Preseason College Basketball Tournaments We Can't Wait to See in 2014-15

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Preseason College Basketball Tournaments We Can't Wait to See in 2014-15
Tim Aylen
Preseason tournaments such as the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas bring out strong fields and produce great non-conference matchups.

The 2014-15 college basketball season is still a good seven months away, and it will be quite some time before final schedules are released.

But we do know which teams are going to be participating in noteworthy early-season tournaments and made-for-TV competitions, events that feature anywhere from four to 16 schools and give us some of the best nonconference matchups each and every year.

Every Division I team is allowed to play in one of these events, which guarantees a team three or four games and often includes some preliminary contests at home before meeting in a neutral site.

The 2013-14 version of these events featured some great title games, such as Arizona beating Duke for the NIT Season Tip-Off title in New York City and Villanova downing Iowa (after upsetting Kansas earlier in the tourney) to take the Battle 4 Atlantis crown in the Bahamas.

The full fields aren't available for all these tournaments, nor are the initial pairings. For now, though, we can look at who's involved and speculate on (or wish for) some potential matchups.

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