It’s Jimmy V night, which means the speech is coming. Some good games, too. Remains to be seen which is more compelling TV.
(All times ET; TV info courtesy of HDSportsGuide)
Missouri vs. Villanova, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
The Tigers are a surprising 7-0 under new coach Frank Haith, including routs against Cal and Notre Dame. The offense is clicking, mostly because they can’t miss and aren’t turning the ball over. (Fans of departed coach Mike Anderson are also pleased that the up-tempo style has remained.) Much of that credit belongs to the always-incredible Marcus Denmon and the remarkably improved jumper of Kim English. That said, ‘Nova’s an intriguing lineup because it matches up well with Missouri at every position. If it only produced like Mizzou …
Washington vs. Marquette, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Until the Eagles beat Wisconsin on Saturday, it was tough to tell if Buzz Williams’ squad was simply beating up on inferior teams or if it was really that good. Might be the latter. Jae Crowder, Darius Johnson-Odom & Co. are a ruthlessly efficient machine thus far, both on offense and defense. Washington hasn’t been as consistent, but – just like the earlier Jimmy V game – it’s a promising matchup that could yield dramatic results.
Memphis at Miami, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
If you haven’t watched Malcolm Grant and Durand Scott play, you’re missing out. Luckily, Miami’s backcourt duo gets to test its skill against a Tigers team that’s once again incredibly talented but once again underperforming. There’s nothing wrong with losses to Michigan and Georgetown, but those are the games Memphis is supposed to win. A road win at Miami would be a nice start.
George Mason at Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Didn’t expect Tony Bennett’s team to be 7-1 at this point? Don’t worry. You’re not alone. The Cavs have finally embraced Bennett’s deliberate, efficient style, which has resulted in an impressive defense and only one befuddling loss thus far. That brings me to George Mason, which has two befuddling losses. (Standard for a Paul Hewitt team.)
Bucknell at Binghamton, 7 p.m.
Holy Cross at Columbia, 7 p.m.
Robert Morris at Duquesne, 7 p.m.
Quinnipiac at Hartford, 7 p.m.
Monmouth (NJ) at Navy, 7 p.m.
VMI at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
NJIT at Seton Hall, 7 p.m.
Marshall at Syracuse, 7 p.m.
Missouri vs. Villanova at Madison Square Garden, 7 p.m.
Hofstra at Wagner, 7 p.m.
Washington vs. Marquette at Madison Square Garden, 9 p.m.
UMass at East Carolina, 7 p.m.
Virginia-Wise at Furman, 7 p.m.
Alice Lloyd at Gardner-Webb, 7 p.m.
Kent St. at James Madison, 7 p.m.
UNC Wilmington at Liberty, 7 p.m.
Evansville at North Carolina, 7 p.m.
Charlotte at Radford, 7 p.m.
George Mason at Virginia, 7 p.m.
Tulane at Wofford, 7 p.m.
Coastal Carolina at The Citadel, 7:05 p.m.
UT-Martin at Lipscomb, 7:30 p.m.
Tennessee St. at Belmont, 8 p.m.
NC Central at E. Kentucky, 8 p.m.
Northwestern St. at Louisiana Tech, 8 p.m.
Memphis at Miami, 9 p.m.
Fredonia St. at Youngstown St., 7:45 p.m.
Northeastern at Bradley, 8 p.m.
Prairie View at Iowa St., 8 p.m.
Appalachian St. at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Iowa at N. Iowa, 8 p.m.
SW Minnesota St. at S. Dakota St., 8 p.m.
Ball St. at SIU-Edwardsville, 8:30 p.m.
Long Beach St. at Kansas, 9 p.m.
Philander Smith at UALR, 6:15 p.m.
Texas Tech at TCU, 7 p.m.
Houston at Texas St., 7 p.m.
Texas-Arlington at Texas, 8 p.m.
Utah Valley at Utah St., 9:05 p.m.
Hawaii at Pacific, 10 p.m.
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