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College Hoops Viewing Guide For Sunday, November 20, 2016

Thanksgiving is approaching, which means it’s time to start awarding tournament trophies. But this Sunday’s slate also features so much more.

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

If you’re only able to listen to tonight, check out TuneIn’s college basketball lineup.

All times are Eastern, adjust accordingly.

Tire Pros Invitational Finals (Primer)

Missouri
7th/8th Place
Missouri Tigers (SEC) (1-2)
vs.
Tulane Green Wave (American) (1-3)
12 p.m. (ESPN3)
Tulane
Davidson
5th/6th Place
Davidson Wildcats (A 10) (2-1)
vs.
Arizona State Sun Devils (Pac-12) (3-1)
approx. 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
ASU
Clemson
3rd/4th Place
Clemson Tigers (ACC) (2-1)
vs.
Oklahoma Sooners (Big 12) (2-1)
5 p.m. (ESPNU)
Oklahoma
Xavier
Championship
Xavier Musketeers (Big East) (4-0)
vs.
Northern Iowa Panthers (MVC) (3-0)
approx. 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
UNI

Xavier will attempt to claim its second Orlando tournament win in as many seasons, a feat that only became possible when this event was moved from Puerto Rico for this season. Curiously, the Musketeers will host Northern Iowa on Saturday in this tournament’s lone non-bracketed contest. The first game of the evening session should also be important come March, as either Clemson or Oklahoma will leave Florida with a pair of wins. The same goes for Davidson and Arizona State in the fifth-place contest. However, the loser of the first game of the day—the seventh-place contest between Missouri and Tulane—heads home at 0-3. For the Tigers, that would be quite a fall, considering their performance against Xavier in the quarterfinals.

Gildan Charleston Classic Finals (Primer)

WMU
7th/8th Place
Western Michigan Broncos (MAC) (1-3)
vs.
Boise State Broncos (MW) (1-2)
1:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
Boise St
UTEP
5th/6th Place
UTEP Miners (C-USA) (2-1)
vs.
Mississippi State Bulldogs (SEC) (2-1)
approx. 4 p.m. (ESPN3)
Miss St
Wake
3rd/4th Place
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (ACC) (3-1)
at
College of Charleston Cougars (SoCon) (3-1)
7 p.m. (ESPNU)
CofC
Nova
Championship
Villanova Wildcats (Big East) (4-0)
vs.
UCF Knights (American) (3-0)
approx. 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
UCF

Unlike their Big East rivals, Villanova won’t have to worry about facing College of Charleston on consecutive gamedays, as UCF dispatched the host Cougars handily in Friday’s semifinals to set up tonight’s showdown. If Tacko Fall plays like he did in Thursday’s quarterfinal win over Mississippi State , the Wildcats will encounter trouble inside. College of Charleston still gets a chance at a power conference win in the third-place game, as they’ll host Wake Forest.

The first game of the day, which sees the Broncos of Western Michigan and Boise State playing to avoid a doughnut, would be much more interesting as a football game. And really, the same could be said for the fifth-place game between Miss. State and UTEP.

Hall Of Fame Tip-Off Finals (Primer)

Naismith Bracket

Duke
Championship
Duke Blue Devils (ACC) (3-1)
vs.
Rhode Island Rams (A 10) (4-0)
1 p.m. (ESPN)
URI
Penn St
Consolation
Penn State Nittany Lions (Big Ten) (2-2)
vs.
Cincinnati Bearcats (American) (2-1)
approx. 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Cincy

Duke has been dealing with injury issues so far this season, and today’s Hall of Fame Tip-Off final against Rhode Island will be no exception, as Chase Jeter is probably out after rolling his ankle in Saturday’s semifinal win over Penn State. However, the Rams will also be shorthanded, as point guard Jarvis Garrett suffered a scary injury and was stretchered off during the first half of what turned out to be a big Ram comeback against Cincinnati.

While you’d expect the Bearcats to romp in the consolation game (which is the second game of the afternoon doubleheader at the Mohegan Sun for TV purposes), E.C. Matthews and company might be able to give shorthanded Duke a run for its money in the opener.

