All hours are oriental.

ESPN will broadcast both matches.

Michigan State vs. Kansas, 7 p.m.
Duke vs. Kentucky, approx. 9:30 p.m.

The four teams that occupy Madison Square Garden tonight have a lot to prove after disappointing 2020-21 campaigns. Game 1 features a pair of teams that have at least qualified for the NCAA tournament, although the State of Michigan has abandoned a Blueblood game opener to the eventual Final Four team. UCLA and Kansas fell to USC in the second round. Then there’s the Nightcap, which features a pair of teams that haven’t even made it to 68 in Kentucky and Duke. Tonight’s game also marks the start of Mike Krzyzewski’s final season in charge of the Blue Devils, a scenario many of you are probably tired of already.

Alcorn State at Washington state, 3 p.m. (Pac-12 networks)
Manhattanville to Manhattan, 3 p.m. (ESPN3)
Mount St. Mary’s to Villanova4:30 p.m. (FS1)
UC San Diego, Calif., 5 p.m. (Pac-12 networks)
Bethune-Cookman in South Florida, 5 p.m. (ESPN + ($))
Bob Jones at Wofford, 5 p.m. (ESPN + ($))

There is no tip in the morning or early afternoon this season and only one team from the 2021 NCAA Tournament will speak before 6:00 p.m. EST. Great East regular season champion Villanova.

Considering Kansas, Michigan State and Villanova above, 60 from last season’s 68 field start the road to New Orleans tonight (although Oklahoma State will unfortunately be ineligible). Of the other eight, Florida State. Michigan, Rutgers, and UC Santa Barbara speak for the first time tomorrow evening; Liberty and Mount St. Mary’s wait until Thursday; while Georgetown and defending National Champion Baylor tipped their first tip on Saturday.

Including the Michigan State-Kansas Champions Classic game, there are only four games that feature team matches from the 2021 tournament. On the other hand, five NCAA 2021 teams open up against non-D1 opponents. .

The 2021 qualifiers are in fat.

Akron at Ohio state, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
Saint-Pierre at VCU, 6 p.m. (MASN /ESPN + ($))
Mary Baldwin (non-D1) at Winthrop, 6 p.m. (ESPN + ($))
Central state of Connecticut at UConn, 6.30 p.m. (FS1 whiparound /Fox Sports app / website)
UT Martin at Tennessee, 7 p.m. (SECN)
Loyola (Md.) At North Carolina, 7 p.m. (ACCN)
Texas Southern at Oregon, 7 p.m. (Pac-12 networks)
Lafayette at Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ACC RSN /ACCNX)
State of the Appalachians at Iona, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Hartford at Wagner’s, 7 p.m. (First row of NEC)
Presbyterian at Clemson, 7 p.m. (ACCNX/ESPN + ($))
North Carolina A&T to UNCG, 7 p.m. (ESPN + ($))
Northeast at Colgate, 7 p.m. (ESPN + ($))
Siena to St. Bonaventure, 7 p.m. (ESPN + ($))
Oakland to West Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN + ($))
Belmont at Ohio, 7 p.m. (ESPN + ($))
Quinnipiac at Maryland, 7 p.m. (B1G + ($))
Bellarmine at Purdue, 7 p.m. (B1G + ($))
Miami (Ohio) to Georgia Tech, 7:30 p.m. (ACCNX/ESPN + ($))
Jackson State to Illinois, 8 p.m. (B1G network)
Christian of Abilene in Utah, 8 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks Mountain)
Coppin State to Loyola Chicago, 8 p.m. (NBCS Chicago Plus /ESPN3)
Coe (non-D1) at Duck, 8 p.m. (ESPN3)
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Creighton, 8 p.m. (FS1 whiparound /Fox Sports app / website)
Mercier at Arkansas, 8 p.m. (SECN +/ESPN + ($))
Elon at Florida, 8 p.m. (SECN +/ESPN + ($))
Central Michigan at Missouri, 8 p.m. (SECN +/ESPN + ($))
Morehead State at Auburn, 8 p.m. (SECN +/ESPN + ($))
ULM at LSU, 8 p.m. (SECN +/ESPN + ($))
Northwestern state at Oklahoma8 p.m. (Bally Sports Oklahoma)
Maine to Virginie Tech, 8 p.m. (ACCNX/ESPN + ($))
UT Arlington at Oklahoma State, 8 p.m. (ESPN + ($))
Jacksonville State at Wichita State, 8 p.m. (ESPN + ($))
north florida to Texan technology, 8 p.m. (ESPN + ($))
Hofstra at Houston, 8 p.m. (ESPN + ($))
St. Francis Brooklyn at Wisconsin, 8 p.m. (B1G + ($))
Neumann (non-D1) at Drexel, 8 p.m. (FloHoops ($))
Bridgewater (non-D1) at Norfolk State, 8 p.m. (NSU feed)
Oklahoma Christian (non-D1) at North Texas, 8:30 p.m. (UNT stream)
Louisiana Tech at Alabama, 9 p.m. (SECN)
Cleveland State to BYU, 9 p.m. (BYU TV)
Marine at Virginia, 9 p.m. (ACCN)
CSUN at USC, 9 p.m. (Pac-12 networks)
Houston Baptist at Texas, 9 p.m. (LHN)
Oral Roberts at Colorado State, 9 p.m. (stadium)
Dixie State at Gonzaga, 9 p.m. (KHQ / Root Sports / AT&T SN /WCCN)
Grammar state at grand canyon, 9 p.m. (Fox 10 Xtra /ESPN + ($))
UC Davis at State of Utah, 9:30 p.m. (MWN)
Longwood at Iowa, 10 p.m. (B1G network)
Montana State at Colorado. 10 p.m. (Pac-12 Mountain Networks)
UC Riverside at San Diego State, 10 p.m. (YurView CA /MWN)
Eastern Washington in Nevada, 10 p.m. (NSN /MWN)
Portland State to Oregon State, 10:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks Oregon)
Cal State Bakersfield at UCLA, 11 p.m. (Pac-12 networks)

