Working your way through the myriad of college basketball tournaments over the Thanksgiving holiday can be tough, so we decided to put together a convenient guide detailing where to find all of the Big Ten teams involved. Every team but Penn State is playing in at least some sort of preseason tournament, although some are certainly stronger than others. Several teams have already played last week, opening some eyes, and for them there will be a quick recap of their performance. If you are looking for a game on TV, head to Matt Sarz sports, a lifesaver for college hoops fans allergic to the TV guide.
Michigan State (Maui Invitational)
Field: Chaminade, Wichita State, Connecticut, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Virginia, Washington
Dates: Nov. 22-24
If everything goes as planned, Michigan State will beat Chaminade and face the winner of Connecticut/Wichita State, if UConn prevails it would set up a rematch of the two teams’ NCAA Tournament battle two years ago. The Spartans have looked very crisp so far this season and you have to think they’re going into it expecting to return to the mainland with hardware. A young but talented Kentucky team should be their toughest test. KJ previewed the tournament from a Spartan perspective here.
Wisconsin (Old Spice Classic)
Field: Boston College, California, Georgia, Manhattan, Notre Dame, Temple, Texas A&M, Wisconsin
Dates: Nov. 25, 26, 28
Wisconsin heads down to Disney World for the Old Spice Classic on the heels of a tough road loss at UNLV. The Badgers start out slow, with a game versus Manhattan, but will then face the winner of the Texas A&M/Boston College game. This field isn’t necessarily loaded but it will be a good test for a Wisconsin team that still appears to be getting their feet under them.