Friday, Nov. 11: Michigan State vs. Gonzaga (San Diego, CA)
Michigan State and Gonzaga — two of the three programs to reach each of the previous
23 NCAA Tournaments — bring back hoops on an aircraft carrier in downtown San Diego.
Friday, Nov. 11: Stanford vs. Wisconsin (Milwaukee, WI)
At-large hopefuls Stanford and Wisconsin spar in the “Brew City Battle” at American Family Field, home of Major League Baseball’s Milwaukee Brewers.
Saturday, Nov. 12: Saint Peter’s at Seton Hall
Fresh off of leading Saint Peter’s to an improbable Elite Eight run, new Seton Hall head
coach Shaheen Holloway takes on the Peacocks for the first time.
Tuesday, Nov. 15: Duke vs. Kansas (Indianapolis, IN)
The Champions Classic is the unofficial tipoff of each new college basketball season. It
doesn’t get much better than first-year Duke head coach Jon Scheyer taking on the defending champs.
Tuesday, Nov. 15: Kentucky vs. Michigan State (Indianapolis, IN)
Superstar big man Oscar Tshiebwe and Kentucky aim to record the Wildcats’ first win in
the Champions Classic since knocking off Sparty in a 1-versus-2 matchup in 2019.
Wednesday, Nov. 16: Gonzaga at Texas
In the first showcase event at the brand-new Moody Center in Austin, the Longhorns look
to avenge last year’s defeat in Spokane and record an early signature win.
Friday, Nov. 18: Villanova at Michigan State
As part of this year’s Gavitt Games, Kyle Neptune’s Villanova squad heads to East Lansing
in search of an early, resumé-boosting win against Michigan State.
Friday, Nov. 18: Illinois vs. UCLA (Las Vegas, NV)
The Continental Tire Main Event doesn’t lack starpower this year. Illinois and UCLA, despite significant offseason departures, are still primed to make conference title runs.
Friday, Nov. 18: Baylor vs. Virginia (Las Vegas, NV)
The other Continental Tire Main Event matchup features another pair of Final Four hopefuls, led by two of the country’s best coaches. It’s an early spotlight for Bears freshman
Friday, Nov. 18: Florida at Florida State
After seven consecutive losses, the Gators took down the 20th-ranked Seminoles last November. Now, first-year coach Todd Golden goes for his first Sunshine Showdown victory.
Sunday, Nov. 20: Kentucky vs. Gonzaga (Spokane, WA)
Two of the winningest coaches in the modern era agreed to a home-and-home series,
starting at Spokane Arena. All eyes will be on the matchup of Oscar Tshiebwe vs. Drew
Monday, Nov. 21: Creighton vs. Texas Tech (Maui, HI)
This year’s Maui Invitational bracket is loaded. Creighton is a trendy Final Four pick this
season, while Texas Tech is riding the momentum from Mark Adams’ successful Year 1.
Monday, Nov. 21: San Diego State vs. Ohio State (Maui, HI)
Several teams are capable of cutting down the Maui Invitational nets this year, and these
two squads are no exceptions. Empty your schedule for Feast Week — it’s going to be a
Tuesday, Nov. 29: Virginia at Michigan
Not a bad way to tip off this year’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge. After the ACC captured the
first 10 challenges, the Big Ten has answered in a big way in recent years, winning three
Wednesday, Nov. 30: North Carolina at Indiana
The premier matchup of this year’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge, second-year coaches Hubert
Davis and Mike Woodson have two of the country’s best rosters and are primed for big
Wednesday, Nov. 30: Providence at TCU
Picked seventh in the preseason, Providence shocked many by capturing the Big East title
last year. The Friars take on a potential breakout TCU squad in this Big 12-Big East Battle
Thursday, Dec. 1: Creighton at Texas
Creighton and Texas are poised for big seasons with strong returning groups and high-level transfer additions. Their Big 12-Big East Battle matchup is the headliner of this year’s
Friday, Dec. 2: Gonzaga vs. Baylor (Sioux Falls, SD)
Gonzaga seeks revenge from its 16-point loss to Baylor in the 2021 national title game.
