24 hours of hoops
The annual 24 hour college basketball marathon is tonight as the early season tournaments and marquee matchups begin this week. It starts at 11 p.m. with the West Virginia-Gonzaga game followed by a matchup of 2012 NCAA Tournament teams in Davidson-New Mexico.
I'm amazed at the proliferation of these early season tournaments which have been a staple of Thanksgiving week basketball for years. But don't think that these tournaments have become watered down. If anything, schools have recognized the value of these tournaments, from acquiring an early signature win to giving the team a test at tourney-style basketball. That means there are a number of high quality November games to watch. In fact, within the marathon are a pair of games in Atlanta (Kansas-Michigan State and Duke-Kentucky) that are worth tuning in for even if you aren't on your 18th straight hour of TV watching.
There's a lot to digest over the next two week so here's a good resource to keep track of the tournament action. I'll also be tweeting various thoughts on hoops as well as Rivalry Week college football and the NFL playoff race so be sure to sign up and follow along.
As far as the marathon goes, I'm not sure I'll stay up for all 24 hours. Greg Matzek and I will be doing our weekly Packers Rewind show from Matty's in New Berlin and I don't want to fall asleep on air. Nevertheless, it's a great night for hoop junkies and a great month for all sports so let the feasting begin.