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.

Boise State loses guard Harwell to torn ACL

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Expected to be one of the favorites in the Mountain West this season, Boise State’s perimeter ranks have shrunk by one player due to injury. Thursday it was reported by the Idaho Statesman that freshman guard Malek Harwell will redshirt after suffering a torn ACL in practice. Along with fellow freshman Paris Austin, Harwell is expected to be a key part of the Broncos’ future beyond the upcoming season.

Now, instead of competing with an experienced backcourt that includes four redshirt seniors, Harwell will work to get his knee back to full strength for the 2016-17 season.

Among the guards who will play significant minutes this season are Anthony Drmic, who took a medical redshirt last season, Montigo Alford, Mikey Thompson and grad transfer Lonnie Jackson (Boston College). Chandler Hutchison, who started in Boise State’s final 18 games of the 2014-15 season as a freshman, will also compete for playing time.

Knee injury sidelines Illinois forward Leron Black

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Illinois will be shorthanded in its front court for the time being, as during the team’s media day Thursday head coach John Groce announced that sophomore forward Leron Black is out due to injury.

Black will undergo surgery Friday to repair a meniscus tear in his knee, and he’s expected to miss anywhere from four to six weeks. A return after four weeks would have Black back on the court just before the Fighting Illini open their season November 13 against North Florida. Any longer and the Memphis native would wind up missing some game action.

Black averaged 5.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in just under 15 minutes of action per game as a freshman. He’s one of the players expected to contribute in the front court for the Fighting Illini, who lost their best interior defender and second-leading rebounder in Nnanna Egwu at the end of last season (guard Rayvonte Rice, who led the team in rebounding, is also gone).

In addition to Black and junior Maverick Morgan, Illinois adds redshirt freshman Michael Finke and grad student Mike Thorne Jr. (via Charlotte) to their front court rotation.