Tuesday, December 6, 2011

On Tonight: 12/6/2011

Missouri vs. Villanova (ESPN, 7 p.m. Eastern)
"Tigers seniors Marcus Denmon and Kim English tackle an experienced 'Nova squad led by point guard Maalik Wayns."
(This is the first game of the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden. I'm telling you -- do not miss an opportunity to see Missouri.

Evansville at North Carolina (ESPNU, 7 p.m. Eastern)
"Big guard Colt Ryan leads the Purple Aces into Chapel Hill, looking to avenge last season's 76-49 loss to the Tar Heels. Indiana native Tyler Zeller's 18 points led UNC."
(As I said above, you don't want to miss the chance to see Missouri -- especially to watch this mismatch. North Carolina, losers of two of their last three, will get right against Evansville.)

Marquette vs. Washington (ESPN, 9 p.m. Eastern)
"Darius Johnson-Odom and Terrence Ross are backcourt forces. Both teams lost to North Carolina in last season's NCAA tourney."
(This is the second game of the Jimmy V. Don't forget, though -- Jim Valvano's hair-raising speech from the 1993 ESPY awards will be televised, as is traditional, during the break between games.)

Memphis at Miami (ESPN2, 9 p.m. Eastern)
"A matchup of top backcourts led by Will Barton and Malcolm Grant. The Tigers edged Miami 72-68 last season despite Grant's 18 points and seven rebounds."
(Watching Memphis makes my head hurt. I'm only watching this one if the other games become blowouts.)

Long Beach State at Kansas (ESPNU, 9 p.m. Eastern)
"Dan Monson's 49ers continue a challenging non-conference slate at Allen Fieldhouse, where junior forward Thomas Robinson stars for Kansas."
(I never miss the Valvano ESPY speech -- never. But if I were going to miss it, another chance to see Casper Ware and the rest of the Long Beach State 49ers go against another of college basketball's royalty would be a compelling reason.)

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