CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 18: Gerald Robinson #22 of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts after the Bulldogs lose to the Washington Huskies 68-65 during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 18, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Headline games from the ACC and SEC this week include North Carolina and Michigan State in the Carrier Classic as well as Kentucky, Duke and Florida's season openers.
The Bulldogs begin their third season under Mark Fox and hope to build off of last season's NCAA appearance. Georgia will be led by its senior backcourt of Gerald Robinson and Dustin Ware. Tip off from Athens against Wofford is scheduled for 8pm Friday and can be seen online with ESPN 3.
Georgia Tech begins its first season under new head coach Brian Gregory. The Yellow Jackets will look to Glen Rice Jr. to lead the way and will need big contributions for returners Mfon Udofia and Jason Morris. Tip off at the Arena in Gwinnett is scheduled for 8pm on Friday.
No. 1 North Carolina vs. Michigan State (Friday November 11, 7pm ET, ESPN) This game is significant not just because of the two perennial powers that are playing but because the game will take place on an air craft carrier. Carolina is ranked No. 1 and is a heavy favorite to get coach Roy Williams back to the Final Four.
Marist vs. No. 2 Kentucky (Friday November 11, 7pm ET, ESPN 3) The Wildcats don't rebuild they just reload under John Calipari. This year's club is no different with Terrance Jones being joined by yet another group of talented freshman led by all everything Anthony Davis.
Jackson State vs. No. 10 Florida (Friday November 11, 7pm ET, ESPN 3) Not nearly as many people are talking about them, but you Billy Donovan's Florida Gators can't be counted out in the SEC. While they may be a little lean in the front court, they return a talented back court led by Erving Walker and Kenny Boynton.
North Florida vs. No. 17 Alabama (Friday November 11, 8pm ET) Anthony Grant's Crimson Tide returns nearly everyone from last season's NIT squad and should be right in the middle of things once again thanks to JaMychal Green.
Belmont vs. No. 6 Duke (Friday November 11, 9pm ET, ESPNU) Like Kentucky, Duke doesn't rebuild they simply reload and although somewhat inexperienced, they have loads of talent with the likes of Austin Rivers joining Seth Curry and company.
Oregon vs. No. 7 Vanderbilt (Friday November 11, 10pm ET, ESPN 3) The Commodores are many people's sleeper pick in the SEC to advance as far as the Final Four this season. They will be without center Festus Ezeli in the early going but John Jenkins and company have enough talent to make plenty of noise this season.