College Hoops Go-Round: January 6

Two AP top five teams picked up wins on a January Tuesday when most college sports fans were focused on the Orange Bowl.

  • No. 2 Texas upended Arkansas, 96-85, in a game that wasn't settled until the final minutes. This one marked point guard Courtney Fortson's return for the Razorbacks after a suspension. He had 19 points and 7 assists. 
  • Minnesota gave No. 4 Purdue a battle for a little less than a half. The Boilermakers used an 11-2 run to go up 7 on the Golden Gophers at the half before completely pulling away in the second half for a 79-60 victory.

The two basketball teams for the schools that played in the Orange Bowl both had contests during the football game. Both lost.

In other conference action Tuesday night,

  • Luke Harangody scored 36, and Notre Dame needed every last one of them to hold off USF in Tampa, 74-73
  • No. 15 New Mexico dropped their Mountain West opener at San Diego State, 74-64.
  • Marshall picked up a 76-63 win over Southern Miss in their C-USA opener.

A few schools had one last warmup before conference play as well.

If you don't see your team's score, click any of the score links. You'll find a rundown of all of the day's scores on the right side of the page.

For more on Tuesday's action, visit SB Nation and Searching For Billy Edelin. After the jump, I'll take a look at what's coming up on Wednesday.

Conference play dominates the Wednesday airwaves.

  • No. 17 Wisconsin at No. 10 Michigan State (Big Ten, 6:30): This should be a tougher road test for the Badgers than their trip to State College on Sunday.
  • Louisville at Providence (ESPNU, 7): The Cardinals look to build on their decent performance against Kentucky Saturday and grab their second Big East win to open the season.
  • Rutgers at No. 8 West Virginia (Big East/Full Court, 7): The Mountaineers will be angry after Purdue pounded them on New Year's Day.
  • DePaul at No. 6 Villanova (Big East/Full Court, 8): A long Big East season continues for the Blue Demons.
  • No. 12 Georgetown at Marquette (Big East/Full Court, 8): The Hoyas shouldn't take their trip to Milwaukee lightly, the Golden Eagles are due to win a close one eventually.
  • Colorado State at Wyoming (the mtn., 8): The Cowboys head down Interstates 80 and 25 to start their Mountain West season at their closest rival.
  • Indiana at Ohio State (Big Ten, 8:30): Evan Turner may return for the Buckeyes, that's bad news for the Hoosiers.
  • Northern Iowa at Southern Illinois (ESPNU, 9): The Salukis look to knock the Panthers off the top of the Valley standings.
  • Air Force at TCU (CBS College, 9): This would be a great football game. Basketball, not so much.
  • Seton Hall at No. 13 Connecticut (Big East/Full Court, 9): The Pirates -- who went through a week full of heartbreaking losses to close 2009 and open 2010 -- try to steal a win against the Huskies.
  • UNLV at No. 25 BYU (the mtn., 10): The winner of this can take the early MWC lead after New Mexico lost last night.
  • UCLA at Cal (FSN/Comcast Sports Net, 10:30): The Golden Bears look to go 2-0 in the Pac-10, while the Bruins would like to rebound from three straight bad halves of basketball.

There are still a few non-conference tilts to be played as well.

  • Memphis at No. 7 Syracuse (ESPN2, 7): The Orange look to get back on track after one loss and two lackluster performance, while the Tigers are desperate for a marquee win.
  • Charlotte at No. 16 Tennessee (SEC on CSS/Full Court, 7): How will the Vols cope without four of their top eight? The 49ers already beat a shorthanded Louisville team at Freedom Hall.
  • Savannah State at Missouri (Mizzou Sports/FS Midwest/Full Court, 8): The Tigers are guaranteed this one. I'll even go out on a limb and say the black and gold variety will top the orange and blue ones.
  • Cornell at No. 1 Kansas (Jayhawk Sports/Full Court, 8): The Big Red look to pull a truly big upset.
  • Seattle at Oregon State (select FSN outlets/FCS Pacific, 8:30): The Beavers take on a Redhawk team that already owns wins over Utah and Fresno State.
  • No. 5 Duke vs. Iowa State in Chicago (ESPN2, 9): This is your best chance to see the Cyclones' Craig Brackins this season. The Blue Devils hope their defense is as good as it was against Clemson Sunday night.

For info about games that will only be telecast regionally like St. Joseph's at No. 21 Temple, Cal State-Bakersfield at Cincinnati, Wichita State at Missouri State,  visit Matt Sarz' College Sports on TV site.

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