College Basketball On TV For January 11, 2011

Now that the endless parade of college bowls have finally concluded, it's time for college basketball to dominate the airwaves from now until early April.

To help ease people into a season that's been going on for two months, today's TV slate isn't terribly overwhelming, but there are still several intriguing options to sift through. Additionally, for the first time in quite awhile, every televised game tonight takes place in a conference that's above the Red Line.

My impressions of the schedule after the jump.

Four-Star

Wisconsin at Michigan State, ESPN (7 p.m. ET)
The Spartans will look to bounce back at home after a disappointing loss at Penn State Saturday, while this game marks the beginning of a big week for the Badgers, who next host Illinois in a revenge game on Saturday.
KenPom.com prediction: Spartans 61-60, 59 poss.

Florida at Tennessee, ESPN (9 p.m. ET)
The Gators are among the early SEC leaders after they grabbed a nice home win over Ole Miss on Saturday. On the other hand, The Volunteers lost at Arkansas. That means it's likely time for the good version of the Vols to show up in Knoxville, where the Gators haven't won since 2005.
KenPom.com prediction: Volunteers 68-67, 66 poss.

Three-Star

NC State at Boston College, ESPNU (9 p.m. ET)
The Wolfpack and Eagles could both use a decent win at this point, as NC State is trying to build its resume after a rough non-conference run without Tracy Smith and BC is sliding down the S-curve.
KenPom.com prediction: Eagles 79-71, 65 poss.

Illinois at Penn State, Big Ten Network (9 p.m. ET)
The Fighting Illini will look to not get tripped up at the Nittany Lions, who are looking to show they're worthy of a place in the bubble discussion.
KenPom.com prediction: Illini 72-66, 64 poss..

Two-Star

Texas at Texas Tech, ESPN2 (7 p.m. ET)
The Longhorns are the second-to-last Big 12 team to open conference play (Kansas starts tomorrow), and they get to visit a Red Raider team that's been more cold than hot this season.
KenPom.com prediction: Longhorns 79-69, 73 poss.

Georgia Tech at Clemson, ACC on FSN/FS South/Sun Sports (7 p.m. ET)
The Tigers handled Miami on Saturday at Littlejohn. Tonight, they'll look to do the same against a Yellow Jacket team that's destined for the conference's bottom third.
KenPom.com prediction: Tigers 71-61, 68 poss.

BYU at Utah, The Mtn. (8:30 p.m. ET)
The Cougars visit the Huntsman Center for the final time as a member of the Mountain West, and the Utes will be eager to hand them their first conference loss. They may not have the firepower to accomplish their goal, however.
KenPom.com prediction: Cougars 86-70, 74 poss.

One-Star

Auburn at Kentucky, ESPNU (7 p.m. ET)
All you need to know about this one: The Tigers scored six points at home against LSU on Saturday. Now they head to Lexington to take on a Wildcat team that's likely to be angry after losing at Georgia in their SEC opener.

And you can bet Tiger fans won't give a damn after last night.
KenPom.com prediction: Wildcats 84-55, 67 poss.

Rutgers at Connecticut, Big East Network/SNY/Comcast Network Philly/BHSN/MASN/CST/ESPN3/Full Court (7 p.m. ET)
The Huskies should get to .500 in the Big East after a home game with a Scarlet Knight team who just handled Providence, but fell to Marquette and Villanova.
KenPom.com prediction: Huskies 74-62, 66 poss.

Oklahoma at Baylor, Sooner Sports/FS Houston/FS Southwest/ESPN3/Full Court (9p.m. ET)
The Bears were a bit unconvincing in their Big 12 opener against Texas Tech, but they should grab a second league win against the horrid Sooners.
KenPom.com prediction: Bears 75-58, 66 poss.

Please share your thoughts about today and tonight's action in the comments, after you sign up for a free SB Nation account, of course.

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