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College basketball on television: Duke without Amile Jefferson

Duke’s Amile Jefferson, middle, and Marshall Plumlee, left, react after a basket as Jefferson is fouled by Kentucky forward Isaac Humphries, right, on Nov. 17. Jefferson is out indefinitely after injuring his right foot.
Duke’s Amile Jefferson, middle, and Marshall Plumlee, left, react after a basket as Jefferson is fouled by Kentucky forward Isaac Humphries, right, on Nov. 17. Jefferson is out indefinitely after injuring his right foot. Raleigh News and Observer

With most schools giving final exams this week, it's a light schedule of college basketball games for our television viewing pleasure. The choices pick up when we get to this weekend with the CBS Sports Classic taking center stage. More on that later.

As for Monday night, No. 7 Duke is at home for a 7:00 ESPN2 game with visiting Georgia Southern. This shouldn’t be much of a test for the Blue Devils as Georgia Southern brings a 3-4 record into Cameron Indoor. The Eagles have lost to a pair of SEC teams, 82-72 at Ole Miss and 92-62 at Auburn.

On the other hand, it will be Duke’s first game without senior forward Amile Jefferson, who is out indefinitely with a right foot injury. The Blue Devils lack depth in the frontcourt so it will be interesting to see what Coach Mike Krzyzewski does in Jefferson’s absence.

This injury is unfortunate, to say the least, but Amile is strong in both person and character. He will continue to be an integral part of this team, and we will support him fully as he rehabs this foot injury.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski

No. 23 Cincinnati is at home to face Norfolk State at 7:00 on ESPNU. Cincinnati is 8-2 after Saturday’s Crosstown Shootout loss 65-55 to rival Xavier. The Bearcats other loss was by two points, 78-76, to Butler.

Over on the Big 10 Network, Northern Kentucky takes a 2-5 record to Ann Arbor to play 7-3 Michigan. The Norse have played an ambitious schedule, losing to West Virginia (107-61) and Xavier (78-66). They are coming off an 81-60 win over Norfolk State.

AP college basketball poll week-by-week in a Google Doc

Here is the list of college basketball games on television for Tuesday:

Tuesday, Dec. 15

▪ 7:00 - Georgia Southern at Duke (ESPN2)

▪ 7:00 - Norfolk State at Cincinnati (ESPNU)

▪ 7:00 - Louisiana Tech at Ole Miss (SEC)

▪ 7:00 - Northern Kentucky at Michigan (Big 10)

▪ 7:30 - Monmouth at Georgetown (Fox Sports 1)

▪ 9:00 - Mercer at Auburn (SEC)

▪ 9:00 - VCU at Georgia Tech (ESPN2)

▪ 10:00 - DePaul at Stanford (Fox Sports 1)

Ken Pomeroy’s top defensive teams

(Points per 100 possessions)

  • 1. Purdue 89.1
  • 2. Oklahoma 89.3
  • 2. Florida 89.3
  • 4. Villanova 90.1
  • 5. Virginia 90.3
  • 6. Valparaiso 90.8
  • 7. Louisville 90.9
  • 8. West Virginia 91.1
  • 9. Kentucky 91.2
  • 10. Arizona 91.3

Source: kenpom.com

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