The match ups for two start of the season tournaments have been announced.
At the 2K classic, which is played at Madison Square Garden, Connecticut will take on Boston College in the first game. It will be a match between two of the original Big East members. UCONN’s Shabazz Napier will begin his quest to possibly prove himself worthy of a National Player of the Year award as he is one of the early predictions to take home the trophy.
In the other game, Indiana will clash against the Washington Huskies. For Hoosiers fans, they will get their first look at Noah Vonleh who will be expected to take over from Cody Zeller as the team’s do it all big man. For Washington meanwhile, point guard Nigel Williams-Goss will make his NCAA debut. The creative guard will look to prove he can handle being the lead guard on a division one team.
Meanwhile, at the Maui invitational, the first game will feature Gonzaga and Dayton. The Bulldogs will be playing their first game without their star big man, Kelly Olynyk, who is now with the Boston Celtics.
The winner of that game will face the winner of Syracuse and Minnesota. For Syracuse, they will look to start their road back to the final four after going out in last year’s NCAA semi finals. Canadian Tyler Ennis will look to take over the point guard duties from Michael Carter-Williams who is now a Philadelphia 76er.
At the other side of the tournament, California will face off against Arkansas. It will be the first look that Arkansas fans get to have at Bobby Portis, the home grown talent will look to bring Arkansas deep into the NCAA tournament and his journey will start in Maui.
The winner of that game will take on the winners of Baylor and Chaminade, who are the hosts of the tournament and in Division II. Though Baylor might be heavy favorites, they won’t come in expecting the win after their Texan counterparts, the Texas Longhorns, were upset by Chaminade last year, losing 86-73.
The 2K tournament begins November 21st and the Maui invitational will start on November 25th. Mark your calendars basketball fans, we are slowly getting there!