NBC Sports Network announces 2013-14 college basketball schedule

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With the start of the season just over a week away, the NBC Sports Network released its broadcast schedule for the 2013-14 campaign. The schedule tips off on November 14 when Temple visits CAA preseason favorite Towson, and the first month of the season will be headlined by the Battle 4 Atlantis event.

Teams taking part in that tournament (November 28-30) include Iowa, Kansas, Tennessee, Villanova and Xavier. Also of note that weekend is the Barclays Classic, with NBCSN broadcasting the semifinal between Ole Miss and Georgia Tech on the 29th and both the consolation and championship game on the 30th. Also playing in the event are Penn State and St. John’s.

NBCSN will also broadcast conference games from the Atlantic 10, CAA and Ivy League, with an A-10 doubleheader kicking off that portion of the slate on Sunday, January 5. George Washington visits Saint Joseph’s at 1:00 p.m. EST, followed by Dayton visiting Saint Louis.

To wrap up the schedule NBCSN will broadcast the CAA tournament semifinals and title game (March 9-10), and all four quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament on March 14.


Thu., November 14 Temple at Towson (7:30 p.m.)
Thu., November 28 Xavier at Iowa – Round 1 (Battle 4 Atlantis; 7 p.m.)
Thu., November 28 Tennessee at UTEP – Round 1 (Battle 4 Atlantis; 9:30 p.m.)
Fri., November 29 Ole Miss at Georgia Tech (Barclays Classic; 4:30 p.m.)
Fri., November 29 TBD – Round 2 (Battle 4 Atlantis; 7 p.m.)
Fri., November 29 TBD – Round 2 (Battle 4 Atlantis; 9:30 p.m.)
Sat., November 30 Consolation Game (Barclays Classic; 2 p.m.)
Sat., November 30 Championship Game (Barclays Classic; 4:30 p.m.)
Sat., November 30 Consolation Game (Battle 4 Atlantis; 7 p.m.)
Sat., November 30 Championship Game (Battle 4 Atlantis; 9:30 p.m.)
Sat., December 14 Northern Illinois at UMass (3 p.m.)
Thu., December 19 Iona at Dayton (7 p.m.)
Sat., December 21 James Madison at Hampton (3 p.m.)
Sat., December 21 Virginia Tech at VCU (5:30 p.m.)
Sat., December 28 Old Dominion at Richmond (6:30 p.m.)
Thu., January 2 Penn at George Mason (7:30 p.m.)
Sat., January 4 Cornell at St. Bonaventure (2 p.m.)
Sat., January 4 Yale at Saint Louis (5:30 p.m.)
Sun., January 5 George Washington at Saint Joseph’s** (1 p.m.)
Sun., January 5 Dayton at Saint Louis** (3 p.m.)
Thu., January 9 George Washington at La Salle (8 p.m.)
Sat., January 11 St. Bonaventure at UMass (12:30 p.m.)
Sat., January 11 Rhode Island at George Washington (2:30 p.m.)
Sat., January 11 Princeton at Penn (6 p.m.)
Sun., January 12 La Salle at Duquesne (2:30 p.m.)
Mon., January 13 College of Charleston at Northeastern (7 p.m.)
Sat., January 18 George Mason at Rhode Island (12:30 p.m.)
Sat., January 18 Fordham at Saint Louis (2:30 p.m.)
Sun., January 19 Towson at College of Charleston (3:30 p.m.)
Mon., January 20 Delaware at Drexel (7 p.m.)
Sat., January 25 George Washington at George Mason (12 p.m.)
Sat., January 25 Saint Joseph’s at Richmond (4 p.m.)
Sun., January 26 Fordham at UMass (12 p.m.)
Sun., January 26 Harvard at Dartmouth (4 p.m.)
Sun., January 26 Dayton at Saint Joseph’s** (6 p.m.)
Sat., February 1 George Washington at Dayton (12:30 p.m.)
Sat., February 1 George Mason at Saint Louis (2:30 p.m.)
Sat., February 1 Drexel at Towson (4:30 p.m.)
Sat., February 1 Penn at Harvard (9 p.m.)
Sun., February 2 William and Mary at James Madison (2:30 p.m.)
Wed., February 12 George Washington at VCU (7 p.m.)
Thu., February 13 Drexel at College of Charleston (7 p.m)
Mon., February 17 Delaware at Towson (7 p.m.)
Tues., February 18 George Washington at Richmond (7 p.m.)
Wed., February 19 Saint Louis at George Mason (7 p.m.)
Sat., February 22 Brown at Cornell (8 p.m.)
Sun., February 23 Yale at Columbia (1:30 p.m.)
Thu., February 27 Duquesne at Saint Louis (8 p.m.)
Fri., February 28 Brown at Penn (7:30 p.m.)
Sat., March 1 Saint Joseph’s at St. Bonaventure (3 p.m.)
Sat., March 1 La Salle at Fordham (5 p.m.)
Sun., March 2 George Mason at George Washington (1 p.m.)
Thu., March 6 George Mason at La Salle (8 p.m.)
Fri., March 7 Harvard at Yale (7:30 p.m.)
Sun., March 9 CAA Tournament Semifinals (2:30 p.m.)
Sun., March 9 CAA Tournament Semifinals (5 p.m.)
Mon., March 10 CAA Championship Game (7 p.m.)
Fri., March 14 A-10 Championship Quarterfinals (12 p.m.)
Fri., March 14 A-10 Championship Quarterfinals (2:30 p.m.)
Fri., March 14 A-10 Championship Quarterfinals (6:30 p.m.)
Fri., March 14 A-10 Championship Quarterfinals (9 p.m.)

