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Hotels won't be cheap.  That weekend is always super crowded in Orlando.  

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Davidson is playing in it this year. They open vs Marquette early evening tomorrow. Other teams this year (Fairfield, Harvard, Maryland, Temple, Texas A&M, USC) 

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1 hour ago, johnbj14 said:

Let's travel well and eventually build towards Maui. This is my dream. 

My dream as well. It doesn't get much better than playing in an intimate setting mere yards from the ocean in Maui. What an awesome set up.

Having said that, I just told my 5 year-old I finally have a legitimate reason to take her to Disney World. This tourney should be lots of fun. 

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This is a real question, I am totally ignorant about this. How are the teams invited to a tournament like the Orlando Invitational chosen? Anyone knows the criteria used?

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13 hours ago, Old guy said:

This is a real question, I am totally ignorant about this. How are the teams invited to a tournament like the Orlando Invitational chosen? Anyone knows the criteria used?

 

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Time to start planning for a trip to Orlando!

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This tournament is very exciting and certainly a great field. The reality of it is that we HAVE to win the first game to get a truly great experience from it.

I assume based on the quality of the teams we'll be playing one of the better teams in the first game. Lose that and we are likely playing Belmont, Boise St. and Siena in the losers bracket. Win and you get two more quality opponents.

We know we won't play Auburn because we already will have a regular season game with them. I suspect they'll seed to some extent and Michigan St and Gonzaga will be the two top seeds. Assuming we aren't viewed as a 7 or 8 seed, that means our first round opponent is likely Xavier.

The only exception I could see is if they want a more compelling match-up in the first round they put us up against Gonzaga or Michigan St. Seems unlikely though.

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13 minutes ago, kshoe said:

This tournament is very exciting and certainly a great field. The reality of it is that we HAVE to win the first game to get a truly great experience from it.

I assume based on the quality of the teams we'll be playing one of the better teams in the first game. Lose that and we are likely playing Belmont, Boise St. and Siena in the losers bracket. Win and you get two more quality opponents.

We know we won't play Auburn because we already will have a regular season game with them. I suspect they'll seed to some extent and Michigan St and Gonzaga will be the two top seeds. Assuming we aren't viewed as a 7 or 8 seed, that means our first round opponent is likely Xavier.

The only exception I could see is if they want a more compelling match-up in the first round they put us up against Gonzaga or Michigan St. Seems unlikely though.

Give me Xavier. I’m good with that. Win and we get in the Big East. lose and we have to go to the MVC. Hahaha

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23 hours ago, Old guy said:

This is a real question, I am totally ignorant about this. How are the teams invited to a tournament like the Orlando Invitational chosen? Anyone knows the criteria used?

It depends on the tournament or event. Some leagues are guaranteed spots in a tourney or event either annually or every other year etc...

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Watching Davidson v Marquette now. We need to have fans travel well to this one. Stands look full. An incentive looks like Disney's selling mouse ears for each school. Bring the kids! 

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5 minutes ago, slu72 said:

Watching Davidson v Marquette now. We need to have fans travel well to this one. Stands look full. An incentive looks like Disney's selling mouse ears for each school. Bring the kids! 

80 degrees and sunny doesn't hurt either.

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Davidson loses. Goes 0-15 from the arc. First time in 809 games they failed to hit a 3. I don't expect we'll be so lucky when we meet them. 

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40 minutes ago, courtside said:

Grady's stat line for Davidson:

28 points

10 rebounds

10 turnovers

 

No 3's but he played well. Godmundson did not look so hot. 

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1 hour ago, courtside said:

Grady's stat line for Davidson:

28 points

10 rebounds

10 turnovers

 

 

19 minutes ago, slu72 said:

No 3's but he played well. Gudmundsson did not look so hot. 

That's not the kind of triple-double you want!

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Marquette's defense ran Davidson off of the 3 point line. (SLU can note that)...it did create some dribble drive opportunities and back cut opportunities. But Grady was the only effective offensive player for Davidson. But as shown, he also turned it over 10 times. On the other side Davidson defended well in the first half but they couldn't contain Markus Howard (40 points). 

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16 hours ago, RiseAndGrind said:

Give me Xavier. I’m good with that. Win and we get in the Big East. lose and we have to go to the MVC. Hahaha

Would like another shot at Izzo to avenge that loss in the '12 NCAAs. 

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Thinking generally about 2020 (and beyond) scheduling.  We really should try to get Kentucky and/or UNC on the schedule.  Maybe they want to get Cameron Fletcher / Caleb Love hometown games.  We know that Roy Williams does this because he did it with Tyler Hansbrough.  I’m not sure if Calipari does it (they never came to STL when Harrelson was there).  Try to turn a negative of losing out on top STL recruits into a positive of getting a home and home vs an elite program.

I’m not sure if those guys are 1 and done qualify players which would hurt our chances.

We should also be trying the same w Texas / Ramey and Ohio State / EJ Liddell.

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19 minutes ago, RUBillsFan said:

Thinking generally about 2020 (and beyond) scheduling.  We really should try to get Kentucky and/or UNC on the schedule.  Maybe they want to get Cameron Fletcher / Caleb Love hometown games.  We know that Roy Williams does this because he did it with Tyler Hansbrough.  I’m not sure if Calipari does it (they never came to STL when Harrelson was there).  Try to turn a negative of losing out on top STL recruits into a positive of getting a home and home vs an elite program.

I’m not sure if those guys are 1 and done qualify players which would hurt our chances.

We should also be trying the same w Texas / Ramey and Ohio State / EJ Liddell.

screw them... if they wanted to play a game at home, shoulda stayed home 

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