College Basketball 2011-12: Previewing the Best Games of Opening Night

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College Basketball 2011-12: Previewing the Best Games of Opening Night
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Harrison Barnes will be playing in the evening's top matchup.

Every year, the college basketball season starts on the first Monday of November with a handful of teams playing in an early season tournament, and those teams play again on Thursday. For the rest of the nation, the season begins on the Friday that week when almost every school plays their opener.

Usually, they play cupcake games to get an easy confidence-building victory, but there are always some exceptions. This year not only has a couple of exceptions, but also features a matchup of two of the nation's top programs over the last decade.

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