Let’s get through the schedule since a game is coming up soon!
Temple Owls vs. Texas A&M Aggies (2 p.m. ET, ESPNEWS): After falling to the Harvard Crimson on Thanksgiving, Texas A&M is back in action in the early slot down in Kissimmee. The Aggies will face the Temple Owls, who also lost on Thursday. The Owls fell to the touted Maryland Terrapins, who handed them their first loss of the season. Aaron McKie’s team has struggled shooting the ball this year but they have picked up some good wins along the way, including one over the La Salle Explorers and one over the USC Trojans. The Aggies will be looking to avoid dropping to .500 in the early goings of Buzz Williams’ tenure in College Station.
Florida State Seminoles vs. Tennessee Volunteers (7 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network): Arguably one of the best games all day will take place later on. Tennessee will be playing FSU down in Niceville in what will certainly be a fun game. Both the ‘Noles and Vols are ranked in the Top 25 on KenPom, with the ‘Noles ranked 16th while the Vols sit 21st. Check out Yves Pons and Trent Forrest in this one.
UAB Blazers vs. Kentucky Wildcats (7 p.m. ET, SEC Network): Kentucky will be back in action at Rupp on Friday against the UAB Blazers. The Wildcats have won three in a row after their shocking loss to the Evansville Purple Aces, as they seem to be returning to form. UAB comes into this game at 4-1 on the year, with their lone loss of the season coming to Utah Valley. As everyone knows, the Blazers and Wildcats have, uh, quite a bit of history.
Missouri State Bears vs. LSU Tigers (8 p.m. ET, SEC Network+): LSU has been a little skittish to start the season. But the Tigers are aiming to correct themselves, and they’ll look to do so Friday night against Missouri State. The Tigers have lost to the two best teams they’ve faced this year, those teams being the Virginia Commonwealth Rams and the Utah State Aggies. To their credit, they’ve yet to lose at the PMAC, and chances are they won’t do so on Friday night either. The Bears are 3-4 and have lost three of their last four games heading into play on Friday night.
Marshall Thundering Herd vs. Florida Gators (9 p.m. ET, SEC Network): After losing to UConn, the Florida Gators rebounded to win their last three games. Now, after taking care of business in the Charleston Classic, Florida heads back home to welcome the Marshall Thundering Herd. This is a game the Gators can’t afford to slip up in as they’ll face the Butler Bulldogs next out at Hinkle Fieldhouse in INdianapolis. They should be able to handle their business, as the Herd aren’t too great this year. But we’ve seen them slip up twice this year, so they’ll have to bring their best for sure.
Ole Miss Rebels vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys (9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2): Having defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions on Wednesday night, Ole Miss is looking to do the same to Oklahoma State on Friday. The Rebels climbed back to beat the Nittany Lions after being down by as many as 21 points early in the second half. It was an astonishingly good win for the Rebels, and now they’ll hope they can piece that into a successful couple days up in Brooklyn. It will be no small task though, as Oklahoma State is 6-0 through the early portion of the season. Beware the sophomore duo of Isaac Likekele and Yor Anei.
Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs. Alabama Crimson Tide (9:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU): The Alabama Crimson Tide hope to stop the bleeding on Friday when they face Southern Miss. The Tide have not been rolling lately, as they’ve lost three of their last four games including each of their last two. Their run in the Battle 4 Atlantis has not been spectacular at all, as they’ve lost to the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Iowa State Cyclones. Granted, I’m not sure anyone was expecting them to beat them. But Nate Oats’ team has not gotten off to the greatest of starts.