Seven Big Ten teams will be competing in tournaments during Feast Week. Some are expected to do well, while others are looking to pick up some quality wins and defy preseason expectations. Here’s a primer for those hoops-obsessed fans who want to schedule some Big Ten basketball watching around their annoying relatives. The fun gets started later today in Maui, New York and Kansas City.
Progressive Legends Classic: (Monday and Tuesday)
- Teams: Michigan, Oregon, VCU, Villanova
- Favorite: Villanova
- TV: ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU
- Outlook: Michigan will face its first big-name opponents of the season when the Wolverines take on Oregon in the first game. Should they win, they’ll face off against the winner of the VCU-Villanova game after that. The perimeter trio of Derrick Walton Jr., Zak Irvin and Caris LeVert will have to continue to score at a high level, as the trio is producing a robust 67.5 percent of Michigan’s points thus far this season.
- Predicted Finish: First if they play Villanova; second if they play VCU.
CBE Hall of Fame Classic: (Monday and Tuesday)
- Teams: Maryland, Arizona State, Iowa State, Alabama
- Favorite: Iowa State
- TV: ESPNU, ESPN2