KANSAS, Sporting Alert – College basketball ESPN3 schedule for “Black Friday” with No. 5 Kansas listed as the highlighted team on the fixture.
A total of seven games are on ESPN3 on the day, but the focus will no doubt be on the Jayhawks (4-1) when they welcome North Carolina-Asheville (3-2) in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence.
Tip-off time for this contest is at 7:00pm ET.
Kansas heads into this game on good form after Frank Mason III scored 19 points and Josh Jackson added 15 points and 11 rebounds in the 65-54 victory over Georgia on Tuesday night in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.
The win was the fourth in a row for the Big 12 champions, while UNC Asheville brings a three-game winning streak into this clash after its 64-58 win at Furman on Tuesday.
As a team, Kansas is scoring 82 points and allowing 72 at the other end, while Mason III is averaging 21.6 points, 5.0 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game and shooting 51.4 percent.
Fellow senior Devonte’ Graham and freshman Josh Jackson are both averaging 14.5 points a contest this season, with the latter also grabbing 6.2 rebounds an outing.
The Bulldogs, who have recovered since losing to VCU and Georgia in the opening games of the campaign, are being led by Ahmad Thomas, who is shooting 54.2 percent and scoring 16.4 points per game and pulling down 6.2 boards per battle.
In the last fixture, freshman MaCio Teague, who is averaging 14.8 points per game, scored a career-high 22 points and made four 3-pointers for UNC Asheville in the win Furman.
According to the Jayhawks website, UNC Asheville has never faced a Bill Self coached team.
In other college basketball games on the ESPN3 schedule on Black Friday, the undefeated Rutgers (5-0) will take on Hartford (1-4) in the Scarlet Knight Showcase.
Rutgers improved to 5-0 to start a season for the first time since 2000-01 when Deshawn Freeman had 13 points and a grabbed career-high 15 rebounds in the 66-53 win over North Texas on Wednesday night.
The Hawks (1-4) have dropped three straight coming into this one and have lots of work to do.
Black Friday College Basketball
ESPN3 Schedule (ET)
Friday, November 25
1:00 PM Hartford vs. Rutgers ESPN3
1:00 PM Indiana State vs. Stanford ESPN3
4:30 PM ESTNorth Dakota vs. North Florida ESPN3
7:00 PM ESTCSU Bakersfield vs. Wright State ESPN3
8:00 PM ESTUNC Asheville vs. No. 5 Kansas ESPN3
8:00 PM ESTLong Beach State vs. Florida Gulf Coast ESPN3
9:30 PM ESTDayton vs. Portland ESPN3