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Feast Week predictions, brackets

11/21/2012

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

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)