Friday, November 11, 2011

On Tonight: 11/11/11

So you don't have to check the TV listings yourself, every morning I'm going to tell you what basketball games are on national TV -- and thus, what games I will be watching.

But wait, there's more. As anyone with digital cable knows, the digital TV guide features a little paragraph, a sentence or two, on each piece of programming. Ignoring for a moment how awesome it would be to be the guy who writes this stuff, these blurbs are rarely insightful, sometimes amusingly so.

At the same time, I don't have time to write a thoughtful preview of every game I'm going to watch. And, hey, you might want a little preview of the night's action, something to zero in on if the teams are unfamiliar. So without further ado, Friday night's basketball preview, brought to you by Time Warner Cable:

Michigan State vs. North Carolina (ESPN, 7 p.m. Eastern)
"President Obama is expected for this Veterans Day event aboard the USS Carl Vinson. Forwards Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes star on the temporary court on the flight deck, with seating for over 7000."

(I think it would be funny if they described the court in this much detail for every game. But no, we only get a venue preview when the game is on an aircraft carrier.)

Columbia at Connecticut (ESPNU, 7 p.m. Eastern)
"The national-champion Huskies add center Andre Drummond to a lineup featuring Alex Oriakhi, Jeremy Lamb and Shabazz Napier."

(Columbia: "How do you think this makes us feel, Time Warner? Maybe we just won't show up. That'll show you. Have fun broadcasting UConn's intrasquad scrimmage.")

Beltmon at Duke (ESPNU, 9 p.m. Eastern)
"Freshman Austin Rivers joins Seth Curry in the Duke backcourt as coach Mike Krzyzewski bids for career win No. 901. The visiting Bruins fell to Wisconsin in last season's NCAAs."

(Belmont gets slightly better treatment than Columbia did, but they are a veteran team expected to win the Atlantic Sun, and considered a legitimate threat to beat a Duke squad that has to adjust to life without Kyle Singler, Nolan Smith, and Kyri -- oh, wait.)

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