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#1 Kentucky and #2 Duke Open Season 2-0, Michigan State Looks to Bounce Back Against Seton Hall

One of the nice things about college basketball is you get legit matchups right from the jump There is none of this opening against half-steppers and also-rans. And so it is that the pre-season #1 Michigan Spartans came to lose their first game of the season, 69-62, to Kentucky, who has been crowned your new #1. But fear not, Michigan State has plenty of time to fight their way back up to the top spot. That journey continues this week at Seton Hall, as just one of a mountain of great hoops on Sling this week.

Tuesday, Nov. 12
Evansville Purple Aces (1-0) vs. #1 Kentucky Wildcats (2-0)
7pm ET on SEC
DeAndre Williams dropped 26 points in the Purple Aces’ season opener last week en route to a 79-75 win over Ball State, overcoming 17 turnovers with 9-of-19 shooting from beyond the arc. The Wildcats popped to the top of the charts with a 69-62 win in their opener over then #1 Michigan State as Tyrese Maxey came off the bench to score 26, then they decimated Eastern Kentucky 91-49 behind Nick Richards’ 21-10 effort.

#14 Oregon Ducks (2-0) vs. #13 Memphis Tigers (2-0)
9pm ET on ESPN
The Ducks won both games last week, the latter a 106-75 trouncing of Boise State as Anthony Mathis scored 30 points on 10-of-12 shooting. The Tigers beat South Carolina State 97-64 as James Wiseman went 28-11 with 3 blocks, then doubled up Illinois-Chicago 92-46 as Wiseman went 17-9 with 5 blocks.

Wednesday, Nov. 13
#10 Villanova Wildcats (1-0) vs #16 Ohio State Buckeyes (2-0)
7pm ET on FS1
The ‘Cats won their opener against Army 97-54, with freshman Jeremiah Robinson-Earl leading the way with 24 points and 13 rebounds. The Buckeyes kicked off the season with wins over Cincinnati, 64-56, and UMass-Lowell 76-56, with 6-9 junior Kaleb Wesson averaging 10.5 points, 12 rebounds, and three assists.

Indiana State Sycamores (0-1) vs #4 Louisville Cardinals (2-0)
8pm ET on ACCN
Jordan Barnes’ 19-9-4 against Dayton wasn’t enough to lead the Sycamores to victory, as they fell 86-81 in their opener. Louisville’s 6-7 junior forward Jordan Nwora averaged 22 pints and nine rebounds in his team’s 87-74 win over Miami and their 78-55 win over Youngstown State.

Thursday, Nov. 14
Towson Tigers (2-0) vs #15 Florida Gators (1-1)
7pm ET on ESPN2
The Tigers eviscerated some school called Bryn Athyn, 100-31, for their second win of the season, as they out-rebounded them 51-22, had 19 steals and eight blocks and held them to 12-of-50 shooting, including 0-for-12 from three-point land. The Gators opened with a 74-59 win over North Florida before falling 63-51 to Florida State in an ugly game in which the two teams combined to make just 32.3 percent of their field goal attempts.

#3 Michigan State Spartans (1-1) vs #12 Seton Hall Pirates (2-0)
8:30pm ET on FS1
After being crowned the pre-season #1, the Spartans dropped their opener against Kentucky, 69-62, before rebounding to beat Binghamton 100-47. Cassius Winston’s 19 ppg and 7.5 apg both lead the team. The Pirates have opened the season 2-0 behind Sandro Mamukelashvili’s team best 14 ppg.

Friday, Nov. 15
Georgia State Panthers (1-1) vs #2 Duke Blue Devils (2-0)
7pm ET on ACCN
Hope you didn’t shed all your tears for Bryn Athyn, because the Panthers took Brewton-Parker to the woodshed, to the tune of 104-35, before losing 84-80 to College of Charleston. Duke barely survived their opener against Kansas, winning 68-66 with Tre Jones leading the team in points, rebounds and assists with 15-6-7, then beat up on Colorado State 89-55.

Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs (0-2) vs #6 UNC Tar Heels (2-0)
9pm ET on ACCN
The Runnin’ Bulldogs are winless following games with Furman and Western Carolina, despite Bronx-born guard Jose Perez’ 16-6-2.5. Cole Anthony led the Tar Heels to victories over Notre Dame and Wilmington, averaging 27 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4 assists.

Saturday, Nov. 16
Ohio Bobcats (2-0) vs #10 Villanova Wildcats (1-0)
Noon ET on FS2
Ohio’s 6-3 guard Jason Preston averaged in 13.5 points, 6.5 boards and 12 dimes in the teams first two wins over St, Bonaventure, 65-53, and Heidelberg, 88-50. The Wildcats are gunning for an eighth straight NCAA berth and their third title in five years.

Columbia Knights (0-2) vs #9 Virginia Cavaliers (2-0)
Noon ET on ACCN
Ralph Waldo Emerson famously remarked that a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, so what would the famed hermit make of the Knights opening their season with a pair of 65-63 losses to Lafayette and Wake Forest? Speaking of consistency, the Cavaliers have held both Syracuse and James Madison to 34 points, outscoring them by 1 and 31 respectively.

