It's because of weird NCAA rules of course. If you don't play in a tournament you can only play 29 games while if you play in a tournament you can play 27 games plus up to 4 tournament games. These tournaments don't really want to host 16 games to let teams play all 4 games at the tournament. Some do a round robbin setup but i think most don't. So instead you play these early campus games that are part of the tournament but really aren't so you can get 31 games but the tournament is sure that the big boys are the ones playing in the tournament. And this let them put schedule out in advance. No tournament wants Alabama St as one of their marquee teams so this set up helps them reach 31 games because without it those schools would struggle to find tournaments. And I'm sure there money plays a more important role for all involved.Does anyone understand the "campus games" for Thanksgiving tournaments? What do Jacksonville St and Alabama St get out of it outside of playing some elite competition? What does VCU get out of playing two cupcakes in November? I would prefer to play some high-level low-majors with real shots at auto bids. It seems odd that in order to play two games against top competition we are contractually obligated to play two weak teams.