PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: Afternoon basketball!

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GAME OF THE DAY: Boise State at No. 12 Arizona, 8:30 p.m.

The last time that we heard from Sean Miller, he was taking a shot at UCLA’s fan base after his Wildcats beat up on Bradley in front of a packed house at the McKale Center. Tonight, the building will likely be sold out once again, as the Wildcats host a Boise State team that is considered to be a contender for the Mountain West title.

THIS ONE’S GOOD, TOO: Stony Brook at No. 17 Vanderbilt, 8:00 p.m.

Vanderbilt is a team that, on paper, looks like the second-best in the SEC, but the Seawolves are going to be a nice test. Stony Brook is one of the best mid-major teams in the country this season, including star center Jameel Warney. Warney will be matched up with Vandy’s star center, Damian Jones.

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH FOR

  1. Afternoon basketball!: The games kick off at 11:30 a.m. ET — that means 8:30 a.m. PT! — as Temple squares off with Minnesota in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament. 30 minutes later, Ole Miss will be facing George Mason in the Charleston Classic. The games last all day.
  2. Creighton at No. 14 Indiana, 7:00 p.m.: Indiana’s new-look defense will get its biggest test of the season as they host Creighton in the Gavitt Games event.
  3. Miami vs. Mississippi State, 5:00 p.m.: Is Malik Newman healthy? If he is we’ll get a chance to see him square off with the Hurricanes.
  4. Iowa at Marquette, 9:00 p.m.: Another Gavitt Games battle. Marquette has lost to Belmont and been taken to overtime by IUPUI this season. This is a win they really need.
  5. Pepperdine at UCLA, 10:30 p.m.: UCLA lost to Monmouth at home and nearly lost to Cal Poly. Pepperdine may actually be the best of the bunch.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • No. 6 Virginia vs. Bradley, 9:30 p.m.
  • No. 16 Utah vs. Texas Tech, 7:30 p.m.
  • No. 22 Butler vs. Missouri State, 2:00 p.m.
  • South Alabama at No. 23 LSU, 9:00 p.m.

NOTABLES

  • SMU at Stanford, 11:30 p.m.