College Basketball Tips Off Tuesday Night

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Just as Major League Baseball has come to a close with the Atlanta Braves winning the World Series, another sport begins to help us fill the void that is our evenings. 

College basketball begins Tuesday night with a beautiful slate of games. 

It’s been seven months since the Baylor Bears dominated the Gonzaga Bulldogs 86-70 to win the 2020-2021 National Championship. 

It was the most bizarre of years, with the COVID-19 pandemic having a major impact on the games. In a sport that relies on the energy generated from the crowd, the absence of packed stadiums was more noticeable than any other sport. 

March Madness was played in one city — Indianapolis — sapping the energy from the most exciting postseason sports has to offer. 

And now, we’re back. 

The doors are open and the stands will be full, just in time to catch Mike Krzyzewski’s last season as head coach at Duke. 

Coach K will call it a career after 42 seasons as head coach of Duke basketball, and will retire as the winningest coach in the college basketball history — Krzyzewski will look to add to his 1,170 wins. 

Duke enters the season ranked No. 9 after missing the NCAA Tournament last season. 

Then there’s Gonzaga. Mark Few’s Bulldogs enter the season favored to win the national championship for the second consecutive year and only the fifth team to be preseason No. 1 in the AP poll in consecutive seasons. 

The Bulldogs return leading scorer Drew Timme and will add 2021 No. 1 overall prospect Chet Holmgren to the roster. 

“Both are really skilled players and really unselfish,” Zags assistant coach Brian Michaelson said. “They can play off each other easy, they can play inside or outside. I think it’s a pretty easy and seamless transition as far as those two playing together.”

Gonzaga tips off the season Tuesday against Dixie State. They’ll be without the services of Few, who will be serving his one-game suspension for a September DUI. 

UCLA enters the season No. 2 and returns nearly its entire Final Four roster from a year ago. The Bruins will face No. 4 Villanova on Friday, November 12.

Kansas, Villanova, and Texas round out the preseason top-5. 

It all gets started Tuesday with a few quality games, so let’s take a look at some of Tuesday’s college basketball tip-off slate of games. 

No. 4 Villanova vs Mount St. Mary’s – 4:30 p.m. ET, FS1

No. 17 Ohio State vs Akron — 6:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Michigan State vs No. 3 Kansas – 7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN

No. 9 Duke vs No. 10 Kentucky – 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

No. 2 UCLA vs CSU Bakersfield – 11:00 p.m. ET, PAC12 Network

Associated Press Top-25

  1. Gonzaga
  2. UCLA
  3. Kansas
  4. Villanova
  5. Texas
  6. Michigan
  7. Purdue
  8. Baylor
  9. Duke 
  10. Kentucky
  11. Illinois 
  12. Memphis
  13. Oregon
  14. Alabama
  15. Houston
  16. Arkansas
  17. Ohio State
  18. Tennessee 
  19. North Carolina
  20. Florida State 
  21. Maryland
  22. Auburn
  23. St. Bonaventure
  24. UConn
  25. Virginia

Joe Morgan is the Sports Reporter for The Daily Wire. Most recently, Morgan covered the Clippers, Lakers, and the NBA for Sporting News. Send your sports questions to [email protected].

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