Believe it or not, college basketball season is finally upon us. Don’t worry, we know you’re still trying to comprehend what day of the week it is – my calendar still reads March 269th.
Teams are having to navigate the coronavirus as much of the country is seeing a significant rise in cases. Many programs have paused activities (39 as of this writing) and there are 10 that will not have a season altogether.
It’s led to massive schedule overhauls and changes happening within hours. In a single afternoon, VCU went from playing in Tennessee to playing in a tournament in South Dakota.
Even through the cancelations, there are several nonconference games still to be played on the first day of the season. Barring any new COVID-19 issues, over 100 games involving Div. I teams will still be held on Day 1. Here are the best ones to watch for those with a Washington D.C. area interest with an eye on national games.
12:00 p.m. ET – Oakland at Xavier (FS1)
12:00 p.m ET – George Washington at Navy (CBSSN)
1:30 p.m. ET – No. 4 Virginia vs. Towson (FloHoops)
2:00 p.m. ET – Illinois State at No. 23 Ohio State (ESPN)
2:00 p.m. ET – Old Dominion at Maryland (BTN+)
4:00 p.m. ET – Bowling Green at No. 25 Michigan (ESPN2)
4:00 p.m. ET – UMBC at Georgetown (FS1)
5:30 p.m. ET – Liberty vs. Purdue (CBSSN)
7:00 p.m. ET – No. 18 Arizona State vs. Rhode Island (ESPN)
8:00 p.m. ET – Clemson vs. Mississippi State (CBSSN)
9:00 p.m. ET – No. 3 Villanova vs. Boston College (ESPN)
9:30 p.m. ET – Utah State vs. VCU (ESPN2)
10:30 p.m. ET – No. 22 UCLA at San Diego State (CBSSN)