At the beginning, each team has a chance
It’s opening day!! There’s real, live, honest-to-goodness college basketball today!!
— The Mid-Majority (@midmajority)
The 2013-2014 college basketball regular season tips off at 10:00 AM Mountain Time (i.e., about 10 minutes from now), when Eastern Michigan of the MAC hosts Division III Albion College. The official live stream here is, alas, not free. But according to the #midsradio spreadsheet, EMU games can generally be heard on WEMU 89.1 FM out of Ypsilanti, which is streamed here and here — although the on-air schedule suggests they might be be broadcasting this particular game. I’m not sure. If nothing else, you can find live stats here.
The first game between two Division I opponents involves one of the mid-majors in this blog’s region: Air Force, which plays Army at 11am MST as part of the All-Military Classic in Lexington, Virginia. You can catch that game on ESPNU or WatchESPN, if you have a participating cable provider.
Three other mid-majors on the Front Range also open play today: Colorado State hosts UC-Colorado Springs at 5:30 PM Mountain Time; Northern Colorado travels to Kansas State for a 7:00 PM MST tip; and Wyoming hosts UT-Martin at 7:00 PM MST.
(Also, local non-#mid Colorado visits #25-ranked Baylor at 8:00 PM MST, if you’re into that sort of thing.)
Denver is the only Front Range squad not playing today. The Pioneers open their season Tuesday in Berkeley against the Cal Bears.
Back to today… some other games of note involving at least one mid-major below my personal Red Line: Davidson at #4 Duke, 5pm; Illinois State at #14 VCU, 5pm; Missouri State at Old Dominion, 5pm; new WAC member Chicago State (!) at Indiana, 5pm; fellow new WAC member Grand Canyon (!!) at Loyola Marymount, 5:30pm; something called “Viterbo” at Summit League favorite North Dakota State, 6pm; Florida Gulf Coast at Nebraska, 7pm; Weber State at BYU, 7pm; Oakland at #12 UNC, 7pm; USC at Utah State, 7:05pm; Bucknell at Stanford, 8pm; and INCREDIBLY LARGE MAN vs Western Michigan, 11:30pm. (All times Mountain.)
Meanwhile, the first game that this blog will be covering in-person is Colorado State at Gonzaga on Monday at 7:00 PM MST, the opening game of ESPN’s 24-hour hoops tip-off marathon. I’m flying up to Spokane for that one. Should be awesome.