College Basketball Viewing Guide For Thursday, 11/14/13

Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

You had better be prepared to stay up late if you want to check out the best of tonight's college hoops slate.

East Coasters (myself included): Your challenge is to not go to bed until the end of Northwestern at Stanford. It's a pity that game was scheduled for a Friday.

All TV info is courtesy Matt's College Sports on TV site. He has many more games listed, and you'll also want to check out his listings for information on which ACC and SEC regional contests and CSN and FSN games (marked with a *) are available on which affiliates.

All times are Eastern.

Early Evening Window

Toledo Rockets at Boston College Eagles (2K Sports Classic), 7 p.m. ET (ESPN3)
The Eagles -- looking for their first win after losses to Providence and UMass -- welcome the Rockets to the Conte Forum. Toledo faces a major step up in competition after handling Northwest Ohio in its first contest of the season.

Texas Southern Tigers at Miami Hurricanes, 7p.m. (ESPN3)
The hosts have already split a pair of overtime games -- losing to St. Francis College and defeating Georgia Southern. On the other hand, the Tigers, who are among the favorites in the SWAC, took out Norfolk State -- who had a perfect MEAC regular season in 2012-13 -- and Wiley. An upset win in Coral Gables would be a major boost for Mike Davis' squad.

Detroit Titans at Connecticut Huskies (2K Sports Classic), 7 p.m. ET (SNY/ESPN3)
Juwan Howard, Jr. and the Titans will look to upset the Huskies, who have already defeated Maryland and Yale to start the season, but UDM's chances would have been better with the now departed Ray McCallum, Jr. on the roster.

Temple Owls at Towson Tigers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Towson has come a long way from its one-win campaign in 2011-12, as the Tigers hammered Navy and Morgan State to start the season. They'll look to make it three in a row against the visiting Owls, who don't seem to be as talented as previous Fran Dunphy outfits.

Late Evening Window

SEC/Big 12 Challenge

Texas Tech Red Raiders at Alabama Crimson Tide, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tubby Smith's Red Raiders will look to hand the Crimson Tide their second straight loss overall and against the Big 12 in the opener of the more drawn-out of the two conference challenges on this season's schedule. Alabama fell to Oklahoma in Dallas on opening night.

Arizona Wildcats at San Diego State Aztecs, 10 p.m. (CBS SN)
Not only is this contest a rematch of last season's thrilling Diamond Head Classic final, it's the country's first real shot to see the Wildcats' member of this season's highly-touted freshman class, Aaron Gordon. These two are a combined 3-0, with all of the wins coming, curiously enough, against Big West teams. Remember, the Aztecs would have been in that conference this season had they moved their football program to the American Athletic.

Northwestern Wildcats at Stanford Cardinal, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
It's an all-former Krzyzewski assistant coaching matchup, as Chris Collins' Wildcats pay Johnny Dawkins' Cardinal a visit. Northwestern opened its season with a big home win over Eastern Illinois, while Stanford has split a pair of thrillers against Bucknell and BYU. The loss against the Cougars was the highest-scoring game in the relatively short history of ESPN's Tip-Off Marathon, thanks to a total of 215 points.

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