Timme and fellow All-America hopeful Adam Flagler headline the matchup.
Saturday, Dec. 3: Saint Mary’s vs. Houston (Fort Worth, TX)
The Cougars and Gaels won a combined 58 games last year as two of college hoops’
most underrated programs. This Battleground 2K22 matchup in Fort Worth will be worth
Sunday, Dec. 4: Kentucky vs. Michigan (London, England)
Originally scheduled for Dec. 2020, Kentucky and Michigan make their long-awaited trip
across the pond to London for a marquee matchup at the state-of-the-art O2 Arena.
Sunday, Dec. 4: Oregon at UCLA
Oregon’s two-week stretch that includes Houston, the PK Invitational and a road trip to
UCLA will test the Ducks’ legitimacy. Keep an eye on elite freshmen bigs Kel’el Ware and
Tuesday, Dec. 6: Illinois vs. Texas (New York, NY)
Illinois and Texas return to the Jimmy V Classic at the Madison Square Garden. Both
squads are poised to recover from second-round tournament losses thanks to high-potential rosters.
Wednesday, Dec. 7: UConn at Florida
The Huskies head to Gainesville in hopes of a quality road win. UConn big man Adama
Sanogo will tangle with Florida’s Colin Castleton in one of the best individual paint duels
of the year.
Thursday, Dec. 8: Iowa at Iowa State
It’s been five years since this in-state rivalry has produced a close game, with the previous
four meetings decided by a 19.5-point margin. Let’s hope it’s a tighter contest this time
Saturday, Dec. 10: Alabama at Houston
Last year’s Alabama/Houston game was marred with controversy on a goaltending nocall that would have won the game for the Cougars. The sequel figures to be another top 15 thriller.
Saturday, Dec. 10: Memphis vs. Auburn (Atlanta, GA)
Memphis and Auburn are set to take part in the Holiday Hoopsgiving quadrupleheader
event in Atlanta. It’s the first of three consecutive matchups against SEC opponents for
Saturday, Dec. 10: Indiana vs. Arizona (Las Vegas, NV)
Indiana squares off against Arizona in the Las Vegas Clash at the MGM Grand Sports
Arena in a primetime Saturday night feature and an exciting matchup of Xavier Johnson
vs. Kerr Kriisa.
Saturday, Dec. 10: Xavier at Cincinnati
Sean Miller returns to his old Xavier stomping grounds in search of the Musketeers’ eighth
win in 10 tries in the Crosstown Shootout, one of the sport’s fiercest rivalries.
Sunday, Dec. 11: Seton Hall at Rutgers
Shaheen Holloway makes his first trip to Jersey Mike’s Arena, where the Scarlet Knights
sport a 42-8 overall record and 9-3 mark against ranked opponents at home since 2019.
Monday, Dec. 12: Liberty vs. Oral Roberts (Tulsa, OK)
Two of the sport’s best bucket-getters, Liberty’s Darius McGhee and ORU’s Max Abmas,
have their sights set on one last NCAA Tournament run. But first, a showdown in Tulsa.
Saturday, Dec. 17: Indiana at Kansas
Indiana’s ambitious nonconference slate features a trip to Lawrence in one of the sport’s
toughest environments. A win (or close finish) would cement Indiana’s legitimacy this season.
Saturday, Dec. 17: Dayton vs. Wyoming (Chicago, IL)
With major at-large implications on the line, Dayton’s sophomore studs take on Wyoming’s
Graham Ike and Hunter Maldonado in a mid-major showdown at the United Center.
