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Thanksgiving week saved the best for last, with a doubleheader of PK80 finals featuring Top 10 matchups. And there’s also a Texas A&M-USC non-tourney game on Pac-12 Network at 10 p.m. Eastern!

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Saturday’s limited tournament action got lost in the shuffle of a rather underwhelming day of football, which is a shame, since some unique things happened:

But now it’s time to turn to Sunday’s slate, which features a quartet of ESPN Events title games that tip late on the East Coast.

For a full lineup of non-tournament games, check out MattSarzSports.com’s Daily Schedule.

Chronological Schedule

Tip Time (ET) Event Round Matchup Outlet KenPom Fan Match Rank
Tip Time (ET) Event Round Matchup Outlet KenPom Fan Match Rank
12 p.m. AdvoCare Invitational 3rd/4th Place St. John's vs. UCF ESPNU 7
1 p.m. Phil Knight Invitational Motion 3rd/4th Place Texas vs. Gonzaga ESPN 4
1 p.m. Phil Knight Invitational Victory 5th/6th Place Oklahoma vs. Oregon ESPN2 5
2:30 p.m. Wooden Legacy 7th/8th Place Saint Joseph's vs. Sacramento State ESPN3 48
2:30 p.m. (approx.) AdvoCare Invitational 5th/6th Place Long Beach State vs. Nebraska ESPNU 25
3 p.m. Savannah Invitational Visitors' Round-Robin Mississippi Valley State at Samford ESPN3 56
3:30 p.m. (approx.) Phil Knight Invitational Victory 3rd/4th Place Arkansas vs. UConn ESPN 6
3:30 p.m. (approx.) Phil Knight Invitational Motion 5th/6th Place Butler vs. Ohio State ESPN2 8
5 p.m. (approx.) Wooden Legacy 3rd/4th Place Saint Mary's vs. Georgia ESPNU 10
7 p.m. AdvoCare Invitational 7th/8th Place Oregon State vs. Marist ESPN3 46
7 p.m. Phil Knight Invitational Victory 7th/8th Place DePaul vs. Portland ESPNU 40
8:30 p.m. Phil Knight Invitational Victory Championship North Carolina vs. Michigan State ESPN 2
9:30 p.m. (approx.) AdvoCare Invitational Championship Missouri vs. West Virginia ESPN2 9
9:30 p.m. (approx.) Wooden Legacy 5th/6th Place Harvard at Cal State Fullerton ESPN3 21
9:30 p.m. (approx.) Phil Knight Invitational Motion 7th/8th Place Stanford vs. Portland State ESPNU 14
11 p.m. (approx.) Phil Knight Invitational Motion Championship Duke vs. Florida ESPN 1
12 a.m. Wooden Legacy Championship Washington State vs. San Diego State ESPN2 18

AdvoCare Invitational Finals

3rd/4th Place: St. John’s Red Storm (5-1) vs. UCF Knights (4-1), 12 p.m. (ESPNU)
5th/6th Place: Long Beach State 49ers (3-3) vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-2), approx. 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
7th/8th Place: Oregon State Beavers (2-3) vs. Marist Red Foxes (0-5), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Championship: Missouri Tigers (5-1) vs. West Virginia Mountaineers (5-1), approx. 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

The first game of the day might just be important for a pair of teams that could find themselves on the bubble come Selection Sunday—though there might be more urgency for the Knights given how they were completely outclassed by West Virginia on Friday evening. Speaking of the Mountaineers, they will be a stiff challenge for a Mizzou squad that has started to assert itself in Florida as they’re adjusting to Michael Porter Jr.’s absence from the lineup.

Phil Knight Invitational Finals

A couple of things about today’s schedules:

  • The third-place (afternoon session) and championship games (night session) for both brackets will take place at Moda Center. ESPN will air all four of these contests.
  • The fifth-place (afternoon session) and seventh-place (night session) games, again for both brackets, are set for Veterans Memorial Coliseum. ESPN2 will air the fifth-place contests during the day, while ESPNU takes the seventh-place ones in the evening, opposite the finals.

Motion Bracket

3rd/4th Place: Texas Longhorns (4-1) vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs (4-1) , 1 p.m. (ESPN)
5th/6th Place: Butler Bulldogs (4-2) vs. Ohio State Buckeyes (5-1), approx. 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
7th/8th Place: Stanford Cardinal (3-4) vs. Portland State Vikings (4-2), 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Championship: Duke Blue Devils (7-0) vs. Florida Gators (5-0), approx. 11 p.m. (ESPN)

There are some interesting storylines in this quartet of games:

  • Right off the bat, we have a very interesting frontcourt matchup between Texas (Mohamed Bamba and Dylan Osetkowski) and Gonzaga (Johnathan Williams and Killian Tillie).
  • Then, Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann gets to face his former charges, the Butler Bulldogs, in the fifth-place game.
  • I’m curious to see if a Portland State that’s looked impressive in its losses to Duke and Butler can pull out a win over Stanford—who already lost to Vikings’ league rivals, the Eastern Washington Vikings, at Maples.
  • And last but most certainly not least, the finale features a pair of teams who had to play a few extra minutes to earn their places in tonight’s championship tilt. The Gators will have to keep Duke from getting off to a fast start—they failed to do so at the Jimmy V Classic last December, and while UF only ended up losing 84-74, the Blue Devils were never really in danger of losing because they were able to put the Gators in a hole very early on. Off the court, Florida coach Mike White encounters the school where his father, Kevin, is the athletic director, for the second time in his tenure in Gainesville.

Victory Bracket

5th/6th Place: Oklahoma Sooners (3-1) vs. Oregon Ducks (5-1), 1 p.m. (ESPN2)
3rd/4th Place: Arkansas Razorbacks (4-1) vs. UConn Huskies (4-1), approx. 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
7th/8th Place: DePaul Blue Demons (1-4) vs. Portland Pilots (2-3), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Championship: North Carolina Tar Heels (5-0) vs. Michigan State Spartans (4-1), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

In the afternoon games, the losers are going to be a bit disappointed that they’ll be leaving Portland with a pair of defeats, but with the quality of the opposition here, such a result shouldn’t tarnish their respective March prospects. (At least these teams avoided losses to the Blue Demons or Pilots.)

As for the championship game, did you know the Tar Heels have defeated the Spartans seven straight times? Michigan State last won a game in this series all the way back on November 29, 2000. This game also serves as an appetizer for the upcoming Big Ten/ACC Challenge, which starts tomorrow with a pair of games. UNC hosts the Michigan Wolverines, while MSU welcomes the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Wooden Legacy Finals

7th/8th Place: Saint Joseph's Hawks (2-3) vs. Sacramento State Hornets (1-5), 2:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
3rd/4th Place: Saint Mary's Gaels (5-1) vs. Georgia Bulldogs (4-1), approx. 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
5th/6th Place: Harvard Crimson (3-3) at Cal State Fullerton Titans (2-3), 9:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
Championship: Washington State Cougars (5-0) vs. San Diego State Aztecs (5-1), approx. 12 a.m. 11/27 (ESPN2)

Thanks to the Cougars’ surprising Friday afternoon win over the Gaels, we have an unexpected championship matchup and Saint Mary’s will have to take care of Georgia to avoid a 1-2 trip and an at-large case that’s already springing leaks. Harvard has a good chance to salvage a second win from this trip, even if they’re playing a true road game today, while Saint Joe’s will likely be disappointed win or lose—a victory over Sacramento State won’t do much for the Hawks’ postseason hopes.

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