Alabama will play Baylor in the first round of the 2009 Old Spice Classic being held Thanksgiving weekend (November 26-29) in Orlando at the Milk House located at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Other first round match-ups include Creighton vs. Michigan, Marquette vs. Xavier, and Florida State vs. Iona. You can click here to read the release and see the bracket. The tournament will be aired on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. Should Alabama advance past Baylor, they would play the winner of the Florida State/Iona game.
Baylor underachieved a year ago, but do return a nice core of players and have a top 20 recruiting class coming in. They're deep, talented and, despite last year's underwhelming season, I do believe Scott Drew is a good coach. He was able to salvage the season somewhat by guiding the team to the NIT Final where they lost to Penn State. The team plays fast and, in my opinion, a little too loose at times, but their talent level is undeniable. If they come out on fire, Alabama could find themselves in another game such as the one with Oregon last year in Maui.
Other tournaments with SEC schools:
Puerto Rico Tip-Off:
Dayton vs. Georgia Tech, George Mason vs. Villanova, Indiana vs. Ole Miss, Boston University vs. Kansas State
Maryland vs. Chaminade, Cincinnati vs. Vanderbilt, Colorado vs. Gonzaga, Arizona vs. Wisconsin
Tulane vs. Miami, UNC Wilmington vs. Penn State, South Florida vs. Davidson, La Salle vs. South Carolina