NBC Sports Network announces 45 college basketball games to be aired


On Wednesday, the NBC Sports Network released the schedule of college basketball games that they will be broadcasting during the 2014-2015 season.

The network will once again be broadcasting games from the Atlantic 10 and the CAA during league play. There will be 25 Atlantic 10 games shown with all 14 members of the conference making at least one appearance, while seven CAA games will be shown. In addition to the regular season games, NBCSN will also be airing the second round and quarterfinals of the A-10 tournament as well as the semifinals and finals of the CAA tournament.

NBCSN will kick off the season by broadcasting all four games of the Barclays Center Classic, which features Rutgers, Virginia, La Salle and Vanderbilt, at the end of November.

Here is the full schedule of games being shown on the network:

November 28-29, Barclays Center Classic, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
December 13, Northern Iowa at VCU, 7 p.m.
December 20, Iona at GMU, 7 p.m.
December 28, Richmond at Wake Forest, 4 p.m.
January 3, Duquesne at Dayton, 1 p.m.
January 3, Rhode Island at Saint Louis, 3 p.m.
January 3, Richmond at Davidson, 5 p.m.
January 8, George Mason at Richmond, 7 p.m.
January 10, George Washington at La Salle, 12:30 p.m.
January 17, Saint Louis at Dayton, 12:30 p.m.
January 17, Rhode Island at UMass, 2:30 p.m.
January 17, George Mason at George Washington, 4:30 p.m.
January 18, Saint Joseph’s at St. Bonaventure, 2:30 p.m.
January 22, George Washington at Fordham, 7 p.m.
January 24, Charleston at Drexel, Noon
January 24, Northeastern at William & Mary, 2 p.m.
January 31, Davidson at Saint Joseph’s, 12:30 p.m.
February 5, Richmond at La Salle, 6:30 p.m.
February 7, VCU at St. Bonaventure, 2 p.m.
February 7, Saint Louis at Fordham, 4 p.m.
February 8, Rhode Island at Richmond, 2:30 p.m.
February 12, Northeastern at Hofstra, 7 p.m.
February 14, St. Bonaventure at Dayton, 12:30 p.m.
February 14, Delaware at William & Mary, 2:30 p.m.
February 15, Towson at Charleston, 12:30 p.m.
February 15, Saint Joseph’s at Fordham, 2:30 p.m.
February 21, Dayton at Duquesne, 2 p.m.
February 21, Drexel at Northeastern, 4 p.m.
February 22, La Salle at Saint Louis, 2:30 p.m.
February 22, William & Mary at Hofstra, 4:30 p.m.
February 28, Rhode Island at La Salle, 12:30 p.m.
March 7, UMass at George Washington, 3:30 p.m.
March 7, George Mason at VCU, 5:30 p.m.
March 8, CAA Semifinals: 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.
March 9, CAA Finals: 7 p.m.
March 12, A-10 Championship Second Round: Noon, 2:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.
March 13, A-10 Championship Quarterfinals: Noon, 2:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Brooks’ big game leads No. 15 Oregon over Fresno State 78-73

Dillon Brooks, Torren Jones
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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Dillon Brooks had 21 points and 10 rebounds and No. 15 Oregon staved off a late rally by Fresno State for a 78-73 victory Monday night.

Chris Boucher and Elgin Cook added 14 points each for the Ducks (6-0), who led 70-52 with 6:35 to play before Marvelle Harris scored 13 points in a 16-2 run by the Bulldogs (5-1) that cut the deficit to four.

A driving layup by Brooks put Oregon up 74-68 with 1:20 left, and the Ducks held on by making four of six free throws in the final 45 seconds.

Harris, who didn’t score until the 12:04 mark of the second half, led Fresno State with 18 points, while Paul Watson added 11 and Torren Jones had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

The Bulldogs won the rebounding battle 41-32 behind Jones and Karachi Edo, who had nine rebounds and 10 points.

Freshman Tyler Dorsey, Oregon’s leading scorer at 15.2 points per game, finished with 12.

The Ducks scored the game’s first 11 points, went up by as many as 14 and took a 37-25 halftime lead. The Ducks did most of the damage from inside the 3-point arc (9 of 10) and at the free throw line, outscoring the Bulldogs 13-5.

Fresno State, meanwhile, missed its first six shots from the field, shot 29.0 percent (9 of 31) and saw its top two scorers, Harris and Cezar Guerrero, held scoreless for the first 20 minutes.

The senior guards came in averaging 20.2 and 13.2 points per game, respectively.


Fresno State: Harris, the preseason choice for Mountain West Conference player of the year, needed one point to crack the Bulldog’s all-time top 10 in scoring. After going scoreless in the first half, he finished with 18 to rank 10th with 1,425, one behind Tod Bernard in ninth place, in 107 career games. . The Bulldogs fell to 2-10 all-time against Oregon. They last time they beat the Ducks, who have won the last five meetings, was in 1995. . Fresno State hasn’t beaten a Top 25 team on the road since 2000.

Oregon: The double-double was the second of the season Brooks and fourth of his career. . The Ducks are 40-2 against nonconference opponents since moving into Matthew Knight Arena five years ago. . The 6-0 start is Oregon’s second in the last nine years. The Ducks started 13-0 two seasons ago.

No. 1 Kentucky survives without Tyler Ulis in lineup

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Less than a week after giving No. 2 Maryland all they could handle, Illinois State went into Lexington and gave No. 1 Kentucky fits.

The Redbirds never really threatened UK in the second half, but they went into the break tied and were within single digits down the stretch, eventually losing 75-63.

Kentucky was flustered. They turned the ball over 15 times compared to just eight assists, they shot 2-for-12 from three and just 29-for-46 (63 percent) from the charity stripe. They simply did not handle Illinois State’s pressure all that well.

And there was a reason for that.

Tyler Ulis didn’t play.

Sometimes it’s difficult to appreciate just what a player brings to a team until that player is not in the lineup, and that was precisely the case with Ulis on Monday night. It was crystal clear what he provides Kentucky. Beyond leadership and the ability to break a press without throwing the ball to the other team, he’s a calming presence. He doesn’t get rattled when a defender is harassing him and he doesn’t get overwhelmed by a situation like a mid-major threatening the No. 1 team in the country in their own gym.

He’s everything you look for in a pure point guard, and for as good as Jamal Murray and Isaiah Briscoe have looked at times this season, it should be crystal clear who the most important player on this Kentucky team is.