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The 2021-22 college basketball season officially tips off on Tuesday, Nov. 9. 

While Division I games will take place across the country, events such as the Champions Classic will also showcase teams on Tuesday. This year’s event is located at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The first game will be played between No. 3 Kansas and Michigan State. Following this game, No. 9 Duke will take on No. 10 Kentucky, which is the only matchup on Tuesday between two ranked teams.

There’s two other ranked matchups during the opening week of college basketball. On Friday night, No. 4 Villanova will take on No. 2 UCLA. On Saturday night, No. 5 Texas will play at No. 1 Gonzaga. 

There will be various Top 25 games throughout the week. ESPN will show a total of three primetime games on Tuesday and Sunday, and ESPN’s other channels (such as ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPN+) will show games all week. Channels designated for each conference (such as SEC Network or ACC Network) will be showing games all week as well.

Sporting News breaks down how to watch the Top 25 matchups in college basketball this week and more. Here’s everything you need to know.

MORE: Watch college basketball games live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

College basketball schedule today

Here’s every opening week college basketball game involving top 25 teams.

(All nationally broadcast games bolded)

Tuesday, Nov. 9

Game Time (ET) TV Channel
Mount St. Mary’s at No. 4 Villanova 4:30 p.m. FS1, fuboTV
Arkansas at No. 17 Ohio State 6:00 p.m. ESPN2, fuboTV
Central Connecticut at No. 24 UConn 6:30 p.m. N/A
No. 3 Kansas vs. Michigan State 7:00 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV
Houston Baptist at No. 5 Texas 7:00 p.m. Longhorn Network, fuboTV
Bellarmine at No. 7 Purdue 7:00 p.m. N/A
Texas Southern at No. 13 Oregon 7:00 p.m. PAC12, fuboTV
UT Martin at No. 18 Tennessee 7:00 p.m. SEC Network, fuboTV
Loyola Maryland at No. 19 UNC 7:00 p.m. ACC Network, fuboTV
Quinnipiac at No. 21 Maryland 7:00 p.m. N/A
Sienna at No. 23 St. Bonaventure 7:00 p.m. ESPN+, fuboTV
Tennessee Tech at No. 12 Memphis 8:00 p.m. ESPN+, fuboTV
Hofstra at No. 15 Houston 8:00 p.m. ESPN+, fuboTV
Mercer at No. 16 Arkansas 8:00 p.m. SEC Network+, fuboTV
Morehead State at No. 22 Auburn 8:00 p.m. SEC Network+, fuboTV
Jackson State at No. 11 Illinois 8:30 p.m. BTN, fuboTV
Dixie State at No. 1 Gonzaga 9:00 p.m. N/A
Louisiana Tech at No. 14 Alabama 9:00 p.m. SEC Network, fuboTV
Navy at No. 25 Virginia 9:00 p.m. ACC Network, fuboTV
No. 10 Kentucky vs. No. 9 Duke 9:30 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV
CSU Bakersfield at No. 2 UCLA 11:00 p.m. PAC12, fuboTV

Wednesday, Nov. 10

Game Time (ET) TV Channel
Buffalo at No. 6 Michigan 6:30 p.m. BTN, fuboTV
Pennsylvania at No. 20 Florida State 9:00 p.m. ACC Network, fuboTV

Thursday, Nov. 11

Game Time (ET) TV Channel
George Washington at No. 21 Maryland 6:30 p.m. BTN, fuboTV

Friday, Nov. 12

Game Time (ET) TV Channel
Army at No. 9 Duke 7:00 p.m. ACC Network, fuboTV
Robert Morris at No. 10 Kentucky 7:00 p.m. SEC Network, fuboTV
Niagara at No. 17 Ohio State 7:00 p.m. N/A
Radford at No. 25 Virginia 7:00 p.m. ACC Network Extra, fuboTV
Tarleton at No. 3 Kansas 8:00 p.m. ESPN+, fuboTV
San Diego State at No. 14 Alabama 8:00 p.m. SEC Network+, fuboTV
Rice at No. 15 Houston 8:00 p.m. ESPN+, fuboTV
UL Monroe at No. 22 Auburn 8:00 p.m. SEC Network+, fuboTV
Indiana State at No. 7 Purdue 8:30 p.m. BTN, fuboTV
Incarnate Word at No. 8 Baylor 8:30 p.m. ESPN+, fuboTV
Arkansas State at No. 11 Illinois 9:00 p.m. N/A
Brown at No. 19 UNC 9:00 p.m. ACC Network, fuboTV
SMU at No. 13 Oregon 11:00 p.m. PAC12, fuboTV
No. 4 Villanova at No. 2 UCLA 11:30 p.m. ESPN2, fuboTV

Saturday, Nov. 13

Game Time (ET) TV Channel
Coppin State at No. 24 UConn 12:00 p.m. FS2, fuboTV
Vermont at No. 21 Maryland 2:00 p.m. N/A
Gardner-Webb at No. 16 Arkansas 3:00 p.m. SEC Network+, fuboTV
NCCU at No. 12 Memphis 7:00 p.m. ESPN+, fuboTV
Prairie View A&M at No. 6 Michigan 8:00 p.m. BTN, fuboTV
Campbell at No. 9 Duke 8:00 p.m. ACC Network+, fuboTV
No. 5 Texas at No. 1 Gonzaga 10:30 p.m. ESPN2, fuboTV

Sunday, Nov. 14

Game Time (ET) TV Channel
East Tennessee State at No. 18 Tennessee 12:00 p.m. SEC Network, fuboTV
No. 20 Florida State at Florida 1:00 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV
Canisius at No. 23 St. Bonaventure 5:00 p.m. ESPN+, fuboTV

How to watch, live stream college basketball games

Seven games featuring a Top 25 ranked team will be broadcast nationally during the opening week of college basketball. Those games will appear on ESPN, ESPN2 and Fox Sports 1. Live streaming options include ESPN+, ACC Network+, SEC Network+ and fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.



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