The Coaches vs. Cancer name is one synonymous with college basketball, but the 2012-13 season will spark a new tradition in their relationship. Instead of partnering with the folks at 2K Sports to stage the tournament, this year will see the Coaches vs. Cancer name branch off on its own for the inaugural Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
While that may spark some melancholy among traditionalists, it simply means one more early-season tournament in college basketball. And who in their right mind would be against that?
This year's tournament, like in years' past, will benefit the American Cancer Society and will continue help fund the fight against cancer. The 2012 tournament also won't be hurting for on-court intrigue, as the No. 20 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Florida State Seminoles, BYU Cougars and St. Joseph's Hawks will all make the trip to Brooklyn.
Unfortunately for St. Joseph's, the team will be without leading scorer Carl Jones due to suspension. However, the other teams will have a full stable of stars, meaning we should be in store for a great tournament.
With that in mind, here is a look at everything you need to know about the inaugural Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
The 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic championship tournament will take place November 16-17. There will be other games both prior to the championship and after it takes place from host schools and sub-host schools. Those games will range from November 13-21.
This year will be a special treat for the players involved, as they will get to play in Brooklyn's new arena, the Barclays Center.
Home to the Brooklyn Nets, the Barclays Center opened on Sept. 21 to massive excitement in the community. Considering that none of the participating schools are especially close to Brooklyn, any semblance of home-court advantage will come down to which fans travel the best.
With Notre Dame and Florida State both hyped in the preseason, it stands to reason that droves of fans from both schools will be in attendance. It's no guarantee, but the neutral site should lead to a great slate of games.
Championship TV Schedule
|Nov. 16||BYU vs. Florida State||7 p.m. ET||truTV|
|Nov. 16||Notre Dame vs. St. Joseph's||9:30 p.m. ET*||truTV|
|Nov. 17||Consolation Game||7 p.m. ET||truTV|
|Nov. 17||Championship Game||9:30 p.m. ET*||truTV|
* Approximated time, games will tip 20 minutes after the conclusion of Game 1. You can see the full list of non-championship games on the tournament's official website.
St. Joseph's will be offering their contest against Notre Dame for live streaming video for free, via their All-Access page.
Team to Watch: Florida State Seminoles
After coming into the season ranked No. 25 in the preseason AP poll, the Seminoles fell flat on their face to start the year.
Behind an uncharacteristically inconsistent defensive performance, Florida State suffered embarrassing opening-game loss to South Alabama. That all but ended the Seminoles' days as a ranked squad before they could even begin.
However, the team looked far better in its 95-68 thrashing of Buffalo the following game and still should be a force in the tournament. Despite losing defensive stalwart Bernard James, the Seminoles have a roster laden with underrated talent.
Guard Michael Snaer leads the relatively small lineup. A senior, Snaer dropped 19 points against Buffalo and should be the unquestioned leader on Florida State's roster this season. Nonetheless, with a guard-heavy roster, coach Leonard Hamilton may have to play a more offense-heavy style than in recent years.
The 11th-year coach does a fantastic job every year to compete in the ACC, so that likely won't be a problem. Still, it will be interesting to see how motivated this squad is, especially after such a frustrating start to the campaign.