Your guide to seven early-season 2022-23 men’s college basketball tournaments

ESPN introduced its early-season match schedule for the 2022-23 college basketball season earlier this week — a slate that highlights a number of the sport’s prime applications and elite gamers, and builds on the 2021-22 marketing campaign, which ended with 4 powerhouses within the Final Four: Kansas, North Carolina, Duke and Villanova. Here is our helpful guide to the men’s video games that may all seem on the ESPN household of networks in these seven occasions.

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Foster Loyer makes a candy dime

2022 Shriners Children’s Charleston Classic

Dates: Nov. 17-18, 20

Site: TD Arena, Charleston, South Carolina

First-round matchups:

Furman Paladins vs. Penn State Nittany Lions
Old Dominion Monarchs vs. Virginia Tech Hokies
Colorado State Rams vs. South Carolina Gamecocks
Davidson Wildcats vs. Charleston Cougars

Team to beat: Virginia Tech skilled some essential turnover this offseason — Keve Aluma and Nahiem Alleyne are each gone — however Mike Young has endured change all through his profession, and nonetheless managed to common 21 wins over the previous 5 seasons. Hunter Cattoor (10.0 PPG) and Justyn Mutts (10.1 PPG, 7.4 RPG) will be part of Wright State switch Grant Basile (18.4 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 1.6 GDP) as Virginia Tech goals to win this occasion and hold Young’s streak alive.

Sleeper crew: Davidson. The Wildcats misplaced two of their prime three scorers from final season (Hyunjung Lee and Luka Brajkovic) and Bob McKillop is now retired. But his son, new head coach Matt McKillop, will flip to Foster Loyer (16.1 PPG, 44% from the 3-point line), this system’s main scorer final 12 months, to succeed right here and past — together with competing for the Atlantic 10 title within the first season of Davidson basketball with out Bob McKillop since 1989.

Players to watch: GG Jackson. He was a prime prospect within the 2023 class earlier than he made the choice to reclassify into the 2022 class, decommit from North Carolina after which commit to new head coach Lamont Paris and South Carolina — all of the sudden making the Gamecocks a must-watch program in 2022 -23.

Something for the college hoops junkies: When Drexel switch Camren Wynter, a key pickup for Penn State this offseason, was on the ground final season, the Dragons shot 53% from contained in the arc.

2022 Myrtle Beach Invitational

Dates: Nov. 17-18, 20

Site: HTC Center, Conway, South Carolina

First-round matchups:

Colorado Buffaloes vs. UMass Minutemen
Murray State Racers vs. Texas A&M Aggies
Boise State Broncos vs. Charlotte 49ers
Loyola Chicago Ramblers vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane

Team to beat: Texas A&M. After making a run to the NIT championship sport final season, the Aggies are positioned to end within the SEC’s prime tier. Buzz Williams’ squad returns three of its prime 4 scorers from 2021-22, together with Henry Coleman III (11.0 PPG, 6.2 RPG), and provides Wichita State switch Dexter Dennis (8.4 PPG).

Sleeper crew: Boise State. The offseason story has centered on what the Broncos misplaced (Emmanuel Akot, Abu Kigab), however Marcus Shaver Jr., (13.3 PPG) is among the prime level guards within the nation, and Tyson Degenhart (2021-22 Mountain West freshman of the 12 months) is poised to take the following step in his improvement.

Players to watch: This shall be a very good alternative for Tristan da Silva, a 6-foot-10 athlete who averaged 9.4 PPG and linked on 37% of his 3-point makes an attempt final 12 months, to show he can anchor a Colorado crew that misplaced its prime three scorers within the offseason.

Something for the college hoops junkies: When he was at South Carolina, new UMass head coach Frank Martin completed prime 50 in KenPom’s adjusted defensive effectivity rankings in six of the previous eight seasons. UMass has failed to obtain a top-50 mark for eight consecutive seasons.



Logan Johnson steals the rock and finishes with the big-time flush for the Gaels.

