November is the wasteland of the NCAA regular season. Out of conference play in November essentially serves as the NCAA’s pre-season; freshmen are rusty, cupcake games and meaningless out of conference games give November a sort of empty feel in the NCAA calendar. But hey, there are 200 regular season invitationals on, at least one or two games have to mean something. Right?
Davidson at #6 Duke 6:00 PM EST ESPN U
Duke looks vulnerable early with a one point win over Belmont on opening night. Can Davidson conjure up images of the Steph Curry era and pull of the upset? Probably not, but it might be worth a watch if Davidson keeps it close early.
Why You Should Watch: Austin Rivers.
#16 Arizona vs. Mississippi State 2k Classic 6:30 PM ESPN2
This is the tournament finals with Arizona beating the home team St. John’s and Miss. State taking care of Texas A&M in the Semi-Finals. Miss. State guard Dee Bost shot out the gym last night and they have a decent set of bigs which should give Arizona a tough early challenge to their season.
Why You Should Watch: It is a basketball game at MSG, if you are a fan of meaningless tournaments.
Penn State vs. #2 Kentucky Hall of Fame Tip-off Challenge ESPN 3 12:00 PM
Penn State looks to continue to grow their basketball profile after a tournament bid last year against #2 Kentucky, who as usual have a very young and athletic team. Kind of hard to watch if you are outside the United States as it is on ESPN’s online network, but Penn State should be able to keep it interesting.
#7 Louisville at Butler ESPN 3 2: 00 PM
Two high profile teams, Rick Pitino looks to have another team that could go far in the tournament, or lose in the first round. It will also be interesting to see if Butler can still hang with the power conference elite, a early win against Louisville would be a huge step in the right direction.
Wofford at #13 Wisconsin ESPN 3 8:00 PM
It is a rematch of a classic 2010 NCAA Tournament game, of course the Badgers won 53-49 and one would assume this Badgers squad will make quick work over the plucky tournament underdogs.
Why You Should Watch: It is a rematch of a classic tournament game which means 1,000 lame references to the previous game from the ESPN 3 color guy by opening tip-off. But it would be cool if Wofford gave the Badgers one more run.
Texas vs. Oregon State Longhorn Network 9:00 PM
It is Rick Barnes vs. Obama’s brother in law in a coaching duel for the ages. This game gets bonus points for having Canadian content as the Longhorn’s have Canadian prodigy Myck Kabongo.
Why You Should Watch: If you have the Longhorn Network. And shame on you if you actually purchased that channel.
Nothing of note really. UNC plays a cupcake and Washington takes on St. Louis. Check out some football or something. Maybe Liverpool vs Chelsea or Bayern Munchen vs Borussia Dortmund, MLS Cup Final maybe?
Have a good weekend everybody