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Tournament Week Viewing Guide: Thanksgiving Day 2013

On Thanksgiving Eve, Syracuse (7-0) ended Baylor's (6-1) run as the team with the nation's longest winning streak, as the Orange claimed its third Maui Invitational title in as many attempts (1990, 1998) with a 74-67 win. In Cancun, Wisconsin ran its record to 8-0 with a 70-63 win over West Virginia (5-2) in an entertaining final. Down the road from me in suburban Fort Myers, Louisiana Tech (5-1) toppled St. Bonaventure (5-2) to claim the inaugural Gulf Coast Showcase championship. Today, there are no finals on the agenda, but quarterfinal action from Anchorage, the Bahamas, and points in between will fill your TV and computer screens with holiday hoops.


All TV info is courtesy Matt's College Sports on TV site.

All times are Eastern.

Old Spice Classic Quarterfinals

Purdue Boilermakers (5-0) vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys (5-0), 12 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Butler Bulldogs (4-0) vs. Washington State Cougars (2-2), approx. 2:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Memphis Tigers (2-1) vs. Siena Saints (2-4), 6:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
LSU Tigers (3-1) vs. St. Joseph's Hawks (2-1), approx. 9 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

I will be in attendance at the night session in Lake Buena Vista, since dinner is at 2 at my parents' house. That means I'll miss what should be an interesting afternoon session -- one highlighted by a Purdue-Oklahoma State matchup that is really worthy of at least a semifinal. LSU and St. Joe's, who meet in the nightcap, were both in the 2011 Charleston Classic, but did not meet. On the other hand, Butler and Washington State, did meet in the 2010 Diamond Head Classic final, a game the Bulldogs won en route to a second consecutive appearance in the National Championship game. Siena and Oklahoma State met in the 7th place game here in 2008. The Saints lost that one, though they did win an NCAA game over Ohio State later in March,

Battle 4 Atlantis Quarterfinals

Villanova Wildcats (4-0) vs. USC Trojans (4-1), 1 p.m. ET (
Kansas Jayhawks (4-0) vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (5-0), approx. 3:30 p.m. ET (
Xavier Musketeers (5-0) vs. Iowa Hawkeyes (5-0), 7 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
Tennessee Volunteers (3-1) vs. UTEP Miners (3-2), approx. 9:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN)

Usually, pre-tournament banquets are time for coaches to crack jokes and for teams to enjoy some downtime before the grind of three games in three or four days. That was not the case at the Atlantis Resort last night, as UTEP's Tim Floyd and USC's Andy Enfield -- and their respective staffs -- got into a heated argument stemming from some offseason recruiting and media disagreements, as reported by Sports Illustrated's Seth Davis. The Trojans and Miners are on opposite sides of the bracket and could only meet in a placement game on Saturday, but that's a storyline to keep an eye on as the weekend unfolds in the Bahamas.

Five of the eight teams in this event are unbeaten, though two will lose that distinction tonight. Wake Forest is highly likely to go down to Kansas, while Xavier and Iowa's contest in the night session is a bit of a toss-up between teams looking to return to the NCAAs.

Wooden Legacy Quarterfinals

Miami Hurricanes (3-2) vs. George Washington Colonials (4-0), 2 p.m. ET (ESPNU)
Marquette Golden Eagles (3-2) at Cal State Fullerton Titans (2-3), approx. 4:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Charleston Cougars (2-3) vs. San Diego State Aztecs (2-1), 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPNU)
Creighton Bluejays (4-0) vs. Arizona State Sun Devils (6-0), approx. 11 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

Formerly the Anaheim/76/DirecTV Classic, this tournament merged with the former Wooden Classic to become a new event, changing venues in the process. Today and tomorrow's games will take place at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Gym, while Sunday's finals will be played at the Honda Center, home of the Anaheim Ducks (and this season's NCAA West Regional). That's a big change from the small Anaheim Arena, this tournament's former home (though Titan Gym is even more cozy).

Marquette, who looks to be the favorite in the top half of the bracket, shouldn't be fazed by playing on its opponent's homecourt this afternoon. The bottom half of this tournament is very strong, however, as San Diego State will contend in the Mountain West, Arizona State is coming off a win over Marquette in one of this event's non-bracketed games, and Creighton joins Marquette as among the favorites in the new Big East.

Las Vegas Invitational

UCLA Bruins (5-0) vs. Nevada Wolf Pack (3-3), 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN3)
Missouri Tigers (5-0) vs. Northwestern Wildcats (4-2), 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPNU)

Since Missouri and UCLA meet in Columbia on December 7th, this event's top teams will play a "classic" format instead of a tournament one. The Tigers and Bruins should both leave Vegas with a pair of wins. Nevada lost to Morehead State and defeated Chattanooga by just a bucket in its two campus games. Northwestern, meanwhile, slipped past IUPUI before defeating Gardner-Webb.

Visitors' Semifinals

IUPUI Jaguars (1-5) vs. Gardner-Webb Bulldogs (2-4), 2:30 p.m.
Chattanooga Mocs (2-4) vs. Morehead State Eagles (5-2), approx. 5 p.m.

Morehead State, who already owns a win over Nevada (and another over Marshall), is the favorite on the visitors side, which will be played as a tournament.

Great Alaska Shootout Quarterfinals

Last night, Tulsa (1-4) picked up its first win of the season, as the Golden Hurricane stunned Indiana State (3-2), 63-62. Danny Manning's squad will meet TCU (3-2) in Friday's first semifinal, though host Alaska-Anchorage (5-2) gave the Horned Frogs a mighty scare in a contest that ended up a 73-70 TCU win. Tonight, the bottom half's semifinal matchup will be determined.

Pepperdine Waves (4-1) vs. Green Bay Phoenix (2-1), 9:30 p.m. ET (CBS SN)
Denver Pioneers (0-2) vs. Harvard Crimson (4-1), approx. 12 a.m. ET (CBS SN)

Three of the four teams in action this evening in Anchorage are projected to be at or near the top of their respective leagues this season. The lone exception, Pepperdine, is off to a surprisingly strong start, but Green Bay is a slight step up in competition, certainly better than the San Jose State team the Waves fell to. Denver has yet to win a game, but there's no shame in losing to either California or Stanford. Harvard suffered its first loss of the season at the hands of Colorado on Sunday, as the Crimson stopped in Boulder on their way to the Last Frontier.

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