It's the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend, which means the bulk of this season's early tournaments are either wrapped up or about to conclude. The highlights of today's schedule are the final games at the two Disney Parks-based tournaments.
Old Spice Classic Championship
at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Gonzaga, 2008 champions, will look to make it two titles in two trips to Lake Buena Vista; however, the Bulldogs will have to defeat Davidson, the same team that knocked them out of the 2008 NCAA Tournament in the first round. Meanwhile, the third place game will see what will be the first of three (and maybe four) meetings between Big 12 rivals Oklahoma and West Virginia.
Old Spice Classic Consolation
3rd/4th Place: West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Oklahoma Sooners, approx. 4:30 p.m. ET (ESPNU/ESPN3D)
5th/6th Place: Marist Red Foxes vs. Clemson Tigers, 11:30 a.m. ET (ESPNU/ESPN3D)
7th/8th Place: Vanderbilt Commodores vs. UTEP Miners, approx. 2 p.m. ET (ESPN3/ESPN3D)
Directv Classic Championship
at Anaheim, Calif.
As anticipated, two Northern California teams will meet in the championship game; however, the final won't be the all-East Bay final projected, thanks to Pacific's surprisingly easy victory over St. Mary's on Friday afternoon. The Tigers opponent will be Cal, who took care of Georgia Tech with a strong second half showing in the final game of day two. The Gaels will meet the Yellow Jackets in the third-place game.
Directv Classic Consolation
3rd/4th Place: St. Mary's Gaels vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, approx. 6:30 p.m. ET (ESPNU)
5th/6th Place: Xavier Musketeers vs. Drake Bulldogs, 1:30 p.m. ET (ESPNU)
7th/8th Place: Drexel Dragons vs. Rice Owls, approx. 4 p.m. ET (ESPN3)
Hoops for Hope Classic
at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Again, there's no TV coverage for the final day of this event. The anticipated Frank Martin vs. Larry Brown final coaching matchup didn't materialize, as Brown's SMU Mustangs suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of Arkansas-Little Rock. The Trojans will meet, South Carolina, who needed overtime to defeat Missouri State, in tonight's final.
Rider Broncs vs. Milwaukee Panthers, 4:30 p.m. ET
Taking a quick look back at Saturday's games of note...
The most anticipated game of the night was the Battle 4 Atlantis final, a contest that went to Duke, who will likely be No. 1 in the polls, after an impressive 76-71 win over Louisville. Missouri edged VCU in a 68-65 thriller to claim third place. In the fifth place game, vs. Minnesota avenged its NIT final loss to Stanford in the most bizarre fashion possible, as Andre Hollins ended up hitting three foul shots with less than a second to go after he was fouled on a desperation heave before what would have been overtime. Northern Iowa, on the other hand, will head back to the States with an 0-3 mark after a loss to Memphis in the seventh-place game.
Might Charlotte be another team to watch in the expanded Atlantic 10? The 49ers took care of Northeastern by eight in the Great Alaska Shootout final. Belmont, who will challenge Murray State in the Ohio Valley, topped Oral Roberts by making foul shots late to protect their slender three-point advantage. Host Alaska-Anchorage claimed fourth by defeating Loyola Marymount, while Texas State avoided the basement with a 12-point win over UC Riverside.
The South Padre Invitational title went to Northwestern, who needed overtime to defeat an Illinois State squad that would not go away, primarily because of Tyler Brown's three-point shooting. The Wildcats may have never made an NCAA Tournament, but they have won three of these multi-team events in four seasons (skipping 2010-11). TCU rebounded from their brutal offensive performance against the Wildcats to claim third, defeating UAB 76-73.
Creighton claimed the Las Vegas Invitational with a 87-73 win over Arizona State. Bluejay star Doug McDermott scored 29 and missed a double-double by one rebound in the victory. Earlier, Wisconsin rebounded from a poor first half to defeat Arkansas in the consolation game.
Not too far away from the Orleans Arena, the combination of Cashmere Wright, Sean Kilpatrick, and JaQuon Parker helped Cincinnati overwhelm Oregon in the Global Sports Classic championship game, a 77-66 Bearcat win. Hosts UNLV claimed third place with a 12-point victory over Iowa State.