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On The Menu: November 22, 2015

A whopping five holiday tournament trophies (I'm counting the two brackets in Connecticut separately) are on the line on this Sunday before Thanksgiving, and it could be a good day for the ACC, which has a trio of teams in championship games.

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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.

2K Classic Benefitting Wounded Warrior Project Finals

Championship: Georgetown Hoyas vs. No. 5 Duke Blue Devils, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
Consolation: Wisconsin Badgers vs. VCU Rams, approx. 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

On Friday, Grayson Allen scored 30 in 37 minutes off the bench, to help push the Blue Devils past a pesky VCU squad that suffered its first loss of the season. In semifinal game one, the Hoyas also used their bench talent to defeat Wisconsin, with their reserves outscoring the Badgers' 31-2. Thus, we will not get a National Championship Game rematch in New York. Instead, we will have Georgetown attempting to illustrate its loss to Radford was a blip, while Duke will look to pick up its second straight quality win after a rough outing against likely No. 1 Kentucky in the Champions Classic.

For TV purposes, the final precedes the third-place game, which will feature two teams looking to avoid an 0-2 trip. In Wisconsin's case, a defeat would send them to their worst record after five games since the 2001-02 season.

Gildan Charleston Classic Finals

7th/8th Place: Towson Tigers vs. Bradley Braves, 1:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
5th/6th Place: Ole Miss Rebels vs. Seton Hall Pirates, approx. 4 p.m. (ESPN3)
3rd/4th Place: Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Long Beach State 49ers, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Championship: George Mason Patriots vs. No. 6 Virginia Cavaliers, approx. 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

In the final, the Patriots—who opened the season with losses to Colgate and Mercer—will look to claim their second win in a row against their in-state rivals. George Mason defeated Virginia by a 63-59 score in Farifax back on November 9, 2012, though neither team made the NCAAs in 2013—the Patriots lost to Santa Clara in the CBI final, while the Cavaliers fell to Iowa in the NIT quarterfinals. Given Virginia's position in the national picture three years later, the stakes are a bit higher for GMU today.

The third-place contest, meanwhile, is the preview of a non-bracketed game scheduled for Friday night in Stillwater.

Puerto Rico Tip-Off Finals

7th/8th Place: Missouri State Bears vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs, 12 p.m. (ESPN3)
5th/6th Place: Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders, approx. 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
3rd/4th Place: Temple Owls vs. No. 16 Utah Utes, approx. 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
Championship: No. 22 Butler Bulldogs vs. Miami Hurricanes, approx. 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Each of the three games appearing on actual TV are intriguing for completely different reasons. First, we have the "Tubby Smith Bowl" in the fifth-place game, though pride is more likely to be on the line than an actual profile-building win. Such a victory will be on Temple's mind in the third-place contest, while Utah wants to end this trip on a high note and not a 1-2 mark. But the final should be a thriller, considering how both the Bulldogs and Hurricanes have been scoring early in the season. Miami currently ranks fourth in KenPom's adjusted offensive efficiency rankings, while Butler is 22nd. The Canes' lowest point total this season is 86, and they've averaged almost 98 ppg in their two wins in San Juan.

Hall Of Fame Tip-Off Finals

Naismith Bracket

Consolation: Old Dominion Monarchs vs. Saint Josephs Hawks, 12 p.m. (ESPN3)
Championship: No. 21 Purdue Boilermakers vs. Florida Gators, approx. 5 p.m (ESPN2)

While Purdue cruised past ODU in their semifinal on Saturday afternoon, Florida only put Saint Joe's away late. The Gators struggled with foul troubles, particularly in the first half, and that's going to be an issue today with the Boilermakers' talented bigs. If UF can speed the game up, they'll have a chance. Making free throws (70% against the Hawks) and being more selective on the perimeter (8-32 yesterday) will also help. Purdue won't allow Florida to have the rebound advantage today.

