Besides the annual bracket-busting NCAA Tournament in March, early season tournaments may be the most exciting aspect of the College Basketball season. Fortunately for CAA Basketball fans, there will be plenty of excitement to go around as 10 of 11 teams in the conference are set to compete in early season competition. CAA Correspondent, Jake Fischer, will be previewing all 10 teams’ chances to compete in their respective Preseason competitions.
This November, the Georgia State Panthers will compete in the very thorough and extensive Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. This annual tournament supports the national Coaches vs. Cancer program that provides critical mission outreach and funding for American Cancer Society’s many efforts to help those patients in need.
The Panthers will compete in a twelve-team field. Joining GSU are BYU (West Coast), Florida State (ACC), Notre Dame (Big East), St. Joseph’s (Atlantic 10), Buffalo (MAC), Evansville (MVC), Monmouth (NEC), South Alabama (Sun Belt), Tennessee State (OVC), Western Illinois (Summit) and Yale (Ivy).
The classic will be held in four stages. The first round, the Campus Site Games, will be held from November 9-12. BYU, Florida State, Notre Dame and St. Joseph’s will play host for the opening round. The hosts have all automatically advanced to the Semifinals. Georgia State will compete against BYU in the Campus Site Games. Last season, BYU was 26-9 and earned the 14-seed the West Region of the NCAA Tournament. They should provide a tough challenge for the Panthers.
In the next stage, the Subregionals, the Panthers will play host to Monmouth, Tennessee State and South Alabama. In 2011-2012, both Monmouth and South Alabama failed to reach postseason play while Tennessee State was invited to the CIT Tournament and ultimately fell to the Mercer Bears. All three teams should be fair contests for the Panthers to warm-up with.
While the Panthers are not eligible to win the classic, they will have a great opportunity to gain some early season experience and a chance to help a great cause
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @fischsportsline.