Sources: Baylor, Buffs lead 8-team tipoff event
The matchups for the four-game event in Dallas that will kick off the 2013-14 season have been set.
The matchups for the four-game event in Dallas that will tip off the 2013-14 season have been set.
The arena, the home of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, is just 18 miles from Cowboys Stadium, the site of the 2014 Final Four. The event will be run by bd Global, the same company that put on last season's Texas-UCLA game in Houston.
"We want this to serve as the tipoff to the season," bd Global president Brooks Downing told ESPN.com earlier this month. "The plan is to generate a lot of excitement and hype about college basketball in the city that's hosting the Final Four."
If the November event is a success, Downing said bd Global likely will stage something similar each fall in the city slated to host the Final Four. The 2015 Final Four will be in Indianapolis before shifting to Houston in 2016.
This year's marquee game will be Baylor vs. Colorado, as both teams are expected to open the season in the top 25.
The Bears return the crux of a squad that won the NIT championship and tout two future pros in Isaiah Austin and Cory Jefferson.
Colorado's backcourt of Askia Booker and Spencer Dinwiddie will be one of the nation's best, while forwards Josh Scott and Xavier Johnson were two of the country's top freshmen last year.
Colorado defeated Baylor last season in the Charleston Classic and went on to earn a berth in the NCAA tournament.
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