The 2013-14 college hoops season will reportedly tip off with a four-game slate on Nov. 8 in Dallas, highlighted by a meeting between a pair of schools expected to begin the season in the top 25.
The Baylor Bears and Colorado Buffaloes will square off in the marquee game on the opening-day schedule, which also includes Texas against LSU, SMU versus TCU, and Alabama taking on Oklahoma, according to ESPN.com's Jason King.
The event is being put on by bd Global, which plans to run similar events in Final Four cities in future seasons if the inaugural version is successful, company president Brooks Downing told ESPN.com. The 2014 Final Four will be held at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, with Indianapolis and Houston playing host in 2015 and 2016.
Baylor won the NIT a year ago after its disappointing exclusion from the NCAA Tournament. Colorado was ousted in the second round of the Big Dance by Illinois in a thrilling contest which saw the Buffaloes overcome a 16-point halftime deficit only to have the game slip away down the stretch.
Oklahoma also appeared in the NCAA Tournament, suffering a second-round loss to San Diego State. Like Baylor, Alabama narrowly missed the Big Dance and settled for the NIT, where the Crimson Tide lost to Maryland in the quarterfinals.
Texas was ousted in the opening round of the CBI Tournament while LSU, SMU and TCU missed postseason play altogether.