Five top college basketball games to watch this season

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Here are the apical 5 regular-season college hoops games to watch:

Kentucky vs. Duke, Nov. 9

What a mode to commencement the assemblage hoops season, with these 2 bluish bloods gathering astatine Madison Square Garden to footwear disconnected the last twelvemonth of Mike Krzyzewski’s legendary career. Both schools missed past season’s NCAA Tournament — the archetypal clip Duke and Kentucky some failed to scope the Dance successful the aforesaid twelvemonth since 1976 — and diagnostic remade rosters that connected insubstantial are Final Four-caliber.

Texas astatine Gonzaga, Nov. 13

Chris Beard and his interaction transfers volition get an aboriginal accidental to amusement they are rubric contenders successful Spokane, Wash.

It volition besides beryllium the archetypal trial successful a bid of them for the Zags — who besides look Duke, UCLA, Alabama, Washington and Texas Tech successful their challenging non-conference schedule.

Mike Krzyzewski and John CalipariMike Krzyzewski and John CalipariAP; Getty Images

UCLA vs. Gonzaga, Nov. 23

A rematch of the classical Final Four crippled that Gonzaga won astatine the overtime buzzer connected Jalen Suggs’ heave could precise good beryllium a nationalist title crippled preview. Las Vegas volition big this clash of preseason favorites that volition see a heavyweight conflict successful the overgarment betwixt Gonzaga’s National Player of the Year candidate, Drew Timme, and UCLA duo Cody Riley and Myles Johnson, a Rutgers transfer.

Villanova astatine Baylor, Dec. 12

Two of the past 3 nationalist champions conscionable successful the premier crippled of the Big East-Big 12 Battle, which besides happens to beryllium a rematch of Baylor’s triumph successful the Sweet 16 past March. The constituent defender matchup volition beryllium fascinating, arsenic Associated Press preseason All-American Collin Gillespie goes up against one-time Georgetown level wide James Akinjo.

North Carolina astatine Duke, March 5

Coach K’s regular-season swan opus will, of course, travel against bitter rival North Carolina astatine Cameron Indoor Stadium. It figures to beryllium affectional and intense, and volition undoubtedly diagnostic a who’s who of immortal Blue Devils. The secondary summons marketplace for this lawsuit — calling it a crippled would beryllium underplaying it — is going to beryllium disconnected the charts.