It is time for another round of jumbled and possibly incoherent college basketball off-season notes! Enjoy.
- The bracket for the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament was announced a couple of weeks ago, and I’m super excited about it. The Battle 4 Atlantis, which takes place in a ballroom (sick, right?), is entering its third year, and has been one of the best pre-season tourneys in all of college basketball the past two seasons. This fall, the tournament will feature Kansas, Villanova, Xavier and Iowa. Iowa and Xavier will play in the first round, and Wake Forest will play Kansas in another intriguing opening round match up. NBC Sports will be covering the tournament–hopefully their coverage will be better than it has been.
- Duke might be closing in on a recruiting coup.
- As I was writing that note, my family’s Boston College football tickets came! LOVE IT! Although I’m kinda disappointed that Kevin Pierre-Louis did not get on any of the tickets (they put a picture of a different player on the tickets for each game). Ok, NOW, back to basketball.
- Bill Self might consider coaching in the NBA at some point. Apparently this is news.
- Georgetown and Oregon will play in South Korea to open up this season at a U.S. Army Base. This is a lot like the game last fall in Germany between UConn and Michigan State. These early season matchups are getting cooler and cooler. What would be even better would be if Georgetown and Oregon played in South Korea on an aircraft carrier! AMIRIGHT!?
- Speaking of the Georgetown, their former mascot is up for adoption.
- College basketball could use more real animal mascots. I wanna see an eagle flying around Boston College’s Conte Forum. Or a Golden Flash racing around Kent State’s MAC Center. Oh wait…
- 50,000 people at a Syracuse-Duke game!? Yes please.
- Wake Forest is putting money into purchasing, and renovating, their long time basketball facility, the Joel Coliseum. Will they also be putting money into hiring a new coach soon?
That is all for now. But here’s a bit of good news to finish this entry: we are only about three months away from the start of college basketball season. Hooray!