It may not be one of the premier tournaments of the college basketball season, but the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic still promises to provide some excellent basketball this weekend.
With eight teams battling over two days of action, the tournament offers no shortage of compelling matchups and intriguing storylines. Can Virginia Tech represent the ACC and sweep its games? Will Bradley continue its strong start to the season with two wins?
Or might Colorado State or Portland surprise everyone and sneak away with the sweep?
Let's find out.
When: Saturday, December 22 and Sunday, December 23
Where: Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Streaming: CBS Sports ULive (selected games); Individual Team Streams
Teams: Virginia Tech, Bradley, Colorado State, Portland, Georgia Southern, Mississippi Valley, North Florida and CSU Bakersfield
Saturday Schedule (all times Eastern)
|3 p.m.||Mississippi Valley State vs. Georgia Southern||Local Listings|
|5:30 p.m.||North Florida vs. CSU Bakersfield||Local Listings|
|9 p.m.||Virginia Tech vs. Bradley||Local Listings|
|10:30 p.m.||Colorado State vs. Portland||Local Listings|
Sunday Schedule (all times Eastern)
|3:45 p.m.||Loser MVSU/GSU vs. Loser UNF/CSUB||Local Listings|
|6:15 p.m.||Winner MVSU/GSU vs. Winner UNF/CSUB||CBS Sports Network|
|9 p.m.||Loser VT/BU vs. Loser CSU/UP||Local Listings|
|11:30 p.m.||Winner VT/BU vs. Winner CSU/UP||CBS Sports Network|
Player to Watch: Erick Green, G, Virginia Tech
The senior guard has been phenomenal this year, averaging 24.8 points, 4.4 points and 4.9 assists per game. To put that in perspective, he's averaging 30 percent of Virginia Tech's points per game.
Yeah, I'd say he's a player to watch.
The Hokies come into this game having lost two of three after starting the season 7-0, so Green will need to be at his best to keep Virginia Tech in the game against a tough Bradley side. Given his play early in the year, I don't doubt he'll do just that.
Virginia Tech will win both of its games, beating Colorado State in the second.
Bradley will defeat Portland. Mississippi Valley State will continue its seven-game losing streak with two more losses.
Cal State Bakersfield will win both of its games, including a tight win over Georgia Southern in the second contest.
Only fans of these schools and sports hipsters who love somewhat obscure basketball tournaments will watch these games.
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