Duke or Carolina? BC or UMASS? Gonzaga or Washington.. or Washington State? What is the best program in each state? While there's not much competition in Hawaii.. there are great debates to be had in loaded regions like California, North Carolina, and Texas. The State of '08 is a ranking of every program in every state..
While none of the three matchups taking place before Saturday will approach the hype surrounding the Red River Rivalry and LSU/Florida games, they are intriguing affairs nonetheless. The ACC Atlantic took another turn last weekend with Maryland getting shut out by Virginia, so the Thursday night battle between Clemson and Wake Forest is back to setting the tone for the divisional race. Also taking place on Thursday is UAB visiting a Houston team that may be the only challenger to explosive Tulsa in Conference USA's West Division.
Saturday, December 13 Memphis at Georgetown 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 24 Memphis at Tennessee 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 14 C-USA Championship Final 11:35 a.m.
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Three games are on tap tonight, with two ranked teams looking to make a statement on a day dominated by the MLB playoffs and the vice presidential debate. Last night's game wasn't much of a test for #17 Boise State, as they extended their home win streak to fifteen games with a 38-3 pasting of Louisiana Tech. Hopefully the games tonight will offer more in the way of suspense, and I think they will.
Pittsburgh (3-1, 1-0 Big East) @ #10 USF (5-0, 0-0) 7:30 PM EST on ESPN
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Thanks to the genius of YouTube, the world has access to thousands of great college basketball videos to watch every second. Every day (or so) we'll feature a new movie to whet your college basketball appetite. Even if you've seen them before, some clips are just too good not to watch again and again.
The UMass at Memphis basketball game will be the first in a bonanza of 14 games on the ESPN Networks as part of the College Basketball Tip-Off Marathon on Nov. 18. The game at the FedEx Forum pits new UMass coach Derek Kellogg against his mentor and friend John Calipari, the former Minuteman bench boss. The game will begin after ESPN's Monday Night Football (Buffalo Bills at Cleveland Browns) and starts 23 hours of coverage.
The 2008-09 University of Memphis basketball schedule was released Wednesday, and fans will get to see plenty of their Tigers this season with 18 home dates at FedExForum. Times and television games will be announced at a later date.
"Everywhere I've been recently, fans have been asking about this season's schedule, and I'm excited to get it out there," said Memphis Director of Athletics R.C. Johnson. "As John likes to do, the schedule has a national feel to it, and I know our fans enjoy those high-profile games.