Vanderbilt to Face Memphis in Home Opener

Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Vanderbilt to Face Memphis in Home Opener

Vanderbilt will kick off their 2022-23 NCAA men’s basketball season. This will be with a home game against in-state foe Memphis on November 7 at the Memorial Gymnasium. The match between the Commodores and the Tigers will have an NBA flavor. This is as former NBA All-Stars Penny Hardaway and Jerry Stackhouse call the shots for Memphis and Vanderbilt, respectively. Stackhouse and Hardaway combined to earn six NBA All-Star nods during their career. It will be the first time since the 2005 NIT that both teams face each other.

Aside from the Stackhouse-Hardaway storyline, the Commodores-Tigers clash will also feature Keonte Kennedy. He signed up for Memphis in June, a month after committing to Vanderbilt. According to reports, the Commodores have yet to fill the scholarship intended for Kennedy. Another interesting sidelight in this game is Tigers assistant coach Faragi Phillips. He was with the Commodores last season as one of the members of the coaching staff. The match will be a boon for NCAA betting odds as two former NBA All-Star cagers call the plays from the sidelines, hoping for a positive start for the 2022-23 season.

Las Vegas Confident of Hosting NCAA Final Four

The city of Las Vegas has expressed confidence in hosting an NCAA men’s basketball Final Four between 2027 and 2031. Lisa Motley is the senior director of sports and events for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). According to her, the Allegiant Stadium is ready to host the big collegiate basketball event in the United States. This will be as early as 2027. The NCAA will announce the host cities for five future Final Fours between 2027 and 2031 in mid-November. Las Vegas is among the seven finalists. Motley discloses that the city is the only West Coast market in contention for the cage spectacle. NCAA officials have yet to make a statement on the matter.

The official noted that the bidding process went out fairly quickly, with the LVCVA signaling its intent to bid for the said years in December last year. A month later, the group submitted the critical documents to the NCAA and organized a meeting with the NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee in February. Las Vegas’ successful hosting of the National Football League draft in April will help them in the selection process, Motley said. She added the committee told them to submit their documents in May as they made it to the next round. The agency is now waiting for the site visits and finalization of the documents. The city’s T-Mobile Arena will host the men’s West Regionals that is part of NCAA men’s basketball’s March Madness.

Tar Heels, Wolverines Meet in Jumpman Invitational

Two of the best men’s basketball programs in the National Collegiate Athletic Association will meet in late December in the first Jumpman Invitational. The University of North Carolina and the University of Michigan will square off on December 21 at 7:00 pm at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. The last time both teams met was in December 2021 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, with the Tar Heels winning 72-51. It is the fifth matchup of both teams in six seasons.

Last season’s runners-up North Carolina are again the contenders for 2022-23 Final Four. RJ Davis, Caleb Love, and Armando Bacot are back for another crack at the National title. As for the Wolverines, Hunter Dickinson is returning this season after reaching the Sweet Sixteen. He will have backups in transferees Joey Baker and Jaelin Llewellyn, as well as a bumper crop of high school recruits. The UNC-Michigan clash will be a big clash for sports betting enthusiasts who enjoy watching and placing their bets at the same time.