Thanksgiving 2020 College Basketball Schedule, Where to Watch and Live Stream

The NFL will take center stage again this year on Thanksgiving Day, with a three-game slate featuring two divisional rivalries with potentially crucial ramifications for the playoffs race.

The Detroit Lions get the ball rolling, making their 81st appearance on Thanksgiving Day when they host the Houston Texans at 12:30 p.m. ET, before the Dallas Cowboys play in their 53rd game on the holiday when they welcome NFC East rivals Washington at 4:30 p.m. ET.

The football bonanza concludes with an all-AFC North matchup in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where the 10-0 Steelers host the Baltimore Ravens in a repeat of their matchup in Week 8 that Pittsburgh won 28-24.

If the NFL is the main course on the Thanksgiving menu from a sporting standpoint, football comes with a generous side helping of college basketball.

Eight months after coronavirus wiped out several conference tournaments and March Madness as the pandemic began to spread across the U.S., college hoops makes its return just in time for Thanksgiving.

The regular season begins on Wednesday, but Turkey Day features five games, including a matchup between Gonzaga and Kansas, respectively the No. 1- and No. 6-ranked programs in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.

The game tips off at 1:30 p.m. ET, while No. 8 Illinois takes on Chicago State at 12 p.m. ET.

Elsewhere, Nevada takes on Nebraska at 2 p.m. ET, while LaSalle plays St. John and Ole Miss takes on Jackson State, with both games also starting at 2 p.m. ET.

The five games will be broadcast across Big Ten Network, FOX and SEC Network, with live stream available via both fuboTV and SlingTV. The complete Thanksgiving schedule is as follows:

  • Chicago State vs. (No. 8) Illinois—12 p.m., Big Ten Network
  • (No. 1) Gonzaga vs. (No. 6 Kansas)—1:30 p.m., FOX
  • Jackson State vs. Ole Miss—2 p.m., SEC Network
  • LaSalle vs. St. John—2 p.m., FOX Sports 1
  • Nevada vs. Nebraska—2 p.m., Big Ten Network

The excitement surrounding college basketball's return after eight months, however, is tempered by the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak.

As has been the case with college football, expect coronavirus to wreak havoc with the schedule and games to be rescheduled or canceled at short notice.

Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo and his Syracuse counterpart Jim Boeheim both tested positive during the offseason, temporarily forcing their programs to shutdown training facilities.

On Tuesday, Utah confirmed men's basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak and multiple Utes players had tested positive for COVID-19.

Baylor head coach Scott Drew suffered the same fate over the weekend, forcing the cancelation of the matchup between the No. 2 ranked Bears and No. 18 Arizona State.

Baylor's game against Seton Hall this coming Sunday has also been canceled.

The Bears and Arizona State are just two of several top 25 ranked programs to have seen their games canceled.

No. 4 Virginia and No. 9 Duke had their matchups against Florida and Gardner Webb called off and the same applied to No. 10 Kentucky's game against Detroit Mercy, No. 11 Creighton's game against South Dakota State and to matchups pitting No. 12 Tennessee against Charlotte and VCU. The game between No. 20 Oregon and Eastern Washington was also canceled.

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Joel Ayayi #11 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs reacts after hitting a 3-pointer against the Saint Mary's Gaels during the championship game of the West Coast Conference basketball tournament at the Orleans Arena on March 10 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Bulldogs begin the regular season as the No. 1 ranked team in the AP Top 25 poll. Ethan Miller/Getty