Throughout the season, Heat Check CBB is providing daily coverage of college basketball scores, schedule, bracketology, highlights, best bets and much more.
Finally, the college basketball season is here. The annual Champions Classic gets things going with a boom while a number of sneaky-good matchups fill Tuesday’s slate.
This season, Heat Check CBB will provide a daily morning primer of all the news and notes you need to know, including the previous night’s college basketball scores, the upcoming schedule, bracketology implications, highlights, best bets and much more.
College basketball scores
Top 25 matchups. All times Eastern.
|Mount St. Mary’s at No. 4 Villanova||4:30 p.m.; FS1|
|Akron at No. 17 Ohio State||6 p.m.; ESPN2|
|Central Connecticut at No. 24 UConn||6:30 p.m.|
|No. 3 Kansas vs. Michigan State||7 p.m.; ESPN|
|Bellarmine at No. 4 Purdue||7 p.m.|
|Texas Southern at No. 13 Oregon||7 p.m.; Pac-12 Network|
|UT Martin at No. 18 Tennessee||7 p.m.; SEC Network|
|Loyola Maryland at No. 19 North Carolina||7 p.m.; ACC Network|
|Quinnipiac at No. 21 Maryland||7 p.m.|
|Siena at No. 23 St. Bonaventure||7 p.m.; ESPN+|
|Jackson State at No. 11 Illinois||8 p.m.; Big Ten Network|
|Tennessee Tech at No. 12 Memphis||8 p.m.; ESPN+|
|Hofstra at No. 15 Houston||8 p.m.; ESPN+|
|Mercer at No. 16 Arkansas||8 p.m.; SEC Network|
|Morehead State at No. 22 Auburn||8 p.m.; ESPN+|
|Dixie State at No. 1 Gonzaga||9 p.m.|
|Houston Baptist at No. 5 Texas||9 p.m.; Longhorn Network|
|Louisiana Tech at No. 14 Alabama||9 p.m.; SEC Network|
|Navy at No. 25 Virginia||9 p.m.; ACC Network|
|No. 10 Kentucky vs. No. 9 Duke||9:30 p.m.; ESPN|
|CSU Bakersfield at No. 2 UCLA||11 p.m.; Pac-12 Network|
Belmont and Ohio enter the season with visions of an NCAA Tournament berth, and it doesn’t get much bigger than a head-to-head matchup between two of the best mid-majors to start things off.
Both the OVC and MAC have been multi-bid leagues just once over the past 25 seasons, and Tuesday’s winner will have a head start towards assembling an at-large-worthy profile.
Tuesday’s college basketball TV schedule
Tuesday’s college basketball best bets
Betting odds courtesy of FanDuel.
To Win: $177.70
Season ROI: N/A
IUPUI at Butler (6:45 p.m. ET; FS1)
—SPREAD; +27.5: Butler —down four players to start the year — won its D-2 exhibitions by a 5-point margin and 10-point margin. Now it’s expected to beat a D-1 team by more than 28 points.
Toledo at Valparaiso (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+)
—SPREAD; -4.5: Like Butler, Valpo had its exhibition struggles as well — an 87-78 loss to Ashland and 70-67 loss to Flagler. Toledo’s Ryan Rollins is the real deal.
Siena at St. Bonaventure (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+)
—SPREAD; +19.5: The No. 23 Bonnies are banged up to start the year with Jalen Adaway and Kyle Lofton both listed as game-time decisions Tuesday. Both programs are accustomed to slow tempo as well.
Duke vs. Kentucky (9:30 p.m. ET; ESPN)
—MONEYLINE; -118: Both teams are figuring out how their new pieces will fit, but this is Coach K’s last hurrah, and he has arguably the best player in college hoops in Paolo Banchero by his side.