College basketball live TV and online coverage is back! Once again ESPN, CBS, FOX and TNT are gearing up for another great season as college basketball returns to the hardwood. While many fans are still awaiting their favorite teams bowl bids in college football, college hoops fans are already thinking March Madness as the NCAA gears up for another great season. While a few teams opened their schedule last week, this week will officially see every NCAA team open their season as the race towards the 2016 NCAA championship gets underway.
As the season tips off, North Carolina is the number one team in land in both the AP coaches and USA Today polls. The Heels are off to a 2-0 start on the season and are the early team to beat this March according to Vegas sports books. Kentucky, Maryland, Kansas and Duke round out the top 5 in the polls, but of course it is very early, and as college basketball fans know, the rankings don’t mean as much as they do in football or baseball. All that really matters is getting into the big dance in March.
This week viewers will be able to catch some great action as several Top 25 teams will square off. Tuesday will feature two of the best in the Big Ten as Georgetown takes on #3 Maryland from the Xfinity Center and #4 Kansas faces #13 Michigan State at the Champions Classic from the United Center in Chicago.
This will be the fourth annual State Farm Champions Classic, and it may be the best one to date so far. The Classic is a one-night event that hosts four of the best teams in the game today – Duke, Michigan State, Kentucky and Kansas. Kentucky will face Duke in Game 1 and KU takes on Sparty in Game 2. Not a bad way to spend a Tuesday night if you are a college basketball fan!
Below is a look at this week’s Big Ten action along with the Top 25 games that will be played vs. Big Ten opponents. Odds will be added when they become available for each night of action.
Tuesday, November 17
DePaul vs. Penn State 5:00 PM — ESPNU
Grambling State vs. Ohio State 7:00 PM
North Dakota vs. Wisconsin 8:00 PM — ESPN3
Nebraska vs. #11 Villanova 8:30 PM — FS1
Georgetown vs. #3 Maryland 9:00 PM — ESPN2
#4 Kansas vs. #13 Michigan State 10:00 PM — ESPN
Wednesday, November 18
Illinois Providence 7:00 PM — FS1
Incarnate Word #21 Purdue 7:00 PM — ESPN3
Fairfield Northwestern 8:00 PM
Thursday, November 19
Temple Minnesota 11:30 AM ESPNU
Creighton #14 Indiana 7:00 PM BTN
Rutgers St John’s 7:00 PM FS1
Delaware State Nebraska 8:00 PM
Iowa Marquette 9:00 PM FS1
Friday, November 20
Wisconsin Georgetown 5:00 PM ESPN2
UT-Arlington Ohio State 7:00 PM ESPN3
Penn State Duquesne 7:00 PM
Rider #3 Maryland 7:00 PM BTN
Arkansas-Pine Bluff #13 Michigan State 7:00 PM ESPN3
Columbia Northwestern 8:00 PM ESPN3
Xavier #24 Michigan 9:00 PM BTN