All games and times subject to change.
*Opponents will be determined based on outcome of previous games or regular-season standings
**Denotes A-10 women’s basketball games

Michigan State’s Tum Tum Nairn battling foot injury

Lourawls Nairn Jr.
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Michigan State has climbed on the back of star senior wing Denzel Valentine early in the season but they’ll undoubtedly need more help as the season goes on if they want to sustain their current top-5 ranking. One of the keys to the Spartans could be the on-going health of sophomore point guard Lourawls ‘Tum Tum’ Nairn, who is battling a foot injury.

According to a report from Kyle Austin of MLive.com, Nairn has been putting on a protective boot the last few months to help battle plantar fasciitis as the guard has been playing in practices and hasn’t had his minutes reduced in games.

The injury looked like it was hurting Nairn’s early-season play, but he’s been very good in two games at the Wooden Legacy in California this week, so it could be that he’s getting more used to playing through the pain of the injury.

If Nairn is healthy and capable of contributing, he’s a huge boost to Michigan State because he’s one of the fastest players in college basketball and an additional ball handler on the floor. Through six games so far this season, Nairn is averaging 5.3 points and 4.7 assists per game as he’s been one of the team’s best distributors.

Plantar fasciitis can be a tough injury to fight through, so we’ll have to see if this affects Nairn as the season goes along.

PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: A few tournaments are still going on

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GAME OF THE DAY: George Washington vs. No. 24 Cincinnati, 1:30 p.m.

Two 6-0 teams clash at the Barclays Center in what could be an important game for NCAA tournament resumes of both teams. The Bearcats picked up their most legitimate win over Nebraska, but the Colonials pose as a more real threat after they beat Virginia at home earlier this season. Cincinnati hasn’t shot the ball well in recent wins, but they’re beating up opponents on the glass and the defense has been solid. George Washington is coming off of a win over Tennessee in which they held off the Volunteers in the second half. The Colonials have lost 20 of their last 23 against ranked opponents, but another win over a top team would look great for them going forward.

THIS ONE’S GOOD TOO: No. 4 Iowa State vs. Illinois, 6:00 p.m. (CBSSN)

This game is apart of the Emerald Coast Classic in Niceville, Florida as the Illini could desperately use a win after a 3-3 start. Illinois head coach John Groce and his team are feeling the pressure for a big win on a neutral site after falling to North Florida, Providence and Chattanooga earlier in the season. The No. 4 Cyclones easily dispatched Virginia Tech earlier in the event and have found a nice balance on offense with the emergence of senior big man Jameel McKay inside.


  • N0. 2 Maryland has struggled to put away teams early at times this season and they’ll try to change that behavior when they host Cleveland State.
  • Staying in the Big Ten, No. 16 Purdue hosts Lehigh. With a game at Pitt and against New Mexico looming, could this be a trap game for the Boilers?
  • Nebraska and Tennessee take the floor in consolation action at the Barclays Center. The Huskers need someone besides Shavon Shields and Andrew White to step up in the scoring column while Tennessee is getting huge numbers from senior guard Kevin Punter.
  • Two 4-0 teams will meet in Brooklyn as Louisville takes on Saint Louis (7:00 p.m., ESPN3). Neither team has faced a significant test this season and this is the Cardinals’ first game away from home.
  • An intriguing night game to keep an eye on is Belmont traveling to BYU (8:00 p.m.). The Bruins are as well-coached as any team in the country and forward Evan Bradds has been playing great ball to start the season. The Cougars don’t have a high scorer like they did in the past, but Kyle Collinsworth is a triple-double threat every time he steps on the floor and BYU has a lot of weapons around him.
  • UAB and Virginia Tech battle in one of the more intriguing consolation games of the Emerald Coast Classic. Both teams are coming off of disappointing losses but have a shot to make things better on the trip with a solid win on Saturday.


  • Bryant at Georgetown, 11:00 a.m. (FS2)
  • Bucknell at Penn State , 12:00 p.m.
  • Tennessee-Martin vs. Mississippi State, 12:00 p.m. (SEC Network)
  • Ole Miss at Bradley, 1:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
  • Old Dominion at VCU, 3:00 p.m.
  • Hawaii at Texas Tech, 3:00 p.m.
  • Kent State at Pitt, 3:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
  • SIU-Edwardsville at Butler, 4:00 p.m.
  • Georgia at Seton Hall, 6:30 p.m.
  • Western Illinois at Creigton, 7:00 p.m.
  • Colorado State vs UTEP, 7:30 p.m.