Preseason college basketball is sometimes difficult to watch. Top teams across the country pay low-majors to come their place for a 25+ point blowout, teams expected to contend struggle out of the gate and simply some of the basketball just is not good (unless you are the Duke Blue Devils).
Then there are preseason tournaments. They have meaningless trophies and often allow teams to travel to vacation destintations.
But, it is a bunch of college basketball games in a short amount of time. They each have a bracket, are often played during work hours, and generally have good matchups. Essentially they get us fired up before the lull of meddlesome non-conference games in December.
As for the Mid-Atlantic teams competing in preseason tournaments, we've got you covered. Preseason tournaments are a great way for teams to set the tone, good or bad, for the rest of the season and going into non-conference play. Several Mid-Atlantic teams could use that boost.
Make sure to spend the next two weeks filling your appetite with local college hoops.
Gildan Charleston Classic
Dates: Nov 15-16, 18
Location: TD Arena, Charleston, South Carolina
Teams (Bracket): Ball State, Virginia Tech, Alabama, Northeastern, Purdue, Appalachian State, Wichita State, Davidson
How to Watch: ESPN2/ ESPNU/ ESPN3
Mid-Atlantic Spin: This tournament will give the Virginia Tech Hokies a good chance to measure themselves up against other like teams. With the talent the Hokies have, even with Chris Clarke's indefinite suspension, they should be aspiring to be a top half team in the ACC and better than the No. 8/9 seed line in the NCAA Tournament. It will be no easy path for Virginia Tech to win this tournament, but nevertheless they should be considered a team that can win it all in Charleston.
Islands of the Bahamas Showcase
Dates: Nov. 16-18
Location: Kendal Isaacs National Gymnasium, Nassau, Bahamas
Teams (Bracket): Montana, Incarnate Word, Miami (OH), Georgia Southern, Florida Atlantic, Towson, Pepperdine
How to Watch: TBA
Mid-Atlantic Spin: A small scale tournament that will allow Towson to be in contention to win one or two games. Last year's Tigers team would roll through this field, but Towson still needs an identity. With three games in three days, head coach Pat Skerry will look to find the Tigers' new leader(s) on the court.
U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam
Dates: Nov. 16-19
Location: UVI Sports & Fitness Center, U.S. Virgin Islands
Teams (Bracket): Oregon State, Old Dominion, Kennesaw State, Missouri, Northern Iowa, Penn, Eastern Kentucky, Kansas State
How to Watch: FloHoops
Mid-Atlantic Spin: Old Dominion's first matchup against Oregon State will be pivotal one if the Monarchs want to test themselves in this tournament. They benefit from a a strong group of returners that could help carry them in the Virgin Islands to some quality wins.
Air Force Reserve Tip-Off Tournament
Dates: Nov. 16-18
Location: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut
Teams (Bracket): Michigan, George Washington, South Carolina, Providence
How to Watch: ESPN/ ESPN2/ ESPN3
Mid-Atlantic Spin: After dropping two games that George Washington should have easily won, don't expect them to get their first win in this tournament. The rest of the tournament should be great though.
GotPrint.com Legends Classic
Dates: Nov. 19-20
Location: Barclay's Center, Brooklyn, New York
Teams (Bracket): St. John's, California, Temple, VCU
Subregional teams: (Bracket): Bowling Green, Detroit Mercy, Hampton, Loyola
How to Watch: ESPN2/ ESPNU/ ESPN3/ FloHoops
Mid-Atlantic Spin: The Legends Classic, as it always does, features teams with a lot to prove this season. No different for VCU, the Rams are probably not in position, yet, to succeed in this tournament. If they are able to get one win that should be considered a success. Seeing post-injury Marcus Evans square off against top tier competition will likely be the most intriguing part of this tournament for VCU.
Of course the Hampton vs. Loyola contest has caught our eye. The Pirates may have a chance to actually win their whole bracket.
Fort Myers Tip-Off
Dates: Nov. 19, 21
Location: Suncoast Credit Union Arena, Cypress Lake, Florida
Teams (Bracket): Richmond, Loyola-Chicago, Wyoming, Boston College
How to Watch: FS1
Mid-Atlantic Spin: An excuse to watch a defending Final Four team, Loyola-Chicago, when they play Richmond. Otherwise don't expect the Spiders to get a win.
Battle 4 Atlantis
Dates: Nov. 21-23
Location: Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, Bahamas
Teams (Bracket): Florida, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Stanford, Butler, Dayton, Virginia, Middle Tennessee State
How to Watch: ESPN/ ESPN2/ ESPNU/ ESPN3/ ESPNews
Mid-Atlantic Spin: What a fantastic field of teams to what early season college basketball. Virginia is the best team on paper and should win the whole thing, but they cannot overlook Middle Tennessee State in their first matchup (cough, cough UMBC).
Las Vegas Holiday Invitational (Little Rock Bracket)
Dates: Nov. 23-24
Location: Jack Stephens Center, Little Rock, Arkansas
Teams: Cal Baptist, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Howard, Little Rock
How to Watch: TBA
Mid-Atlantic Spin: Even though the Bison are considered one of the top teams in the MEAC, there are some questions still around this team. Winning this tournament will answer a lot of those questions.
Emerald Coast Classic:
Dates: Nov. 23-24
Location: Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, Florida
Teams (Bracket): George Mason, Cincinnati, Baylor, Ole Miss
How to Watch: CBSSN, TBA
Mid-Atlantic Spin: Expected to compete for an NCAA Tournament bid, the Patriots are going to need to get some quality wins. Any victory in the Emerald Coast Classic will at least get them one for starters. There best luck to get that win will come in their second game of the tournament. Winning both games will confirm their postseason hopes.
Note: Several other Mid-Atlantic teams are scheduled to play in non-bracketed events, including Radford, Maryland and UMBC. Since there is no bracket (and no-fun), they are not included on this list. This page may be updated as tournament information changes.
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