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Game thread: NC State vs. Tennessee

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NCAA Basketball: Battle 4 Atlantis-Tennessee vs North Carolina State Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

I understand that the nature of the sports and non-conference games are much different, but college basketball has really got to do a better job emulating college football when it comes to some of these non-conference matchups. I’m excited to make the easy trip to see NC State play Tennessee in Charlotte in football next season; I’m not and was never interested in seeing NC State and Tennessee play a basketball game in San Antonio late at night. This is dumb as hell.

If it’s a one-off game and not part of some larger tournament, then why are you putting the game where nobody from either school is interested in going, a week before Christmas? Same thing with playing Vanderbilt in Chicago last year.

Anyway.

Wolfpack vs. Volunteers

Tip time: 10 p.m. ET for some reason

TV: ESPN2 (Kevin Fitzgerald, Carolyn Peck)

Streaming: WatchESPN