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Nov 19, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Butler Bulldogs guard Kellen Dunham (24) is introduced before the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Butler defeats Vanderbilt 85-77 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Old Spice Classic Preview; Butler in the Field [BRACKET]

What is the Old Spice Classic:

An eight team tournament taking place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida from November 28th to December 1st.

Teams involved:

Butler, Oklahoma St., Washington St., Purdue, Memphis, Siena, LSU, St. Joseph’s

How can you watch:

ESPN family of networks

Team comparison:

 spiceteams

Thoughts:

Oklahoma St. and Memphis will likely attract most of the attention given that they are both nationally ranked and just played each other a little over a week ago (even though the game wasn’t even close with the Cowboys winning 101-80 at home).  But I’m sure most people would still like to see that rematch.

However, there are four other quality teams in this tournament per the advanced metrics, with Butler being one of them.  The Bulldogs are 4-0, but it’s difficult to say they have been impressive in those four games.  The win at home over Vanderbilt was a quality win, but it took overtime to do it after squandering a double digit lead in the second half.  And they barely snuck by Princeton at home and Ball State on the road, winning by a combined four points.  Those would have been bad losses even if expectations are on the low side for Butler this season.

Nevertheless, the Bulldogs should get one, maybe two quality opponents in the Old Spice Classic.  Oklahoma State will be too much for Butler, but if the Dawgs can get by Washington St. in their opening game, and then beat a LSU or St. Joseph’s in the loser’s bracket, they should consider the tournament a success.

Prediction:

Oklahoma State over Memphis (again)

Bracket:

oldspicebracket

 

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Tags: Basketball Big East Butler Bulldogs Old Spice Classic

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