The 2021-22 marquee pre-season squad arrivals Duke and Kentucky meet in Game 2 of the Champions Classic tonight, as Auburn, Belmont, Nevada and Wagner all face the 2021 NCAA qualifiers in their games. opening, only the Bruins hitting the road for their clash against Ohio. Of the 22 remaining newcomers, 20 are opening their seasons tonight, with our Lady and Vermont the exceptions. The Catamounts visit UNI on Thursday evening, while the Fighting Irish host CSUN on Saturday afternoon.

Four newcomers to support begin their campaigns against non-D1 enemies, while the Blue Devils-Wildcats match and the UC Irvine-New Mexico State clash in Las Cruces are the only two newcomer clashes on the slate.

Eastern Michigan to Indiana, 6 p.m. (B1G network)
St. Mary’s (Md.) (Non-D1) at Morgan State, 6 p.m. (MSU flow)
Delaware at Davidson, 7 p.m. (ESPN + ($))
NC Central at Richmond, 7 p.m. (NBCS Washington /ESPN + ($))
Brewton-Parker (non-D1) at State of georgia, 7 p.m. (ESPN + ($))
North Greenville (non-D1) to Furman, 7 p.m. (ESPN + ($))
Niagara to Xavier, 7:30 p.m. (FS1 whiparound /Fox Sports app / website)
UNC Asheville at UAB, 7:30 p.m. ( ($))
Milwaukee in North Dakota, 8 p.m. (Bally Sports North / Wisconsin)
Nicholls north of Iowa, 8 p.m. (PSN /ESPN3)
Tennessee Tech at Memphis, 8 p.m. (ESPN + ($))
South to Louisville, 9 p.m. (ACC RSN /ACCNX)
Irvine University To State of New Mexico, 9 p.m. (Aggie Vision /ESPN + ($))
Bethesda (non-D1) at Southern Utah, 9 p.m. (ESPN + ($))
Bradley at South Dakota State, 9:15 p.m. (ESPN + ($))
Prairie View A&M at Sainte Marie, 10 p.m. (WCCN)
Northern Arizona at Arizona, 10:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks Arizona)

Morehouse (non-D1) at Harvard, 7 p.m. (ESPN + ($))
Salve Regina (non-D1) to Brown, 7 p.m. (ESPN + ($))
Rutgers-Camden (non-D1) at Princeton, 7 p.m. (ESPN + ($))
Vassar (non-D1) at Yale, 7 p.m. (ESPN + ($))
Cornell at Binghamton, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
Dartmouth at Boston College, 8 p.m. (ACCNX/ESPN + ($))
Colombia at Fordham, 8 p.m. (ESPN + ($))

Seven of the eight elders return to court for the first time since March 2020 tonight. Four will entertain non-D1 enemies at home, while three will visit local rivals. The eighth team, Penn, faces the toughest test of all when he starts his season against Florida State on Wednesday night in Tallahassee.

Saint Thomas at Chicago State, 8 p.m. (ESPN + ($))

The Tommies are entering the first of five years of a reclassification process, with their transfer from Division III to Chicago against a Cougar team playing their final season in the WAC.

Evansville to Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPN + ($))
Stony Brook at Georges mason, 7 p.m. (ESPN + ($))

Wes Miller opens his tenure in Cincinnati against an Evansville team that has won just nine games in each of the past two seasons. Kim English begins his head coaching career at Fairfax with a more rigorous test, as GMU welcomes America East co-favorite Stony Brook.

There are many, many games on tonight’s schedule that I haven’t mentioned here, however. For these other competitions, go to the daily schedule at Matt Sarz’s Sports for the whole summary, adjustable by time zone!