Early Season Tournament Primer and Predictions

By BenJ6257
Nov. 16, 2017

Its the week of Thanksgiving, a top 3 week of the year for college basketball. There will be high college basketball games on pretty much all week from morning until night and there are some pretty loaded fields in some fun events.

2K Classic: 11/16-11/17

The Field:

Virginia Tech

Providence

Washington

Saint Louis

Best Guaranteed Matchup:

Washington vs Providence

Best Potential Matchup:

Virginia Tech vs Providence

Championship Prediction:

Virginia Tech Over Providence

MVP:

Kenny Blackshear Jr, Forward, VT

Advocare Invitational: 11/23-11/26

The Field:

#24 West Virginia

St John's

UCF

Missouri

Oregon State

Nebraska

Long Beach State

Marist

Best Guaranteed Matchup:

St John's vs Oregon State

Best Potential Matchup:

West Virginia vs Missouri

Championship Prediction:

West Virginia over Missouri

MVP:

Jevon Carter, Guard, West Virginia

Island of the Bahamas Showcase: 11/17-11/19

The Field:

Vermont

Northern Kentucky

Iona

Bradley

Weber State

UTSA

Coastal Carolina

James Madison

Best Guaranteed Matchup:

Vermont vs Bradley

Best Potential Matchup:

Vermont vs Northern Kentucky

Championship Prediction:

Northern Kentucky over Vermont

MVP:

Drew McDonald, Forward, NKU

Battle 4 Atlantis: 11/22-11/24

The Field:

#3 Arizona

#5 Villanova

SMU

#19 Purdue

Tennessee

NC State

Northern Iowa

Western Kentucky

Best Guaranteed Matchup:

Tennessee vs Purdue

Best Potential Matchup:

#3 Arizona vs #5 Villanova

Championship Prediction:

Arizona over Villanova

MVP:

Allonzo Trier, Guard, Arizona

Cancun Challenge: 11/21-11/22

The Field:

Louisiana Tech

George Mason

Evansville

Fresno State

Best Guaranteed Matchup:

Evansville vs Fresno State

Best Potential Matchup:

Fresno State vs Louisiana Tech:

Championship Prediction:

Fresno State over George Mason

MVP:

Jahmel Taylor, Guard, Fresno State

Hall of Fame Classic: 11/20-11/21

The Field:

#25 Baylor

#23 UCLA

Creighton

Wisconsin

Best Guaranteed Matchup:

#25 Baylor vs Wisconsin

Best Potential Matchup:

#25 Baylor vs #23 UCLA

Championship Prediction:

Wisconsin over #23 UCLA

MVP:

Ethan Happ, Center, Wisconsin

Charleston Classic: 11/16-11/19

The Field:

Auburn

Indiana State

Old Dominion

Temple

Clemson

Ohio

Dayton

Hofstra

Best Guaranteed Matchup:

Auburn vs Indiana State

Best Potential Matchup:

Auburn vs Dayton

Championship Prediction:

Temple over Dayton

MVP:

Obi Enechionyia, Forward, Temple

Emerald Coast Classic: 11/24-11/25

The Field:

TCU

Maryland

St Bonaventure

New Mexico

Best Guaranteed Matchup:

Maryland vs St Bonaventure

Best Potential Matchup:

TCU vs Maryland

Championship Prediction:

TCU over Maryland

MVP:

Desmond Bane, Guard, TCU

Hall Of Fame Tipoff: 11/18-11/19

The Field:

#20 Northwestern

Texas Tech

Boston College

La Salle

Best Guaranteed Matchup:

Texas Tech vs Boston College

Best Potential Matchup:

#20 Northwestern vs TCU

Championship Prediction:

#20 Northwestern over Texas Tech

MVP:

Scottie Lindsey, Guard, Northwestern

Las Vegas Invitational: 11/23-11/24

The Field:

#15 Xavier

Kansas State

Arizona State

George Washington

Best Guaranteed Matchup:

