We finally made it to another season of NCAA Basketball! Check out the top ten games for the month of November that you must see if you love hoops as much as we do.
One of the exciting things about the NCAA Basketball season is the chance for many teams who don’t often cross paths to stand toe-to-toe early in the season. As teams navigate their non-conference schedules through the late fall and early winter portion of the season, there are usually a few goals in mind. Perhaps first and foremost for many teams is to make an early stand as a top contender thus making their name relevant in big wins and drawing new fans out of new markets.
The next goal is to tune up their team to prepare for conference play for a chance at the conference championship. A lot of top level teams play these games with the postseason in mind as well. With that all in mind, there is a plethora of games full of talent that should be exciting to basketball fans all the same this November.
Naturally, these games could be argued to be on the top-10 list for various reasons. Keep in mind that there are a multitude of great games in this first month of the season. Each game was chosen based on post-season potential, preseason status, overall talent, and notable storylines. Someone’s team is bound to be missed in this article If that’s your team, let us know in the comments!
HM: Texas A&M at Virginia (Nov 29th)
Virginia is notable program that falls a little short of the AP Top 25 for the preseason. With that being said, Tony Bennett’s Cavaliers are gearing up for what could be an impressive 2023-2024 season by bringing back Reece Beekman and a healthy supporting cast of transfers and returners. The big questions for them include how this team will perform with a roster of transfers paired with some younger guys who will need to step up. In a lot of games, the scoring droughts or poor shooting performances plagued their offense.
Texas A&M is a team that is on a very similar path that Virginia is on. Like the Cavaliers, the Aggies spent the post season in the NIT two seasons ago before returning to March Madness last year. The Aggies struggled at times offensively last season, but really found success in the little things including leading the nation in free throws per game as well as some respectable defensive numbers that kept them afloat. A lot of questions about depth and consistency will be answered in this game for both squads. Another important factors is that this will be one of the first big tests for both teams, especially Texas A&M who will be on the road in Charlottesville, Virginia.
HM: New Mexico v. Saint Mary’s (Nov 9th)
There’s nothing like some high level mid-major NCAA basketball. Saint Mary’s has really bolstered their program under Randy Bennett as a consistent opponent with some postseason success. Their roster really emphasizes having size and being quick in transition. As a mixed bag of familiar faces and new pieces to add to the roster, there’s some question to the Gael’s potential for success.
Although Saint Mary’s might look like the clear favorite, the Lobos of New Mexico don’t look to be a slouch in any sense. Where Saint Mary’s has a lot of younger talent coming in, New Mexico has a mostly upperclassman roster. Having some team chemistry after an already strong year last season, the Lobos should be able to keep up with the ranked Gaels. This will be a great showcase of skill at the mid-major level with New Mexico being a team that could find themselves ranked later in the season.
Now onto the list of the ten best games to look out for in November!