Top Preseason Tournaments For 2012-13 Are Loaded With Talent


The top preseason tournaments for the 2012-13 college basketball season are loaded with teams that appear capable of cutting down the nets in Atlanta next April.

Tournaments have become the major draw of college basketball's pre-conference season, and 2012-13 should be no exception, as several of the sport's top events are loaded with teams which appear capable of competing for the National Championship.

The Maui Invitational is stacked as usual, but its growing Bahamian rival, the Battle 4 Atlantis, has put together a field that could include eight NCAA Tournament teams.

The brackets haven't been set in most of these instances, but here's your full slate of preseason tournaments heading into next season:

Puerto Rico Tip-Off

Dates: Nov. 15-16, 18

Teams: N.C. State, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Providence, UMass , Akron, Southern Mississippi

2K Sports Classic

Dates: Nov. 15-16

Teams: Purdue, Alabama, Villanova, Oregon State, Hofstra, Niagara, Bucknell, South Dakota State

Charleston Classic

Dates: Nov. 15-16, 18

Teams: Baylor, Boston College, Charleston, Colorado, Dayton, St. John's, Southern Illinois

Coaches vs. Cancer

Dates: Nov. 16-17

Teams: Florida State, Notre Dame, BYU, St. Joe's

Hall of Fame Tip-Off

Dates: Nov. 16-18

Teams: Ohio State, Seton Hall, Washington, Rhode Island, Norfolk State, Albany, UMKC, Loyola (Md.)

Paradise Jam

Dates: Nov. 16-19

Teams: Connecticut, George Mason, Iona, Mercer, New Mexico, Quinnipiac, UIC, Wake Forest

CBE Classic

Dates: Nov. 19-20

Teams: Kansas, Saint Louis, Texas A&M, Washington State

Legends Classic

Dates: Nov. 19-20

Teams: Georgetown, Indiana, UCLA, Georgia, Duquesne, North Dakota State, James Madison, Liberty, UC Irvine, Sam Houston

Maui Invitational

Dates: Nov. 19-21

Teams: North Carolina, Butler, Illinois, Marquette, Mississippi State, Texas, USC, Chaminade

Cancun Challenge

Dates: Nov. 20-21

Teams: Iowa, DePaul, Western Kentucky, Wichita State, Howard, Austin Peay, Western Carolina, Gardner-Webb

Preseason NIT

Dates: Nov. 21, 23

Teams: Michigan, Pittsburgh, Kansas State, Virginia, Fordham, Bowling Green, Delaware, Fairfield, Cleveland State, Lamar, Robert Morris, North Texas

Great Alaska Shootout

Dates: Nov. 21-24

Teams: Belmont, Charlotte, Loyola Marymount, Northeastern, Oral Roberts, Texas State, UC Riverside, Alaska-Anchorage

Battle 4 Atlantis

Dates: Nov. 22-24

Teams: Duke, Memphis, Missouri, Louisville, Minnesota, VCU, Stanford, Northern Iowa

Old Spice Classic

Dates: Nov. 22-23, 25

Teams: Vanderbilt, Gonzaga, Clemson, Davidson, Marist, Oklahoma, UTEP, West Virginia

Anaheim Classic

Dates: Nov. 22-23, 25

Teams: California, Saint Mary's, Xavier, Drexel, Drake, Rice, Georgia Tech, Pacific

Global Sports Classic

Dates: Nov. 23-24

Teams: UNLV, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Oregon, Jacksonville State, Northern Arizona, Campbell, N.C. A&T

Las Vegas Invitational

Dates: Nov. 23-24

Teams: Arkansas, Arizona State, Creighton, Wisconsin, FAMU, Longwood, Presbyterian, Cornell

South Padre Invitational

Dates: Nov. 23-24

Teams: Northwestern, Illinois State, UAB, TCU, Navy, Fairleigh Dickinson, Prairie View, Delaware State

Las Vegas Classic

Dates: Dec. 22-23

Teams: Virginia Tech, Portland, Bradley, Colorado State, Cal State Bakersfield, Mississippi Valley State, Georgia Southern, North Florida

Diamond Head Classic

Dates: December 22-23, 25

Teams: Arizona, Miami, Mississippi, San Diego State, Texas Tech, Indiana State, San Francisco, Hawaii

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