Saturday, Dec. 17: UCLA vs. Kentucky (New York, NY)
In their last four meetings, UCLA beat Kentucky twice when UK was the No. 1 team and
another time when the Cats were ranked No. 7. Meanwhile, Kentucky beat UCLA in the
2017 Sweet 16.
Saturday, Dec. 17: Tennessee at Arizona
Seven days removed from taking on Indiana in Vegas, Arizona hosts another preseason
Top 25 team in Tennessee, an experienced bunch. It’s an early Christmas present for
Saturday, Dec. 17: Gonzaga vs. Alabama (Birmingham, AL)
Alabama will again look to slow down Drew Timme & Co. The Crimson Tide took out the
‘Zags in Seattle last season in convincing fashion. Can Gonzaga return the favor in Birmingham?
Sunday, Dec. 18: Iona at New Mexico
Rick Pitino vs. Richard Pitino. Father vs. son. Both programs are capable of doing some
damage in their respective conferences, making this more than just a family affair.
Sunday, Dec. 18: Auburn at USC
Auburn makes a road swing to the West Coast before the holidays, taking on Pac-12 foes
USC and Washington. Boogie Ellis and Wendell Green make for a high-level point guard
Thursday, Dec. 22: Illinois vs. Missouri (St. Louis, MO)
Braggin’ Rights is back for the 53rd meeting. Illinois is fresh off a shared Big Ten title while
first-year head coach Dennis Gates looks to make an early statement in his Tigers tenure.
Sunday, Dec. 25: DePaul at Creighton
Christmas Day hoops in Omaha! The Bluejays, led by big man Ryan Kalkbrenner and impact transfer Baylor Scheierman, host DePaul in an afternoon matinee for college hoops
Wednesday, Dec. 28: Villanova at UConn
Villanova and first-year head coach Kyle Neptune head to Hartford for the first time. Expect a raucous environment — there’s no love lost between these Big East powers.
Tuesday, Jan. 3: Kansas at Texas Tech
Kevin McCullar’s offseason departure from Lubbock to Lawrence means the former Red
Raider will receive an unsavory welcome when Kansas plays at Texas Tech.
Saturday, Jan. 7: Kentucky at Alabama
Can Alabama contain Oscar Tshiebwe and the Wildcats? This is an early statement opportunity for two programs vying for a conference title in yet another competitive SEC
Saturday, Jan. 7: San Diego State at Wyoming
San Diego State makes an early trip to Laramie in a potential preview of the Mountain
West title game. Matt Bradley dropped 30 on the Cowboys in a win in last year’s matchup.
Thursday, Jan. 12: Gonzaga at BYU
BYU is responsible for five of Gonzaga’s 14 conference losses since joining the WCC.
With the Cougars joining the Big 12 next year, BYU tries for one more home upset against
Friday, Jan. 13: VCU at Dayton
The Atlantic 10 should be a gauntlet this season and the Rams and Flyers could very well
duke it out for the top spot. This is a marquee matchup early on in the grueling conference
Tuesday, Jan. 17: Texas at Iowa State
How will Iowa State fans welcome in Tyrese Hunter? After guiding the Cyclones to a
Sweet 16, Hunter left in the spring for Texas and expects to be a featured part of the
Friday, Jan. 20: North Carolina at Virginia
UNC swept Virginia last season after the Cavaliers won the previous seven meetings.
Both programs have their sights set on the ACC title behind proven upperclassmen.
Saturday, Jan. 28: Kansas at Kentucky
When these two met last January, Kentucky led by as many as 24 in a blowout road victory. Now in Lawrence, the Wildcats will try to spoil the Jayhawks’ fun during their title
Saturday, Jan. 28: Texas at Tennessee
If things break right, this matchup could be a battle of top-10 teams come late January.
Tennessee’s Santiago Vescovi and Texas’ Marcus Carr pack plenty of scoring punch.
Saturday, Jan. 28: Arkansas at Baylor
Another quality SEC/Big 12 Challenge contest pins Eric Musselman against Scott Drew.
