The 2017-18 college basketball season is right around the corner. It seems like only yesterday North Carolina cut down the NCAA Tournament nets in Arizona, but believe it or not, we're less than two months away from a new college hoops season.
The earliest game on the 2017-18 college basketball schedule will happen at 8:30 p.m. Pacific time on November 10, 2017 between UCLA and Georgia Tech in Shanghai, China. Because of the 15-hour time difference between Los Angeles and Shanghai, the so-called "China Game" will actually tip off at 11:30 a.m. local time on November 11.
It's a little confusing, but suffice to say we are exactly this many days, hours, minutes, and seconds from the 2017-18 college basketball season:
When does college basketball start?
The real fun begins on November 16, when the first of many early-season college basketball tournaments begins. Here's a look at some of the better college basketball tournaments in November:
After that impressive slate, we come to the best college basketball tournament this side of March Madness: the Phil Knight Invitational in Portland, Oregon from November 23-26.
The PK80, as it's called, will feature the best field of college basketball teams ever assembled for a regular season tournament. Take a look at the 16 teams invited to this double-elimination tournament:
The teams in this field have made 36 Final Four appearances and won 12 National Championships since 2000 (18 years). That's fully HALF of all Final Four teams and two-thirds of National Champions in that span.
At least one of the teams listed above has made the Final Four in 19 of the past 20 seasons. Fifteen of those 20 seasons featured at least two of these teams in the Final Four.
If you weren't hyped about college basketball 2017-18, you should be now.