The pairings for all NCAA men’s early season basketball tournaments were announced on Aug. 8.
This article is part one of four articles that will rank all 23 NCAA Exempt Tournaments. This article will look at the No. 6-10 tournaments.
The 12 team tournament field will play on campus sites between Nov. 14-17, while Subregionals will take place Nov. 21-23 at Bridgeport, Conn., and Ruston, La. The semifinals will be televised on TruTV and be played at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The field hosts and semifinalists are pretty solid with Duke, Stanford, Temple and UNLV. Duke and UNLV reached the NCAA Tournament last year.
The rest of the field includes American, Fairfield, Louisiana Tech, Morehead State, Presbyterian, Sam Houston State, South Dakota and Wofford.
Semifinals: Temple vs. Duke, Stanford vs. UNLV.
Best semifinal matchup: Temple vs. Duke.
Best potential final matchup: Duke vs. UNLV.
The Puerto Rico Tip-Off will take place Nov. 20-23 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The games will be played at Coliseo Roberto Clemente and televised by the ESPN family of networks.
Defending NCAA champion Connecticut Huskies and Elite Eight participant Dayton Flyers headline the eight teams playing in the tournament. New Mexico went 27-7 last season but was bumped out of the NCAA tournament in the first round. West Virginia, George Mason and Texas A&M will work to get back in the NCAA tournament. Boston College and Charleston, which just fired coach Doug Wojcik, have new head coaches.
First round matchups: Top-half of bracket: Texas A&M vs.Dayton and Charleston vs. Connecticut. Bottom half-of the bracket: New Mexico vs. Boston College and George Mason vs. West Virginia.
Most intriguing first round matchup: George Mason vs. West Virginia and Texas A&M vs. Dayton.
Best potential second matchup :Dayton vs. Connecticut.
The NIT Season Tip-Off will feature between 8-and-16 teams. The field is not yet complete. First and Second round games will be played on Nov. 17-18 or 18-19. Consolation games will take place on campus ites on Nov. 25-26 while the semifinals and finals will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York (Nov. 26 and 28).
Georgia, Gonzaga, St. John’s and Minnesota will serve as regional hosts. Other teams involved include LIU-Brooklyn, St. Joseph’s, Stony Brook and Western Kentucky.
The Gildan Charleston Classic will feature eight teams that are split into an upper and lower bracket. The games will take place Nov. 20-23 in Charleston, S.C. and will be televised by ESPN networks.
South Carolina, Cornell, Charlotte, Southern California, Akron, Drexel, Miami and Penn State are the teams participating.
This tournament doesn’t include any of the top-tier teams but it could produce a few NCAA Tournament teams. Southern California, Penn State, South Carolina and Drexel are the most likely teams to make a jump.
First round matchups: Southern California vs.Akron, Drexel vs. Miami in the top bracket. Penn State vs. Charlotte and Cornell vs. South Carolina in the bottom bracket.
The CBE Hall of Fame Classic is currently a 12 team event that will be played at campus sites(Nov. 14, 17,28). Subregionals will be played at West Long Branch, N.J. (Nov. 21-23) and Oakland, Mich. (Nov. 24-26). The semifinals and finals and finals are scheduled for Kansas City (Nov. 24-25) and will be televised by ESPN family of networks.
The teams participating include Alabama, Arizona State, Iowa State, Maryland, Bethune-Cookman, Central Connecticut State, Chicago State, Georgia State, Monmouth, Oakland, Towson and Western Carolina.
Semifinals: Arizona State vs. Maryland, Alabama vs. Iowa State
Best semifinal matchup: Arizona State vs. Maryland
Best potential finals matchup: Maryland vs. Iowa State
Best first round matchup: Penn State vs. Charlotte.
Best potential second round matchup: Penn State vs. South Carolina.