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For the chance at having Major League Baseball & the NCAA Hoops season occur on the same day, Philadelphia will need to force a Game 7, and then both teams need to be ultra competitive enough to extend a Game Seven into Monday EST.  While that's a long shot, the 2022-2023 season gets underway on Monday, November 7th, 2022.

As is the custom, the big events before the turn of the year are the Championship Classic AND the CBS Sports Classic.

The Championship Classic, slated for Tuesday, November 15th, features (per tradition) Duke, Kansas, Michigan State, and Kentucky.  Those schools combine for 19 National Champions in the modern era of the game (23 overall I believe), and a ton more Final Four appearances.

The CBS Sports Classic, slated for Saturday, December 17th, features (per tradition) Kentucky, Ohio State, North Carolina, and UCLA.  The Buckeyes and Bruins were unable to compete last year but should be good to go this year.

There will be several early season Tournaments that may or may not affect one's participation into the postseason.  Aside from that, most of everyone will play non-conference games prior to the all but exclusive conference games from around the New Year through the end of February into the beginning of March.  While the regular season concludes on Selection Sunday (March 12th, 2023), the week leading up to that date will feature conference tournaments; most will conclude the Saturday before & a couple on that Sunday.  That's mainly the Big conferences; some of the others could wrap up early in the week or even a week plus before.

The Postseason gets started on 03/14 & 03/15 with the first four (on TruTV).  The main part of March Madness gets underway on Thursday, March 16th, 2023.  The first two rounds take place on TBS, CBS, TNT and TruTV from 03/16 - 03/19, and the following week, the Regionals take place from 03/23 - 03/26 on TBS & CBS.

The NCAA Tournament will conclude the following weekend featuring the winners of the games played on March 25th & March 26.  The Final Four starts on April 1st, and it concludes on April 3rd with the National Championship game starring the winners of the 04/01 games.  CBS has exclusive coverage of the tourney's final three games.

A couple big notes from this season.  It's the first season since 1979-1980 without Coach K on the Duke sidelines, and the defending champions in Kansas will get things going without their head coach.  Bill Self has been suspended, part of Kansas self-imposed punishment.  Villanova coach Jay Wright has called it quits as well; I believe he is slated to do some work for Turner & CBS during the postseason, which he has done in the past.

Finally, while several do not watch the game for the announcers, this will be Jim Nantz final season working the Final Four.  Back when, the 38 season CBS Sports vet would become the face of the CBS Sports; however, his basketball duties decreased while he rose in the NFL.  Plus his PGA duties overlap, which helps result in Jim calling one regular season game (Big 10 senior week, used to be the NCAA Hoops season premiere that led into Army/Navy; sometimes both).  He's slated to call the Big 10 semis & championship game before being part of the A-Team for the NCAA Tournament.  Ian Eagle, who has been the biggest fill in (while Nantz was working PGA), is expected to replace him full time.  In hoops (Nantz will still do NFL game and the PGA & the Masters).

I have no idea who'll win this year.  I might just wait and pick someone when I fill out my bracket

For the first time this season, I have just finished watching a college basketball game in its entirety. In said game, the Alabama Crimson Tide handed the Houston Cougars their first loss of the season in a 71-65 Alabama triumph. A key put back with about a minute left gave Alabama the lead for good as the Crimson Tide capped off an impressive 2nd 1/2 comeback. What a fantastic game between 2 top 10 teams. :)

Going with Ohio State and Kentucky for the win for the CBS Sports Classic.  It's the annual special that features the mentioned teams along with North Carolina and UCLA

Following a felony domestic family violence charge from an incident with his fiancée last month, the Texas Longhorns have fired Coach Chris Beard. Assistant coach Rodney Terry will continue to be the acting head coach for the remainder of the Longhorns season.

March Madness is happening 6 weeks in advance!

To be more specific, College Hoops saw the top 2 teams fall this week.  Three days after No 2 Tennessee fell to former back-to-back national champion Florida, Purdue lost on the road to No 21 Indiana (last school to go undefeated throughout).  As mentioned by a lot of people, mainly the experts, there are no dominant teams in the sport.  Which isn't really accurate; there are, but just not someone that's a clear favorite.  Both the Vols and Boilermakers were facing conference foes, with the latter actually losing to a ranked opponent.  One who could actually do well.  I don't think Indiana will win out but it's possible.

Alabama should be Number one, but I imagine that it'll be Houston (unless they lose to Temple on Sunday).

Meanwhile, in a rare case of a battle off non-ranked teams featuring Duke & North Carolina, Duke wins their first game in the rivalry post Coach K


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