PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: Providence, Oregon head on the road

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GAME OF THE DAY: No. 10 Providence at UMass, 7:00 p.m.

It’s a relatively slow night in the college basketball world, but there should be some fireworks in Amherst as No. 10 Providence will be paying a visit to UMass. The Minutemen have not looked like an Atlantic 10 contender through the season’s first month, but they did catch a break squaring off with the Friars on a night where Providence may not have Kris Dunn, who is a game-time decision.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

  • No. 7 North Carolina will square off with Appalachian State back in Chapel Hill, their last game before the holidays.
  • Eastern Kentucky will get another shot at knocking off a high-major opponent when they visit No. 19 West Virginia.
  • Oregon will be heading down to Birmingham to take on a surprising Alabama team. The Ducks are not yet at full strength.
  • Gonzaga kicks off WCC play with a home date against Pepperdine.