DURHAM, NC, Sporting Alert — The 2017-18 NCAA college basketball season tips-off with a flooded schedule on the eve of Veterans Day, Friday (10), that will include No. 1 Duke and defending champion North Carolina.
No fewer than 20 of those games will involve teams ranked in the AP Top 25 Preseason poll and most of these games are available to stream live or watch live on television.
After cruising through the preseason schedule, top-ranked Duke will open its regular season campaign against Elon inside Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham.
Game time for this one is set for 7:00 PM ET and the ACC Network will provide the live action.
The Blue Devils will be led by senior guard Grayson Allen, but the supporting cast is again outstanding.
Among those ready to take on the task of helping Duke win the championship this year are freshmen Marvin Bagley III, Gary Trent Jr., Trevon Duval, as well as sophomore Marques Bolden.
No. 2 Michigan State, a team several pundits are backing to upstage the Blue Devils and cut down the nets in San Antonio this season, gets its campaign underway at Breslin Center against North Florida.
The matchup at East Lansing is set for 8:00 PM ET and will be live on the Big Ten Network.
The Tom Izzo coached Spartans are led by surprised returner Miles Bridges, who headlined the AP preseason All-America team after collecting the most votes on the squad.
Defending national champion North Carolina, led by Joel Berry II, will start the defense of its title at home against Northern Iowa, live on ESPNU at 7:00 PM ET.
WatchESPN will also provide live streaming coverage of this game.
The Tar Heels are ranked No. 9 in the AP Top 25 Preseason poll.
Meanwhile, at the Ramstein Air Force Base in Ramstein, Germany, No. 11 West Virginia and No. 25 Texas A&M will get their season underway on foreign soil.
Live coverage of this game is at 6:00 PM ET and ESPN and WatchESPN will televised and stream the action.
Elsewhere, No. 3 Arizona will host Northern Arizona, No. 4 Kansas opens against Tennessee State at Allen Fieldhouse, No. 5 Kentucky takes on Utah Valley at Rupp Arena, while No. 7 Wichita State gets its season underway at home against UMKC.
AP TOP 25 GAMES SCHEDULE
LIVE STREAM AND TV CHANNELS
Savannah State at No. 12 Cincinnati 12:00 PM ESPN3
Central Arkansas at No. 24 Baylor 1:00 PM
No. 25 Texas A&M vs No. 11 West Virginia 6:00 PM ESPN and WatchESPN Ramstein Air Force Base, Ramstein, Germany
Fairleigh Dickinson at No. 23 Seton Hall 6:30 PM FS2
Elon at No. 1 Duke 7:00 PM ACCNE
Utah Valley at No. 5 Kentucky 7:00 PM SECN and WatchESPN Northern Iowa at 9 North Carolina 7:00 PM ESPNU and WatchESPN
Morehead State at 17 Xavier 7:00 PM
North Florida at No. 2 Michigan State 8:00 PM BTN
Northern Arizona at No. 3 Arizona 8:00 PM PAC12
UMKC at No. 7 Wichita State 8:00 PM ESPN3
Gardner-Webb at No. 13 Miami 8:00 PM ACCNE
SIU-Edwardsville at No. 20 Purdue 8:00 PM
Columbia at No. 6 Villanova 8:30 PM FS2
Loyola (MD) at No. 19 Northwestern 8:30 PM
Tennessee State at No. 4 Kansas 9:00 PM ESPNU and WatchESPN
Texas Southern at No. 8 Gonzaga 9:00 PM
CS Fullerton No. 10 USC 10:00 PM PAC12
Georgia Tech at No. 21 UCLA 11:30 PM ESPN and WatchESPN
SELECTED NON-AP TOP 25 GAMES
Detroit Mercy at Virginia Tech 6:00 PM ACCNE
Memphis vs Alabama 6:30 PM CBSSN
Cornell at Syracuse 7:00 PM ACCNE
VMI at NC State 7:00 PM ACCNE
Western Carolina at Clemson 7:00 PM ACCNE
UNC Greensboro at Virginia 7:00 PM ACCNE
Yale at Creighton 9:00 PM