Every year, a collection of college basketball teams start off the season winning one game after another. They usually blow through early season cupcakes and even holiday tournament tussles.
This year could be a little bit more of a challenge.
The Battle for Atlantis, the Thanksgiving week tournament in the Bahamas, is going to kill several good teams chances of staying undefeated for very long.
The brutal eight-team 2012 field will include Duke, Memphis, Louisville, Stanford, Missouri, Minnesota, VCU and Northern Iowa.That's quite a line-up of elites, strong high-majors and mid-majors.
The Maui Invitational field, which is always competitive, will feature Butler, Illinois, Marquette, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Texas, USC and Chaminade.
Only one team is getting out of each of these tournaments without a scratch.
Also, some intriguing early season match-ups will derail the undefeated train for some.
Syracuse opens against San Diego State on the flight deck of the USS Midway on November 9th.
Duke and Kentucky face off in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on November 13th.
Kansas goes head-to-head against Michigan State, Colorado and Ohio State in the first 6 weeks.
Any one of these teams could lose one or more of these early season games.
Here are six teams that could stay undefeated longer than most: