College Basketball Nation: DIRECTV Classic

Feast Week predictions, brackets

November, 21, 2012
11/21/12
12:15
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This is one of the greatest weeks of the season, a week in which tournament games fill our televisions and computer screens nearly all day long. So before preparing that turkey, get yourself prepared for the tourneys that begin on Turkey Day weekend.

Below you'll find predictions from 10 of our experts, along with brackets and tournament previews. Feel free to leave your own predictions in the comments section ... and let the debate begin!

Battle 4 Atlantis
Tournament bracket and Jason King's primer

Eamonn Brennan: Louisville over Duke
John Gasaway: Duke over Louisville
Seth Greenberg: Duke over Louisville
Andy Katz: Louisville over Duke
Jason King: Louisville over Duke
Joe Lunardi: Louisville over Duke
Myron Medcalf: Louisville over Memphis
Dana O'Neil: Louisville over Duke
Robbi Pickeral: Louisville over Duke
Miles Simon: Missouri over Duke

[+] EnlargeTrevor Mbakwe
AP Photo/Jim MoneTrevor Mbakwe might be the best player on the court, but the Gophers will still have a tough task taking down Duke.
Don’t be surprised if…
... it feels like March when you watch this one. Easily the best tournament with a stacked field and loaded rosters, these games ought to be terrific. (O'Neil)
... Minnesota upsets Duke in the first round. (Medcalf)
... this is the best in-season tournament in years! (Lunardi)
... the title game goes to overtime -- maybe two. (Pickeral)
... VCU beats Memphis behind a swarming half-court defense that makes it hard for the Tigers to initiate offense. (Greenberg)
... best player in the tournament is Minnesota's Trevor Mbakwe, who may have more upside than any player in the field. (Katz)
... Missouri wins this tourney and beats two top-5 teams along the way in Louisville and Duke. (Simon)
... teams that don't even make the title game of this tournament make deep runs in the bracket that counts in March. This is an incredibly stacked field. (Gasaway)

DIRECTV Classic (in Anaheim, Calif.)
Tournament bracket and Eamonn Brennan's primer

Brennan: Saint Mary's over Cal
Gasaway: Cal over Saint Mary's
Greenberg: Saint Mary's over Cal
Katz: Cal over Xavier
King: Saint Mary's over Cal
Lunardi: Cal over Saint Mary's
Medcalf: Saint Mary's over Cal
O'Neil: Saint Mary's over Cal
Pickeral: Cal over Drexel
Simon: Cal over Saint Mary's

Don’t be surprised if…
... Anaheim becomes "Bay Area south" for the DIRECTV title. (Lunardi)
... a frustrated and depleted Drexel clamps down and plays better than expected. (Medcalf)
... SMC's Stephen Holt and Matthew Dellavedova are the best backcourt in the tournament. (Greenberg)
... Drexel goes 0-3. The Dragons are reeling and just lost their best player Chris Fouch for the season. (Katz)
... Cal's Allen Crabbe puts himself on the national radar with an MVP performance. (Simon)
... even in a losing effort SMC pulls down some offensive boards during this tournament, thanks primarily to Brad Waldow and Kyle Rowley. (Gasaway)
... the Xavier that stymied Butler last week plays enough hard-nosed defense to win the whole thing. (Brennan)

Old Spice Classic (in Orlando, Fla.)
Tournament bracket and Robbi Pickeral's primer

Brennan: Gonzaga over West Virginia
Gasaway: Gonzaga over Davidson
Greenberg: Gonzaga over Davidson
Katz: Gonzaga over West Virginia
King: Gonzaga over West Virginia
Lunardi: Gonzaga over Davidson
Medcalf: Gonzaga over West Virginia
O'Neil: Gonzaga over West Virginia
Pickeral: Gonzaga over Davidson
Simon: Gonzaga over Davidson

Don’t be surprised if…
... the Zags beat the Mountaineers by double figures for the second time in less than a month. (King)
... Davidson's Jake Cohen leads the tournament in scoring. (Greenberg)
... the best game of the tournament is Gonzaga-Oklahoma. The Sooners are a legit sleeper in the Big 12. (Katz)
... Devin Booker and Elias Harris put up one of the better individual battles of this tournament. (O'Neil)
... Gonzaga wins every game by 10 points or more. (Simon)
... the Wildcats take the Zags down to the wire in the title game. Davidson sits at just 1-2 right now, but don't be fooled -- this is a deep and experienced roster. (Gasaway)
... if Oklahoma gives Gonzaga all it can handle in the second round. (Brennan)

Global Sports Classic (in Las Vegas)
Friday's semifinals: Cincinnati vs. Iowa State; Oregon at UNLV
Dana O'Neil's primer

Brennan: UNLV over Cincinnati
Gasaway: Cincinnati over UNLV
Greenberg: Cincinnati over Oregon
Katz: Cincinnati over UNLV
King: Cincinnati over UNLV
Lunardi: UNLV over Cincinnati
Medcalf: UNLV over Cincinnati
O'Neil: Cincinnati over UNLV
Pickeral: UNLV over Cincinnati
Simon: Cincinnati over UNLV

Don’t be surprised if…
... the Bearcats catapult into the top 15 next week after winning this one. (King)
... the home team uses this springboard to reach the top 10. (Lunardi)
... after sitting out last season per NCAA transfer rules, we hear UNLV sophomore Bryce Dejean-Jones’ name. A lot. (Pickeral)
... we find out that Anthony Bennett, not Mike Moser, is the best player on UNLV's roster. (Medcalf)
... Cincinnati's Sean Kilpatrick is the MVP. (Greenberg)
... Oregon's Arsalan Kazemi causes problems for the Rebels' frontcourt. (Katz)
... Sean Kilpatrick and Cashmere Wright put on their own show in Vegas and beat the Rebels on their home floor. (Simon)

Las Vegas Invitational
Friday's semifinals: Arkansas vs. Arizona State; Creighton vs. Wisconsin
Myron Medcalf's primer

Brennan: Creighton over Arkansas
Gasaway: Creighton over Arkansas
Greenberg: Creighton over Arizona State
Katz: Wisconsin over Arkansas
King: Creighton over Arkansas
Lunardi: Wisconsin over Arkansas
Medcalf: Creighton over Arizona State
O'Neil: Creighton over Arkansas
Pickeral: Creighton over Arkansas
Simon: Creighton over Arkansas

Don’t be surprised if…
... Arkansas' press gives Creighton fits in the title game. (King)
... the Badgers are the first (only?) team to stifle Creighton's Doug McDermott. (Lunardi)
... the player being talked about after the event is Arkansas' BJ Young for his overall impact and potential. (Katz)
... despite UW's stingy defense, Doug McDermott scores whenever he wants to. (O'Neil)
... Creighton needs overtime to finish off the Badgers. (Medcalf)
... Jahii Carson controls the tempo of the game and the ASU matchup zone keeps the Bluejays off balance. (Greenberg)
... BJ Young is the most exciting and best player on the floor at all times. He's an athletic scoring machine. (Simon)

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