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On The Menu: November 20, 2015

Can you believe the first week of the season is in the books already? Week two opens with the Puerto Rico Tip-Off and Charleston Classic moving on to day two and the start of play at the Paradise Jam and 2K Classic. Plus, there are a few other intriguing matchups on the second Friday of the season.

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

All times listed are Eastern, adjust accordingly.

Puerto Rico Tip-Off Semifinals

Temple Owls vs. No. 22 Butler Bulldogs, approx. 1 p.m. (ESPN2)
Miami Hurricanes vs. No. 16 Utah Utes, approx. 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Puerto Rico Tip-Off Consolation

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Missouri State Bears, 10:30 a.m. (ESPNU)
Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)

On Thursday, Butler and Miami impressed the most, as Temple could only edge Minnesota and Utah struggled with Texas Tech right up to the final minute. If the Bulldogs and Hurricanes are as ruthless on offense in the semifinal round as they were this afternoon, they'll meet on Sunday night for the trophy.

In the consolation bracket, there's an excellent chance that Tubby Smith will face his former squad in the fifth-place game. Missouri State and Mississippi State look like the two worst teams in San Juan, and it's not particularly close.

Gildan Charleston Classic Semifinals

George Mason Patriots vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys, 1 p.m. (ESPNU)
Long Beach State 49ers vs. No. 6 Virginia Cavaliers, approx. 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Gildan Charleston Classic Consolation

Ole Miss Rebels vs. Towson Tigers, approx. 3:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
Seton Hall Pirates vs. Bradley Braves, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)

The Charleston Classic quarterfinals were pretty beneficial to the mid-majors in the field. George Mason looked the best they have since 2011 in defeating Ole MIss in the first game of the afternoon—a somewhat unexpected result considering their earlier losses to Colgate and Mercer, and they might have a chance to make a surprise run to the final, since Oklahoma State might be without Phil Forte III, who hyperextended his elbow early in the Cowboys' easy win over Towson.

Long Beach State followed up its Tip-Off Marathon win over BYU with a nice effort against Seton Hall, though the 49ers almost let the Pirates overtake them late. That won't fly against Virginia, who looked much more like themselves after letting Bradley hang around for nearly a half in the nightcap.

2K Classic Benefitting Wounded Warrior Project Semifinals

Wisconsin Badgers vs. Georgetown Hoyas, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
No. 5 Duke Blue Devils vs. VCU Rams, approx. 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Considering that VCU is the only member of this quartet heading to Madison Square Garden undefeated, while Georgetown has yet to register a victory, these semifinals shape up to be intriguing for completely different reasons than anticipated. Still, a National Final rematch would be the most likely pick for Sunday's championship game pairing.

Paradise Jam Quarterfinals

Ohio Bobcats vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane, 1 p.m. (TGVN TV on YouTube)
Hofstra Pride vs. Florida State Seminoles, approx. 3:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
DePaul Blue Demons vs. South Carolina Gamecocks, approx. 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
Indiana State Sycamores vs. Norfolk State Spartans, approx. 8:30 p.m. (TGVN TV on YouTube)

Tulsa, winners at Wichita State on Tuesday night, and Florida State, who've looked impressive in overwhelming Nicholls and Jacksonville, are the heavy favorites to the reach the final in this event. However, look for Hofstra, the CAA co-favorites alongside William & Mary, to test the Seminoles a lot more than either the Colonels or Dolphins did.

Note that the two CBSSN games and the two TGVN TV games are paired off for days two and three. Also, the consolation semifinals take place on Saturday and will be streamed, while CBSSN airs the semifinals on Sunday evening, as usual.

Gavitt Tip-Off Games

Xavier Musketeers at No. 24 Michigan Wolverines, 9 p.m. (BTN)

After Iowa blew out Marquette, Indiana blasted Creighton, and St. John's held off Rutgers, the Big Ten leads the series four games to three. Xavier would have to win in Ann Arbor to force a four-all tie for 2015. A visit from the Musketeers is a significant step up for a Wolverine team that's blown out Division II Northern Michigan and CAA weakling Elon in its first two games.

Other Intriguing Entrees

Siena Heights Saints at Eastern Michigan Eagles, 11 a.m. (ESPN3)
For the second Friday in a row, the Eagles are trying to make Friday brunch hoops a thing.

Murray State Racers at Georgia Bulldogs, 7 p.m. (SEC Network+)
The Bulldogs take the court for the second time this season, and their first effort was an overtime loss to SoCon contender Chattanooga. While the Racers aren't as loaded as they were last season, they'll still challenge Georgia.

Wright State Raiders at No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats, 8 p.m. (SEC Network)
Don't expect the Wildcats to have much of a letdown after having a relatively easy time against Duke in Chicago on Tuesday night.

Columbia Lions at Northwestern Wildcats (CBE Hall of Fame Classic), 8 p.m. (ESPN3)
I'm considering going to this game up in Evanston. The Wildcats struggled mightily with Fairfield in their first CBE contest, winning by a 79-72 score on Wednesday, while the Lions played Kansas State tough in an 81-71 loss on Monday.

Charleston Southern Buccaneers at Arkansas Razorbacks (NIT Season Tip-Off), 8 p.m. (SEC Network+)
On Wednesday night, the Razorbacks dropped their first NIT home game to Akron, but the Buccaneers aren't at the Zips' level.

UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns at Alabama Crimson Tide, 8 p.m. (SEC Network+)
Considering how the Crimson Tide looked against Dayton on Tuesday, the Ragin' Cajuns just might pick up an SEC road win in Tuscaloosa tonight.

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