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    Log5: Thanksgiving tournaments

    by Ken Pomeroy on Wednesday, November 21, 2012


    This is the final installment of log5 analysis for November tournaments that have real brackets…

    Great Alaska Shootout

    The Great Alaska shootout starts tonight and Belmont will attempt to bring the title home to an OVC team for the second consecutive season. The GAS is back on real TV with CBS Sports Network covering six games. The field is still quite weak outside of Belmont, who’s the biggest favorite in any of the November tournaments that have a true bracket.

                 Semis Final Champ
    Belmont       93.9  83.2  71.1
    Charlotte     77.6  47.6  12.2
    Northeastern  87.5  14.1   6.6
    Oral Roberts  52.4  24.3   4.8
    Loyola Mmt    47.6  21.1   3.9
    Texas St.     22.4   7.0   0.8
    Alaska Anc.    6.1   2.2   0.6
    UC Riverside  12.5   0.4   0.05
    

     

    Battle 4 Atlantis

    These teams are literally battling for a mythical island buried at the bottom of a sea somewhere. There was a time not very long ago when there was a concern ESPN had control over preseason tournaments. Then this season’s Battle 4 Atlantis came along. It’s got a field stronger than Maui (even if one excludes Chaminade from the calculations) and it’s televised by NBC Sports Network. I’m kind of surprised there isn’t more “Duke is a really, really good team” talk. This event could be the jumping off point for that conversation.

                 Semis Final Champ
    Louisville    78.4  59.0  35.3
    Duke          50.8  32.0  18.0
    Minnesota     49.2  30.7  17.0
    VCU           54.2  21.2   9.7
    Memphis       45.8  16.1   6.7
    Missouri      54.9  18.1   6.3
    Stanford      45.1  13.1   4.0
    Northern Iowa 21.6   9.9   2.9
    

     

    DirecTV Classic

    Oh, the delicious irony in a Pac-12 team being the favorite in something called the DirecTV Classic. Cal’s not a huge favorite by any means, but maybe a win will put a little more pressure on the satellite provider to reach a deal with the Pac-12 Network. Drexel is sadly without senior two-guard Chris Fouch for the rest of the season, so mentally adjust their chances accordingly.

                 Semis Final Champ
    Cal           85.4  62.0  36.7
    Saint Mary's  54.5  37.2  20.9
    Drexel        45.5  29.2  15.1
    Xavier        74.6  29.0  12.6
    Georgia Tech  77.6  29.4  12.0
    Drake         14.6   4.9   1.0
    Pacific       25.4   4.5   1.0
    Rice          22.4   3.7   0.6
    

     

    Old Spice Classic

    The Old Spice Classic is a who’s who of mediocre power-conference teams with Gonzaga and Davidson thrown in. Davidson is reeling from a loss to Milwaukee, so this has the potential of being a Gonzaga showcase.

                 Semis Final Champ
    Gonzaga       77.0  64.0  52.4
    Davidson      65.4  43.0  14.9
    West Virginia 72.2  32.7   8.8
    Clemson       23.0  13.7   8.0
    Oklahoma      58.2  14.3   7.4
    Vanderbilt    34.6  17.6   4.1
    UTEP          41.8   8.0   3.5
    Marist        27.8   6.8   0.9