Every year, college hoops teams begin their seasons by playing exhibition games against barnstorming outfits with names like New York Gazelles and Reality Basketball. Some of this year's more intriguing teams include:
TEAM: Crossfire Ministries
PLAYERS: Former Division I college players.
MISSION: Christian activists looking to spread the gospel. Before games, players and coaches hand out copies of the New Testament to opponents; at halftime, they preach to the fans.
RECORD: 6-9, including losses to North Carolina-Asheville and Charleston Southern.
TEAM: London Leopards (left)
PLAYERS: Middle-of-the-pack pros from the British Basketball League.
MISSION: Says Bob Donewald, coach of the self-described Bad Boys of British Basketball: "Our main goal was to get the team to jell into a cohesive unit."
RECORD: 2-7. Lost to Penn State, Arkansas and Maryland; beat Virginia 89-88 on a three-pointer at the buzzer.
TEAM: VASDA USA