Sad but true, college's best basketball games are played off campus
The tropics, troops in Germany — even retired aircraft carriers — host some of the better matchups of the young season. Then again, college basketball does play second fiddle to football.
Why not go to Gonzaga and play Vanderbilt in Norman?
These NCAA-sponsored exempt tournaments allow teams to play extra games, which is a goofy rule. Set the number of games and stick with it, whether you're playing on land, sea or air.
These tournaments are made possible because major-conference teams won't schedule home-and-home series with the likes of Southern Illinois and St. Mary's.
So the destination sites thrive. Cancun: DePaul, Iowa, Wichita State, Western Kentucky. The Bahamas: Duke, Memphis, Missouri, Louisville, Stanford, Virginia Commonwealth, Minnesota, Northern Iowa).
The Virgin Islands: Wake Forest, Connecticut. Las Vegas: Arkansas, Arizona State, Creighton, Wisconsin.
And Brooklyn. Forget Allen Fieldhouse or Cameron Indoor. College hoops' new Mecca is the just-opened Barclays Center, which before New Year's will have hosted Maryland-Kentucky, Notre Dame-St. Joseph's, BYU-Florida State, Georgetown, Indiana, UCLA, Georgia, Michigan, West Virginia, Fordham, Princeton, Long Island, Seton Hall, Manhattan and South Carolina.
The old Mecca, Madison Square Garden, hosts Alabama-Oregon State, Villanova-Purdue, Texas-Georgetown, UConn-North Carolina State, Syracuse-Temple, Michigan, Pitt, Kansas State and Virginia.
We can go forever. The Great Alaska Shootout, Anaheim, multiple tournaments in Hawaii.
These events are endless and suck the soul from college basketball.
It's time to get good games back to campus, where they belong.
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