2021 ScheduleAll times ET

2021 Schedule
1-0, 1st in Big Ten
Loyer, Hauser lead Michigan State to victory in season opener (2:22)
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16hRyan McGee

McGee: A long overdue welcome back to you, college basketball

College basketball was one of the first sports canceled in March. Since then, the sport and its players have seen nearly every league at every level return. Now, it's finally time for college basketball's return.

1d

Courtside: The guys look ahead to the first week of college hoops, preview the Big Ten and Pac-12, and talk to Rutgers' Steve Pikiell

Greenberg and Dakich tip off the podcast discussing the silliness of Bruce Pearl’s self-imposed sanctions, if the NCAA will close its investigation of LSU this season, why it’s not a big deal if games are being canceled and which matchups they’re excited to watch the first week of the season. Later, the guys preview the Big Ten and Pac-12 (18:45). And finally, they talk to Rutgers head coach Steve Pikiell (43:33).

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7dJeff Borzello

Eight top hoops teams to play over two nights

Eight of the top 13 teams in college basketball will highlight a two-night slate of marquee games from the Champions Classic and Jimmy V Men's Classic at the start of December.

15d

Courtside: Tom Izzo talks about his coronavirus diagnosis, and the guys preview the Big East and the Big 12 with the help of Kevin Willard and Bob Huggins

Greenberg and Dakich tip off an absolutely loaded show with Tom Izzo, talking about his COVID-19 diagnosis and giving an update on his team as the season approaches. Then, the guys preview the Big East (17:34) and talk to Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard (32:23). Later, they preview the Big 12 (52:50) and are joined by West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins (1:10:23).

Tom Izzo reveals he's tested positive for COVID-19 (1:00)
13d
16d

Courtside: Mike Schmitz previews the 2020 NBA Draft

Greenberg and Dakich preview the 2020 NBA Draft with ESPN draft expert Mike Schmitz, discussing LaMelo Ball and the Ball family, talent vs. intangibles, Luka Dončić’s success impacting international scouting, Anthony Edwards’ scoring ability, the depth in this draft, Obi Toppin’s “it” factor, which college players he’s excited to watch this season, and the importance of pick-and-roll defense.

22d

Courtside: Jay Bilas on why this isn't the time for the amateurism debate and a deep dive on transferring in college basketball

Greenberg and Dakich tip off the podcast talking about Dan Mullen’s role in the Florida-Missouri brawl, Justin Turner breaking COVID-19 protocol and celebrating on the field after the World Series, and Jim Harbaugh losing to Michigan State. Then, Jay Bilas stops by to discuss his concerns with the college basketball season, the continued slog of nonconference scheduling, why now isn’t the time for the amateurism debate, why this season makes the path to a future super conference even clearer, his No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft and a deep dive on transferring in college hoops (9:23).

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29dPaula Lavigne

Ex-MSU player Washington won't face charges

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has decided not to file sexual assault charges against former Michigan State basketball player Brock Washington because "witness testimony and other information" did not support it.

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30dJeff Borzello

ESPN nixes plans to host hoops events at Disney

ESPN is canceling plans to host eight of its men's college basketball events at the ESPN Wide World of Sports property at Walt Disney World, which was the site for the NBA's bubble.

Team Stats

Points Per Game75.962nd
Rebounds Per Game40.622nd
Assists Per Game17.77th
Points Allowed64.7

Tournament History

Final Fours9
Tournament Record64-30
Championship Seasons1979, 2000
Tournament Appearances31