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2017 Cancun Challenge Primer

Thanks in part to the number of Power 7 teams pulled into the Phil Knight Invitational, the lone exempt event set for Mexico has a mid-major flavor this season.

2017 Cayman Islands Classic Primer (Updated)

Add the Caymans to your list of future Thanksgiving week basketball holiday destinationss.

2017 MGM Resorts Main Event Primer

Even though UNLV will play a pair of virtual home games in this event, the Runnin’ Rebels aren’t a clear favorite to claim the title belt.

2017-18 Early Season Events Primer Hub

Looking for a particular holiday tournament’s primer? Find it here.

2017 Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic Primer

Defending Mountain West champ Nevada anchors an event played in its home state.

2017 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic Primer

ESPN Events saved one of this season’s best exempt tournaments for last, as this event takes place over Christmas week.

2017 Wooden Legacy Primer

The Ivy and WCC favorites are set to meet in a quarterfinal in this event, which has shifted exclusively to Fullerton for its next two editions.

2017 Barclays Center Classic Presented By Continental Tire Primer

This season’s event needs a slight location modifier, at least for the first day.

2017 GCI Great Alaska Shootout Primer

One of Thanksgiving week’s oldest events takes one final bow this November.

2017 Jamaica Classic Montego Bay Primer

This new event has slightly more complicated format than many of the others I’ll preview over the next week.

2017 AdvoCare Invitational Primer

Yes, West Virginia will be heavily favored to claim the title at Walt Disney World on Thanksgiving weekend, but strong performances in this event could help push several participants into the at-large picture.

2017 Gildan Charleston Classic Primer

In 2013, UMass denied Clemson a second Charleston Classic crown. Four years later, the Tigers will try again with a largely different set of teams set to challenge them.

2017 Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational Primer

Xavier is favored to claim the Big East’s second straight title in this event, but K-State and Arizona State could both challenge the Musketeers on day two.

Phil Knight Invitational Victory Bracket Primer

Since this event is really two, I split its preview accordingly. The defending National Champs, the team they defeated in the Final Four, and one of the four top seeds in my preseason bracket anchor this group of eight.

Phil Knight Invitational Motion Bracket Primer

PK80’s second bracket features the nation’s preseason No. 1 team, the 2017 National Runner-Up, and one of last season’s Elite Eight.

2017 Emerald Coast Classic Primer

2017 Puerto Rico Tip-Off At Myrtle Beach Primer

Like the Paradise Jam, the devastation caused by hurricane season forced this event’s relocation to the U.S. Mainland.

2017 Savannah Invitational Primer

This summer’s mini-wave of conference realignment forced this event to adjust its format.

2017 Hall Of Fame Classic Primer

Four 2017 NCAA qualifiers are headed to Kansas City for the early part of Thanksgiving week.

2017 Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis Primer

Two potential No. 1 seeds will make the trip to the Bahamas over Thanksgiving week.

2017 NIT Season Tip-Off Primer

The quartet set to take the floor for Thanksgiving Day’s semifinals in Brooklyn is among the top exempt tournament lineups of the season.

2017 Progressive Legends Classic Primer

Texas A&M, quite possibly the only NCAA Tournament-quality squad traveling to Brooklyn for this event, looks like a heavy favorite to sweep its way to the title.

2017 Maui Jim Maui Invitational Primer

Wichita State’s 2010 trip to the islands didn’t work out as anticipated. Marquette, Michigan, and Notre Dame would love to ruin the Shockers’ second visit to Lahaina.

2017 Gulf Coast Showcase Primer

Eight mid-majors will take the floor in Southwest Florida during Thanksgiving week, and four of them have a legitimate shot at winning their conference’s crown.

2017 Islands Of The Bahamas Showcase Primer

This new mid-major-focused tournament features three 2017 NCAA teams, all of whom could make repeat visits in March 2018.

2017 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam Primer

This season’s event will take place on Liberty’s campus due to the devastation Hurricanes Irma and Maria unleashed upon the Virgin Islands

2017 2K Classic Benefitting Wounded Warrior Project Primer

Providence and Virginia Tech, a pair of 2017 NCAA Tournament teams, tussle with Saint Louis and Washington for the title in New York.

2017 Hall Of Fame Tip Off Primer

Northwestern’s road to a second straight NCAA trip and BC’s path to respectability both find their way to Connecticut in mid-November.

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