College Hoops Viewing Guide: December 19, 2013

Al Bello

Duke's second contest of the season against a Pac-12 opponent in Madison Square Garden is the highlight of a relatively light Thursday night slate.

Apologies for not posting one of these for what turned out to be a rather exciting Wednesday. I was dealing with a sinus headache all day and couldn't stand to be near a computer until tip time.

All TV info is courtesy Matt's College Sports on TV site. He has many more games listed, and you'll also want to check out his listings for information on which ACC and SEC regional contests and CSN, FSN, and Root Sports games (all games listed in these posts marked with an *) are available on which affiliates.

All times are Eastern.

Iona Gaels (5-3) at Dayton Flyers (8-2), 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
Two terrific offenses matchup at UD Arena, but the Flyers should have enough defense to hold off the MAAC favorites, who are coming off a 102-89 loss to St. Bonaventure on Saturday.

Florida A&M Rattlers (2-8) at South Florida Bulls (7-2) (Las Vegas Classic), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
On Tuesday night, the Bulls needed 10 extra minutes and the help of the rule book to defeat in-state rival FGCU. They shouldn't need either to defeat a Rattler team that has just one win over Division I opposition.

UCLA Bruins (9-1) vs. Duke Blue Devils (8-2) at New York City, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Two of the more efficient offenses in the country face off at Madison Square Garden, where the Blue Devils lost to Arizona on November 29th. The Bruins will look for a win of their own in order to establish their own credentials in the Pac-12 race.

Clemson Tigers (8-2) at Auburn Tigers (4-3), 8 p.m. (SEC on FSN*/ESPN3)
Thanks to a lack of truly quality wins, it's too early to call Clemson an at-large candidate. A loss on the Plains would make CU's case truly flimsy.

Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (5-5) at Mississippi State Bulldogs (7-2) (Las Vegas Classic), 8 p.m. (SEC on CSS*/ESPN3)
The Eagles will look to get their upset tonight in Starkville, though the Bulldogs are just three wins away from matching their 2012-13 victory total. However, the opposition for MSU has been woeful.

Southern U. Jaguars (3-7) at Arizona Wildcats (11-0), 9 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network)
The Wildcats will be a bit thin, particularly in the frontcourt, thanks to Kaleb Tarczewski's sprained ankle. Given that one month ago, the Jaguars fell to a Florida Gators team that had similar roster issues by just 14, this one may bear watching.

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