By my count, there are seven games on national television that could qualify as a local rivalry game with an added bonus of a game that’s a high profile national rivalry. That’s never a bad way to spend a Saturday watching college basketball, even if one of those games is DePaul/Northwestern.
In fact, SIX of those eight rivalry games involve the Big East! There’s that DePaul/Northwestern game of course, there’s Villanova/Saint Joseph’s, Xavier/Cincinnati, Georgetown/Syracuse, Marquette/Wisconsin, and Creighton/Nebraska. That’s a filled up day worth of hoops, and that doesn’t even include Pittsburgh/West Virginia or BYU/Utah.
On top of rivalry action, we get a Kentucky/Seton Hall neutral-ish site game at MSG, a neutral site doubleheader at The Rock in New Jersey with a ranked team facing an unranked team in each game, and Maryland inexplicably going to Baltimore to play Loyola-Chicago. There’s even a lot of downcard action that’s pretty interesting. Wichita State/Oklahoma? Good! Louisville/Indiana? Fascinating, and even more so for Marquette fans! Western Kentucky and Charles Bassey going to Arkansas? Could be fun! Notre Dame/UCLA? Expect a lot of discussion of Digger Phelps!
There’s also Elite Eight volleyball action on ESPNU from 3pm CT onwards, so if you find yourself caught between games or in halftimes or whatever, flip over there, because I’ll guarantee it’ll be action-packed.
Here’s the lineup for national television today! Enjoy!
CBB Viewing Guide: 12/8/18
|11:00 AM||South Carolina at #5 Michigan||FS1|
|#9 Kentucky vs Seton Hall (at Madison Square Garden)||Fox|
|#10 Michigan State at Florida||CBS|
|DePaul at Northwestern||Big Ten Network|
|Pittsburgh at West Virginia||ESPN2|
|Wichita State at Oklahoma||ESPNU|
|1:00 PM||Saint Joseph's at #21 Villanova||FS1|
|BYU vs Utah (at Vivint Smart Home Arena)||ESPNU|
|Xavier at Cincinnati||ESPN2|
|UNLV at Illinois||Big Ten Network|
|1:30 PM||Rutgers at Fordham||CBS Sports Network|
|Louisville at Indiana||Fox|
|2:30 PM||Western Kentucky at Arkansas||SEC Network|
|Georgetown at Syracuse||ESPN|
|3:00 PM||#22 Mississippi State vs Clemson (at Prudential Center)||ESPN2|
|Loyola Chicago vs #23 Maryland (at Royal Farms Arena)||Big Ten Network|
|3:30 PM||#16 Kansas State at Tulsa||CBS Sports Network|
|Northern Illinois at Butler||FS1|
|4:00 PM||#12 Wisconsin at Marquette||Fox|
|4:30 PM||Yale at #3 Duke||ESPN|
|5:00 PM||Creighton at #24 Nebraska||Big Ten Network|
|Boston College at Texas A&M||SEC Network|
|5:30 PM||#11 Florida State vs Connecticut (at Prudential Center)||ESPN2|
|7:30 PM||New Mexico State vs #2 Kansas (at Sprint Center)||ESPN2|
|Dayton at #8 Auburn||SEC Network|
|9:30 PM||Notre Dame at UCLA||ESPN2|