Power Ranking and Previewing the Preseason Tournaments in College Basketball

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Power Ranking and Previewing the Preseason Tournaments in College Basketball
Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

It's that time of year: the start of the college basketball season.  With all the "Cupcake City" games circulating the November schedules, there is also the rub of the November slate: the preseason tournaments, played at destination sites.

In recent years, these tournaments have come to be more frequent and prominent as the NCAA has allowed them to count as "exempt" games for schools, meaning they do not count toward the overall maximum of games a team can play. 

With more and more of these tournaments coming into the fold over the past few years, it can get tough to follow who all is playing, where and when.  Consider this a guide to assist in those efforts.

This piece covers the eight-team (or more, in one case) tournaments to be played over the next few weeks.  The tournaments are presented and ranked in ascending order by overall strength of the field.

 

Note:  The Cancun Challenge and South Padre Island Invitational, which are technically eight-team fields but are separated into two separate mini-tournaments, are not included in this piece.

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