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College Hoops Viewing Guide For Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Tip-Off Marathon concludes with a trio of intriguing showdowns.

NCAA Basketball: Marist at Duke Rob Kinnan-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.

Tip-Off Marathon

Dayton Flyers (1-0) at Alabama Crimson Tide (1-0), 1:15 p.m. (ESPN2)

In last year’s Tip-Off Marathon, the Flyers walloped the Tide by an 80-48 score at UD Arena. Both opened 2016-17 with convincing wins on Friday night—Dayton by a 96-68 score over Austin Peay and Alabama over Coastal Carolina 70-53.

Oregon Ducks (1-0) at Baylor Bears (1-0), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

This is another rematch from last season, when the Ducks claimed a 74-67 victory over the Bears back in Eugene. With Oregon a heavy favorite in the Pac-12 and Baylor needing to fill some holes, this one might not be as close as 2015’s encounter.

State Farm Champions Classic

Both games are on ESPN, starting at 7 p.m.

Kentucky Wildcats (2-0)
Michigan State Spartans (0-1)
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Duke Blue Devils (2-0)
Kansas Jayhawks (0-1)

Michigan State and Kansas are staring 0-2 starts down as they take on the No. 2 and No. 1 teams in the nation, respectively, in New York—a mere 96 hours after losing in the Armed Forces Classic in Honolulu. Kentucky and Duke, on the other hand, can run their records to 3-0, thanks to their perfect weekends.

If the Spartans can force the Wildcats to take lots of jumpers, they’ll have a chance to pull what would have to be considered an upset at this early stage. Similarly, the Jayhawks will have to get some stops against a Blue Devil offense that is already humming along nicely.

Other Evening Options

Maryland Terrapins (1-0) at Georgetown Hoyas (1-0) (Gavitt Tip-Off Games), 6:30 p.m. (FS1)

This time, the Hoyas aren’t coming into this one already owning a loss—Saturday’s 105-60 beatdown of USC Upstate guaranteed that. Plus, they get the Terps at Verizon, even though you can bet there will be plenty of red in the crowd. Maryland won last year’s meeting 75-71, and a similar result going Georgetown’s way wouldn’t shock me.

Monmouth Hawks (1-0) at South Carolina Gamecocks (2-0) (Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational), 6:30 p.m. (SEC Network+)

Two 2016 bubble teams meet in Columbia with a bit more probably on the line for the Hawks, who will have to do even better on the road to stay in the at-large hunt this season. If the Gamecocks match their efficiency level from Sunday’s game against Holy Cross, an impressive 1.45 points per trip, it’s going to be a long night for King Rice’s squad.

Grand Canyon Antelopes (0-1) at Penn State Nittany Lions (1-1) (Hall of Fame Tip-Off), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)

Both squads are looking for a victory in their second Hall of Fame Tip-Off campus game. Duke feasted on the Antelopes on Saturday, while the Nittany Lions fell to Albany (then rebounded to defeat Duquesne on Sunday).

Holy Cross Crusaders (0-1) at Syracuse Orange (1-0), (Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational), 7 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)

On Sunday, the Crusaders encountered a buzzsaw in Columbia, S.C., and they might take some more cuts at the Carrier Dome tonight. Syracuse’s newest arrivals, particularly transfers Andrew White and John Gillon, are already making their presence known at the Carrier Dome.

Iona Gaels (0-0) at Florida State Seminoles (1-0), 7 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)

The defending MAAC Tournament champs open their season in Tallahassee, where they’ll look to stun an FSU squad prone to the early season shock.

Long Beach State 49ers (1-1) at North Carolina Tar Heels (2-0), 8 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)

The 49ers played their first game against a Division I foe on Sunday night—and were run out of the gym by Wichita State, 92-55. Things could get worse for LBSU tonight. (And a trip Louisville follows on Thursday!)

Wisconsin Badgers (1-0) at Creighton Bluejays (1-0) (Gavitt Tip-Off Games), 8:30 p.m. (FS1)

Given the lack of strength in the Bluejays’ non-conference schedule, topping the Badgers in Omaha might be vital, at least in terms of seeding for March. To do so, Creighton will have to improve upon their performance against UMKC—an 89-82 win—on Friday night.

Belmont Bruins (0-0) at Vanderbilt Commodores (0-1), 9 p.m. (SEC Network)

Two hours after Iona takes the floor for the first time this season, the Bruins will be the final Division I squad to play a game that counts. And if Vandy plays like they did against Marquette on Friday night, Belmont might just be able to leave Memorial Gym with a victory.

Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners (1-0) at Arizona Wildcats (1-0), 10 p.m. (Pac-12 Network Arizona)

The Wildcats’ aim is to avoid a letdown after Friday’s thrilling win over Michigan State, as they welcome the WAC Tournament champs to McKale. The Roadrunners opened with San Diego Christian, so tonight’s game will obviously be a significant step up in competition.

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