Sporting Alert – College basketball AP Top 25 and the ESPN3 schedule for Saturday, December 3.
Listed on the agenda for this weekend are games involving some of the nation’s best programs, including No. 1 Kentucky, No. 2 Villanova, No. 4 Kansas and No. 5 Duke.
Topping the list is an all-AP Top 25 ranked matchup between the top-ranked Wildcats and No. 11 UCLA, who will both put undefeated records on the line when they clash at Rupp Arena in Lexington.
Live coverage is on CBS at 12:30 PM ET
Kentucky (7-0) has cruised through its opening seven games to start the season but should be well tested by the Bruins (8-0), who are seeking their ninth successive win in the early term.
Athletic guard Lonzo Ball, who is averaging 14.6 points, 9.6 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game, is expected to be a handful for the Wildcats, who will be facing someone like him for the first time this campaign.
Isaac Hamilton is scoring 18 points per competition, while TJ Leaf is putting together 17.3 points and nine rebounds per contest for UCLA.
Kentucky is also blessed with talented rookies with guard Malik Monk scoring 19.3 points per outing to lead the way.
Sophomore guard Isaiah Briscoe is averaging 18.4 points and De’Aaron Fox is putting up 15.3 points per battles this season.
The ESPN3 schedule includes two teams ranked in the AP top 25.
No. 14 Louisville will meet Grand Canyon University at GCU Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, while Morehead State travels to No. 15 Purdue to feature at the Mackey Arena in West Lafayette in Indiana.
In other AP Top 25 games, No. 2 Villanova will put its 7-0 record this season on the line against Saint Joseph’s, No. 4 Kansas (6-1) will entertain Stanford (6-2), fifth-ranked Duke (7-1) is up against Maine, while sixth-ranked Virginia (7-0) is up against No. 25 West Virginia (5-1) at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville.
Another highlighted matchup this weekend will come from Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas, where No. 9 Baylor (7-0) will look to take care of another AP Top 25 ranked team.
The Bears are going up against undefeated seventh-ranked Xavier (7-0), which is facing against its first ranked opponent this season.
Baylor, however, has already beaten then-No. 4 Oregon, then-No. 24 Michigan State and then-No. 10 Louisville, and according to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, the Bears have a 69 percent chance to win against the Musketeers.
College Basketball AP Top 5 & ESPN3 Schedule
Saturday, December 3
South Carolina Upstate at The Citadel 12:00 PM ESPN3
UMKC at South Dakota State 12:00 PM ESPN3
Bethune-Cookman at Cleveland State 12:00 PM ESPN3
No. 11 UCLA at No. 1 Kentucky 12:30 PM CBS
Oklahoma at No. 17 Wisconsin 1:00 PM BTN
Saint Joseph’s at No. 2 Villanova 1:00 PM CBSSN
Florida College at Stetson 1:00 PM ESPN3
Morehead State at No. 15 Purdue 2:00 PM ESPN3
No. 25 West Virginia at No. 6 Virginia 2:00 PM ESPNU, WatchESPN
UL Lafayette at McNeese 2:00 PM ESPN 3
IUPUI at Ball State 2:00 PM ESPN 3
Boise State at Evansville 2:00 PM ESPN 3
NJIT at UMass Lowell 2:00 PM ESPN 3
Southern Utah at Oakland 3:00 PM ESPN 3
Chicago State at Western Illinois 3:00 PM ESPN 3
Centenary at Stephen F. Austin 3:00 PM ESPN 3
Fresno State at Drake 3:05 PM ESPN 3
Stanford at No. 4 Kansas 3:30 PM ESPN, WatchESPN
Western Carolina at Appalachian State 3:30 PM ESPN3
No. 7 Xavier at No. 9 Baylor 3:30 PM ESPN2, WatchESPN
Bryant at Ohio 3:30 PM ESPN3
North Florida at No. 22 Syracuse 4:00 PM ACC Network, WatchESPN
Penn at Temple 4:00 PM ESPN3
Navy at Furman 4:00 PM ESPN3
San Diego State at Loyola (CHI) 4:00 PM ESPN3
Central Arkansas at No. 18 Butler 4:00 PM FS2
Oral Roberts Michigan State 4:30 PM BTN*
Fairleigh Dickinson Ohio State 4:30 PM*
Boston University NC State 4:30 PM ACC Network* WatchESPN
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Central Michigan 4:30 PM ESPN 3
No. 21 Rhode Island at Providence 4:30 PM
North Carolina Central at East Carolina 5:00 PM ESPN 3
Prairie View A&M at Houston 5:00 PM ESPN3
Tennessee State at Lipscomb 5:00 PM ESPN3
Texas Southern at Southern Illinois 5:00 PM ESPN3
Wofford at Miami 5:30 PM ESPN3
Maine at No. 5 Duke 5:30 PM ESPN2, WatchESPN
No. 8 Gonzaga at No. 16 Arizona 5:30 PM ESPN, WatchESPN
Northeastern at Stony Brook 6:00 PM ESPN3
Savannah State at #23 Oregon 6:00 PM PAC12
Gardner-Webb at VMI 7:00 PM ESPN3
Liberty at UNC Greensboro 7:00 PM ESPN3
Green Bay at Toledo 7:00 PM ESPN3
Fairfield at Siena 7:00 PM ESPN3
Vanderbilt at Minnesota 8:00 PM ESPN 3
Akron at No. 10 Creighton 8:00 PM FS2
New Mexico at Illinois State 8:00 PM ESPN 3
Nevada at Bradley 8:00 PM ESPN 3
Oberlin College at Youngstown State 8:00 PM ESPN 3
No. 14 Louisville at Grand Canyon 9:00 PM ESPN3