Paycom Wooden Legacy

Dates: Nov. 23-25

Site: Anaheim Convention Center Arena, Anaheim, California

First-round matchups:

Fresno State Bulldogs vs. Washington Huskies
Saint Mary’s Gaels vs. Vanderbilt Commodores

Team to beat: Saint Mary’s received a lift in April when Logan Johnson (11.9 PPG) introduced that he would return for a fifth 12 months, after main this system to the second spherical of the NCAA match. Yes, the Gaels misplaced Tommy Kuhse and different standouts, however Randy Bennett’s observe document means that the crew shall be aggressive within the West Coast Conference once more.

Sleeper crew: Mike Hopkins has not accrued the momentum many had anticipated when he arrived at Washington, following his function as a Syracuse assistant, however transfers Keion Brooks Jr., (Kentucky) and Noah Williams (Washington State) hope to give the Huskies an opportunity to be aggressive this season.

Players to watch: Brooks struggled to discover his approach at Kentucky, the place he averaged 10.8 PPG final season. A contemporary begin in Seattle might assist him showcase his potential.

Something for the college hoops junkies: Since the 2007-08 marketing campaign, Randy Bennett’s Saint Mary’s squads have completed with not less than 25 wins 11 instances.

Dates: Nov. 24-27

Site: Moda Center/Veterans Memorial Coliseum/Chiles Center, Portland, Oregon

First-round matchups:

North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Portland Pilots
Iowa State Cyclones vs. Villanova Wildcats
UConn Huskies vs. Oregon Ducks
Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Michigan State Spartans

Team to beat: North Carolina. Yes, the information of GG Jackson’s decommitment from North Carolina has been a serious headline this summer season. But the Tar Heels return the important thing gamers from 2022’s nationwide title sport run, together with Armando Bacot (16.3 PPG, 13.1 RPG), and add Northwestern switch Pete Nance, a 6-10 ahead who averaged 14.6 PPG and shot 45% from 3 final season . North Carolina is not going to solely be the crew to beat in Portland, the Tar Heels might be the crew everyone seems to be chasing as soon as the NCAA match begins.

Sleeper crew: Collin Gillespie and Jay Wright are each gone. But first-year head coach Kyle Neptune will start the brand new period of Villanova basketball with a crew that counts on veterans Eric Dixon (9.1 PPG) and Caleb Daniels (10.3 PPG), together with five-star prospect Cameron Whitmore, a 6-7 ahead and projected lottery decide in ESPN’s newest 2023 mock draft. Neptune boasts the expertise to preserve the identical pedigree this system loved beneath Wright.

Players to watch: A key member of an Oregon squad that chases a Pac-12 title this season, Kel’el Ware, a 7-footer from North Little Rock, Arkansas, is projected to be the eleventh decide subsequent summer season, per ESPN’s most up-to-date 2023 mock draft .

Something for the college hoops junkies: Before transferring to Alabama for the 2022-23 season, Mark Sears (19.6 PPG, 6.0 RPG and 4.1 APG at Ohio) helped the Bobcats hold turnovers to simply 14.1% of their possessions, in accordance to



After Drew Timme’s announcement saying he is coming again to Gonzaga, check out a few of his finest moments from final season.

2022 Phil Knight Legacy

Dates: Nov. 24-27

Site: Veterans Memorial Coliseum/Moda Center/Chiles Center, Portland, Oregon

First-round matchups:

Duke Blue Devils vs. Oregon State Beavers
Florida Gators vs. Xavier Musketeers
Purdue Boilermakers vs. West Virginia Mountaineers
Portland State Vikings vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs

Team to beat: While a gifted younger Duke squad would possibly want a while to mature beneath new head coach Jon Scheyer, Gonzaga and Drew Timme — who shall be a preseason All-American on each respected listing getting into the season — shall be prepared to put final season’s Sweet 16 loss to Arkansas behind them and make one other run in the direction of this system’s first nationwide title. Chattanooga switch Malachi Smith (19.9 PPG, 41% from 3) will even enhance a Bulldogs offense that misplaced lottery decide Chet Holmgren within the NBA draft.

