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College basketball on television: Dick Vitale is back, baby!

Sportcaster Dick Vitale, center, poses with Virginia fans before an NCAA college basketball game against Louisville, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, in Charlottesville, Va.
Sportcaster Dick Vitale, center, poses with Virginia fans before an NCAA college basketball game against Louisville, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, in Charlottesville, Va. The Associated Press

It’s not just Bobby Hurley returning to Rupp Arena. Dick Vitale will be back in the big house Saturday afternoon along with play-by-play man Dave O’Brien as part of ESPN’s crew for No. 5 Kentucky versus Arizona State, which is scheduled for a 3:15 tip.

That will be followed by No. 3 North Carolina traveling to Austin to play Texas, where Lexington native and former WKU and South Carolina coach Darrin Horn is an assistant to Shaka Smart. The Longhorns are 5-3 overall, but 4-0 at home.

Up in Cincinnati, No. 12-ranked Xavier plays host to No. 23 Cincinnati in the Crosstown Shootout. Xavier is 9-0 with wins over Missouri, Michigan, Alabama, Southern Cal, Dayton and Western Kentucky, among others. Wright State, which lost to Kentucky 78-63, loss to Xavier 90-55 last time out. Fox has the UC-Xavier game at 5:30.

At 6 p.m. on ESPN2, No. 1-ranked Michigan State plays host to Florida. The Spartans are 10-0. The Gators are 6-2 after a 66-55 loss at No. 17 Miami earlier this week.

That game will be followed by Oregon State at No. 2 Kansas. In three games, Kansas’ Cheick Dillao is averaging 9.7 points and four rebounds. He's made 11 of 20 shots and he's blocked five shots.

 

Getting ready early for Arizona State versus Kentucky at 3:15 @espn #awesomebaby

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If you stay up late, you can catch UCLA at No. 20 Gonzaga, 10 p.m. on ESPN2. The Bruins followed their upset win over Kentucky by holding off Long Beach State 83-76. Thomas Welsh scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Bruins. Tony Parker had 16 points and 10 boards.

Here’s the schedule of college basketball games on television for Saturday:

Saturday, Dec. 12

▪ 12:00 - Ohio State at Connecticut (CBS)

▪ 12:00 - Delaware State at Michigan (ESPNU)

▪ 12:00 - Bryant at Providence (Fox Sports 1)

▪ 1:30 - Marquette at Wisconsin (ESPN2)

▪ 2:00 - Eastern Michigan at Louisville (Fox Sports South)

▪ 2:00 - Oral Roberts at Oklahoma (Fox Sports Ohio)

▪ 2:30 - UNC-Wilmington at Georgetown (CBS Sports)

▪ 2:30 - Tennessee at Butler (Fox Sports 1)

▪ 3:15 - Arizona State at Kentucky (ESPN)

▪ 3:30 - Utah at Wichita State (ESPN2)

▪ 4:15 - Md-Eastern Shore at Maryland (Big 10)

▪ 4:30 - Rutgers at George Washington (CBS Sports)

▪ 5:15 - North Carolina at Texas (ESPN)

▪ 5:30 - Kansas State at Texas A&M (SEC)

▪ 5:30 - Cincinnati at Xavier (Fox)

▪ 6:00 - Florida at Michigan State (ESPN2)

▪ 6:30 - McNeese State at Indiana (Big 10)

▪ 7:00 - Oregon at Boise State (CBS Sports)

▪ 8:00 - Oregon State at Kansas (ESPN2)

▪ 8:00 - Tennessee Tech at Arkansas (SEC)

▪ 8:30 - Minnesota vs. Oklahoma State (Big 10)

▪ 9:00 - IUPUI at Creighton (Fox Sports Ohio)

▪ 10:00 - Arkansas-Little Rock at DePaul (Fox Sports 1)

▪ 10:00 - UCLA at Gonzaga (ESPN2)

Ken Pomeroy’s Top 20

  • 1. Virginia
  • 2. Oklahoma
  • 3. Purdue
  • 4. Duke
  • 5. Villanova
  • 6. Michigan State
  • 7. Kansas
  • 8. Kentucky
  • 9. North Carolina
  • 10. Xavier
  • 11. Louisville
  • 12. Miami
  • 13. Iowa State
  • 14. Iowa
  • 15. Maryland
  • 16. Baylor
  • 17. Vanderbilt
  • 18. Arizona
  • 19. Gonzaga
  • 20. SMU

Source: kenpom.com

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