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Play It Forward Nov. 6-12: UCLA, USC college hoops hopes openers aren’t clouded with more messiness

By in Press Enterprise on November 6, 2017

By Tom Hoffarth

Ranking the top 10 sports events Nov. 6-12 you won’t want to miss:

NO. 1: COLLEGE BASKETBALL OPENERS
UCLA vs. GEORGIA TECH
Details/TV: At Shanghai, China, Friday, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
USC vs. CAL STATE FULLERTON
Details/TV: At Galen Center, Friday, 7 p.m. Pac-12 Net
PEPPERDINE at OKLAHOMA STATE
Details/TV: At Stillwater, Okla., Friday, 5:30 p.m.
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT at UT ARLINGTON
Details/TV: At Arlington, Texas, Saturday, 5 p.m.
LONG BEACH STATE at UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO
Details/TV: Friday, 8 p.m.
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE vs. LIFE PACIFIC
Details/TV: At the Matadome, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Maybe this isn’t the time to wish you could walk in the shoes of a major college basketball coach. This FBI investigation hanging in the air about corrupt coaches, bribery, shoe company money, plea bargains, recruits hiring lawyers – it’s already led to the dismissal of Louisville’s Rick Pitino, the suspension of USC assistant Tony Bland and more promised.
Major changes are needed in college basketball before the 2018-19 season to demonstrate to the public that the NCAA can properly run the sport, NCAA President Mark Emmert said recently.
But what about now?
We smell this as the undercurrent of the upcoming season, no matter how much we want to celebrate UCLA’s trip to China or USC’s first Top 10 ranking in years on a night when some 180 games take place to start things off.
Selection Sunday is March 11, 2018, the West Regional at Staples Center happens March 22 and 24 and the Final Four in San Antonio happens March 31 and April 2.
Until then, let’s play fair.
Also on Friday: UC Riverside at Oregon, 9 p.m.; Whittier at Cal State Bakersfield, 7 p.m.; La Verne at Santa Clara, 7 p.m.; UC Irvine at South Dakota State, 6:15 p.m.; Northern Arizona at Arizona, 5 p.m, Pac-12 Net; Cal Poly at Stanford, 4 p.m.; Texas A&M at […]    

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