There is a host of tournaments going on in November to keep the season going. Some have great match-up potential. Here is a list of several of them but not a complete list.


A Few Early Season Tournaments


Myrtle Beach Invitational
Dates: Nov. 21, 22 & 24, 2019
Site: HTC Center / Conway, SC


Villanova vs. Middle Tennessee
Mississippi State vs. Tulane
Ohio vs. Baylor
Utah vs. Coastal Carolina

Best Team- Villanova  This team is as well known as the teams from Duke, North Carolina and Kansas

Sleeper Team- Baylor  Tristan Clark returns from injury along with two double digit scorers for coach Scott Drew

Best Player- Bryan Antoine from Villanova

Charleston Classic
Dates: Nov. 21, 22 & 24, 2019
Site: TD Arena / Charleston, SC


Missouri State vs. Miami
Florida vs. Saint Joseph’s
Xavier vs. Towson
Buffalo vs. Connecticut

Best Team- Florida is a possible national title contender with Kerry Blackshear, Jr. and five star freshman Scottie Lewis

Sleeper Team- Miami will make strides and added four star guard combo Harlond Beverly and Isaiah Wong

Best Player- Travis Steele from Xavier


Empire Classic
Dates: Nov. 21 & 22, 2019
Site: Madison Square Garden / New York, NY

First-round matchups:

Texas vs. Georgetown
Duke vs. Cal

Best Team- It’s still Duke. Sure, Zion is gone but they have so much depth starting with Vernon Carey, Jr.

Sleeper Team- Won’t it be fun to watch Patrick Ewing coach at Madison Aquare Gardens with the Hoyas?

Best Player- Likely Carey but don’t forget Mac McClung.


Air Force Reserves Tip Off

Dates: Nov. 23 & 24, 2019
Site: Mohegan Sun Arena / Uncasville, CT

First-round matchups:

Virginia vs. Massachusetts
Arizona State vs. St. John’s

Best Team- Virginia is still a national team even with losing three players

Sleeper Team- Both Arizona State and St. John’s are capable but the Red Storm is my pick.

Best Player- Tre Mitchell at UMASS and St. John’s Mustapha Heron and LJ Figueroa.


MGM Resorts Main Event

Dates: Nov. 24 & 26, 2019
Site: T-Mobile Arena / Las Vegas, NV

First-round matchups:

TCU vs. Clemson
Colorado vs. Wyoming

Best Team- Colorado has a full roster returning that had a great finish to the season.

Sleeper Team- TCU led by Jaime Dixon will make some noise.

Best Player- McKinley Wright (13.0 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 4.8 APG) is the real deal and shoots 39% from beyond the arc.


Maui Jim Maui Invitational
Dates: Nov. 25, 26 & 27, 2019
Site: Lahaina Civic Center / Lahaina, HI

First-round matchups:

Dayton vs. Georgia
Michigan State vs. Virginia Tech
Kansas vs. Chaminade

Best Team- Michigan State is the likely best team in the nation going into 2019-2020.

Sleeper Team- There is no way to call the Jayhawks a sleeper but they are secong best.

Best Player- Anthony Edwards of Georgia left his home Kentucky and is the deal for Bulldogs.


Bad Boy Mowers Bttle 4 Atlantis

Dates: Nov. 27, 28 & 29, 2019
Site: Imperial Arena / Paradise Island, Bahamas

First-round matchups:

Michigan vs. Iowa State
North Carolina vs. Alabama
Gonzaga vs. Southern Miss
Seton Hall vs. Oregon

Best Team- Mark Few has Gonzaga clicking with veteran Killian Tillie leading the way

Sleeper Team- Some may push Michigan Seton Hall is the one to watch

Best Player- Myles Powell of Seton Hall


Orlando Invitational

Dates: Nov. 28, 29 & Dec. 1, 2019
Site: HP Field House / Orlando, FL

First-round matchups:

Maryland vs. Temple
Texas A&M vs. Harvard
USC vs. Fairfield
Davidson vs. Marquette

Best Team- Maryland from the Big Ten is scary inside and out with Anthony Cowan Jr. and Jalen Smith.

Sleeper Team- Davidson and Harvard could pull this off.

Best Player- Seth Towns and his 16 ppg returns after knee injury.


NIT Season Tip-Off

Dates: Nov. 27 & 29, 2019
Site: Barclays Center / Brooklyn, NY

First-round matchups (Brooklyn):

Ole Miss vs. Penn State
Oklahoma State vs. Syracuse

Dates: Nov. 25 & 26, 2019
Site: HP Field House / Orlando, FL

First-round matchups (Orlando):

Yale vs. Western Michigan
Seattle vs. Bucknell

Best Team- Ole Miss comes in as the best choice with best players

Sleeper team- It’s hard to leave Syracuse and coach Boeheim out.

Best Player- Buddy Boeheim, enough said.


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