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On The Menu: December 5, 2015

It may be football's Championship Saturday, but there are a few games of note on the hardwood, highlighted by the renewal of the historic Big East's defining rivalry and a West Coast showdown in Spokane.

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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.

Brunch Special

College of Charleston Cougars at The Citadel Bulldogs, 11 a.m. (ESPN3)

Sure, the Cougars took care of LSU on Monday night, but can they handle Duggar Baucom's squad's frenetic tempo?

Appetizers

Indiana State Sycamores at Butler Bulldogs, 12 p.m. (FS1)

The Bulldogs should be able to outscore a struggling Sycamore offense.

Seton Hall Pirates at Rutgers Scarlet Knights, 12 p.m. (ESPNEWS)

At stake, the right to wear white jerseys in the first round of the Big East Tournament on Tuesday. Oh, right...

Bucknell Bison at North Carolina State Wolfpack, 12 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)

While the Bison played Wake Forest close at home, Raleigh isn't a likely place for them to end a three-game skid.

Creighton Bluejays at Loyola of Chicago Ramblers, 2 p.m. (CSN Chicago/ESPN3)

I'll be in attendance at Gentile Arena, as the Bluejays hit the road after a rare home loss to take on the team that replaced them in the Missouri Valley. The Ramblers are also on the rebound, having dropped their final two games at the Great Alaska Shootout.

California Golden Bears at Wyoming Cowboys, 3 p.m. (CBSSN)

Sure, the Cowboys no longer have Larry Nance Jr. but they do have Laramie's altitude working to their advantage. The Golden Bears won a 45-42 contest in Berkeley last season. At the very least, you can expect more points this time around.

Harvard Crimson at No. 4 Kansas Jayhawks, 3:15 p.m. (ESPN2)

Don't expect the Crimson to pick up their third win of the season in Lawrence.

Ole Miss Rebels vs. Massachusetts Minutemen, 4 p.m. (NBCSN)

A mid-tier SEC squad heads to a mid-tier A 10 team's backyard.

Buffalo Bulls at No. 7 Duke Blue Devils, 5:15 p.m. (ESPN2)

This would have been a more entertaining game a season ago, when Duke alum Bobby Hurley coached an NCAA-bound Bulls team.

Entrees

Temple Owls at Wisconsin Badgers, 12:30 p.m. (CBS)

After winning their first two home games of the season to get back to .500, the Owls travel to Madison aiming to upset a Badger team that looks to be back on track after picking up a big win at the Carrier Dome on Wednesday.

No. 14 Syracuse Orange at Georgetown Hoyas, 1 p.m. (FOX)

The week got worse for the Orange after their first loss of the season, as Jim Boeheim's appeal to the NCAA was denied, with his nine-game suspension moved up to begin in the Nation's Capital on Saturday. When the pair last met, the Orange defeated the Hoyas in overtime, a 58-55 Cuse win in the Big East semifinals.

William & Mary Tribe at No. 10 Virginia Cavaliers, 2 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)

The Tribe have already won at N.C. State this season, but repeating that result in Charlottesville, against an improving Cavaliers squad, is a far more difficult task.

North Florida Ospreys at Dayton Flyers, 2 p.m. (FS Ohio/FCS Pacific)

Three days after putting up 108 in a losing performance in Baton Rouge, the Ospreys fly to Southwestern Ohio, where they'll look to stun a Flyer team that's taking the floor for the first time since being blown out by Xavier in the Advocare Invitational final.

New Mexico Lobos at No. 11 Purdue Boilermakers, 2:15 p.m. (BTN)

The Lobos, who lost at USC on their last road trip, will have a difficult time against a Boilermaker squad that's elite on the defensive end.

No. 19 Arizona Wildcats at No. 13 Gonzaga Bulldogs, 3:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Last season, the Wildcats won a 66-63 overtime classic in Tucson. This afternoon, they head to Spokane without the services of Kaleb Tarczewski, which will limit the weapons Arizona can throw at the Bulldogs' talented frontcourt. Given the difficulties the Cats had on the defensive end in Orange County last week, it could be a long afternoon for Sean Miller's team.

Northern Iowa Panthers at Richmond Spiders, 6 p.m. (WTVR 6,3/CSN Mid-Atlantic/CSN Chicago)

The Panthers begin a two-game Atlantic 10 swing at the Robins Center, where they'll take on a Spiders squad that displayed its defensive flaws in a loss at Florida on Tuesday night.

No. 23 Providence Friars at Rhode Island Rams, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

The Friars will look to extend their string of wins over the Rams to six.

Tasty Treats

Weber State Wildcats vs. BYU Cougars (Salt Lake City), 3 p.m. (BYUtv)

The Cougars will attempt to make the second of a three-game in-state swing more successful than Wednesday's loss at Utah. The Gulf Coast Showcase champs are no pushovers, however.

Oral Roberts Golden Eagles at Tulsa Golden Hurricane, 4 p.m. (ESPN3)

Last season, the Golden Eagles opened the season with a nine-point home win over the Golden Hurricane.

Oakland Golden Grizzlies at Robert Morris Colonials, 4 p.m. (NEC Front Row)

A Horizon contender heads east to take on the defending NEC Tournament champs.

Texas Southern Tigers at Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks, 5 p.m. (ESPN3)

Two NCAA teams from last season, and two of the Lone Star State's best mids, meet up in Nacogdoches.

Morehead State Eagles at Indiana Hoosiers, 7 p.m. (BTN)

The Eagles had little issue in winning at Saint Louis on Wednesday night, so this might not be an automatic win for the Hoosiers

New Mexico State Aggies at Long Beach State 49ers, 7 p.m. (BigWest.tv)

Another interesting matchup of mid-major contenders on a day full of them, as the revamped WAC's runaway favorite is a rare quality guest for the barnstorming 49ers.

UAB Blazers at Illinois State Redbirds, 8 p.m. (ESPN3)

Yet another matchup of teams who could represent their respective conferences in the field of 68.

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at No. 12 Xavier Musketeers, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)

A Hilltopper team that's yet to string two wins together this season is likely to only be a speed bump for a Musketeer team that's opened the season with seven straight victories.

Evansville Aces at Murray State Racers, 8 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)

A meeting of Valley—Missouri and Ohio—challengers in Kentucky. The Racers have already dropped three games this season, including a road trip to Houston Cougars last time out, while the Aces' only loss came to Providence in the Wooden Legacy quarters.

Late-Night Snacks

Wichita State Shockers at Saint Louis Billikens, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

The reeling Shockers, who have dropped three straight and only own one win over Division I opposition, will look to get back on track against a Billiken team they defeated by 29 at home last season.

No. 18 Texas A&M Aggies at Arizona State Sun Devils, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

The Sun Devils welcome the Aggies to Tempe, with the goal of avenging a one-point loss suffered in College Station almost exactly a year earlier.

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