College Basketball On TV For January 13, 2011

Thursday's TV slate isn't quite as busy as Wednesday's but there are still several highlights: Purdue looks to stay unbeaten in the Big Ten; Old Dominion visits Drexel in a battle of CAA contenders; Virginia Tech looks to win at North Carolina; and Oregon opens their new arena against sudden Tournament contender USC.

More on these contests and the rest of tonight's TV slate after the jump.

Four-Star

Purdue Boilermakers at Minnesota Golden Gophers, ESPN (7 p.m. ET)
The Gophers showed a lot of promise in their ultimately unsuccessful comeback against Ohio State Sunday, but they're in dire need of a big win. It remains to be seen if Trevor Mbakwe will play in this one.
KenPom.com prediction: Boilermakers 72-64, 69 poss.

Old Dominion Monarchs at Drexel Dragons, ESPNU (7 p.m. ET)
Before the Monarchs meet Hofstra for the CAA lead on Saturday, they need to win at Drexel, a team that has title designs of its own.
KenPom.com prediction: Dragons 58-57, 60 poss.

Virginia Tech Hokies at North Carolina Tar Heels, ESPN (9 p.m. ET)
The Hokies grabbed their first ACC win of the season Saturday against Florida State, but they'll be hard pressed to repeat that success in Chapel Hill.
KenPom.com prediction: Tar Heels 71-66, 73 poss.

Three-Star

Mississippi St. Bulldogs at Mississippi Rebels, ESPN2 (9 p.m. ET)
Is it possible the Bulldogs are a bigger trainwreck than Tennessee? Yes, particularly since they don't have the on-court results the Vols do.
KenPom.com prediction: Rebels 81-66, 68 poss.

Two-Star

Providence Friars at West Virginia Mountaineers, ESPN2 (7 p.m. ET)
Morgantown is not the most likely place for the Friars to grab their first Big East win of the campaign.
KenPom.com prediction: Mountaineers 81-71, 70 poss.

Rhode Island Rams at Richmond Spiders, CBS College (7 p.m. ET)
The Rams are looking to get off the mat after two consecutive hammerings, while the Spiders look to keep winning to stay in tournament contention.
KenPom.com prediction: Spiders 75-61, 67 poss.

Murray St. Racers at Jacksonville St. Gamecocks, Racer TV/ESPN3/Full Court (8:15 p.m. ET)
The Racers are two games behind Austin Peay in the loss column after falling to the Govs at home Saturday. They can't afford a loss to a Gamecock team who has yet to win an OVC game.
KenPom.com prediction: Racers 61-52, 57 poss.

UCLA Bruins at Oregon St. Beavers, Prime Ticket/FSN Northwest/FCS Pacific (8:30 p.m. ET)
The Beavers look to stay unbeaten at home in the Pac-10, while the Bruins look to bounce back from Sunday's loss at USC.
KenPom.com prediction: Bruins 77-72, 71 poss.

USC Trojans at Oregon Ducks, FSN (10:30 p.m. ET)
This one only merits a mention because it's the first game at Oregon's new Matthew Knight Arena, that and the Trojans can't lose this one if they want to stay in the bracket conversation.
KenPom.com prediction: Trojans 65-60, 66 poss.

Loyola Marymount Lions at Portland Pilots, ESPN2 (11 p.m. ET)
These two hope to keep pace with Gonzaga and St. Mary's. The Pilots are in search of their first league win.
KenPom.com prediction: Pilots 77-66, 64 poss.

One-Star Drivebys

Here are your other TV and streaming options for the night. Tonight's selections are heavy on mid-majors who have fallen out of their league races early on.

Southern Utah Thunderbirds at Oral Roberts Golden Eagles, FCS Central/ESPN3/Full Court (8 p.m. ET)

Illinois-Chicago Flames at Milwaukee Panthers, TWC/Horizon League Network (8 p.m. ET)

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Troy Trojans, FCS Atlantic/WKYU (8 p.m. ET)

Hawai'i Warriors at New Mexico St. Aggies, ESPN Plus/Altitude/MASN/ESPN3/Full Court (9 p.m. ET)

For broadcast information for games slated to be aired regionally, like Pepperdine at Gonzaga, Santa Clara at San Diego, and San Francisco at Saint Mary's, visit Matt Sarz's College Sports on TV site. Another good resource is the schedule page at BB State.

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