The NBA may be taking the day off, but there are plenty of college basketball matchups to get you through the Thanksgiving holiday. Several marquee tournaments tip-off today setting the stage for a weekend full of great hoops matchups.
There is so much hoops action you will have to prioritize which games you watch in the midst of a festive holiday. If you can only watch a few of the games, here are some of the top options: Texas-Butler (7 p.m./ESPN), Oregon-UConn (9 p.m./ESPN U), Florida-Stanford (10 p.m./ESPN 2) and Gonzaga-Ohio State (11:59 p.m./ESPN 2)
One new edition to this year’s holiday slate is the PK80-Phil Knight Invitational in Portland, Oregon. Nike is putting on the tournament as a celebration of founder Phil Knight’s 80th birthday. The tournament features the following 16 teams: Arkansas, Butler, UConn, DePaul, Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Portland, Portland State, Stanford and Texas.
The Battle 4 Atlantis, a college basketball staple for Thanksgiving week, is back for another year. This year’s field of teams is Villanova, Arizona, Purude, NC State, Tennessee, SMU, Western Kentucky and Northern Iowa.
Disney hosts the Advocare Invitational which features the following teams: Missouri, Long Beach State, St. John’s, Oregon State, UCF, Nebraska, West Virginia and Marist.
Missouri fans received disappointing news after learning Michael Porter Jr. will be out for the tournament, and is likely to miss the rest of the season. Missouri released a statement on Porter’s injury.
Michael Porter, Jr. will undergo surgery on Tuesday, Nov. 21, in Dallas, Texas. The procedure, a microdiscectomy of the L3 and L4 spinal discs, has a projected recovery time of three-four months and will likely cause him to miss the remainder of the season. Michael is expected to make a complete recovery, and the Mizzou Men’s Basketball program wishes Michael the best during this process.
The NBA is taking the Thanksgiving holiday off with no games on the schedule, but returns to action on Friday with 10 games on the slate. NBA TV will have a Friday doubleheader with the Hornets taking on the Cavaliers followed by the Bulls squaring off with the Warriors. The games tip-off at 8 p.m. Eastern and 10:30 p.m.
Here’s a look at the TV schedule for a Thanksgiving full of college basketball action.
College Basketball TV Schedule Thanksgiving 2017
|GAME||TIME (ET)/TV Channel|
|Missouri vs. Long Beach State||11:30 a.m./ ESPN 2|
|Chicago State at UMBC||12 p.m./ESPN 3|
|Battle 4 Atlantis||12:30 p.m./ESPN|
|St. John’s vs. Oregon State||2 p.m./ESPN U|
|Portland vs. North Carolina||2:30 p.m./ESPN|
|Battle 4 Atlantis||3 p.m./ESPN 2|
|St. Mary’s vs. Harvard||4 p.m./ESPN News|
|Virginia vs. Vanderbilt||4 p.m./ESPN U|
|Portland St. vs. Duke||4:30 p.m./ESPN|
|Xavier vs. George Washington||5 p.m./FS1|
|Arkansas vs. Oklahoma||5 p.m./ESPN 2|
|Rhode Island vs. Seton Hall||6 p.m./ESPN U|
|UCF vs. Nebraska||6 p.m./ESPN 3|
|St. Joe’s vs. Washington State||6:30 p.m./ESPN 3|
|Butler vs. Texas||7 p.m./ESPN 2|
|Battle 4 Atlantis||7 p.m./ESPN 3|
|Kansas State vs. Arizona State||7:30 p.m./FS1|
|West Virginia vs. Marist||8:30 p.m./ESPN News|
|Uconn vs. Oregon||9 p.m./ESPN U|
|Battle 4 Atlantis||9:30 p.m./ESPN 3|
|Florida vs. Stanford||10 p.m./ESPN 2|
|Georgia at C.S. Fullerton||10:30 p.m./ESPN News|
|Michigan State vs. DePaul||11:30 p.m./ESPN|
|Gonzaga vs. Ohio State||11:59 p.m./ESPN 2|
|San Diego State vs. Sacramento State||1 a.m./ESPN U|