Joshua S. Kelly-US PRESSWIRE
The Charleston Classic and Puerto Rico Tip-Off semifinals and 2K Sports Classic finals are today's highlights, while play begins at the Paradise Jam and Coaches vs. Cancer Classic
With the first Puerto Rico Tip-Off semifinal tipping off at 10:30 a.m. ET and the second Coaches vs. Cancer semifinal likely to tip off a little less than 12 hours later, it will be a full Friday of basketball, comparable to the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament
Puerto Rico Tip-Off Semifinals
at Bayamon, P.R. (Full Bracket)
Remember these teams, along with the eight in Charleston, get Saturday off. Placement games will be on Sunday. All four favorites advanced to the winners' bracket, though Oklahoma State needed overtime to beat Akron and UMass topped Providence with a Terrell Vinson buzzer-beater, the Minutemen's second last second win in a three-day span.
Final pick: Tennessee vs. N.C. State
Puerto Rico Tip-Off Consolation
Charleston Classic Semifinals
at Charleston, S.C. (Full Bracket)
The semifinal lineup -- one that would probably be considered chalk if this tournament was seeded -- is highlighted by a 2012 NCAA Tournament rematch featuring former conference rivals, and Colorado will look to avenge the 17-point loss Baylor handed them in the Round of 32 last March. Game two should be an entertaining one between young St. John's and mid-major power Murray State.
Final pick: Baylor vs. Murray State
Charleston Classic Consolation
2K Sports Classic Finals
at New York City
Alabama advanced to tonight's championship game by just holding off comeback-minded Oregon State in semifinal number one. They'll take on a Villanova team that needed overtime to top Purdue.
My picks: Alabama and Oregon State
Coaches vs. Cancer Classic Semifinals
at Brooklyn (Full Bracket)
Florida State is the only one of the four semifinalists to lose a campus round game, as they fell to South Alabama on Opening Night. St. Joseph's, on the other hand, only got one official home game out of this tournament, a win over Yale.
Final pick: Florida State vs. Notre Dame
Paradise Jam Quarterfinals
at St. Thomas, V.I. (Full Bracket)
As Connecticut will be ineligible for the Big East and NCAA Tournaments, this is the only trophy the Huskies will have a shot at, other than a Big East regular season crown, this season (unless ESPN handed out a trophy for the Armed Forces Classic last week). The Huskies main competition will come from surprise NCAA qualifier Iona, New Mexico (who's already defeated Davidson this week), and George Mason (victors over Virginia on opening night).
With only a few games from this event on CBS Sports Network, the tourney organizers are streaming the rest on the Paradise Jam website, for free.
Mercer Bears vs. George Mason Patriots, 1:30 p.m. ET (free streaming on the event website)
UIC Flames vs. New Mexico Lobos, approx. 4 p.m. ET (CBS Sports Network)
Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Connecticut Huskies, approx. 6:30 p.m. ET (CBS Sports Network)
Quinnipiac Bobcats vs. Iona Gaels, approx. 9 p.m. ET (free streaming on the event website)
Semifinal picks: George Mason vs. New Mexico and UConn vs. Iona