That’s more like it. After a quiet night in college hoops, Tuesday offers up a tasty slate of games, headed by the Jimmy V Classic and a handful of in-state, non-conference showdowns. Get your TiVo handy. (I’m looking at you, Dauster.)
Two Top 15 matchups: No. 13 Memphis plays No. 4 Kansas, followed by No. 7 Michigan State against No. 8 Syracuse (both are on ESPN). That’s an impressive one-two punch. And one that’ll have about 30 NBA scouts in attendance. The Spartans (6-2) have played a nasty schedule thus far, while the Orange (8-0) have four wins by six points or less. Except another tight game.
Same goes for the Jayhawks (7-0), who haven’t played since getting a scare Thursday against UCLA. that Memphis (7-0) has far more talented players than the Bruins, which should make Bill Self’s team a little worried.
Pick a showdown, any showdown: Georgia’s at Georgia Tech. Northern Iowa’s at Iowa. Purdue’s at Valpo. James Madison’s at Marshall and Lipscomb is at Austin Peay.
Five games between in-state teams, all within short drives of each other. I wouldn’t call ‘em rivalry games, but I would say all of ‘em are worth watching.
(All times ET)
Wagner at Columbia, 7 p.m.
Howard at Fairfield, 7 p.m.
Worcester Tech at Harvard, 7 p.m.
Stony Brook at Holy Cross, 7 p.m.
Memphis vs. Kansas at Madison Square Garden, 7 p.m.
Lehigh at Quinnipiac, 7 p.m.
Colgate at St. Francis, NY, 7 p.m.
St. Bonaventure at St. John’s, 7 p.m.
Robert Morris at West Virginia, 7 p.m.
Mount St. Mary’s, Md. at Penn St., 7:30 p.m.
Marist at Rutgers, 7:30 p.m.
Michigan St. vs. Syracuse at Madison Square Garden, 9 p.m.
ETSU at Coll. of Charleston, 7 p.m.
Old Dominion at East Carolina, 7 p.m.
Gardner-Webb at Elon, 7 p.m.
Georgia at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m.
James Madison at Marshall, 7 p.m.
St. Catherine at Morehead St., 7 p.m.
Radford at Virginia, 7 p.m.
Winthrop at Charlotte, 7:30 p.m.
Navy at Coppin St., 7:30 p.m.
Lipscomb at Austin Peay, 8 p.m.
Louisiana Tech at Northwestern St., 8 p.m.
Middle Tennessee at Belmont, 8:15 p.m.
Tennessee St. at Alabama A&M, 8:30 p.m.
WVU Tech at Cleveland St., 7 p.m.
Cent. Connecticut St. at Dayton, 7 p.m.
Saginaw Valley St. at Miami (Ohio), 7 p.m.
N. Iowa at Iowa, 8:05 p.m.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Marquette, 9 p.m.
Purdue at Valparaiso, 9 p.m.
Philander Smith at Ark.-Little Rock, 8 p.m.
Centenary at Ark.-Monticello, 8 p.m.
Pepperdine at Utah, 9 p.m.
Long Beach St. at Utah St., 9:05 p.m.
Idaho St. at CS Bakersfield, 10 p.m.
Fresno St. at San Diego, 10 p.m.
Cal Lutheran at CS Northridge, 10:05 p.m.
Sacramento St. at Loyola Marymount, 10:30 p.m.
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