Black Friday College Basketball Weekend Preview
Feast week will conclude this weekend with the NIT Season Tip-Off, Old Spice Classic, Anaheim Classic, and Legends Classic, each of which will determine a champion from a field stacked with top-25 teams. All four tournaments will have games on Black Friday.
In the spirit of the country's national discount day, I'll take a look at the tournaments and the rest of the weekend's action by comparing it to this year's hot items on Black Friday.
The iPhone is the hottest Black Friday item, and the NIT Tip-Off Final gets the nod as the hottest Black Friday game.
Oklahoma's Blake Griffin and his nearly 20-20 average, will take on Purdue's E'Twaun Moore and Robbie Hummel. It's a matchup of top-15 teams, with tip-off set for 3:30 on ESPN2.
The Nintendo Wii, the flashiest item on Black Friday isn't new to the market, and goes well with the Old Spice Classic final.
A stacked field may not turn out the most marquee final, but the second round on Friday will be a dandy. Saturday's championship will feature the winner of Tennessee/Georgetown vs. the winner of Maryland/Gonzaga.
The Barbie Doll
The Barbie doll is back and apparently a big hit this holiday season, and so is the Anaheim Classic. Saturday's second-round games will feature an upstart UTEP team against an underrated Wake Forest squad, while Arizona State and Baylor will likely face off in the other semifinal.
Everybody knows about James Harden of the Sun Devils, but also acquaint yourself with Wake's Jeff Teague and James Johnson, Baylor's Curtis Jerrells and LaceDarius Dunn, and UTEP's Stefon Jackson.
You'll need a Garmin gps to get around Newark, New Jersey to attend the Legends Classic.
Friday's first semifinal pits two undefeated teams, Washington State and Mississippi State, against each other. In the second semifinal, Texas Tech coming off a 167-point outburst, will face off against top-five foe Pittsburgh.
A high definition television displays images in breathtaking fashion, while the images of Cancun from the Cancun Challenge should be just as spectacular.
The field may not be stacked (Vanderbilt and Virginia Commonwealth are the favorites to reach Sunday's final), but the scenery should be just as stunning as Maui's.
Everybody forgets about them, but Legos are apparently making a comeback and are going to be a hot item on Black Friday.
The same goes for the NIT Tip-Off Consolation Game. Boston College is close to being a team that can make some noise in the ACC, while UAB is looking to win Conference USA with the explosive play of a slimmed-down Robert Vaden and fifth-year senior Paul Delaney III.
Random Gadgets You Find in Hammacher Schlemmer
Ever see the Hammacher Schlemmer catalog and wonder why in the world someone would need half the items in it?
There are a few games this weekend that aren't high profile games, and only the most hardcore fans would really care about:
Duquesne at No. 5 Duke, Friday at 3:00 on ESPN
Virginia at Syracuse, Friday at 7:00
Miami (OH) at No. 20 Xavier, Saturday, TBA
Creighton at Nebraska, Saturday at 8:00
No. 3 Louisville vs. Western Kentucky, Sunday at 3:00