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NCAA Basketball Schedule: College Basketball Returns This Week

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For lovers of college basketball this is one of the best weeks of the year as team around the country step away from exhibitions and begin playing for real. Michigan State already has one of the marquee match-ups of the week, as Friday they face No. 1 rated North Carolina in San Diego on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson. This highly anticipated game has been in the planning stages for months, and the novelty of it has even attracted the attention of the highest basketball fan in the land. President Barack Obama will attend this game, as he pulled rank to get one of the toughest basketball tickets ever.

That is the biggest of all the college basketball games this week, but here is a look at the full schedule for the coming week:

Friday:

No. 1 North Carolina vs. Michigan State, 7pm ESPN

Illinois-Chicago at Eastern Michigan, 7pm

Ferris State at No. 18 Michigan, 7pm

Lake Erie at Detroit 7pm

Saturday

Western Michigan at South Dakota State, 2pm

Ferris State at Central Michigan, 7pm