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What to Watch for: Ranked Teams Do Battle, 24-Hours Of College Hoops

Paul SeaverCorrespondent INovember 16, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 14:  Evan Turner #21 of the Ohio State Buckeyes fights to maintain control of the ball against Chris Allen #3, Austin Thornton #13 and Kalin Lucas #1 of the Michigan State Spartans during their semifinal game of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 14, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Week 2: Nov. 16-22

College basketball is under way, and the second full week of actions features some big games between ranked opponents, as well as, a 24-hour marathon featuring teams from all across the country.

Monday, Nov. 16

 

A slate of games features some of the nation’s top teams in action along with the opening round of the NIT Season Tip-Off. No. 8 Duke will battle Coastal Carolina and No. 14 Connecticut will take on Colgate as the evening’s highlight from the NIT Tip-Off.

Miami (OH) vs. No. 5 Kentucky, 7:00 P.M.: The Wildcats had an impressive debut on Friday night with a win over Morehead State, but the highly anticipated debut of John Wall had to wait until Monday night. The highly touted freshmen will make his collegiate debut; look for Kentucky to have full control in this one.

Tuesday, Nov. 17

The 24-hour marathon on ESPN begins right away at 12:05 A.M. in the early minutes of Tuesday, Nov. 17. Working as a success last year, the marathon again features a variety of teams, from some of the higher ranked squads in the country to smaller school match-ups.

Cal State Fullerton vs. UCLA, 12:05 A.M.: The Bruins have rebuilding issues, and plenty of injuries; they’ll be on national television, and better not sleep on this Cal State Fullerton squad.

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San Diego State vs. St. Mary’s, 2:00 A.M.: A couple mid-majors who have had success in recent years. Should be a good match-up in the wee hours of Tuesday morning.

Northern Colorado vs. Hawaii, 4:00 A.M.: Luckily, there is a state that is five hours behind the Eastern Time Zone. An 11:00 P.M. tip on the island of Hawaii keeps the marathon going.

Monmouth vs. St. Peter’s, 6:00 A.M.: These two teams took the national televised publicity to tip at 6:00 A.M. A couple smaller conferences schools will do battle as the country prepares for another day of work.

Drexel vs. Niagara, 8:00 A.M.: Drexel was in this marathon a year ago, they squeaked out a victory over Penn. Niagara is pretty good, they might not have the same success on ESPN this year.

Liberty vs. No. 24 Clemson, 10:00 A.M.: The first ranked team in the scheduled games, Clemson will get an early morning start against Liberty.

Siena vs. Northeastern, 12:00 P.M.: Quite the mid-major battle here, which should have the feel of a BracketBuster type game. Northeastern and Siena can both play, and they’ll face each other in Albany.

AR-Little Rock vs. Tulsa, 2:00PM: Some national attention for big man Jerome Jordan.

Temple vs. No. 21 Georgetown, 4:00 P.M.: As the 9-5 work day comes to an end, Georgetown will do battle with Temple.

Binghamton vs. Pittsburgh, 5:30 P.M.: Pittsburgh barely survived Wofford the other night; it is a shame Binghamton had their problems this past off-season.

Arkansas vs. No. 23 Louisville, 7:30 P.M.: Rotnei Clarke is coming off his 51 point performance; Louisville probably won’t let him get anywhere close to those type of numbers.

Gonzaga vs. No. 2 Michigan State, 8:00 P.M.: Gonzaga takes a trip to the Breslin Center, but the Zags might not be as good as they have been in past years.

Memphis vs. No. 1 Kansas, 10:00 P.M.: Close the door on the marathon with Kansas/Memphis. Kansas is the best team in the country, while Memphis looks to stay with the high flying offense that the Jayhawks bring.

Wednesday, Nov. 18

 

Cornell vs. UMass, 7:30 P.M.: UMass struggled against Central Florida and lost big, while Cornell pulled off an upset over Alabama. The Big Red look to do it again.

Thursday, Nov. 19

 

The 2k Sports Coaches versus Cancer Classic began last week; the semi-final games of the tourney feature some early and big time match-ups.

No. 12 California vs. No. 25 Syracuse, 7:00 P.M.: Both teams won their two games last week as part of this tournament, Madison Square Garden welcomes the first of two big games on Thursday night.

No. 17 Ohio State vs. No. 4 North Carolina, 9:00 P.M.: Winner of the Syracuse/Cal game plays the winner of this one, while the loser of this game plays the loser of the Syracuse/Cal game. Have to love that mid-November scheduling.

George Mason vs. No. 6 Villanova, 2:00 P.M.: Down in Puerto Rico, some tough games are set for the tail end of this week. George Mason might not be as good as they have been in the past, but still have a solid group that might be able to challenge Villanova.

No. 20 Dayton vs. No. 22 Georgia Tech, 11:30 A.M.: A couple more ranked teams face off. It will probably be an early resume builder for whoever takes this one.

Friday, Nov. 20

 

The 2k Sports Classic wraps up on Friday while some warm weather located tournaments take center stage.

*5:00PM: Consolation game of the 2k Sports Coaches versus Cancer Classic, the loser of Syracuse/Cal will face the loser of UNC/Ohio State.

*7:30PM: Championship game of the 2k Sports Coaches versus Cancer Classic, the winner of Syracuse/Cal will battle the winner of UNC/Ohio State.

Saturday, Nov. 21

 

A few intriguing match-ups on another early season Saturday in college hoops.

Rider vs. No. 5 Kentucky, 1:00 P.M.: Hey, this Rider team just knocked off Mississippi State, think John Calipari is aware of this?

VCU vs. No. 16 Oklahoma, 7:30 P.M.: VCU lost Eric Maynor, but they can still play. Oklahoma’s freshmen class and sophomore leader Willie Warren look to prevent any upset.

Sunday, Nov. 22

 

Auburn vs. North Carolina State, 8:15 P.M.: Neither of these teams will have much of a chance come conference play, but might provide a pretty good battle head-to-head.

Looking forward to any other games? Leave them on the comment board if you think they are match-ups that might be worth checking out.

With all the regular season tournaments going on, it is tough to tell what games might square up. Any match-ups they may present themselves as the week continues will be posted.

Check back on Monday, Nov. 23 for a look at some of the key games coming up in the third week of college hoops (Nov. 23-29).  

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