Arizona State vs Kansas State

Best Potential Matchup:

Kansas State vs #15 Xavier

Championship Prediction:

#15 Xavier over Kansas State

MVP:

Trevon Bluiett, Guard, Xavier

Legends Classic: 11/20-11/21

The Field:

#16 Texas A&M

Oklahoma State

Penn State

Pittsburgh

Best Guaranteed Matchup:

#16 Texas A&M vs Oklahoma State

Best Potential Matchup:

#16 Texas A&M vs Penn State

Championship Prediction:

#16 Texas A&M over Penn State

MVP:

Robert Williams, Center, Texas A&M

Maui Invitational: 11/20-11/22

The Field:

#6 Wichita State

#13 Notre Dame

Marquette

VCU

Cal

LSU

Michigan

Chaminade

Best Guaranteed Matchup:

Michigan vs LSU

Best Potential Matchup:

#6 Wichita State vs #13 Notre Dame

Championship Prediction:

#13 Notre Dame over #6 Wichita State

MVP:

Bonzie Colson, Forward, Notre Dame

MGM Restort Main Event: 11/20-11/22

The Field:

Utah

Ole Miss

UNLV

Rice

Best Guaranteed Matchup:

Utah vs Ole Miss

Best Potential Matchup:

UNLV vs Utah

Championship Prediction:

Utah over UNLV

MVP:

Sedrick Barefield, Guard, Utah

NIT Season Tip-Off: 11/23-11/24

The Field:

#22 Seton Hall

Virginia

Vanderbilt

Rhode Island

Best Guaranteed Matchup:

#22 Seton Hall vs Rhode Island

Best Potential Matchup:

#22 Seton Hall vs Virginia

Championship Prediction:

#22 Seton Hall over Virginia

MVP: Angel Delgado, Center, Seton Hall

Paradise Jam: 11/17-11/19

The Field:

Wake Forest

Houston

Colorado

Mercer

Liberty

Drexel

Drake

Best Guaranteed Matchup:

Liberty vs Mercer

Best Potential Matchup:

Wake Forest vs Houston

Championship prediction:

Houston over Wake Forest

MVP: Rob Gray Jr, Guard, Houston

PK80 Motion: 11/23-11/26

The Field:

#1 Duke

#8 Florida

#17 Gonzaga

Texas

Butler

Stanford

Ohio State

Portland State

Best Guaranteed Game:

Butler vs Texas

Best Potential Game:

#1 Duke vs #8 Florida

Championship Prediction:

#8 Florida over #1 Duke

MVP:

KeVaughn Allen, Guard, Florida

PK80 Victory: 11/23-11/26

The Field:

#2 Michigan State

#9 UNC

Oregon

UConn

Oklahoma

Arkansas

DePaul (Thanks Georgetown)

Portland

Best Guaranteed Matchup:

Oregon vs UConn

Best Potential Matchup:

#2 Michigan State vs #9 UNC

Championship:

#2 Michigan State over Oklahoma

MVP:

Nick Ward, Forward, Michigan State

Puerto Rico Tip-Off: 11/16-11/19

The Field:

Iowa State

South Carolina

Illinois State

Boise State

Tulsa

Western Michigan

UTEP

Appalachian State

Best Guaranteed Matchup:

Illinois State vs South Carolina

Best Potential Matchup:

Iowa State vs South Carolina

Championship Prediction:

Iowa State over Boise State

MVP: Chandler Hutchinson, Forward, Boise State

Wooden Legacy: 11/23-11/26

The Field:

#21 Saint Mary's

San Diego State

Harvard

St Joes

Washington State

Georgia

Cal State Fullerton

Sacramento State

Best Guaranteed Matchup:

#21 Saint Mary's vs Harvard

Best Potential Matchup:

#21 Saint Mary's vs San Diego State

Championship:

#21 Saint Mary's over SDSU

MVP: Jock Landale, Forward, Saint Mary;s