While Tuesday night's college basketball schedule was relatively light for mid-January, there were quite a few important matchups on the schedule.
- No. 19 Georgia Tech defeated Clemson, 66-64, in ACC play, thanks to two Zach Peacock free throws in the dying seconds. Meanwhile, Miami's tournament hopes took another hit, as they dropped their third straight, falling 79-75 to Boston College at home. That gives the Eagles, who are probably the worst team in the conference, a season sweep of the Hurricanes, who now seem destined to finish in the bottom three themselves. In non-conference play, Maryland crushed Longwood, 106-65.
- In the Big Ten, No. 13 Purdue snapped their three game losing streak by sending Illinois to their second straight setback, 84-78, in Champaign. The Boilermakers were down four at halftime, thanks to the rarely called technical foul for not putting a player in the scorebook, which resulted in four consecutive Illini points. No. 21 Ohio State rolled to a 76-56 win over Northwestern, who shot only 18 percent from the floor in the first half.
- Texas A&M had to hold off Oklahoma in Big 12 action. The Aggies ended up prevailing at home, 65-62.
- No. 20 Northern Iowa dropped their first game as a ranked team, falling at Wichita State, 60-51. The Panthers still lead the Shockers by a game in the MVC, but the two will meet again in Cedar Falls. In the other game of the night, Missouri State blew a 20-point halftime lead at home against Indiana State, but prevailed 99-92 in overtime.
- Malcolm Thomas scored 23 and grabbed 13 boards to lead San Diego State past Utah, 70-68, in Mountain West play.
- No. 8 Tennessee hit the road for the first time in SEC play and topped rivals Alabama, 63-56.
- Vermont moved to 5-0 in the America East with a 78-66 victory over Hartford. Boston University is now two games behind the Catamounts. The Terriers defeated Albany, 79-58.
- George Mason became the first CAA team to move to 7-1, thanks to a 90-72 win at Hofstra.
- Morehead State picked up an easy 66-46 win over future full OVC member SIU Edwardsville, who is playing a partial league schedule this season. Eastern Kentucky fully stepped out of conference, defeating Great West member Chicago State, 74-50.
If you don't see your team's score, click any of the score links. You'll find a list of all the night's scores along the right side of the page.
After the jump, I'll take a look at Wednesday's TV schedule.
It's just a typical busy January Wednesday, heavy on the conference action.
- Iowa at No. 6 Michigan State, 6:30 p.m. ET (Big Ten): The Spartans look to sweep the season series with the Hawkeyes.
- Wake Forest at No. 24 North Carolina, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN): The Demon Deacons head to Chapel Hill, which, at least at the moment, isn't quite as daunting a trip as the visit to Durham they undertook Sunday night.
- USF at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2): The Bearcats look to get over the .500 mark in Big East play. A home game against the 1-4 Bulls should help them do that.
- No. 12 Georgetown at No. 9 Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. ET (ESPNU): ESPN really needs to switch this one over to ESPN2 and kick the Bearcats and Bulls down to the sports package.
- St. Johns at Connecticut, 7 p.m. ET (Big East Network/Full Court): The struggling Huskies play their first game without Jim Calhoun, who has taken an indefinite leave of absence for medical reasons.
- Iowa State at Texas Tech, 7:30 p.m. ET (Red Raider Sports/FS Houston/FS Southwest): The Red Raiders have yet to win a Big 12 game.
- UTEP at Memphis, 8 p.m. ET (CBS College): Neither one of these teams has a marquee win, making an at-large bid unlikely. However, the Tigers are unbeaten in C-USA and the Miners are 2-1, so they still have a shot thanks to the auto bid.
- Tulsa at Oral Roberts, 8 p.m. ET (FCS Central): The Golden Hurricane are also unbeaten in C-USA, but they step out of the league to visit their crosstown rival, who's been passed by Oakland, IUPUI, and South Dakota State in the Summit League so far this season.
- Wyoming at No. 14 BYU, 8 p.m. ET (the mtn.): The Cougars look to continue to roll in the Mountain West, as they currently stand at 3-0.
- Rutgers at No. 4 Villanova, 8 p.m. ET (Big East Network/Full Court): The Wildcats should stay unbeaten in the Big East.
- Auburn at LSU, 8 p.m. ET (SEC Network/Full Court): Two of the SEC's worst meet in Baton Rouge.
- Michigan at No. 18 Wisconsin, 8:30 p.m. ET (Big Ten): The Wolverines have to compose themselves after their win over UConn Sunday, as the Kohl Center will be a completely different challenge.
- No. 25 Baylor at No. 3 Kansas, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN): Cole Aldrich vs. Ekpe Udoh will be one of the best interior battles you'll see all year.
- Colorado at Oklahoma State, 9 p.m. ET (ESPNU): The Cowboys and Buffs fight to get to .500 in the Big 12. OSU should be happy this one isn't in Boulder.
- South Carolina at No. 22 Ole Miss, 9 p.m. ET (SEC on CSS/Full Court): Expect the 2-1 Gamecocks and 1-2 Rebels to both have even league records at the end of the night in Oxford.
- Marquette at DePaul, 9 p.m. ET (Big East Network/Full Court): The Golden Eagles should have no trouble joining the group that's 3-3 in the Big East.
- No. 7 Duke at NC State, 9 p.m. ET (Raycom/Full Court): The Blue Devils visit Raleigh, where the Wolfpack gave Clemson a real game on Saturday afternoon.
- UNLV at Colorado State, 10 p.m. ET (the mtn.): The Rebels need to recover from their home loss to Utah Saturday, while the Rams were brought back down to earth in Provo that same day.
- Nevada at Boise State, 10 p.m. ET (Full Court): The Broncos are still looking for their first WAC victory.
For information about games that will be telecast regionally, like Southern Miss at UAB, Duquesne at Rhode Island, Xavier at No. 16 Temple, Creighton at Illinois State, and Marshall vs. No. 11 West Virginia, visit Matt Sarz' College Sports on TV site.