There’s been chatter for weeks that college basketball is going to make a go at holding preseason bubble tournaments, and now some details have emerged about one. Matt Norlander of CBS Sports reports that the The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has sent a “detailed pitch” about a 16-team, 32-game tournament at Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut from December 9th to 20th.
The Naismith Hall of Fame already operated two preseason tournaments that could move to Mohegan Sun and Norlander says three more are under consideration. Here are those tournaments and schools potentially involved in all this:
Empire Classic: Baylor, Michigan, NC State, Villanova
Gotham Classic: Green Bay, Jacksonville State, Iona, LSU, Mercer, Stony Brook, Syracuse
Legends Classic: UConn, Eastern Washington, High Point, Liberty, Monmouth, Notre Dame, USC, Vanderbilt
Hall of Fame Tip-Off: Albany, Lehigh, LIU, Marquette, Minnesota, Quinnipiac, Rhode Island, UCF
Hall of Fame Invitational: Army, Florida, Georgia Tech, Penn State, Purdue, Siena, Stanford, West Virginia
We’re going to see reports like this one after another for the rest of the month.
Here’s the obligatory part of the story where we point out the absurdity of college hoops potentially tipping off before Big Ten football, which remains stuck in an endless loops where perhaps half the conference wants to play in October and perhaps half want to start the season in January.