By Harry Allison
Big 5 teams will be seeing lots of action in early-season tournaments that ESPN will televise from Thanksgiving through Christmas.
— Villanova will be at the Myrtle Beach Invitational in Conway, S.C., and will open against Middle Tennessee State on Nov. 21. The Wildcats will play Mississippi State or Tulane the next day, and a final game on Nov. 24. The other teams in the field are Ohio, Baylor, Utah, and host Coastal Carolina.
— Temple will be at the Orlando Invitational, played at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex next to Disney World, and will open against Maryland on Nov. 28. The Owls will play either Texas A&M or Harvard the next day, and a final game on Dec. 21. The other teams in the field are Southern California, Fairfield, Davidson, and Marquette.
— St. Joseph’s will be at the Charleston Classic in South Carolina and will open against Florida on Nov. 21. The Hawks will play Miami or Missouri State the next day, and a final game on Nov. 24. The other teams in the field are Connecticut, Xavier, Buffalo, and Towson.