The 2012 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off is about to get underway this weekend, but the actual tournament will not take place until Nov. 16-18.
This year’s field is full of talented teams, including notables Ohio State of the Big Ten, Washington of the Pac-12 and Seton Hall of the Big East.
While those three may be the biggest names in this year’s tourney, there’s sure to be a surprise or two as there usually is this early in the college basketball season.
Take a look for viewing info and predictions for this year’s Naismith Tip-Off Tournament.
Where: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn.
University of Rhode Island, University of Albany, Seton Hall, Loyola Maryland, UMKC Roos, Norfolk State University, Ohio State, Washington
Not televised unless indicated otherwise
Naismith Bracket games will be available for live streaming on ESPN3
Seton Hall Campus Round games available on school website
Norfolk State, Loyola-MD, UMKC, Albany
Ohio State, Rhode Island, Seton Hall, Washington
Saturday, November 17 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
Game 1: Norfolk State vs. Loyola-MD at 12 p.m.
Game 2: UMKC vs. Albany at 2:30 p.m.
Game 3: Ohio State vs. Rhode Island at 5 p.m.
Game 4: Seton Hall vs. Washington at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 18 at Mohegan Sun Arena
Springfield Bracket consolation: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 at 11:30 a.m.
Springfield Bracket championship: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 at 2 p.m.
Naismith Bracket consolation or championship: Ohio State vs. Washington OR Seton Hall at 4:30 p.m.
Naismith Bracket consolation or championship: Rhode Island vs. Washington OR Seton Hall at 7 p.m.
Campus Round Schedule
Friday, November 9
Norfolk State University at University of Rhode Island
UMKC at Seton Hall University
Sunday, November 11
Loyola University-Maryland at University of Washington
University of Albany at Ohio State University
Monday, November 12
Norfolk State at Seton Hall University
Tuesday, November 13
University of Albany at University of Washington
Friday, November 23
UMKC at Ohio State University
Loyola University-Maryland at University of Rhode Island
Players to Watch
Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State
Thomas will be the central figure in a Buckeyes offense after Jared Sullinger left in the most recent NBA draft. He was already emerging as an integral cog in the Buckeyes’ frontcourt but now will be given the charge of holding it down as its main piece. His performance will be telling of how the new-look Buckeyes’ season will unfold.
C.J. Wilcox, Washington
Wilcox is one of the biggest names of the tournament. He’s taken over the lead role in the Huskies offense due to departures to the NBA. He’s shown he can handle it, scoring at will a season ago and putting up over 16 ppg in the 2012 NIT.
Naismith Bracket Prediction: Ohio State
The fourth-ranked Buckeyes are the class of this tournament. Thad Matta’s teams are rarely unprepared, meaning they’ll be ready for this early-season test of their resolve following the loss of Sullinger to the NBA. They won’t get to steamroll through the lesser competition of the Springfield bracket but they’ll get their shot at those schools during the Campus Round.
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