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College Hoops Go-Round: December 8

 I'm still fighting a sinus infection, so I ended up sleeping most of the evening yesterday.  So, I only have the briefest of recaps/previews today.

  • No. 12 Michigan State got a battle at the Citadel, but survived 69-56.
  • Long Beach State provided no such problems for No. 2 Texas.  The Longhorns rolled to a big win, 107-74.
  • Virginia fell at Auburn, 68-67, in a matchup of two teams expected to be near the bottom of their respective leagues.
  • No. 16 Texas A&M knocked off North Texas, 75-65.
  • Western Carolina took a break from Southern Conference play, winning at Bradley by eight.

In conference play

  • College of Charleston moved to 3-0 in the SoCon.  The Cougars won at UNC Greensboro, 67-64.
  • Appalachian State won their first league game by edging Wofford, 77-76.
  • Siena won their MAAC opener, 73-60, over Iona.

The highlight of Tuesday night is the annual Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden. 

The first game of the night is the showcase, as No. 22 Butler takes on No. 15 Georgetown (ESPN, 7).  Be sure to stick around for the annual between game replay of Jim Valvano's ESPY speech, one of the few moments that is absolutely guaranteed to make you laugh, cry, and think all at the same time.  Game two, between Indiana and Pittsburgh (ESPN, 9:30), matches up two programs who are definitely rebuilding.

There are four other games of particular interest on the TV schedule

  • Vanderbilt at Illinois (BIg Ten, 8:30): These two played an exciting one last season, which ended up being a 69-63 Illini win. 
  • Milwaukee at Marquette (BIg East/Full Court, 8): It's the battle for Brew City supremacy!
  • Jordan Crawford and Xavier visits Denis Clemente and Kansas State (ESPNU, 9).
  • Surprising Arizona State tries to get a win for the resume at BYU (the mtn., 10).

Also on TV tonight

  • UMBC at Penn State (Big Ten, 6:30)
  • Morgan State at Minnesota (ESPNU, 7)
  • Texas Tech at TCU (the mtn., 7:30)
  • Evansville at Western Kentucky (WKYU/FCS Central, 8)
  • Fresno State at Pepperdine (Full Court, 10)

For a full list of televised games, including contests that are only going to be televised regionally (including Dayton at George Mason and Iowa at UNI) visit Matt Sarz' College Sports on TV site.