especially with an opener against Creighton, one of the favorites in the Missouri Valley.) The Xavier-Marquette game is an underrated matchup of two teams that are rebuilding. I wouldn't dismiss Florida State, either. The Seminoles could easily be in the final against Michigan, possibly, if they can handle Iona and then either Alabama or Baylor. FSU, a sleeper team in the ACC, should get plenty of pop from the nearby fans.
Atlantic City, N.J. (Friday-Saturday):
The Legends Classic did something somewhat bizarre in setting up the best game in the semifinals with Michigan State-Florida opposite UMass-Rutgers. The Gators need to have a good showing against Sparty even if they don't win. This will be a major test for the Florida bigs and guard Kenny Boynton
The Chicago Invitational at UIC Pavilion has turned into a solid foursome. Depleted Northwestern could prove it isn't dead yet by beating Notre Dame. Iowa State is off to a solid start but so is Saint Louis. I wouldn't be surprised to see Iowa State win the event, although Notre Dame should be the favorite.
La Salle is supposed to be a sleeper team in the A-10. Villanova is off to a solid start after escaping against George Mason. If La Salle wants to be taken seriously in the Big Five this season, knocking off Nova would suffice. If the Explorers get smacked, it will be hard to take them too seriously.
Las Vegas (Saturday):
Louisville heads West to play UNLV in a game that is much more important for the Rebels' credibility than for the Cards'. A win by UNLV, after stunning the Cardinals in Louisville last season, would do wonders for the Rebels' national respect.