MBB Watch Guide 11-25: Season tip-off!

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Tip-off week is finally here for men's college basketball and although, there have already been some cancellations, there are still plenty of games this weekend on the dockett. Here are most of the games with where to watch them plus select ones highlighted.

All times are Central Time.

Wednesday, November 25

Lamar at No. 17 Houston at 2 p.m.

Get a good look at Houston's talented and diverse group of talent with a perfect blend of experience and youth off the bench. For Lamar, it's all about the Davion Buster Show. The Cardinals are replacing a ton, but the sharp-shooting guard from Austin should make for an entertaining showcase in the season opener. 

Oklahoma State at UT Arlington at 3 p.m.

Northwestern State at No. 14 Texas Tech at 6 p.m.

Mary Hardin Baylor at Texas State at 6 p.m.

UTPB at UTEP at 6 p.m.

Bryson Williams has the chance to take UTEP to the top of the conference this season and now with help from the likes of Oklahoma transfer Jamal Bieniemy and Georgia Tech transfer Kristian Sjolund, two former teammates at Katy Tompkins, the Miners look poised to become a breakout mid-major.

UTRGV at No. 19 Texas at 7 p.m.
Longhorn Network

UTRGV has one of the best point guards in the state in Javon Levi going up against what should be Shaka Smart's best and most experienced team he's had so far at Texas. The Longhorns are obviously favored but it'll be a good chance to get a good look at both.

Sam Houston State at SMU at 7 p.m.

After a few injury-riddled years, SMU is trying to get back on track under Tim Jankovich and Sam Houston is a perfect litmus test to gauge where the Mustangs are. Tyson Jolly and Zach Nutall should be one of the best back-court match-ups we'll see this opening weekend.

UTSA at Oklahoma at 7 p.m.

It'll be tough to expect UTSA to pull an upset, but this is the first chance to see Jhivvan Jackson and Keaton Wallace in action against a quality opponent. UTSA's supporting cast will leave much to be desired, but anything is possible with those two.

Dallas Christian at Tarleton State at 7 p.m.

Houston Baptist at TCU at 7 p.m.

Texas Southern at Washington State at 8 p.m.
Pac-12 Network

Thursday, November 26

Mississippi Valley State at North Texas at 7 p.m.


Friday, November 27

Lamar at Tulane at 1 p.m.

Sam Houston State at No. 14 Texas Tech at 1 p.m.

Another intriguing team that draws the Bearkats early in the year. Texas Tech got an even better boost about a month ago when Georgetown transfer Mac McClung was granted immediate eligibility. How will the scoring guard fit into Chris Beard's defensive system?

Rice at Incarnate Word at 1 p.m.

Boise State at No. 17 Houston at 2 p.m.

UTPB at UTSA at 3 p.m.

UT-Arlington at Louisiana Tech at 6:30 p.m.


Saturday, November 28

Texas State at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 2 p.m.
Islanders Digital Network

UTSA at UTRGV at 3 p.m.

Texas State's second game under interim head coach Terrence Johnson after the sudden resignation of Danny Kaspar and the team's first true test in the post-Nijal Pearson era. Willis Wilson's Islanders have always posed a challenge to the Bobcats and despite replacing a lot from last year, should do the same with Myles Smith back.

North Texas at Arkansas at 5 p.m.
SEC Network

Okay, so I honestly think North Texas has the chance to be one of the top emerging mid-majors this season and this is the perfect opportunity to show it against an Arkansas team that has big expectations in Eric Musselman's second season.

Texas Southern at Oklahoma State at 6:30 p.m.

Tulsa at TCU at 6:30 p.m.

Baylor vs Louisiana at 7 p.m.

Sunday, November 29

New Orleans at Texas A&M at 2 p.m.
SEC Network

No. 17 Houston vs No. 14 Texas Tech at 4:30 p.m.

We already touched on Texas Tech a little bit, but Houston is another team that, with the right early-season win, could springboard into the national spotlight very early. This would be the stage to do that. The Coogs are talented and this year, deep.

UTEP at Arizona at 5 p.m.
Pac-12 Network

Baylor vs Washington at 5 p.m.

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