Over the next few weekdays, it will become obvious that fall semester exams and reading days are underway on many campuses, thanks to a reduced number of college basketball games on the schedule. Still, tonight's schedule--particularly the pair of 9 p.m. ET tips--is better than just about everything out there next week.
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- Kent State at Florida, ESPN2 (7 p.m. ET): The Gators return home after a 2-1 road trip, and they should take care of a decent Golden Flashes outfit, if they don't sleepwalk through the contest.
- IUPUI at Ohio State, Big Ten Network (7 p.m. ET): The Buckeyes should handle a struggling Jaguar team at home. Only two of IUPUI's four wins (vs. five defeats) have come against Division I opponents.
- Gardner-Webb at Oklahoma, Sooner Sports/ESPN3/Full Court (8 p.m. ET): The Sooners are looking to snap a five-game skid, while this is the first of three tough road games for the Bulldogs (trips to Arizona State and Louisville follow).
Georgetown at Temple, ESPN (9 p.m. ET): The Owls look to upset their second straight D.C. area opponent, but the Hoya guards will make their task difficult.
- Butler at Xavier, ESPN2 (9 p.m. ET): Thanks to Ronald Nored's return and some timely baskets from Shawn Vanzant, the Bulldogs hung in there with Duke on Saturday, until Shelvin Mack left the game with leg cramps. If Brad Stevens' group makes it through the 40 minutes intact, they should grab a win at a Musketeer team that's currently shorthanded.
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