There comes a time in late November, around the same instant you're picking out your Thanksgiving turkey at the grocery store, when you get a familiar craving.
However, it's not one of field turf and pigskin but one of hardwood and nylon. Maybe you've been to your favorite team's Midnight Madness. Maybe you saw them beat Towson by 50 points in their first regular season game.
But what you're really missing are meaningful games that can give your basketball fanhood a pulse again.
That is what the Maui Invitational, NIT Season Tip-Off, Battle 4 Atlantis and other preseason tournaments are meant to do. Yet, sometimes too much stock is put into these early games.
Here is why they carry too much weight in college basketball.