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2020-21 College Basketball Early Season Tournaments

A regularly updated list of the 2020-21 men’s college basketball season’s exempt multiple-team events (MTEs), which will eventually include schedule and TV information. If you have any additions (non-Rothstein tweets, I already see those), email them to bloggingthebracket at gmail dot com or tweet them to me @ChrisDobbertean.

NCAA Basketball: Battle 4 Atlantis-Wichita State vs Louisiana State Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Note: I’m breaking this page up this season to hopefully make it easier to edit and load. Neutral-site games and conference challenges will have their own pages eventually, as might bracketed and non-bracketed events.

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Many dates are tentative.

Graphics created by Chris Dobbertean using logos from, except for Green Bay ( and La Salle (

Myrtle Beach Invitational

Thur.–Fri. and Sun., Nov. 1920 and 22: Conway, S.C. (Release)

Charleston Classic

Thur.–Fri. and Sun., Nov. 1920 and 22: Charleston, S.C. (Release)

2K Empire Classic Benefiting Wounded Warrior Project Presented by Continental Tire

Thur.–Fri., Nov. 19–20: New York (Jeff Goodman via Twitter)

Hosts (4)

Visitors (4)

Regional Round (On-Campus)

Nov. TBA
Howard at Villanova
Howard at NC State

U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam

Fri.-Mon., Nov. 20–23: St. Thomas, V.I. (Jeff Goodman via Twitter and Bob Sharka of College Basketball Advancement via email)

Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic

Fri. and Sun., Nov. 20 and 22: Montego Bay, Jamaica

Junkanoo Jam

Fri.-Mon., Nov. 20–23: Bimini, Bahamas (Jon Rothstein via Twitter)


Boston College Eagles (ACC) vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane (American)
BYU Cougars (WCC) vs. George Mason Patriots (A 10)

MGM Resorts Main Event

Fri. and Sun., Nov. 20 and 22: Paradise, Nev.

Air Force Reserve Hall of Fame Tip-Off presented by Citi

Sat.–Sun., Nov. 2122: Uncasville, Conn. (Jon Rothstein via Twitter)

Naismith (Host) Bracket Semifinals

Marquette Golden Eagles (Big East) vs. Rhode Island Rams (A 10) (Jon Rothstein via Twitter)
Minnesota Golden Gophers (Big Ten) vs. UCF Knights (American)

Springfield (Visitor) Bracket

On-Campus Games

Nov. TBA
Lehigh at Rhode Island (Jon Rothstein via Twitter)

Cayman Islands Classic

Mon.–Wed., Nov. 2325: Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (Cayman Compass via Twitter)

Maui Jim Maui Invitational

Mon.–Wed., Nov. 2325: Lahaina, Hawai’i (Release)

Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans Fort Myers Tip-Off

Mon. and Wed., Nov. 23 and 25: Fort Myers, Fla. (Release)

Roman Legends Classic Presented by Old Trapper

Mon.–Tue., Nov. 2324: Brooklyn (Jon Rothstein via Twitter)

Hall Of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker

Mon.-Tue., Nov. 2324: Kansas City, Mo. (Jon Rothstein via Twitter)

Cancún Challenge

Tue.-Wed., Nov. 24-25: Cancún, Mexico (Jon Rothstein via Twitter)

NIT Season Tip-Off

Wed. and Fri., Nov. 25 and 27: Brooklyn (St. John’s release)

Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis

Wed.–Fri., Nov. 2527: Paradise Island, Bahamas (Duke)

Orlando Invitational

Thur.–Fri. and Sun., Nov. 2627 and 29: Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Release)

Paycom Wooden Legacy

Thur. and Fri., Nov. 26 and 27?: Anaheim, Calif. (Release)

Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational

Thur.-Fri., Nov. 26–27: Las Vegas (Jon Rothstein via Twitter)

Emerald Coast Classic

Nov. TBA: Campus sites
Fri.–Sun., Nov. 27–29: Niceville, Fla. (Release)



On-Campus Games

Nov. TBA
McNeese State at Florida (Jon Rothstein via Twitter)

Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic

Tue.Wed. and Fri. Dec. 2223 and 25: Honolulu, Hawai’i (Release)

Non-Bracketed Exempt Multi-Team Events

Gotham Classic

TBA: Campus sites
TBA: New York (Happening Hoops via Twitter 1, 2; confirmed by Jeff Goodman via Twitter)

UNCW Tournament

Fri.Sun. Nov. 2022: Wilmington, N.C. (Teacher Bracket via Twitter)

Portland Thanksgiving Invitational

Wed., Fri.–Sat.: Nov. 25, 27–28: Portland, Ore. (The D1 Docket via Twitter)

Music City Shootout

Fri.Sun., Nov. 2729: Nashville, Tenn. (The D1 Docket via Twitter)

Washington State Tournament

Nov. TBA: Pullman, Wash. (The D1 Docket via Twitter)

Notable Teams Not Yet Tied to an Event

Fully committed: Big 12, Big East

A10 (5/14): Duquesne, Fordham, George Washington, Richmond, Saint Joseph’s

ACC (2/15): Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech

American Athletic (3/11): East Carolina, SMU, Tulane

Big Ten (3/14): Iowa, Maryland, Rutgers

MW (4/11): Air Force, Fresno State, San Jose State, Wyoming

Pac-12 (1/12): Washington

SEC (2/14): Georgia, Kentucky

WCC (4/10): Loyola Marymount, Pacific, Pepperdine, San Diego

Non-Exempt Tournaments

St. Pete Shootout

Mon.Tue., Dec. 2122: St. Petersburg, Fla. (The D1 Docket via Twitter)

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