The main highlight of Sunday was the start of the "regional" rounds for the CBE Classic. Three of the four regional hosts opened play, and two won easily. Texas blew past overmatched UC Irvine, 89-42. Wichita State defeated Fairleigh Dickinson, 80-64, in a game that wasn't as close as the score indicates. Things weren't so rosy for the Big Ten's entrant in the event, as Iowa dropped a home game to UT-San Antonio, 62-50.
In other action, sixth-ranked North Carolina had a tougher time than anticipated against Valparaiso, winning by only 11. No. 8 West Virginia had no problem with Loyola (Md.), triumphing 83-60 in Morgantown. Florida defeated Stetson, 74-46, in a game where the only drama involved whether the Gators would keep their three-point streak alive. (They did, just, thanks to Chandler Parsons in the final minute.
In other games of note,
- Wake Forest thumped East Carolina 89-58, thanks to 23 from Al-Farouq Aminu.
- Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, who defeated Oregon State Friday night, fell to South Dakota in that same tournament in Lubbock, 76-73.
- Texas Tech ended up winning that event by beating the Beavers, 64-60.
- Kansas State beat Western Illinois by 32.
- Virginia Tech defeated Brown, 69-55, in an early-round Philly Hoop Group Classic contest.
- Buffalo was upset by Vermont, 58-57.
- IPFW offered little opposition to Wisconsin (link)
- Sean Miller was a winner in his Arizona debut, as the Wildcats beat Northern Arizona, 87 to 70.
- Oregon swept through their round-robin event, beating Colorado 68-55.
- Stanford managed to beat their Sunday mid-major opponent, Cal Poly, 70-53.
- Wright State won their second in a row at the round-robin event in Seattle. dropping Belmont 82-73. Quincy Pondexter had 29 and 13 boards as Washington demolished Portland State, 111 to 55.
Monday's TV schedule after the jump.
The big event tomorrow is the start of the regional rounds of the NIT Season Tip-Off. Three of those games will be on the tube tomorrow evening. All times are Eastern.
- Coastal Carolina takes on No. 9 Duke in the East Regional. (ESPNU, 7) Charlotte faces Elon in the other game in that region.
- No. 12 UConn hosts Colgate in North Region action. (ESPNU, 9) Yale faces Hofstra in the first game of that doubleheader.
- Arizona State takes on Texas State in the West Region at 11. (ESPNU). TCU plays Cal State-Northridge in the first game in that pod.
Of course, the most intriguing game of the event isn't on national TV. That one's in the South Region in Baton Rouge, where Wisconsin-Milwaukee takes on Western Kentucky at 5:30. Meanwhile, LSU takes on Indiana State at 8.
In other televised action on Monday,
- Georgia Southern visits South Carolina. (SportSouth/FCS Atlantic, 7)
- Miami (OH) faces Kentucky, with John Wall making his debut. (Big Blue Sports/FS South/Full Court, 7)
- Jacksonville heads to Tallahassee to take on FSU. (Sun Sports, 7)
- USF hosts Virginia (Bright House/CSS/SNY/Full Court, 7)
- Transitional D-I squad USC Upstate visits Indiana. (Big Ten, 8:30)
- Fang Mitchell's Coppin State Eagles do what they do best, hit the road. They visit Colorado tonight. (FSN Rocky Mountain/Full Court, 9)
- Finally, Eastern Washington makes the short trip to Pullman to face Washington State. (FSN Northwest/FCS Pacific, 10)
For more TV information (especially for online only games), be sure to visit Matt Sarz's College Sports on TV site.