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Live Blog: Regional rivalries throughout college basketball

And we’re not just talking about X and Cincy.

NCAA Basketball: Buffalo at Pittsburgh Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Are your friends watching college football championship games? Idiots. Don’t they know that we have some of the best regional rivalries on the basketball schedule today?

Of course it all gets started at noon with noted mid-major powers Xavier and Cincinnati (this is a joke, ok? A joke).

Here are the ones to watch (all times Eastern):

Colorado at Colorado State, 1 p.m.
St. Bonaventure at Buffalo, 2 p.m.
Providence at Rhode Island, 5 p.m.
Villanova at Saint Joseph’s, 5:30 p.m.
Old Dominion at VCU, 7 p.m.
BYU at Utah State, 9 p.m.
New Mexico at UTEP, 9 p.m.

A few notes off the top of my head that you should keep in mind:

  • Keep an eye on Cal-Saint Mary’s in the late-night time slot. The Gaels and Bears both NEED a good win.
  • Brutality pick of the day: Mercer over Memphis

We’ll be checking in here with updates throughout the day, but for now, sit back and enjoy the shootyhoops.


UPDATE: 1:45 p.m.

Here’s Pete Gillen saying “Belly belly belly.”

Also, Jaylen Adams will dress for St. Bonaventure today, according to the Bonnies.


UPDATE: 2:08 p.m.

Towson won the Belfast Classic in Ireland on a jumper from Mike Morsell with 1.8 seconds to go. The Tigers trailed by nine at halftime, but came back to beat Manhattan 56-55.


UPDATE: 5:16 p.m.

We have a brutality update! UC Davis took down Washington State in Pullman.

Brutality Leaderboard

Conference America East Atlantic 10 Atlantic Sun Big Sky Big South Big West Colonial C-USA Horizon Ivy MAAC MAC MEAC Missouri Valley Mountain West NEC Ohio Valley Patriot Southern Southland SWAC Sun Belt Summit WCC WAC
Conference America East Atlantic 10 Atlantic Sun Big Sky Big South Big West Colonial C-USA Horizon Ivy MAAC MAC MEAC Missouri Valley Mountain West NEC Ohio Valley Patriot Southern Southland SWAC Sun Belt Summit WCC WAC
Total Brutality 1 2 2 2 1 2 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Albany Davidson FGCU E. Washington (1) Campbell Cal Poly College of Charleston UAB Cleveland St. Brown Canisius Akron Coppin St. Bradley Air Force Bryant Austin Peay American Chattanooga Abilene Christian Alabama A&M Appalachian St. Denver BYU CSUB
Binghamton Dayton Jackonsville Idaho Charleston Southern Cal St. Fullerton Delaware (1) FAU Detroit Mercy (1) Columbia Fairfield Bowling Green Delaware St. Drake Boise St. Central Conn. St. (1) Belmont Army Citadel Central Arkansas Alabam St. Arkansas St. Fort Wayne Gonzaga Chicago St.
Hartford Duquesne Kennesaw St. Idaho St. Gardner-Webb Cal St. Northridge Drexel FIU Green Bay Cornell Iona Buffalo Hampton Evansville Fresno St. Fairleigh Dickinson Eastern Illinois Boston ETSU Houston Baptist Alcorn St. Coastal Carolina Nebraska Omaha Loyola Marymount Grand Canyon
Maine Fordham Lipscomb Montana (1) High Point Hawaii Elon Louisiana Tech IUPUI Dartmouth Manhattan Kent State Howard Illinois St. Colorado St. LIU Brooklyn Eastern Kentucky Bucknell Furman Incarnate Word Jackson St. Georgia Southern (1) No. Dakota St. Pacific UMKC
UMBC George Mason NJIT Montana St. Liberty (1) Long Beach St. Hofstra Marshall Milwaukee (1) Harvard Marist Miami OH (1) Maryland Eastern Shore Indiana St. (1) Nevada Mount St. Mary's Jacksonville St. (1) Colgate Mercer Lamar (1) Mississippi Valley St. Georgia St. Oral Roberts Pepperdine New Mexico St.
UMass-Lowell George Washington North Florida N. Dakota Longwood UC Davis (1) James Madison MTSU No. Kentucky Penn Monmouth Ohio Morgan St. (1) Loyola (IL) UNLV Robert Morris Morehead St. Holy Cross Samford McNeese St. Arkansas Pine Bluff Little Rock South Dakota Portland Seattle
New Hampshire La Salle So. Car. Upstate N. Arizona Presbyterian UC Irvine Northeastern Charlotte Oakland Princeton Niagara Ball State Norfolk St. Missouri St. New Mexico Sacred Heart Murray St. Lafayette UNC Greensboro New Orleans Grambling St. (1) Louisiana Lafayette S. Dakota St. (1) St. Mary's UTRGV
Stony Brook UMass Stetson N. Colorado Radford (1) UC Riverside (1) Towson North Texas UIC Yale Quinnipiac Central Michigan Bethune-Cookman Northern Iowa San Diego St. St. Francis Brooklyn SE Missouri St. Lehigh VMI Nicholls St. Prairie View A&M Lousiana Monroe Western Illinois San Diego (1) Utah Valley
Vermont (1) Rhode Island Portland St. UNC Asheville UC Santa Barbara UNC Wilmington Old Dominion Wright St. Rider (1) Eastern Michigan Florida A&M So. Illinois San Jose St. St. Francis SIUE Loyola (Maryland) W. Carolina Northwestern St. Southern So. Alabama San Francisco
Richmond Sacramento St. Winthrop William & Mary Rice Youngstown St. St. Peter's Northern Illinois NC A&T (1) Valparaiso Utah St. Wagner Tennessee St. Navy Wofford Sam Houston St. Texas Southern Texas St. Santa Clara
St. Bonaventure S. Utah So. Miss Siena Toledo Savannah St. Wyoming Tennessee Tech SE Louisiana UT Arlington
St. Joseph's Weber St. UTEP Western Michigan (1) So. Carolina St. UT Martin Stephen F. Austin Troy
Saint Louis UTSA TAMU Corpus Christi
VCU Western Kentucky

UPDATE: 7:22 p.m.

Let’s catch up on some late afternoon/early evening shenanigans as we prepare to settle in for the night .

Stephen F. Austin and Louisiana Monroe played a tight one that looked as if it were going to overtime. Enter Aaron Augustin and some late game heroics. Take a look:

The Lumberjacks ended up prevailing 68-65 and improved to 7-1 on the year.

Elsewhere, Monmouth became the second straight mid-major to take Connecticut to overtime. The Eagles weren’t able to pull it off, and dropped to 3-5 on the year. Their record doesn’t show it, but Monmouth has been in almost every game. The wins will come soon enough.

Also, a bit of a programming note. From here on out, we are going to become a Fatts Russell blog. The Rhode Island freshman led the Rams to a win over Providence with a career-high 20 points.

The Rams now hold wins over two Big East teams that should make the tournament in Providence and Seton Hall. When EC Matthews returns, they’re going to be a tough out.