Points could be hard to come by with both programs sporting elite defenses the last two
Saturday, Jan. 28: Florida at Kansas State
K-State’s Keyontae Johnson sees his former team for the first time in this SEC/Big 12
Challenge matchup. This could be a sneaky good matchup depending on how nonconference play unfolds.
Wednesday, Feb. 1: Chattanooga at Furman
David Jean-Baptiste was the hero the last time these two met in the thrilling SoCon title
game. Between UTC’s Jake Stephens and Furman’s Mike Bothwell, this game has no talent shortage.
Saturday, Feb. 4: North Carolina at Duke
For the first time since 1961, a UNC/Duke matchup will not feature Mike Krzyzewski, Roy
Williams or Dean Smith patrolling the sidelines. It’s a new era, and it should be good as
Thursday, Feb. 9: New Mexico State at Grand Canyon
This rivalry is no joke. New Mexico State makes its final trip to raucous GCU Arena as a
WAC member in what may be a pivotal matchup in the conference title race.
Monday, Feb. 13: Texas at Texas Tech
Chris Beard’s return trip to Lubbock last February made for one of the wildest scenes in
recent college hoops memory. Don’t expect things to be any different this time around.
Friday, Feb. 24: Michigan at Wisconsin
The last time these two met, Juwan Howard and Greg Gard made headlines with a postgame kerfuffle, with suspensions and fines on both sides. Will there be more drama this
Saturday, Feb. 25: UAB at Western Kentucky
Since 2015, Conference USA is 5-2 in first-round March Madness games as a 12-seed or
lower; everyone else is 15-98. UAB or WKU could be the next C-USA squad with March
Saturday, Feb. 25: Florida State at Miami
Looking for an under-the-radar matchup that could potentially be appointment television?
FSU at Miami in late February may do the trick. Both teams could finish near the top of
Saturday, Feb. 25: Indiana at Purdue
The Indiana-Purdue rivalry is rekindled with the Hoosiers snapping a nine-game losing
streak last year under first-year coach Mike Woodson. Can Indiana silence the Mackey
Saturday, Feb. 25: Vermont at Bryant
Bryant’s move to the America East gives Vermont a true contender for its league crown.
These mid-major heavyweights won a combined 50 games last year en route to March
Tuesday, Feb. 28: Arkansas at Tennessee
There figures to be plenty of NBA scouts in Knoxville for this one. Arkansas’ star freshman
Nick Smith will be tested against a dominating, experienced Volunteers defense.
Thursday, March 2: Memphis at SMU
Kendric Davis returns to SMU after three all-league nods with the Mustangs. Now the
Memphis point guard, Davis eyes his first NCAA Tournament appearance with a new supporting cast.
Friday, March 3: Dayton at Saint Louis
The A10 contenders have high hopes this year. Dayton returns its breakout starting five
while SLU sports one of the country’s best offensive trios. The stakes will be plenty high
for this one.
Saturday, March 4: Kentucky at Arkansas
Oscar Tshiebwe’s 30-point effort wasn’t enough for Kentucky when these two teams met
in Fayetteville last season. Expect another hostile environment at Bud Walton Arena this
Saturday, March 4: Arizona at UCLA
A rematch of last year’s Pac-12 championship, there could be plenty up for grabs when
the Wildcats and Bruins meet in Los Angeles at Pauley Pavilion for a late-season tussle.
Saturday, March 4: Butler at Xavier
Thad Matta is nearly two decades removed from coaching his last game with Xavier. After
a five-year coaching hiatus, Matta is back on the sidelines to rejuvenate the Butler program.
Sunday, March 5: Michigan at Indiana
Will this be the matchup that decides the Big Ten title race? Regardless, there will inevitably be a lot on the line for both teams on the final day of the regular season.
Sunday, March 5: Houston at Memphis
Memphis used a pair of wins over the Cougars in the regular season to roar into last year’s
Big Dance. Now, the Tigers look to play spoiler again for Houston, who could be hunting