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Thursday’s slate and what to watch

After two days of high-profile games, college hoops fans can take a breather for a few days. There are good – not great – games coming up, but that’s no reason to turn off the TV. Well, maybe when “Community” and “30 Rock” are on…

Best big-time matchup: Arizona State at Baylor (ESPN2)
The Sun Devils could be one of the Pac-10’s three best teams. Or they could be an underwhelming squad without a whole lot of athletes. We’ll find out when they travel to Waco to face one of the game’s most athletic teams. The Bears (5-0) are still working out the offensive kinks, but the defense is solid.

Marquee game to avoid: UCLA at Kansas (ESPN2)
If the Jayhawks don’t win by double digits, something’s wrong. The Bruins are in full rebuild mode and Kansas hasn’t lost at home in forever.

Small-school treat: Davidson at College of Charleston

Bob McKillop’s Wildcats should vie for the Southern Conference crown, but CofC will have a lot to say about it. (As will Wofford.) This is the way to kick off a conference slate.

Thursday’s games
(All times ET)


Bryant at Fairleigh Dickinson, 7 p.m.
Brown at Hartford, 7 p.m.
Robert Morris at Long Island U., 7 p.m.
St. Peter’s at Loyola, Md., 7 p.m.
Rider at Manhattan, 7 p.m.
Mount St. Mary’s, Md. at Sacred Heart, 7 p.m.
St. Francis, Pa. at St. Francis, NY, 7 p.m.


Appalachian St. at Chattanooga, 7 p.m.
Davidson at Coll. of Charleston, 7 p.m.
Gardner-Webb at High Point, 7 p.m.
Presbyterian at Liberty, 7 p.m.
UNC Asheville at Radford, 7 p.m.
Fairfield at Savannah St., 7 p.m.
Winthrop at VMI, 7 p.m.
UNC Greensboro at Wofford, 7 p.m.
Georgia Southern at The Citadel, 7:05 p.m.
Stetson at Jacksonville, 7:15 p.m.
Murray St. at E. Kentucky, 7:30 p.m.
Tenn.-Martin at Morehead St., 7:45 p.m.
Florida Gulf Coast at North Florida, 7:45 p.m.
Central Baptist at Northwestern St., 8 p.m.
W. Carolina at Samford, 8 p.m.
Mercer at Belmont, 8:15 p.m.


UMKC at IPFW, 7 p.m.
Centenary at IUPUI, 7 p.m.
Louisiana-Monroe at Kent St., 7 p.m.
S. Utah at Oakland, Mich., 7 p.m.
Valparaiso at Ill.-Chicago, 8 p.m.
Cleveland St. at Wis.-Green Bay, 8 p.m.
Youngstown St. at Wis.-Milwaukee, 8 p.m.
N. Illinois at DePaul, 8:30 p.m.
Tennessee St. at E. Illinois, 8:30 p.m.
Austin Peay at SE Missouri, 8:30 p.m.
UCLA at Kansas, 9 p.m.
Oral Roberts at W. Illinois, 9 p.m.


Arizona St. at Baylor, 7 p.m.
Grambling St. at North Texas, 8 p.m.
Stephen F.Austin at Texas A&M, 8 p.m.


CS Northridge at Air Force, 9 p.m.
UTSA at UC Riverside, 10 p.m.
BYU-Hawaii at Long Beach St., 10:05 p.m.
Missouri at Oregon, 11 p.m.