In the wee hours of this morning on the East Coast, the Tip-Off Marathon came to an end when defeated in the CBE Classic regional rounds. Tomorrow, the first two eight-team bracketed tournaments of the season get started in Charleston and San Juan. In between, the college basketball world takes its breath, sort of.
There are two pretty big non-conference games that stick out on a rather quiet midweek evening. I'll discuss them and the rest of the night's slate after the jump.
Vermont at Connecticut, 7 p.m. ET (Big East Network/SNY/ESPN3): The Huskies continue their quest for an America East title as they look to add a win over the Catamounts to their Friday victory over Stony Brook.
Murray State at Mississippi,
7:30 8 p.m. ET (Racer Sports/ESPN3): The Racers at home against ETSU on Monday, but a victory over the Rebels, who will have better shot at an at-large because of their place in the SEC alone, would be a real highlight for the old profile.
Boston University at Villanova (NIT Season Tip-off East Consolation/Final), 8 p.m. ET (ESPN3): The winner heads to New York, the loser to a pair of consolation games at a site to be determined. Not a tough choice in my mind.
Utah State at BYU, 9 p.m. ET (The Mtn.): It's a major shame that this game isn't getting more exposure. (What exactly does CBS College Sports have on its schedule for tonight anyway?) This is the first of two big opportunities for the Aggies to get a huge road non-conference win, the other is at Georgetown on December 4.
Green Bay at Marquette (CBE Classic), 9 p.m. ET (Big East Network/TWC Sports 32/SNY/MASN/ESPN3): The Golden Eagles got a battle from Bucknell on Sunday, so they'll hope to have an easier time against the Phoenix in their final "regional" game before facing Duke in Kansas City on Monday.
Oregon State at Seattle, 10 p.m. ET (FSN Northwest/FCS Pacific): The Redhawks defeated the Beavers 99-48 back on January 6 in Corvallis. Craig Robinson's team will obviously be looking for revenge, but will have to do it in the shadow of the Space Needle.
If those options aren't enough, you can also find this trio of games on cable or on PPV/streaming.
- Alcorn State at Purdue, 7 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network)
- Drake at Iowa State, 8 p.m. ET (MC-22/ESPN3)
- UAB at Middle Tennessee, 8 p.m. ET (MT Sports/ESPN3)
For info about games telecast regionally, like UMBC at Loyola (MD) and St. Francis (PA) at Lafayette, visit Matt Sarz's College Sports on TV site.
Finally, these games won't be televised, but are worth a follow either online or on Twitter.
- Milwaukee at Niagara, 7 p.m. ET
- Missouri State at Tennessee (NIT South Final), 7 p.m. ET
- Albany at Georgia Tech, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Oklahoma State, 8 p.m. ET
- Northwestern at UT Pan American, 8 p.m. ET
- South Alabama at Southern Mississippi, 8 p.m. ET
- Columbia at St. John's, 8 p.m. ET
- Montana at Utah, 9 p.m. ET