Sunday, Nov. 17
#15 Florida Gators (1-1) vs UConn Huskies (1-0)
3pm ET on ESPN
Kerry Blackshear Jr. leads the Gators with 15 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. Christian Vital did it all in the Huskies’ 89-67 win over Sacred Heart, scoring 17 points with seven rebounds, three assists, and seven steals.

North Carolina Central Eagles (t0-1k) vs #4 Louisville Cardinals (2-0)
5pm ET on ACCN
The Eagles were down by just two at the half, but fell 94-64 to Stephen F. Austin in their opener. Louisville coach Chris Mack has led his teams to the tourney in 9 of his 10 seasons in the NCAA.

Stats through Monday, courtesy of SRCBB

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20-Jan Mon 7:00 PM Winthrop Radford ESPN3Sling Orange
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20-Jan Mon 9:00 PMOklahoma #1 Baylor ESPN Sling Orange
21-Jan Tues 7:00 PMKansas State #3 Kansas ESPN2 Sling Orange
21-Jan Tues 7:00 PMGeorgia #15 Kentucky ESPN Sling Orange
21-Jan Tues 7:00 PM#17 Maryland Northwestern FS1 Sling Blue
21-Jan Tues 7:00 PM#21 Illinois Purdue ESPNU Sling Orange + Sports Extra
21-Jan Tues 7:00 PMWichita State South Florida ESPNEWS Sling Orange + Sports Extra
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21-Jan Tues 7:00 PMFlorida LSU SECN Sling Orange + Sports Extra
21-Jan Tues 8:00 PMWake Forest Clemson ACCN Sling Orange + Sports Extra
21-Jan Tues 9:00 PMMiami #8 Duke ESPN Sling Orange
21-Jan Tues 9:00 PMTexas A&M Missouri ESPNU Sling Orange + Sports Extra
21-Jan Tues 9:00 PMSt. John's Marquette FS1 Sling Blue
21-Jan Tues 9:00 PM Ole Miss Tennessee SECN Sling Orange + Sports Extra
21-Jan Tues 9:00 PM Air Force Utah State ESPNU Sling Orange + Sports Extra
22-Jan Wed 6:30 PM Georgetown Xavier FS1 Sling Blue
22-Jan Wed 7:00 PM Georgia Tech #6 Louisville ACCNXSling Orange + Sports Extra
22-Jan Wed 7:00 PM South Carolina #16 Auburn ESPNU Sling Orange + Sports Extra
22-Jan Wed 7:00 PM Arkansas Mississippi State SECN Sling Orange + Sports Extra
22-Jan Wed7:00 PM Syracuse Notre Dame ESPN2 Sling Orange
22-Jan Wed7:00 PM Cincinnati Temple ESPNEWS Sling Orange + Sports Extra
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22-Jan Wed 8:00 PM East Carolina SMU ESPN3 Sling Orange
22-Jan Wed 8:00 PM North Dakota State South Dakota State ESPN3 Sling Orange
22-Jan Wed 8:00 PM North Carolina Virginia Tech ACCN Sling Orange + Sports Extra
22-Jan Wed 8:30 PM Providence #10 Seton Hall FS1 Sling Blue
22-Jan Wed 9:00 PM #20 Memphis Tulsa ESPNU Sling Orange + Sports Extra
22-Jan Wed 9:00 PM Boston College Pittsburgh ACCNX Sling Orange + Sports Extra
22-Jan Wed 9:00 PM Alabama Vanderbilt SECN Sling Orange + Sports Extra
22-Jan Wed 9:00 PM Fresno State Colorado State ESPN3 Sling Orange
22-Jan Wed 10:00 PM UC Irvine Long Beach State ESPN3Sling Orange
23-Jan Thurs 6:30 PM Minnesota Ohio State FS1 Sling Blue
23-Jan Thurs 7:00 PM Green Bay Cleveland State ESPN3 Sling Orange
23-Jan Thurs 7:00 PM Belmont Murray State ESPN2 Sling Orange
23-Jan Thurs 7:00 PM Florida International Old Dominion ESPNU Sling Orange + Sports Extra
23-Jan Thurs 7:30 PM Presbyterian Charleston Southern ESPN3 Sling Orange
23-Jan Thurs 8:00 PM Washington Utah PAC12 Sling Orange + Sports Extra or Sling Blue + Sports Extra
23-Jan Thurs 8:30 PM #11 Michigan State Indiana FS1 Sling Blue
23-Jan Thurs 9:00 PM UConn #25 Houston ESPNU Sling Orange + Sports Extra
23-Jan Thurs 9:00 PM Seattle Grand Canyon ESPN3Sling Orange
23-Jan Thurs 10:00 PM Washington State #23 Colorado PAC12 Sling Orange + Sports Extra or Sling Blue + Sports Extra
23-Jan Thurs 10:00 PM Utah Valley CSU Bakersfield ESPN3 Sling Orange
23-Jan Thurs10:00 PM Cal Poly UC Riverside ESPN3Sling Orange
23-Jan Thurs 11:00 PM USC #12 Oregon ESPNU Sling Orange + Sports Extra