Springfield Bracket

ESPN3 will stream both games.

While this half of the tournament was set up as a showcase, today’s matchups end up being de facto championship and consolation games, thanks to Saturday’s results. Marist (1-3) took down Brown (1-3) to win its first game of the year on Saturday, so they’ll look to start a streak against Grand Canyon (1-2) (6 p.m.). The Antelopes picked up their first victory of 2016-17 by topping Albany (2-2) last night. The Great Danes will take on Brown in their pre-set matchup in the nightcap (approx. 8:30 p.m.).

U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam Semifinals (Primer)

CBSSN will air both games.

Saint Joes
Saint Joseph's Hawks (A 10) (3-0)
vs.
Ole Miss Rebels (SEC) (3-0)
6 p.m.
Ole Miss
NC State
North Carolina State Wolfpack (ACC) (3-0)
vs.
Creighton Bluejays (Big East) (3-0)
approx. 8:30 p.m.
Creighton

All four favorites won in Friday’s quarterfinals, with only Ole Miss really struggling (the Rebels needed overtime to beat Oral Roberts). Saint Joseph’s, a 2016 NCAA team that probably won’t be at that level this season, will still provide a challenge for one of the SEC’s more underrated squads in game one. The second matchup, however, is a massive game for both Creighton and N.C. State, considering the weakness of their respective non-conference schedules (particularly the Wolfpack’s).

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Non-Tournament Action Of Note

Yale Bulldogs (2-0) at Virginia Cavaliers (2-0), 1 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)

The Bulldogs have already won at Washington and will visit a Cavaliers team that will be permanently without Memphis transfer Austin Nichols, kicked off the team after a single game.

New Hampshire Wildcats (2-1) at West Virginia Mountaineers (2-0) (NIT Season Tip-Off), 2 p.m. (Root Sports Pittsburgh)

UNH followed up its win at Temple by losing to Abilene Christian at home, so don’t expect them to pick up a second road win.

Manhattan Jaspers (1-2) at Temple Owls (1-2) (NIT Season Tip-Off), 2 p.m. (ESPN3)

After knocking off La Salle on Opening Night, the Owls have lost to UNH and UMass. The Jaspers, however, won their first of the year on Friday, knocking off Hofstra at Draddy Gym.

Towson Tigers (2-0) at Maryland Terrapins (3-0) (Barclays Center Classic), 2 p.m. (ESPN3)

The CAA contenders from Towson will look to set a trap for the Terps, who defeated non-Division I St. Mary’s (Md.) last time out.

Princeton Tigers (0-1) at Lehigh Mountain Hawks (0-2), 2 p.m. (Patriot League Network)

The Ivy and Patriot favorites are each looking for their first win of the season.

East Tennessee State Buccaneers (2-0) at NC-Wilmington Seahawks (2-0), 3 p.m. (CAA.tv)

The defending CAA champs welcome one of the teams likely to challenge Chattanooga for the SoCon title.

Colorado State Rams (2-0) at Stanford Cardinal (3-0), 6 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National and Bay Area)

While the Rams are undefeated, a three-point win over New Mexico State and victory over Division II Fort Lewis don’t inspire much confidence heading to Maples.

Fla Gulf Coast Eagles (1-2) at Michigan State Spartans (1-2) (Battle 4 Atlantis), 7 p.m. (BTN)

The Eagles gave Baylor a fight in their first B4A game on Friday night.

Iona Gaels (0-1) at Nevada Wolf Pack (2-1) (GCI Great Alaska Shootout), 8 p.m. (MWN)

The Wolf Pack defeated Oregon State by 25 last time out, while the Gaels lost their lone outing of the year, at Florida State, by 21.

Duquesne Dukes (2-2) at Kentucky Wildcats (3-0) (Bluegrass Showcase), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

The Dukes lost by one to Canisius in their first game in this event (of four), while the Wildcats defeated the Golden Griffins by 24.

Long Beach State 49ers (1-3) at UCLA Bruins (3-0), 10 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National and LA)

The 49ers have yet to defeat a Division I foe. That probably doesn’t change tonight.

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