Feast Week has officially concluded and it gave us some incredible tournaments. In this article we have our updated Top 25 and a recap for each of the major tournaments!
Feast Week Tournament Recaps
The Charleston Classic brought us a fantastic championship and tournament overall. Virginia Tech was able to take down Purdue for 1st place and Davidson took 3rd with a win over Northeastern. Perhaps the biggest headline from this tournament was Northeastern’s upset win over Alabama. Bama went into this tournament thinking they could win the whole thing, but they had to settle for 5th. However, they were able to beat Wichita State which could be meaningful come Selection Sunday.
Myrtle Beach Invitational
UCF uses their defense to take the first place trophy and bounce back from their rough opening week. In the championship game they faced off with Western Kentucky who handed West Virginia their second upset loss in the semi-finals. West Virginia was able to scavenge something from Myrtle Beach as they placed 3rd with a win over St Joes.
2K Empire Classic
This 4 team tournament was the most surprising to me this Feast Week. The Iowa Hawkeyes won the whole thing to jump into the Top 25 by upsetting Oregon and beating Uconn who upset Syracuse. Oregon was able to win the third place game sending Syracuse out of the Top 25 with two losses.
Cayman Islands Classic
Creighton runs through the Cayman Islands to change the outlook of their season after being picked at the bottom of the Big East. The Bluejays beat Boise State, Georgia State, and upset Clemson in the championship. Clemson fell out of the Top 25 after taking 2nd place and Georgia State showed Georgia who runs the Peach State as they beat them for third place.
This may have been one of the best Feast Week tournaments of all time. It all started with Auburn surviving Xavier in overtime, Duke putting on a show beating San Diego State, Arizona outlasting Iowa State, and Gonzaga countering a late scare from Illinois to move on. In the first semi-final, Duke kept Auburn at a safe distance in a win as Auburn played a game of runs. In the second semi-final, Arizona led Gonzaga by 15 at one point, but Gonzaga flipped it to win by 17 (Auburn beat Arizona for 3rd). In the Championship, we got the match up that everyone wanted to see as Duke squared off with Gonzaga. The Zags led by 15 late in the game, but Duke soared back to lose by just 2. People believe that the selfishness of standout freshman RJ Barrett was the reason why Duke lost and the reason why Gonzaga is the new team to beat in College Basketball.
Battle 4 Atlantis
In the first round of games in the Bahamas, Virginia and Wisconsin coasted to easy wins and Oklahoma and Dayton won important games in terms of March Madness. Oklahoma took down Florida and Dayton was able to beat Butler. In the semi-finals Dayton and Oklahoma didn’t have the same luck as they were both blown out leaving a Virginia and Wisconsin championship (Oklahoma beat Dayton for 3rd). In the title game, the defense was the highlight as Virginia knocked off Wisconsin in a low scoring 53-46 win.
NIT Tip Off
In the NIT Tip Off tourney, Kansas needed a comeback to beat Marquette and Tennessee handled Louisville to set up another Top 5 matchup. Kansas and Tennessee went back and forth in a fantastic championship game that needed overtime to be decided and in overtime, the Jayhawks were able to do enough to get the win. In the 3rd place game with big implications, Marquette was able to sneak past Louisville.
Las Vegas Invitational
In the opening games Texas upset North Carolina as Kerwin Roach played the game of his life for the Longhorns scoring 32 and Michigan State absolutely dismantled UCLA in an easy win. North Carolina took 3rd place as they beat UCLA and knocked them out of the Top 25. In the finals, Texas led the majority of game, but in the 2nd half, Michigan State marched back to win the Las Vegas Invitational.
The Advocare Invitational gave Villanova some reassurance on the season as they won the entire thing beating Florida State in the championship. Nova seemed like they finally started to bring everything together and they once again seem like the favorites in the Big East. The best game in the tournament was a ranked matchup between Florida State and LSU, as Florida State hit a last second shot in overtime for the win. After that tight loss for LSU it got worse as the Tigers fell to Oklahoma State in the 3rd place game likely pushing them outside of the Top 25.
The Wooden Legacy was a very solid tournament that gave us some info on teams we didn’t know much about. Miami proved to me that they can contend in the ACC and Seton Hall finally looked good on the season. The two met in the championship and Seton Hall was able to top Miami 83-81. In terms of other teams in the field, Northwestern and Utah were both upset as NW fell to Fresno State and Utah fell to Hawaii. These two teams met in the 5th place game where Northwestern got a meaningful win, leaving Utah who looks to be near the bottom of the PAC 12.
- Kansas State wins the US Virgin Islands Paradise Jam with ease.
- Michigan dominates the Hall of Fame Tip Off Tournament.
- Minnesota places 1st in the Vancouver Showcase with wins over Texas A&M and Washington.
- Georgia Southern wins the Island of the Bahamas Showcase shocking Montana in the championship game.
- Toledo defeats an undefeated UC Irvine team to win the GulfCoast Showcase.
- St Johns shows us that they could be a top Big East team as they took out Cal and VCU in the Legends Classic.
- Texas Tech makes a statement beating USC and Nebraska, showing us that they should not be overlooked in the Big 12.
- Boston College hands Loyola Chicago another loss on the season as they won the Fort Myers Tip Off.
- Utah State showed up out of nowhere as they beat St Marys in a rout, but they were not able to win the championship as they lost to Arizona State who upset Mississippi State.
- Bradley wins the Cancun Challenge upsetting SMU and Penn State along the way.
- Cincy defeats Ole Miss to win the Emerald Coast Classic.