Must-see college basketball games this season

Correction: The previous version of the article misidentified one of the two schools with the most victories in NCAA men’s basketball history. The top two are Kansas and Kentucky, not North Carolina and Kentucky. This version has been corrected.


In the big picture, the North Carolina-Kentucky game Dec. 3 could be a national title preview. (Streeter Lecka/GETTY IMAGES)

North Carolina vs. Michigan State, Friday:Promises to be better than their matchup in the 2009 national title game — and set against a cooler backdrop, on an aircraft carrier with President Obama in attendance.

North Carolina at Kentucky, Dec. 3: A matchup between the men’s basketball programs could be a preview of the national title game as well as the NBA draft because the court will be laden with future pros.

Arizona vs. Gonzaga, Dec. 17: Coach Sean Miller took the Wildcats to the verge of a Final Four berth last season. This matchup in Seattle will help determine who is Best of the West and whether Miller has a team that can get over the hump this season.

Kentucky at Vanderbilt, Feb. 11: The Commodores are getting attention, just not enough. True basketball fans know Kevin Stallings’s team is not just a feel-good story but also a legitimate national title contender.

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