College Basketball Early-Season Tournaments: Schedule & Favorites

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Providence's Alyn Breed during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Marquette Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023, in Milwaukee. Marquette won 83-75.
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Chase Kiddy @chaseakiddy Oct 30, 2023, 9:18 AM
  • College basketball early season tournaments often feature top teams.
  • Popular tournaments include the Maui Invitational and the Battle 4 Atlantis.

College basketball tournaments aren’t the sole provenance of March Madness. As any dedicated hoops fan can tell you, the first month of the college basketball season is loaded with thrilling non-conference tournaments in exotic locations. 

As a result, college basketball delivers intense showdowns on a near-daily basis throughout the opening weeks of the season. 

College football – for all that is great about it – rarely delivers such major games between contenders in the non-conference portion of the season. 

Naturally, the online sportsbook at BetMGM will have college basketball betting odds for each game in each tournament.

So for all the full-season hoops bettors out there who want a complete download on the upcoming schedules for all these college basketball early-season tournaments, I’ve put together a helpful master grid that has all the information you could need.

Once odds become available for these tournaments, I’ll update the table to provide those, too. For now, I’m projecting the team that would likely be favored to win by cross-referencing each tournament field with BetMGM’s college basketball national championship odds and Ken Pomeroy’s early rankings.

College Basketball Early Season Tournaments

DatesTournamentProjected Favorite Other Notable Teams
Nov. 10-12Asheville ChampionshipMaryland Clemson, UAB, Davidson
Nov. 11-21Sunshine SlamColoradoFlorida State, Richmond
Nov. 12-22Arizona Tip-OffGrand CanyonSan Francisco, South Carolina, DePaul
Nov. 13-22SoCal ChallengeBradleyCal, Tulane
Nov. 15-18Cancun ChallengeFresno StateJames Madison, Radford, New Mexico State
Nov. 15-22Jacksonville ClassicSouth Dakota StateGeorge Mason, Southern Miss, UCF
Nov. 16-17Legends ClassicAuburnOklahoma State, St. Bonaventure, Notre Dame
Nov. 16-19Myrtle Beach InvitationalCollege of CharlestonVermont, Wichita State, Saint Louis
Nov. 16-19Shriner's Charleston ClassicHoustonLSU, Dayton, Wake Forest, Utah
Nov. 17-19Bahamas ChampionshipMiami (FL)Kansas State, Providence, Georgia
Nov. 17-19Continental Tire Main EventXavierSan Diego State, Saint Mary's, Washington
Nov. 17-20U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise JamKent StateFlorida Gulf Coast, San Jose State, Missouri State
Nov. 17-25Emerald Coast ClassicAlabamaOhio State, Oregon
Nov. 18-19Hall of Fame Tip-OffMississippi StateWashington State, Northwestern, Rhode Island
Nov. 19-20Empire ClassicUConnIndiana, Texas, Louisville
Nov. 19-21Cayman Islands ClassicDrakeMarshall, Stephen F. Austin, Akron, Oakland
Nov. 20-22Gulf Coast ShowcaseHofstraIona, Wright State, Long Beach State
Nov. 20-22Maui InvitationalKansasPurdue, Gonzaga, UCLA, Marquette, Tennessee
Nov. 20-22Fort Myers Tip-OffWest VirginiaVirginia, Wisconsin, SMU
Nov. 22-23Hall of Fame ClassicCreightonBoston College, Colorado State, Loyola Chicago
Nov. 22-24Battle 4 AtlantisArkansasNorth Carolina, Villanova, Memphis, Michigan
Nov. 22-24NIT Season Tip-OffBaylorOregeon State, Florida, Pittsburgh
Nov. 23-24Rady Children's InvitationalUSCIowa, Oklahoma, Seton Hill
Nov. 23-24Vegas ShowdownBYUArizona State, Vanderbilt, NC State
Nov. 23-26ESPN Events InvitationalFlorida AtlanticTexas A&M, VCU, Iowa State, Butler, Virginia Tech
Nov. 24-25Acrisure InvitationalHawai'iSan Diego, Arkansas State, UTRGV
Nov. 24-26Nassau ChampionshipUNC-GreensboroOhio, Middle Tennessee

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Chase Kiddy

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Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.

Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.