The 2012 Las Vegas Invitational is going to bring two days of quality basketball to fans. This is a quick tournament, but there are four intriguing teams, lots of talent and all four games should be an entertaining watch.
Let's get to the vitals before offering up some reasons to watch.
When: November 23-24
Where: Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada
Schedule with TV and Streaming Info
*ESPN3 is streaming and can be found here.
Nov. 23: Arizona State vs. Arkansas at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN3; Creighton vs. Wisconsin at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2
Nov. 24: Third-place game at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN3; championship game at 11 p.m. ET on ESPN2
What to Watch For
Creighton's Doug McDermott
McDermott is a returning All-American and a legitimate national player of the year candidate.
The 6'8" forward has serious game. He averaged 22.9 points and 8.2 rebounds a season ago.
The guy is a matchup nightmare. He can score from the inside and rebound with his height, but he is adept from the perimeter as well.
He shot 49 percent from beyond the arc a season ago while taking 3.2 threes per game.
Can Jahii Carson Get Arizona State's Offense Going
The Sun Devils suffered through a miserable season last year. Wins were few and far between and so were their points.
Coach Herb Sendek needs someone to step up and be a dynamic scorer if the Sun Devils are going to turn this thing around.
Freshman guard Jahii Carson can help with that. He can put the ball in the bucket and help his teammates find easy looks.
The early results are promising, although we are talking about just two games. Carson is averaging 17.5 points and 6.0 assists per game.
Will Wisconsin Crank up Trademark D
The Badgers have been a consistently solid program by playing a very specific style of basketball.
They are deliberate on offense while working the clock to get good looks and they are outstanding on defense.
There is little reason to think they will be any different this year, but as they proved with their loss to Florida, they do have some growing to do in this system.
The Badgers allowed Florida to shoot 75 percent in the first half. They stepped it up a bit in the second, but Florida still wound up shooting 62 percent on its way to scoring 74 points.