The 2013 NIT Season Tip-Off tournament is down to four teams in the semifinals, and some big storylines are coming out of Madison Square Garden with the championship round scheduled for November 29.
Duke and Arizona, two of the top six teams in the nation, headlined the bracket for the tournament. Both teams are still in the tournament, as Arizona faces off against Drexel and Duke takes on Alabama in the semis.
It's early in the college basketball season, but there are some big-time players and stories to watch.
Alabama's "Great Opportunity" Against No. 6 Duke
Great opportunity or not, Alabama's fifth game of the season will not be an easy one. Duke is scoring at an unbelievable rate, averaging 92.7 points per game through six games on the season.
Can Alabama pull off the upset?
Playing Duke in the semis is a great opportunity for the Crimson Tide, even if the chances of an upset are slim. Even competing in a close game with Duke on the big stage at Madison Square Garden would be considered a mini-victory for Alabama, as the two programs are clearly in different leagues in terms of talent.
Drexel Takes Down Rutgers, Awaits No. 4 Arizona
Will Drexel compete with Arizona?
Arizona, on the other hand, is ranked No. 4 in the nation and has won each of its first five games. The Wildcats are incredibly efficient, shooting 54.4 percent from the floor so far this season. Drexel will be a tough opponent, though, as opponents have yet to top 72 points against them.
Arizona is a powerhouse, but Drexel has a strong chance of pulling off the upset. The Wildcats should be favored, but nobody would be surprised if Drexel moves on to the championship.
Preview of Potential Championship Game
Who would win this potential matchup?
The implications of the game aren't necessarily huge in terms of national rankings, but the confidence that the winning team would gain would be invaluable. Should the two teams meet again in the NCAA Championship Game, the winner of this matchup would already have the upper hand.
That being said, a lot of things will change from now to March. Who knows what kinds of injuries or cold streaks these teams might endure?
For now, this matchup is a NCAA Championship Game preview—and it's worth the watch.