Sleeper crew: The NIT championship run not solely helped Xavier reboot after a rocky end to its common season, it additionally satisfied the nucleus of that crew to return — a gaggle that features Jack Nunge (13.4 PPG, 7.4 RPG) and Colby Jones (11.6 PPG, 7.3 RPG). New head coach Sean Miller can also be excessive on UTEP switch Souley Boum, who averaged 19.8 PPG and shot 37% from past the arc final season.

Players to watch: Dereck Lively and Dariq Whitehead are the highest two recruits within the 2022 class in accordance to ESPN, however Jeremy Roach (8.6 PPG) — a hero in Duke’s Final Four run final season — is the veteran who will play a big function for Scheyer in his first 12 months as head coach.

Something for the college hoops junkies: Zach Edey made 77% of his pictures on the rim for Purdue final season, per



Stanford’s Harrison Ingram & Spencer Jones make back-to-back 3s to hold the sport tight towards Arizona.

2022 ESPN Events Invitational

Dates: Nov. 24-25, 27

Site: ESPN Wide World of Sports, Orlando, Florida

First-round matchups:

Florida State Seminoles vs. Siena Saints
Ole Miss Rebels vs. Stanford Cardinal
Oklahoma Sooners vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers
Memphis Tigers vs. Seton Hall Pirates

Team to beat: Memphis misplaced key gamers to the switch portal and Jalen Duren to the NBA, however the addition of Kendric Davis (19.4 PPG, 37% from 3 final season), who will enter the season with All-American and Wooden Award aspirations after a stellar profession at SMU, will give Penny Hardaway an opportunity to make one other run on the NCAA match. Boise State switch Emmanuel Akot (10.6 PPG) and returnee DeAndre Williams (11.1 PPG) will additional enhance an intriguing roster.

Sleeper crew: Porter Moser has some continuity with Tanner Groves main a gaggle of returnees at Oklahoma, which additionally added Grant Sherfield (19.1 PPG) from Nevada.

Players to watch: Stanford coach Jerod Haase has quietly constructed a program that may compete for the Pac-12 title with Spencer Jones and Harrison Ingram, the highest scorers from final season’s crew. But Michael Jones, who averaged 11.8 PPG at Davison final season, might decide the place the Cardinal land within the convention standings.

Something for the college hoops junkies: Poor shooters can grow to be nice shooters over time, too. Take Al-Amir Dawes (Clemson), one in all three key transfers for Shaheen Holloway’s Seton Hall squad that would upset the sector right here and all through the season. He completed 48-for-151 (almost 32%) from past the arc as a freshman earlier than enhancing to 84-of-211 (almost 40%) in the identical stat final season.

Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic

Dates: Dec. 22-25

Site: Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu, Hawai’i

First-round matchups:

Iona Gaels vs. SMU Mustangs
Seattle U Redhawks vs. Utah State Aggies
George Washington Colonials vs. Washington State Cougars
Pepperdine Waves vs. Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors

Team to beat: Rick Pitino’s Iona squad gained 25 video games final 12 months on its approach to a MAAC regular-season championship. Nelly Junior Joseph, a primary crew all-MAAC participant, is again, and he’ll be part of Cruz Davis, a four-star recruit who initially dedicated to Oregon State, as Pitino goals to win a second consecutive league crown.

Sleeper crew: Although Darrion Trammell (17.3 PPG) transferred out, Cameron Tyson (14.7 PPG, almost 38% from 3) and Riley Grigsby (12.8 PPG) are again to assist a Seattle crew that weathered an early-season teaching change to seize a share of the WAC crown in 2021-22.

Players to watch: Louisville switch Samuell Williamson is now at SMU, the place he hopes to match the hype that has adopted him since he was a five-star recruit within the 2019 class.

Something for the college hoops junkies: In his 33 years as a head coach, Rick Pitino has only one shedding season (1980-81, at Boston College).

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