Here’s a look at Pac-12 teams in non-conference tournaments.
2K SPORTS CLASSIC (Madison Square Garden – NY)
Dates: Nov. 15-16
Pac-12 Participant: Oregon State
Other teams: Purdue, Alabama, Villanova, Hofstra, Niagara, Bucknell, South Dakota State
Semifinal schedule: Alabama vs. Oregon State; Villanova vs. Purdue
Analysis: The Beavers upset Texas last year and advanced to the TicketCity Legends Classic championship before losing 64-62 to Vanderbilt in the championship game. OSU had a 9-2 non-conference record last season, but if it’s going to breakthrough to the next level it needs to win a preseason tourney and beat established programs such as Villanova or Purdue on a neutral court.
CHARLESTON CLASSIC (TD Arena – Charleston, S.C.)
Dates: Nov. 15-16, 18
Pac-12 participant: Colorado
Other teams: Baylor, Boston College, Charleston, Dayton, St. John’s, Murray State and Auburn.
Quarterfinal schedule: Dayton vs. Colorado; Baylor vs. Boston College; St. John’s vs. College of Charleston and Murray State vs. Auburn
Analysis: The Buffaloes were shaky outside of Colorado last season and posted a 2-3 non-conference road record. Dayton is a tough matchup and if the Buffs win, they’ll likely face Baylor which would be a rematch of last season’s NCAA tournament third-seed game.
HALL OF FAME TIP-OFF (Mohegan Sun – Uncasville, Conn.)
Dates: Nov. 16-18
Pac-12 participant: Washington
Other teams: Ohio State, Seton Hall, Rhode Island, Norfolk State, Albany, UMKC, Loyola (Md.)
Semifinal schedule: UW vs. Seton Hall; Ohio State vs. Rhode Island
Analysis: The Huskies need to come away with at least one win, while a tournament title could pay big dividends in March. It would be intriguing to watch UW in the championship game against Ohio State, which will likely be led by preseason All-American point guard Aaron Craft. This game could be a coming out party for Washington’s Abdul Gaddy.
CBE CLASSIC (Sprint Center – Kansas City)
Dates: Nov. 19-20
Pac-12 participant: Washington State
Other teams: Kansas, Saint Louis and Texas A&M
Semifinal schedule: Kansas vs. WSU; Texas A&M vs. Saint Louis
Analysis: Despite the absence of the Huskies, this is a fun tournament for UW fans. Washington will get an early look at Saint Louis before the Nov. 28 meeting at Hec Ed against the Billikens. Former UW player Elston Turner leads Texas A&M while cross-state rival Washington State has a legitimate chance to win a title. WSU’s Brock Motum is arguably one of the best players in the tournament.
LEGENDS CLASSIC (Barclays Center – Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Dates: Nov. 19-20
Pac-12 participant: UCLA
Other teams: Indiana, Georgetown, Georgia, Duquesne, North Dakota State, James Madison, Liberty, UC Irvine, Sam Houston
Semifinal schedule: UCLA vs. Georgetown; Indiana vs. Georgia
Analysis: This is probably one of the top three non-conference tournaments, which features preseason No. 1 Indiana. A pair of wins would likely push UCLA into the top 5 of the polls if not higher. An Indiana-UCLA pairing would include two players (Hoosier sophomore forward Cody Zeller and Bruins incoming freshman Shabazz Muhammad) who are vying for the top spot in the 2014 NBA draft.
MAUI INVITATIONAL (Maui, Hawaii)
Dates: Nov. 19-21
Pac-12 participant: USC
Other teams: Butler, Illinois, Marquette, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Texas, Chaminade
Semifinal schedule: USC vs. Illinois; North Carolina vs. Mississippi State; Butler vs. Illinois; Texas vs. Chaminade.
Analysis: Many believe USC will be vastly better than it was last season and we’ll get a chance to see how much the Trojans have improved. All eyes will be on newcomer guard J.T. Terrell who played last season at Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Wash.
BATTLE OF ATLANTIS (Bahamas)
Dates: Nov. 22-24
Pac-12 participant: Stanford
Other teams: Duke, Memphis, Missouri, Louisville, Minnesota, VCU, and Northern Iowa
Analysis: The tournament dubbed itself “the richest preseason tournament in college basketball,” awarding $2 million to participating schools. This is probably the strongest field among the non-conference tourneys. Ever team qualified for the postseason last season, five in the NCAA tournament and three in the NIT. The bracket has yet to be released so it will be interesting to see where Stanford is placed. A win or two would be a huge for the Cardinal.
ANAHEIM CLASSIC (Anaheim, Fla.)
Dates: Nov. 22-23, 25
Pac-12 participant: California
Other teams: Saint Mary’s, Xavier, Drexel, Drake, Rice, Georgia Tech and Pacific
Quarterfinal schedule: Cal vs. Drake; Rice vs. Georgia Tech; Pacific vs. Xavier; Saint Mary’s vs. Drexel
Analysis: Cal is one of the top teams and the Golden Bears will travel a long way to possibly face in-state neighbor Saint Mary’s in the championship game. Cal will be favored to win at least two games and anything less would be considered a major disappointment.
GLOBAL SPORTS CLASSIC (Las Vegas)
Dates: Nov. 23-24
Pac-12 participants: Oregon
Other teams: UNLV, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Jacksonville State, Northern Arizona, Campbell and N.C. A&T
Semifinal schedule: Oregon vs. UNLV; Cincinnati vs. Iowa State
Analysis: UNLV will enjoy a tremendous home-court advantage over the Ducks. The Runnin’ Rebels are the favorites and they’re a great measuring stick for a rebuilding team like Oregon.
LAS VEGAS INVITATIONAL (Las Vegas)
Dates: Nov. 23-24
Pac-12 participant: Arizona State
Other teams: Arkansas, Creighton, Wisconsin, FAMU, Longwood, Presbyterian and Cornell
Semifinal schedule: Arizona State vs. Arkansas; Creighton vs. Wisconsin
Analysis: The Sun Devils received a favorable draw, but they’ll be hard pressed to keep pace with Arkansas’ fastest 40-minutes system. It’s a good chance to see if ASU coach Herb Sendek is going to open up the offense and give control to freshman Jahii Carson.
DIAMOND HEAD CLASSIC (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Dates: December 22-23, 25
Pac-12 participant: Arizona
Other teams: East Tennessee State, Hawaii, Indiana State, Miami, Mississippi, San Diego State and San Francisco.
Quarterfinal schedule: Arizona vs. ETSU; Miami at Hawaii; Mississippi vs. Indiana State; San Diego State vs. San Francisco
Analysis: The Pac-12 should win or at least compete for a title in another non-conference tourney. Arizona and San Diego State are in different brackets and both teams are considered the favorites.