Mid-Major Early Season Tournaments to Watch - UMass Athletics

Mid-Major Early Season Tournaments to Watch

SB Nation's Mid Major Madness web site has come out with its list of the top Mid-Major Early Season Basketball tournament's to watch this season. We all know about the Puerto Rico Tip-Off from last year and now Minuteman fans will get a taste of some southern flavor with the Charleston Classic, Nov. 21-24.

Parks Smith (@RVAparks) weighs in with the following about UMass and Chaz Williams...
Charleston Classic (Nov 21-24)
The popularity of Charleston as a college basketball destination and this tournament has exploded in recent years. The Cougars new arena certainly helps, but last year the city also hosted one of the botched aircraft carrier along with the All-Military Classic as the Citadel.

UMass and Davidson are the most interesting Mid-Major squads in this year's field and will look to battle against the likes of Clemson, Georgia, Temple, New Mexico, and Nebraska. For UMass, Chaz "Michael Michaels" Williams can steal the show and gain some national notoriety, which he greatly deserves. For Davidson, this tournament will be a good gauge for how they might stack up in the Atlantic 10 a year for now with not only UMass in the field, but also former A10 member Temple.