It’s very clear that television production and content were at the forefront of people’s minds today. There’s the Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis, there’s the Al Attles Classic in San Francisco, we’ve got Illinois and Missouri squaring off on a neutral floor, there’s the CBS Sports Classic out in Las Vegas, the Orange Bowl Classic in Sunrise, FL, a Basketball Hall of Fame Classic in Los Angeles, and something called Chicago Legends at the United Center.
The headliner game of the day is assuredly #5 Ohio State and #6 Kentucky squaring off in Las Vegas on CBS. Of course, this would have been a lot more fun if Kentucky hadn’t just lost to Utah on Wednesday night in the exact same arena that this game is going to be played in today. Related: I wonder what Kentucky did in Las Vegas in between then and now, because obviously there was no point in going back to Lexington, presuming that classes are done with at this point.
There’s a lot of staggered start times all day long. That’s a nice extra touch for the neutral viewer, as that way the endings of games are spread out just in case things get a little wild over and over again. You can bounce around as needed and games are at different stages.
Here’s the full national television rundown for the day, with all times Central, as always.
CBB Television Schedule: 12/21/19
|11:00 AM||#1 Kansas at #18 Villanova||Fox|
|Presbyterian at #14 Michigan||Big Ten Network|
|#19 Florida State at South Florida||FS2|
|Indiana vs Notre Dame||ESPN|
|North Carolina A&T at Wake Forest||ACC Network|
|Samford at Georgetown||FS1|
|VCU at Wichita State||ESPN2|
|12:00 PM||Illinois vs Missouri||SEC Network|
|1:00 PM||Texas at Providence||Fox|
|Coppin State at Miami (FL)||ACC Network|
|1:30 PM||Purdue at #17 Butler||Big Ten Network|
|Utah State vs Florida||FS1|
|2:00 PM||UCLA vs North Carolina||CBS|
|2:30 PM||Belmont vs Alabama||SEC Network|
|3:00 PM||VMI at Virginia Tech||ACC Network|
|4:00 PM||Milwaukee at Wisconsin||Big Ten Network|
|4:15 PM||#5 Ohio State vs #6 Kentucky||CBS|
|4:30 PM||Minnesota vs Oklahoma State||ESPN2|
|5:00 PM||Lehigh at #12 Auburn||SEC Network|
|North Florida at Syracuse||ACC Network|
|5:30 PM||#13 Dayton vs Colorado||CBS Sports Network|
|6:00 PM||Eastern Michigan at #15 Michigan State||Big Ten Network|
|7:30 PM||Oregon State at Texas A&M||SEC Network|
|Northwestern at DePaul||CBS Sports Network|
|8:00 PM||Cincinnati vs Iowa||Big Ten Network|
|LSU vs USC||FS1|
|9:00 PM||St. John's vs #16 Arizona||ESPN2|
|11:00 PM||Nevada vs St. Mary's||ESPNU|