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Your Saturday College Basketball Open Thread: 12/19/15

Man, this is a juicy schedule.

Virginia's got a regular dude in an outfit as a mascot?
Virginia's got a regular dude in an outfit as a mascot?
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Well, finals week is over across the Big East, and based on the looks of things on today's national college basketball schedule, it appears to be over in a lot of places.

There's an explosion of great games to watch today, headlined by #11 North Carolina taking on #22 UCLA in the CBS Sports Classic, #12 Villanova going on the road to tackle #8 Virginia, #17 Butler squaring off with #9 Purdue in the Crossroads Classic, and #16 Baylor tripping 90 miles southeast to see in-state rival #24 Texas A&M.

On top of those games, there's 10 more games with only one ranked team involved.  The most entertaining one of the bunch is #1 Michigan State visiting Northeastern.  Yes, 2015 CAA tournament champion Northeastern and their five thousand seat arena.  You can read this Boston Globe article for more on the explanation, but the MBB game is part of a whole weekend of MSU/NU games.  This just reinforces my opinion that if Tom Izzo would play the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls at the United Center if he could just get his hands on a time machine.

All in all, there's 25 games with a national broadcast today.  If you find something awesome with a local broadcast, shout it out in the comments section so everyone can check it out.

Time (CT) Game Network
11am Utah at #7 Duke ESPN
11am Auburn at #10 Xavier FS1
11am Georgia Tech at Georgia SECN
11am Wichita State at Seton Hall FOX
11am #12 Villanova at #8 Virginia ESPN2
11am Western Kentucky at #19 Louisville ESPNU
11:30am #1 Michigan State at Northeastern NBCSN
12pm #11 North Carolina vs #22 UCLA CBS
1pm Indiana vs Notre Dame ESPN2
1pm Creighton at #3 Oklahoma ESPNU
1pm Northwestern at DePaul FS1
1pm Oral Roberts at LSU SECN
2:30pm #4 Kentucky vs Ohio State CBS
3pm #23 Cincinnati at VCU CBSSN
3pm Tulane at Mississippi State SECN
4pm #17 Butler vs #9 Purdue BTN
5pm NC State at Missouri SECN
6pm Northern Iowa vs #5 Iowa State ESPNU
6pm Princeton at #6 Maryland BTN
7pm Oklahoma State vs Florida FS1
7pm Wofford at Vanderbilt SECN
8pm #16 Baylor at #24 Texas A&M ESPNU
8:30pm UNLV at #13 Arizona ESPN2
10pm Tennessee vs Gonzaga ESPNU
10:30pm Texas at Stanford ESPN2