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TOURNAMENT Nov. 15-24 Preseason NIT. The 1995-96 college basketball season gets under way at campus sites, with a couple of notable debuts: Georgia Tech's freshman phenom, Stephon Marbury, leads the Yellow Jackets against Manhattan, and new Fresno State coach Jerry Tarkanian and the Bulldogs host Weber State.TOURNAMENT Nov. 22-25The Great Alaska Shootout. Duke, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Old Dominion, TCU and UConn join host Alaska-Anchorage in gaining a little early-season (northern) exposure.BIG GAMES Nov. 24 Kentucky versus Maryland. The Wildcats and the Terrapins, a couple of teams in everyone's preseason Top 25, tangle in the Tipoff Classic in Springfield, Mass.Nov. 28-29 The Great Eight. At the Palace of Auburn Hills, Kentucky takes on UMass and Michigan State plays Arkansas on the 28th. On the 29th, it's Kansas and Virginia, followed by Oklahoma State against Wake Forest.MILESTONE Nov. 28 Lincoln (Pa.) at Coppin State. The Eagles look to extend their 30-game home win streak, Division I's longest current mark.BIG GAMES Dec. 2 UCLA at Kansas. One of the best intersectional games of the year has the Bruins rolling into (Phog) Allen Fieldhouse to take on the team that some--including SI--are picking to steal their crown.Dec. 6 Wake Forest at UMass. Two of the nation's top big men, Tim Duncan of the Demon Deacons and Marcus Camby of the Minutemen, square off.BIG GAMES Dec. 9 Arkansas-Little Rock at Mississippi. Second-year Trojan coach Wimp Sanderson faces an SEC team for the first time since leaving Alabama in 1992.Dec. 13 Villanova at Temple. The Wildcats and Owls do battle at the Spectrum in the best Big Five game of the season.TOURNAMENT Dec. 27-30 Rainbow Classic.The University of Hawaii welcomes Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina State, Rhode Island, Syracuse, UMass and USC. Lou Henson in a bad Hawaiian shirt--this is what college hoops is all about.MILESTONE Jan. 3 Vanderbilt at Alabama. With a three-pointer in each of their first 12 games, the Commodores can run their streak of consecutive games with a trey to 300--every game since the introduction of the rule in 1986--by converting one against the Tide. Currently, the nation's longest such streak, 311 games, belongs to UNLV.MILESTONES Jan. 6 LIU at Mount St. Mary's. On the Mount, Jim Phelan coaches his 1,125th game, moving him within 150 of NCAA leader Clarence (Big House) Gaines.Jan. 22 Lafayette at Penn. If Lafayette hasn't won at this point in the season, a loss to the Quakers would run its losing streak to 38, breaking the Division I record held by the Citadel (1954-55).BIG GAMES Jan. 9 Kentucky at Mississippi State. The SEC's best of the West takes on the beast of the East as the Wildcats visit Starkville.Jan. 22 Oklahoma at Kansas. The winner gets a leg up in the Big Eight title race.Jan. 24 Virginia at Wake Forest. A likely battle for ACC supremacy that--surprise--doesn't involve North Carolina or Duke.MILESTONES Feb. 7 Nebraska at Missouri. The Tigers' Norm Stewart becomes the 10th man to coach in 1,000 Division I games.Feb. 29 Arizona at Washington State. If he continues at his career pace, Arizona's Lute Olson will pick up the 500th win of his career, becoming the 41st major-college coach to do so.BIG GAMES Feb. 3 Memphis at Louisville. Freedom Hallis the site for Conference USA's first big showdown, a renewal of a classic Metro Conference rivalry.Feb. 5 UNC Charlotte at George Washington. Alexander Kuhl of the 49ers versus Alexander Koul of the Colonials. Both are 7-footers. Who's the coolest?Feb. 8 UCLA at California. The top two teams in the Pac-10 square off at the Oakland Coliseum.Feb. 10 Mississippi State at Oklahoma. One of the nation's premier big men--the Bulldogs' Erick Dampier--meets one of the top perimeter scorers, Sooner Ryan Minor.Feb. 17 Memphis at Georgetown. Two of the best centers in the country go at it: Lorenzen Wright of the Tigers versus Othella Harrington of the Hoyas.BIG GAME March 3 North Carolina at Duke. Neither team is in the Top 25? Big deal. Nothing can dampen this rivalry.MILESTONE March 2 Villanova at Georgetown. By averaging 24 points per game, Villanova's Kerry Kittles would surpass Lawrence Moten as the alltime leading scorer inBig East play in his team's final conference game.ANNIVERSARY March 19 The 30th anniversary of the victory of coach Don Haskins's Texas Western Miners, whose top seven players were black, over Adolph Rupp's all-white Kentucky Wildcats in the NCAA final.POSTSEASON March 14-17 NCAA tournament. Rounds 1 and 2 take place in Providence, Richmond, Indianapolis, Orlando, Dallas, Milwaukee, Albuquerque and Tempe, Ariz.March 21-24 NCAA tournament. The regional semifinals and finals will be played in Atlanta, Lexington, Minneapolis and Denver.March 30-April 1 NCAA tournament. Sixty games down, three to go. The men's Final Four is at the Meadowlands, and the women decide things on March 29 and 31 in Charlotte.