Notre Dame and Wichita State could meet in a rematch of last March's Sweet 16 game in Cleveland if they advance to the AdvoCare Invitational tournament title game in November.
Matchups for the tournament, revealed by multiple sources Tuesday, pit Notre Dame against Monmouth and Dayton against Iowa in one bracket. In the other, Wichita State plays USC and Xavier takes on Alabama during the Nov. 26-29 tournament at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World.
The Irish beat the Shockers in the Sweet 16 in the Midwest Regional before Notre Dame lost to Kentucky in an epic Elite Eight game. Xavier reached the Sweet 16 before losing to Arizona in Los Angeles. Dayton and Iowa reached the round of 32, where the Flyers lost to Oklahoma and the Hawkeyes lost to Gonzaga.
The Orlando Classic will mark the first set of high-profile games for new Alabama coach Avery Johnson, who replaced Anthony Grant.
Wichita State is favored to win the Missouri Valley Conference title again as Fred Van Vleet and Ron Baker, who is playing for the United States in the Pan Am Games in Toronto, return.
The Irish return Demetrius Jackson, Steve Vasturia and Zach Auguste to a team that should contend for a top five ACC finish. Xavier, a likely threat to finish in the top three in the Big East, returns Trevon Bluiett to a team that is usually undervalued.
In ESPN.com's way-too-early Top 25 projections from late April, Wichita State was ranked No. 11, Notre Dame 13th and Xavier 22nd.
In other tournaments, West Virginia will headline the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational at the Orleans Arena Nov. 26-27. The field includes Cal, San Diego State, East Carolina, Richmond, Arkansas-Little Rock, Bethune-Cookman, Stetson and Sam Houston.
CBS Sports.com reported on matchups for three other early-season tournaments:
• The DIRECTV Wooden Legacy in Anaheim (Nov. 26-29). Pits Arizona-Santa Clara and Providence-Evansville on one side of a bracket, with Michigan State-Boston College and Boise State-UC Irvine on the other. A potential Michigan State-Arizona matchup in the final would mean a certain top 25 game.
• The Gildan Charleston Classic in Charleston, South Carolina (Nov. 19-22) is headlined by Virginia, which plays Bradley. Seton Hall-Long Beach State is on one side of the bracket and Ole Miss-George Mason and Oklahoma State-Towson on the other. The Cavs are expected to be a top-10 preseason team and a favorite with North Carolina and Duke in the ACC.
• The Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu (Dec. 22-25). The field includes Oklahoma-Washington State; Northern Iowa-Hawaii on one side and BYU-Harvard and Auburn-New Mexico on the other. The Sooners return Buddy Hield and should contend with Kansas and Iowa State in the Big 12. The Crimson once again are the Ivy League favorite.