With major coaches around the country ducking out of any games that could resemble difficult non-conference matchups, early-season tournaments will provide some of the best battles available through November and December.
Brand-name programs like Kentucky, North Carolina and Kansas dot the brackets of these events, but many also feature under-the-radar teams that may make loud statements with upset wins.
As the brackets continue to be finalized and released, some choice matchups have revealed themselves.
These 10 teams will not be expected to win their tournaments, but if they do, readers of this slideshow will understand why.
Tournaments are presented in chronological order of start.