23-Jan Thurs 11:00 PM UCLA Oregon State FS1 Sling Blue
24-Jan Fri 7:00 PM Wisconsin Purdue FS1 Sling Blue
24-Jan Fri 7:00 PM Canisius Iona ESPN3Sling Orange
24-Jan Fri 7:00 PM Yale Brown ESPNU Sling Orange + Sports Extra
24-Jan Fri 9:00 PM Marquette #13 Butler FS1 Sling Blue
24-Jan Fri 9:00 PM Northern Kentucky Wright State ESPNU Sling Orange + Sports Extra
25-Jan Sat 12:00 PM #21 Illinois Michigan FS1 Sling Blue
25-Jan Sat 12:00 PM VCU La Salle NBCSN Sling Blue
25-Jan Sat 1:00 PM Furman The Citadel ESPN3 Sling Orange
25-Jan Sat 1:00 PM Mercer VMI ESPN3 Sling Orange
25-Jan Sat 1:00 PM Maine UMBC ESPN3 Sling Orange
25-Jan Sat 2:00 PM Clemson #6 Louisville ACCNX Sling Orange + Sports Extra
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25-Jan Sat 2:00 PM LSU Texas ESPN Sling Orange
25-Jan Sat 2:00 PM St. John's DePaul FS1 Sling Blue
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25-Jan Sat 3:00 PM Hartford Albany ESPN3Sling Orange
25-Jan Sat 3:00 PM UNC Greensboro Samford ESPN3 Sling Orange
25-Jan Sat 3:00 PM Southern Illinois Illinois State ESPN3Sling Orange
25-Jan Sat 3:00 PM IUPUI Oakland ESPN3 Sling Orange
25-Jan Sat 3:30 PM Akron Ohio ESPN3 Sling Orange
25-Jan Sat 4:00 PM Tennessee #3 Kansas ESPN Sling Orange
25-Jan Sat 4:00 PM Hampton Radford ESPN3 Sling Orange
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25-Jan Sat 4:00 PM NC State Georgia Tech ACCNX Sling Orange + Sports Extra
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25-Jan Sat 4:00 PM New Hampshire Binghamton ESPN3 Sling Orange
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25-Jan Sat 5:00 PM USC Oregon State PAC12 Sling Orange + Sports Extra or Sling Blue + Sports Extra
25-Jan Sat 5:30 PM Ole Miss Georgia SECN Sling Orange + Sports Extra
25-Jan Sat 6:00 PM #15 Kentucky #18 Texas Tech ESPN Sling Orange
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25-Jan Sat 6:00 PM Tulane East Carolina ESPNU Sling Orange + Sports Extra
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25-Jan Sat
7:00 PM Wofford Western Carolina ESPN3 Sling Orange
25-Jan Sat7:00 PM Washington State Utah PAC12 Sling Orange + Sports Extra or Sling Blue + Sports Extra
25-Jan Sat8:00 PM #1 Baylor Florida ESPN Sling Orange
25-Jan Sat8:00 PM Notre Dame #5 Florida State ACCN Sling Orange + Sports Extra
25-Jan Sat8:00 PM Utah Valley Grand Canyon ESPN3 Sling Orange
25-Jan Sat8:00 PM Vanderbilt South Carolina SECN Sling Orange + Sports Extra
25-Jan Sat8:00 PM UCF Wichita State ESPNU Sling Orange + Sports Extra
25-Jan Sat9:00 PM Washington #23 Colorado FS1 Sling Blue
25-Jan Sat9:30 PM #22 Arizona Arizona State PAC12 Sling Orange + Sports Extra or Sling Blue + Sports Extra
25-Jan Sat 10:00 PM Colorado State Utah State ESPNU Sling Orange + Sports Extra
25-Jan Sat 10:00 PM Cal Poly UC Irvine ESPN3 Sling Orange
25-Jan Sat 10:00 PM Seattle CSU Bakersfield ESPN3 Sling Orange
26-Jan Sun 12:00 PM Virginia Wake Forest ACCN Sling Orange + Sports Extra
26-Jan Sun 2:00 PM Canisius Fairfield ESPN3 Sling Orange
26-Jan Sun 2:00 PM Quinnipiac Siena ESPN3 Sling Orange
26-Jan Sun 2:00 PM Niagara Saint Peter's ESPN3 Sling Orange
26-Jan Sun 3:00 PM #11 Michigan State Minnesota FOX Sling Blue in Select Markets
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26-Jan Sun 4:00 PM Loyola Chicago Northern Iowa ESPNU Sling Orange + Sports Extra
26-Jan Sun 5:00 PM Evansville Valparaiso ESPN3 Sling Orange
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27-Jan Mon 7:00 PM North Carolina NC State ESPN Sling Orange
27-Jan Mon 7:00 PM Florida A&M Norfolk State ESPNU Sling Orange + Sports Extra
27-Jan Mon 7:00 PM #3 Kansas Oklahoma State ESPN Sling Orange

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