In the consolation game, a repeat of their semifinal 23% field goal shooting performance would all but doom Old Dominion against a talented Saint Joseph's squad.

Springfield Bracket

Consolation: Niagara Purple Eagles vs. North Carolina A&T Aggies, approx. 2:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
Championship: Vermont Catamounts vs. Buffalo Bulls, approx. 7:30 p.m. (ESPN3)

Both the Catamounts and Bulls won their semifinals handily, but Vermont just might have enough defense to hold off Buffalo tonight.

Paradise Jam Semifinals

Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. Indiana State Sycamores, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
Hofstra Pride vs. South Carolina Gamecocks, approx.  9 p.m. (CBSSN)

Semifinal No. 1 pits a pair of former Missouri Valley rivals against each other, though the Golden Hurricane are now in their third conference since departing. On Friday, Tulsa overcame a 17-point halftime deficit to top Ohio by a bucket, and the Sycamores rolled past Norfolk State, ending the Spartans' run at a second consecutive Paradise Jam final, as they lost to Marquette in 2011's championship game.

The nightcap pits a Hofstra squad aiming for its second consecutive win over a power conference foe, as they stunned Florida State on Friday, while the Gamecocks will look to build on an impressive win over, well, DePaul. The Gamecocks defense, which is becoming as tenacious as you'd expect out of a Frank Martin team, will be a test for the Pride tonight.

Other Tasty Entrees

Harvard Crimson at Boston College Eagles, 12:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

The Eagles will look to claim their second consecutive win over the Crimson, who have yet to claim a Division I win this season.

East Tennessee State Buccaneers at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (NIT Season Tip-Off), 2 p.m. (ESPN3)

The Yellow Jackets should claim their fourth win in a row against a Buccaneers' team that followed up a win over Green Bay in a Tip-Off Marathon contest with a blowout loss at Villanova.

Robert Morris Colonials at Air Force Falcons (Air Force Classic), 4 p.m. (MWN)

The Colonials, who have yet to win a game off their 2015 NEC Tournament title, begin a difficult four-game road trip as part of an exempt event. Expect a close one as the Falcons struggled to beat Mississippi Valley Delta Devils on Thursday night.

Oakland Golden Grizzlies at Colorado State Rams (Corpus Christi Coastal Classic), 4 p.m. (MWN)

The Rams got some really good news yesterday, with Northern Iowa win over top-ranked North Carolina, as CSU won fairly handily in Cedar Falls last Saturday. Larry Eustachy's team can further help its cause by knocking off the Horizon League contending Grizzlies, winners Wednesday at Eastern Michigan in their only game so far this season.

Akron Zips at No. 11 Villanova Wildcats (NIT Season Tip-Off), 4:30 p.m. (FS1)

The Zips won at Arkansas on Wednesday night in this event, but don't expect a repeat at the Pavilion. The Wildcats simply look like the class of the Big East again.

Yale Bulldogs at SMU Mustangs, 4:30 p.m. (ESPNEWS)

With Harvard struggling, the Bulldogs look like the new Ivy favorite, and although the Mustangs are postseason-ineligible, a win at Moody would certainly improve Yale's profile and confidence.

Valparaiso Crusaders at No. 25 Oregon Ducks, 6 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National and Oregon)

The Crusaders have already picked up impressive wins over Rhode Island and Iona, but defeating the ranked Ducks on their home floor would catapult their national profile ... maybe all the way into the rankings. But it won't be easy, as Oregon has impressed early, especially in their Tip-Off Marathon win over Baylor.

Stanford Cardinal vs. Saint Mary's Gaels, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

The Cardinal and Gaels meet for the first time since 2002, an 18-point win for a Mike Montgomery-coached Stanford squad. Saint Mary's has fallen off the radar a bit since their last NCAA appearance in 2013, but they can move back into the national focus with a win at McKeon tonight. Last time out, the Cardinal lost by 15 to SMU on Thursday, while the Gaels hammered Manhattan on Monday night.

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