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College Basketball Viewing Guide For Monday, November 14, 2016

Before the Tip-Off Marathon begins on ESPN2, BTN will have the game of the night.

NCAA Basketball: Lafayette at Villanova Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

This list of games is not exhaustive by design. For a full lineup and more specific information about coverage—particularly for ACC RSN, ASN, CSN, and FSN games—visit Matt’s College Sports on TV Website.

All times are Eastern, adjust accordingly.

Early Evening Window

Villanova Wildcats (1-0) at Purdue Boilermakers (1-0) (Gavitt Tip-Off Games), 7 p.m. (BTN)

After crushing Lafayette by 40 in their opener on Friday night, the defending national champions travel to West Lafayette to face one of the four squads most likely to challenge for the Big Ten crown. The Boilermakers took out McNeese State by 44 in their opener, scoring 109, thanks in no small part to Caleb Swanigan’s 22-point, 20-board, six assist night. He and the rest of the Purdue frontcourt will challenge a guard-oriented Nova squad significantly.

Buffalo Bulls (1-0) at Xavier Musketeers (1-0), 7 p.m. (CBSSN)

The team most likely to challenge Villanova for the Big East crown stumbled out of the gates, only defeating Lehigh by three at Cintas on Friday evening. Thanks to Myles Davis’ legal troubles, the Musketeers aren’t at full strength. If the Bulls can take care of the ball better than a hot-shooting Mountain Hawk team that coughed it up 20 times on Friday, they’ll have a chance to steal a win.

Albany Great Danes (1-0) at Cincinnati Bearcats (1-0) (Hall of Fame Tip-Off), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

In their respective openers in this event on Friday night, both the Great Danes and Bearcats picked up victories. Cincinnati blew out Brown by 29, while Albany shocked Penn State in State College by six. Don’t expect Will Brown’s team to grab a second straight road win, but keep an eye on this one.

Northeastern Huskies (1-0) at Connecticut Huskies (0-1), 7 p.m. (SNY/ESPN3)

Bill Coen’s team takes a break from a home-and-home with Boston University to travel to Hartford, where a wounded UConn team will be waiting. Wagner outplayed and outhustled the hosts on Friday night, and with a trip west for the loaded Maui Jim Maui Invitational looming, Kevin Ollie’s team will have to get its act together quickly.

Old Dominion Monarchs (1-0) at Richmond Spiders (1-0), 7 p.m. (CSN Mid-Atlantic Plus/A 10 on Facebook)

The Monarchs travel to the Robins Center for the second season in a row looking to avenge the 16-point defeat the Spiders handed them last December 16th. Both of these squads need a win tonight for their likely tenuous at-large hopes. Neither squad looked great on Friday, as ODU defeated JMU by eight at home, while Richmond struggled to get past VMI, recording a 72-69 win.

Late Evening Window

Georgia State Panthers (1-0) at Auburn Tigers (1-0) (Cancun Challenge), 9 p.m. (SEC Network)

The Panthers, who will challenge UT Arlington, Georgia Southern, and Little Rock for the Sun Belt crown, face their first Division I opponent of year. The Tigers had an easier than expected time in their opener, an 83-66 victory over defending Atlantic Sun regular season champ UNF.

Eastern Washington Eagles (1-0) at Northwestern Wildcats (1-0) (Legends Classic), 9 p.m. (BTN)

It’s a similar story for the Eagles, who defeated Linfield by 23 on Friday. The Big Sky power will attempt to win at Welsh-Ryan, where the Wildcats routed Mississippi Valley State on Opening Night.

Tip-Off Marathon

The first two games look more attractive than the rest.

Princeton Tigers (0-0) at BYU Cougars (0-0), 10 p.m. (ESPN2)

This will be the opener for both the Ivy favorite’s (though Harvard and Yale, particularly after last night’s win at Washington, will have a lot to say about that) and the team likely to finish third in the WCC.

San Diego State Aztecs (1-0) at Gonzaga Bulldogs (1-0), 12 a.m. (ESPN2)

The two most prominent non-power-conference programs meet in Spokane. Given that the Mountain West is likely to be a one-bid league for the second consecutive season, the Aztecs would be well served by grabbing a win at the Kennel. In their openers, SDSU defeated crosstown rival San Diego, who finished last in the WCC last season, by 10, while the Zags smoked Utah Valley.

Green Bay Phoenix (1-0) at Pacific Tigers (0-1), 2 a.m. (ESPN2)

The defending Horizon League Tournament champs visit a squad likely to tussle with San Diego to stay out of the WCC basement this time around. UCLA mauled the Tigers by 39 on Friday, while the Phoenix blew out somebody called Northland by 35.

Florida Atlantic Owls (0-2) at Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors (1-0) (Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic), 4:15 a.m. (ESPN2)

The Rainbow Warriors rebounded from an opening one-point loss to SIU Edwardsville to topple Texas State by six in their second Rainbow Classic game. On the other hand, the Owls have already lost to both.

Niagara Purple Eagles (0-2) at Hartford Hawks (0-1) (Scarlet Knight Showcase), 6:30 a.m. (ESPN2)

One of these two has to win. Those are the rules. On Opening Night, the Hawks lost by 15 to a Central Connecticut State team Seton Hall embarrassed on Sunday. Meanwhile, the Purple Eagles have already dropped decisions to both Buffalo and Brown.

Winthrop Eagles (1-0) at Manhattan Jaspers (0-1) (NIT Season Tip-Off), 8:45 a.m. (ESPN2)

Steve Masiello’s team, which dropped a 12-point decision at Bucknell, welcomes the Big South favorites to Riverdale for a Tuesday morning tip. The Eagles won their opener, but you can’t really take much from a 66-47 win over non-D1 Ferrum.

Longwood Lancers (0-1) at Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (0-1), 11 a.m. (ESPN2)

A Longwood squad that won 10 games a season ago and lost its 2016-17 opener to Maine heads to Nacogdoches to face a Lumberjack squad that fell by 23 at Kentucky on Friday. Kyle Keller should be able to get his first win as a collegiate head coach in this one.

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