The week before Thanksgiving, right up through the holiday itself, is one of the most underrated stretches on the sports calendar. Especially for college basketball fans.
Pre-Turkey Friday is traditionally one of the best as some tournaments just begin and others move into the semifinals, with intriguing matchups from morning to midnight. This year, the action starts at 11:30 a.m. ET when Davidson faces Missouri in the Tire Pros Invitational. The Wildcats dropped a disappointing one to Clemson on Thursday, while Missouri fell just short in its upset bid over Xavier.
From there, we head down to the Virgin Islands for our first national TV look at Oral Roberts in the Paradise Jam, before some evening games highlighted by Monmouth’s trip to the Carrier Dome.
So head into the office early tomorrow. Get all your work done so your boss doesn’t hassle you. Then start streaming (or, if you’re lucky and have a TV in the office, start watching).
Here’s the full schedule for your viewing pleasure. All times Eastern.
Davidson vs. Missouri, Tire Pros Invitational, ESPNU, 11:30 a.m.
South Carolina State at South Carolina, SECN, 6:30 p.m.
Northern Iowa vs. Oklahoma, Tire Pros Invitational, ESPNU, 7 p.m.
UNF at LSU/Norfolk State at Vanderbilt/UT-Arlington at Arkansas, SECN, 8 p.m.
Ball State at Alabama, SECN, 9 p.m.
UCF vs. Charleston, Charleston Classic, ESPNU, 9:30 p.m.
Oral Roberts vs. Ole Miss, Paradise Jam, CBSSN, 3 p.m.
Montana vs. NC State, Paradise Jam, CBSSN, 3 p.m.
Jacksonville State at TCU, Local Networks, 7 p.m.
Florida Gulf Coast at Baylor, FS Central, 8 p.m.
Southern Illinois at SIU-Edwardsville, FS Midwest, 8 p.m.
Big Ten Network:
Georgia State at Purdue, 7 p.m.
Coppin State at Utah, National, 8 p.m.
Sacred Heart at Arizona, National, 10 p.m.
Bryant at Gonzaga, 8:30 p.m.
Howard at IUPUI, 2 p.m.
Western Michigan vs. UTEP, Charleston Classic, 3:30 p.m.
Delaware at Miami-Ohio, 7 p.m.
The Citadel at Stetson, 7 p.m.
Mississippi State vs. Boise State, Charleston Classic, 7 p.m.
Goshen at Oakland, 7 p.m.
Southeast Missouri State at Bradley, 8 p.m.
Detroit at Illinois, 8 p.m.
Northwestern State at Stephen F. Austin, 8 p.m.
New Mexico State at New Mexico, 9 p.m.
Oregon State at Nevada, 10 p.m.
Northeastern at Boston U., 6 p.m.
Lewis & Clark at Portland, 10 p.m.
Monmouth at Syracuse, 7 p.m.
Winthrop at Florida State, 7 p.m.
Loyola-Md. at Notre Dame, 7 p.m.
Ohio at Georgia Tech, 8 p.m.
Atlantic 10 Digital Network:
Fairleigh Dickinson at Fordham, 6 p.m.
Canisius at Duquesne, 7 p.m.
Big South Network:
Navy vs. North Dakota State, 4 p.m.
Salem International at Longwood, 7 p.m.
UNC-Greensboro at High Point, 7 p.m.
Hartford at Drexel, 7 p.m.
Union at Southern Miss, 8 p.m.
Bathesda at Southern Utah, 8:30 p.m.
James Madison at Montana State, 9 p.m.
Jayhawk Sports Network:
Siena at Kansas, 8 p.m.
Kent State Sports:
Hiram at Kent State, 7 p.m.
OVC Digital Network:
Cleveland State at UT-Martin, 8 p.m.