You may think of feast week as Thanksgiving. I think of Feast Week as college basketball on all day long. Not only are we blessed with some mini tournaments, but most of us have time off to watch a bunch of mid majors play so come March, we are ready to dominate the office pool. On the first day of Feast Week we were all witnesses to an upset as Michigan State lost its second game of the season, as they were upset by a hot Virginia Tech squad, 71 to 66.
Up next for VT in the Maui Jim Invitational is an undefeated Dayton. The winner of that match up will most likely face Kansas in the championship game. The Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas is always a fun one, and the bracket is stacked with talent. North Carolina, Seton Hall, Gonzaga, and Michigan are participating. The player to watch here is Tar Hell freshman Cole Anthony, who is averaging 22.8 points per game, along with 8 rebounds and 4.5 assists. In Brooklyn, the NIT Season Tip Off starts on Wednesday and is a four team tourney with Ole Miss, Penn State, Oklahoma State, and Syracuse. The NCAA could have done better and sent some better teams to Brooklyn, but this will do.
The Orlando Invitational kicks off on Thanksgiving Day, and is led by a strong Maryland Terps team who is off to a 5-0 start. The Terps open up against Temple, who has already defeated USC, who is also in the field. The quarterfinal matchup between Marquette and Davidson should supply us with buckets. The Wooden Legacy in Southern Cal will host Arizona, Providence, UCF, and Wake Forest to name a few. If Arizona does not win this, then Sean Miller should consider a career change. The Wildcats have been led early on by three freshman, Nico Mannion, Zeke Nnaji and Josh Green. Mannion projects to be a lottery pick in the next NBA draft and is a phenomenal play maker.
Last but not least is the Emerald Coast Classic in Niceville, Florida. The four remaining teams are Purdue, Tennessee, Florida State, VCU and all four have a legit chance of raising the trophy at the end. The Seminoles are off to a strong start, and with their size and defensive awareness, should come out victorious.
This is one of the best weeks of the year, so do yourself a favor, put your feet up and enjoy as we will be entertained with college hoops and football all week long!