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On The Menu: Wednesday, November 18, 2015

With another Tip-Off Marathon is in the books and the flood of holiday tournaments begin tomorrow, the first Wednesday schedule of 2015-16 is a little light.

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Game information courtesy Matt College Sports on TV Website, which has even more games listed.

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Illinois Fighting Illini at Providence Friars (Gavitt Tip-Off Games), 7 p.m. (FS1)
The Friars rolled by Harvard Crimson in their opener on Saturday, while this will be the third game for the Illini—and their first road true trip, remember they're calling Springfield home for the first few weeks. Illinois split those, looking terrible in an Opening Night loss to North Florida, then rebounding nicely to beat North Dakota State on Sunday. They'll be tested by All-America contender Kris Dunn and a hostile Dunkin' Donuts Center crowd, however.

Wofford Terriers at No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels (CBE Hall of Fame Classic), 7 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)
The Tar Heels look to move to 3-0 before setting off on a Midwestern road trip this weekend, where they'll visit Northern Iowa, then complete their CBE Hall of Fame Classic slate. The Terriers dropped their first Regional Round game, falling at Missouri, surprisingly not looking like an upset threat at all in that contest.

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Belmont Bruins, 7 p.m. (ASN/MASN)
The environment surrounding the Bruins' home opener should be electric, as they return with a FanDuel Legends Classic split. The Hilltoppers, contenders in Conference USA, should test them, though we don't really know much about WKU, since they've only defeated non-Division I Campbellsville so far.

Richmond Spiders at Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Somewhat surprisingly, the Demon Deacons can move to 3-0 heading into the Maui Jim Maui Invitational with a win tonight, as they avoided a trap at Bucknell on Sunday afternoon. The Spiders, meanwhile, have been a mild disappointment in the first week, thanks to their Friday loss at James Madison.

IUPUI Jaguars at North Carolina State Wolfpack, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
On Monday, the Jaguars fell at Marquette in their first Legends Classic outing, but took the Golden Eagles to OT. In theory, they shouldn't be able to do the same to a stronger Wolfpack team. They're not the second coming of William & Mary, are they?

UC Irvine Anteaters at UCF Knights, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
The Knights actually gave Davidson a battle in North Carolina on Saturday, so they might be a bit a better than anticipated. However, this visit from the Big West favorites and that trip to Davidson account for UCF's best chances at a quality win until George Washington visits on December 29th ... and the gap between those three games and the fourth-best is not particularly close.

Akron Zips at Arkansas Razorbacks (NIT Season Tip-Off), 7 p.m. (SEC Network+)
The Zips' MAC rivals from Toledo were able to win in Fayetteville in the early stages of football season. Akron has a pretty decent chance of repeating the feat against an Arkansas team that's not as strong as last year's group that earned an NCAA five seed.

Loyola of Chicago Ramblers at New Mexico Lobos (Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge), 9 p.m. (ROOT Sports)
The Lobos have opened the season with decent wins over Texas Southern and archrival New Mexico State, but will likely be without junior forward Devon Williams, who suffered a scary neck injury during Sunday's win over the Aggies in Las Cruces. Tonight's game will be a major step up in competition for the Valley contenders from Chicago, who opened the season with wins over a bad UTSA squad and non-D1 Eureka.

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