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Bracket fields revealed for multiple November tournaments

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

College basketball withdrawal got you down? You want a hoops bone to gnaw on amid the July heat? I hear that. The season seems so far away. Fortunately, schedules and tournament announcements help keep the conversation going. On Tuesday, a handful of the November events released their schedules and squads. Let's look at five of the fall invite-onlys and see how they shape up.

All times ET.

Hall of Fame Tip-Off

Held at Mohegan Sun in Montville, Conn., the Hall of Fame Tip-Off is an event just a few years old, yet it always manages at least one really good program. This fall, it will have two. On Nov. 23, North Carolina plays Richmond (noon, ESPN3) and Louisville goes up against Fairfield (approx 2:30 p.m., ESPN3). The title game will be the next day, on Nov. 24, at 1 p.m. on ESPN. Holy Cross, Hartford, Belmont and Hofstra are also part of the event.

Grade: B+. Basing this grade on the presumption that UNC and Louisville will play each other on Nov. 24, offering up what could be a very good game -- though one that Louisville will more than likely be favored in. The question from where we stand now: Will P.J. Hairston be suspended by the time this game comes around?

Las Vegas Invitational

The LVI (anybody calling it this? No?) will take place on Nov. 28 and 29, feature UCLA vs. Nevada (7:30 p.m., ESPN3) and Missouri vs. Northwestern (10:30, ESPNU). Nov. 29 will see the teams swap opponents, so Mizzou gets Nevada (8:30 p.m., ESPN3) and UCLA plays Chris Collins' Northwestern squad (11:30 p.m., ESPN2).

Grade: B-. UCLA vs. Missouri is the game that we deserve, and it's the matchup that we won't see -- because the teams are already scheduled to play later in the season. Decent four-team field, but chances are each one of these teams will be grappling their way to December, figuring out who they are. UCLA and Northwestern have new coaches. Frank Haith's Missouri team is moving on without Phil Pressey, Laurence Bowers, Alex Oriakhi and Keion Bell. Intrigue trumps all here.

Legends Classic

The seventh annual Legends Classic will be at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Nov. 25 and 26. It'll feature Pittsburgh vs. Texas Tech (7:30 p.m., ESPN2) and Stanford vs. Houston (approx. 10 p.m., ESPN2). The title game and consolation game will be played on the 26th, at 7 and 9:30 p.m respectively, the latter on ESPNU.

Grade: C+. Stanford and Pittsburgh can make the NCAAs next year. Texas Tech and Houston? Mmmm ... not so much. Pittsburgh is entering the ACC next season, so chances are it might need a strong non-con showing, lest it chance getting beat up in a great league and finding itself on the bubble. Stanford has who could become the most underrated point guard in the nation in Chasson Randle.

Old Spice Classic

From Nov. 28-Dec. 1, the Old Spice Classic is an eight-team tournament based out of Disney World. Check the bracket here.

The schedule, in full:

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Network

Mon, Nov 19

TBD

Memphis at Oklahoma State^

TBD

Sun, Nov 24

TBD

Siena at Purdue^

TBD

Thu, Nov 28

Noon

Purdue vs. Oklahoma State

ESPN2

2 p.m.

Butler vs. Washington State

ESPN2

6:30 p.m.

Memphis vs. Siena

ESPN2

8:30 p.m.

LSU vs. Saint Joseph's

ESPN2

Fri, Nov 29

11:00 am

Consolation #1

ESPNU

1:30 pm

Semifinal #1

ESPN

5:30 p.m.

Consolation #2

ESPN2

8:00 p.m.

Semifinal #2

ESPNU

Sun, Dec 1

Noon

5th-place Game

ESPNU

2:00 p.m.

3rd-place Game

ESPNU

5 p.m.

7th -place Game

ESPN3

7:30 p.m.

Championship Game

ESPN2

^ - Non-bracketed game

Grade: B. The Old Spice is usually fairly solid but never exemplary. Oklahoma State is the best team in the field, and I always welcome the opportunity to watch Marcus Smart. Memphis is usually a hoot in November. Butler will be worth tuning in for out of post Brad Stevens curiosity. Purdue, Washington State, LSU and St. Joe's are all teams that won't be picked in the top four in each of their respective conferences. LSU could be a sleeper here, however.

Puerto Rico Tipoff

The Puerto Rico portion of this regular-season playoff runs from Nov. 21, 22 and 24. Here are the teams and times (subject to change).

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Network

Sun, Nov 17

TBD

Long Beach St. at Kansas St. ^

TBD

Thu, Nov 21

10:30 a.m.

Northeastern vs. Kansas St.

ESPNU

12:30 p.m.

Charlotte vs. Georgetown

ESPNU

5 p.m.

Long Beach St. vs. Michigan

ESPN2

7:30 p.m.

Florida St. vs. VCU

ESPNU

Fri, Nov 22

12 p.m.

Consolation #1

ESPNU or ESPN3

2:30 p.m.

Semifinal #1

ESPN2 or ESPNU

5:00 p.m.

Semifinal #2

ESPN2 or ESPNU

7:30 p.m.

Consolation #2

ESPNU

Sun, Nov 24

11:30 a.m.

7th-place Game

ESPN3

2 p.m.

5th-place Game

ESPNU

4:30 p.m.

3rd-place Game

ESPN2

6:30 p.m.

Championship Game

ESPN2

Fri, Nov 29

TBD

Northeastern at VCU ^

TBD

^ - Non-bracketed game

Grade: A-. The bracket here has potential. Michigan will still be a very good team, even without Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. Florida State should be better than last year, when it was the biggest underachiever in college hoops. Georgetown, I think, can be pretty close to what it was last season. And VCU will likely be the favorites in the A10. Those four alone make the event pretty solid, then throw in K-State, Charlotte, Northeastern and Long Beach State, all of whom are legitimate within their own leagues, and you've got a pretty great field here.

These five tourneys are just the first volume in a mass release of November/December events that are coordinating this week. Wednesday will bring even more, like the Maui Invitational, the CBE Classic and Wooden Legacy. We'll post them as they're made public.

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