Home » Columns » Currently Reading:

November Tournaments

November 13, 2002 Columns No Comments

Tourneys, Tourneys, Oh My Stars!

by Adam Shandler

Seems like the college hoops season starts earlier and earlier every year. Pretty soon, you’re going to have to bring your kids back just a little earlier from trick or treating just to see that first game. This Thursday, November 14, the 2002-03 season tips off with the Coaches Versus Cancer Classic at Madison Square Garden. Here’s what you can expect from the first two nights of action, plus a peek into some of the more hyped-up contests in November.

Coaches Versus Cancer

November 14, 7 PM ET
Syracuse versus Memphis
Our first look at super-frosh Carmelo Anthony, one of the nation’s Top 5 recruits. He’s expected to fill the gap left by Preston Shumpert. Anthony will most probably match up with another rookie, Memphis’s Rodney Carney. Carney was all-Indiana in high school. Anthony is all-that. We’ll see if the Tigers can be a competitive ballclub without Dejuan Wagner.

November 14, second game
Oklahoma versus Alabama
The Sooners, ranked in the Top 3 in many polls, look to show that they have what it takes to return to the Final Four. The Erwin Dudley-Jabhari Brown matchup won’t be Russell-Chamberlain, but it could be a showcase of two of the best centers in the college game. These are two experienced teams that return all but one major player.

November 15, 6:30 PM ET
Villanova versus Marquette
Everyone wants to know if McDonald’s All-America Jason Fraser is the best thing since Grimace. (FYI–Grimace was a punk. Big purple whatevers are soft in the paint.) Fraser’s just the tip of the iceberg regarding Jay Wright’s recruiting class. Wright brought in five new players, a veritable who’s-who of basketball players’ relatives. Each might see time in this early season game. Marquette is scattered about in many Top 25 polls, but they have their critics. Sophomore Travis Diener might be out of his element as a starting point guard but should show the leadership expected of him over the course of the game.

November 15, second game
Texas versus Georgia
A game that rings of the same competitive bells as Oklahoma-Alabama. The Longhorns’ three guard tandem of TJ Ford, Royal Ivey and Brandon Mouton make up one of the most potent backcourts in the game. But Georgia hasn’t lost a productive player either and, if not contained, will use their high-flying offense to get out to a big, early lead. The Bulldogs’ Ezra Williams can guard anybody, so you’ll see him square up on all of Texas’s guards comfortably.

Other Tournaments To Make Your November More Enjoyable

The Preseason NIT, November 18-29
Top 25ers Xavier, Florida and disputed number one Kansas highlight a slate that features 2002 NCAA tourney participants Boston U. and Holy Cross. Are the Crusaders ready to give KU another scare? The two meet in Lawrence on November 19.

Guardians Classic, November 17-26
A Creighton-Notre Dame final (both schools are opening round hosts) is what fans should expect from this tourney. Kyle Korver and Creighton want to prove that their Sweet 16 appearance was no fluke. Notre Dame, second in the Big East in scoring last year, will give them that test. Brown is the dark horse of this tourney, which culminates in Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium.

Maui Classic, November 25-27
Host school Chaminade continues their role as Glutton for Punishment. Indiana, Kentucky and Gonzaga, come on down.

The Great Alaska Shootout, November 27-30
As if East Lansing wasn’t cold enough at this time of year. Michigan State, Oklahoma State, and tourney team Wyoming visit Anchorage. Villanova makes another big tournament appearance.


Comment on this Article:

Subscribe to Hoopville

Enter your email address to subscribe to Hoopville


Hoopville Archives

College Basketball Tonight

We hope you enjoyed COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT during the 2016 NCAA Tournament. COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT is a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis, along with co-hosts Mike Jarvis and Terry O'Connor, both former Division I coaches. It also included many great guests, including Hoopville's own Phil Kasiecki.

The show aired on AM 710 WOR in New York City on Sunday evenings starting with Selection Sunday and running through the NCAA Tournament.

Here are links to the shows:

March 13, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 20, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 27, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

April 3, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

Coaching Changes

The coaching carousel is moving. Keep track of the latest coaching changes right here on Hoopville.

Everybody Needs a Head Coach

Former college basketball coach Mike Jarvis has a new book out, Everybody Needs a Head Coach.

"As you read this book, I hope that Coach Jarvis' experiences inspire you to find your purpose in life."
-Patrick Ewing, NBA Hall of Fame center

"Mike Jarvis' is one of my special friends. I am so pleased that he has taken the time to write this fabulous book."
-Mike Krzyzewski, Five-time NCAA championship head coach, Duke Blue Devils

"In reading this book, I can see that Mike hasn't lost his edge or his purpose. Readers should take a look at what he has to say."
-Jim Calhoun, Three-time NCAA champion, UConn Men's basketball

Review on Hoopville coming soon!

Hoopville Podcasts

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 26, 2018

April 27, 2018 by

In our latest podcast, we spend a lot of time looking at what the Commission on College Basketball came up with, as their report was just produced. We also look at the NBA Draft and transfers, which have many rosters potentially in flux for next season.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 6, 2018

April 6, 2018 by

In our first podcast in the postseason, we look back one more time on the NCAA Tournament, which was just what we needed at this time. We also look at the NIT, CBI and CIT, as well as important transactions with players leaving early for the NBA Draft and coaching changes.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 3, 2018

April 3, 2018 by

The 2018 national championship is in the books, and with it another season of college basketball. We break down the national championship game and some of its implications to wrap up the season.

College Basketball Tonight – April 1, 2018

April 2, 2018 by

Welcome to our Final Four edition of College Basketball Tonight. In this edition, we look ahead to Monday’s national championship game, and bring on two guests – long-time Villanova radio play-by-play broadcaster Ryan Fannon and Radford head coach Mike Jones – to get their thoughts and insights on the game.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 1, 2018

April 1, 2018 by

In our latest podcast, we break d own the national semifinals, where one game went back and forth while the other was never really a ballgame thanks to an impressive performance for the ages by the winning team.

Phil Kasiecki on Twitter

Recruiting Coverage

Lincoln captures Hamilton Park title

August 15, 2017 by

For the first time, a public school won the Hamilton Park Summer League, and they were led by a big effort from a junior point guard in the title game.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Boston Shootout

June 12, 2017 by

Some news and notes coming from the second and final day of action at the 2017 Boston Shootout, where the host program provided plenty of talent, but so did a program that produced a team that beat them.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Northeast Hoops Festival

April 11, 2017 by

The Northeast Hoops Festival helped bring in the new spring travel season in New England, and we have notes from some of Saturday’s action.

2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

September 12, 2016 by

We look back at the 2016 Boston Back to School Showcase, where a couple of Boston City League teams were among the most impressive on the day.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

June 28, 2016 by

We look back at the championship games of the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, which had a big local flavor as one might have expected.