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Early season college basketball tournaments spice up television schedule

Virginia center Mike Tobey (10) listens to Virginia head coach Tony Bennett during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against George Washington, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, in Washington. George Washington won 73-68.
Virginia center Mike Tobey (10) listens to Virginia head coach Tony Bennett during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against George Washington, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, in Washington. George Washington won 73-68. Associated Press

The holiday basketball tournaments get an early start with the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in San Juan and the Gildan Charleston Classic tipping off this weekend.

Temple-Minnesota, Butler-Missouri State, Miami-Mississippi State and Utah-Texas Tech are the first-round Thursday games in San Juan. Utah is ranked 16th in the latest AP poll. Butler is ranked 22nd.

Ole Miss-George Mason, Oklahoma State-Towson, Long Beach State-Seton Hall and Virginia-Bradley are the first-round games in Charleston. Virginia is ranked No. 6.

Here is the list of college basketball games on television Thursday:

▪ 11:30 - Temple vs. Minnesota (ESPNU)

▪ 2:00 - Butler vs. Missouri State (ESPNU)

▪ 5:00 - Miami vs. Mississippi State (ESPN2)

▪ 7:00 - Creighton vs. Indiana (Big 10)

▪ 7:00 - Rutgers at St. John's (Fox Sports 1)

▪ 7:00 - Long Beach State vs. Seton Hall (ESPNU)

▪ 7:30 - Utah vs. Texas Tech (ESPN2)

▪ 8:30 - Boise State at Arizona (Pac-12)

▪ 9:00 - South Alabama at LSU (SEC)

▪ 9:00 - Iowa at Marquette (Fox Sports 1)

▪ 9:30 - Virginia vs. Bradley (ESPN2)

▪ 10:30 - Pepperdine at UCLA (Pac-12)

AP Top 25

  • 1 North Carolina (37) 2-0 1,571
  • 2 Kentucky (8) 2-0 1,520
  • 3 Maryland (14) 1-0 1,496
  • 4 Kansas (5) 1-0 1,415
  • 5 Duke 2-0 1,348
  • 6 Virginia (1) 1-0 1,341
  • 7 Iowa State 1-0 1,189
  • 8 Oklahoma 0-0 1,095
  • 9 Wichita St 1-0 1,043
  • 10 Gonzaga 0-0 1,040
  • 11 Villanova 1-0 1,013
  • 12 Arizona 1-0 973
  • 13 Michigan State 1-0 837
  • 14 Indiana 1-0 763
  • 15 California 1-0 761
  • 16 Utah 1-0 514
  • 17 Vanderbilt 1-0 462
  • 18 Notre Dame 1-0 414
  • 19 Connecticut 1-0 373
  • 20 Baylor 1-0 368
  • 21 Purdue 2-0 291
  • 22 Butler 1-0 284
  • 23 LSU 1-0 283
  • 24 Michigan 1-0 141
  • 25 Oregon 1-0 121
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