College Hoops Viewing Guide: January 11, 2014

Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Thanks to a pair of NFL Divisional Round games, this Saturday's schedule is slightly compressed, meaning there's an overwhelming amount of action this afternoon.

All TV info is courtesy Matt's College Sports on TV site. He has many more games listed, particularly ones broadcast only on local channels and in-house cable sports/local interest channels that are not widely available nationwide. You'll also want to check out his listings for information on which conference 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.

I'm going to try a little something different with the Saturday (and maybe Sunday) viewing guides. Since there are so many games, I'm going to break the listings down by broadcast windows, with a focus on the most interesting games in each.

Late Morning/Early Afternoon

The Marquee Games

Saint Louis Billikens (14-2. 1-0 A10) at Dayton Flyers (12-3), 11 a.m. (ESPN2)
The Billikens, off a narrow win at Rhode Island on Tuesday night, head to another difficult road environment for an always odd Saturday morning tip. The Flyers finished a relatively strong non-conference season with an OT victory over Ole Miss one week ago -- a win that will go nicely with a pair of quality wins from the Maui Invitational (Gonzaga and Cal).

North Carolina Tar Heels (10-5, 0-2 ACC) at Syracuse Orange (15-0, 2-0), 12 p.m. (ESPN)
You know the drill at this point. If the decent version of the Tar Heels show up at the Carrier Dome, this will be the game of the day. If they don't, well, Syracuse will be 3-0 in the ACC at about 2:30 in the afternoon.

Iowa State Cyclones (14-0, 2-0 Big 12) at Oklahoma Sooners (12-3, 1-1), 12 p.m. (ESPNU)
The Cyclones cannot get caught looking ahead to Monday's showdown against Kansas at Hilton Coliseum. If ISU gets caught napping, the Sooners are more than capable of knocking them off, considering their early performances in the Big 12. Expect offense and lots of it.

Florida Gators (12-2, 1-0 SEC) at Arkansas Razorbacks (11-3, 0-1), 1 p.m. (ESPN2)
Yes, I know that the Hogs lost at Texas A&M on Wednesday night. That result doesn't matter because they're back at Bud Walton, where they're virtually unbeatable. The Gators' task is made all the more difficult by the fact that a good chunk of Billy Donovan's regular rotation will be out or limited this afternoon.

Other Games To Watch

Indiana Hoosiers (10-5, 0-2 Big Ten) at Penn State Nittany Lions (9-7, 0-3), 12 p.m. (BTN)
Boston College Eagles (4-11, 0-2 ACC) at Virginia Tech Hokies (8-6, 1-1), 12 p.m. (ACC RSNs*/ESPN3)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-5, 1-1 ACC) at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (9-6, 0-2), 12 p.m. (ACC Network Regional*/ESPN3)
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (11-4, 1-1 ACC) at Pittsburgh Panthers (14-1, 2-0 ACC), 12 p.m. (ACC Network Regional*/ESPN3)
St. Bonaventure Bonnies (11-4, 1-0 A10) at UMass Minutemen (13-1, 1-0), 12:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Villanova Wildcats (14-1, 3-0 Big East) at St. John's Red Storm (9-5, 0-2), 1 p.m. (FS1)
TCU Horned Frogs (9-5, 0-2 Big 12) at Baylor Bears (12-2, 0-1), 1:30 p.m. (Big 12 Network*/ESPN3)
LSU Tigers (9-4, 0-1 SEC) at South Carolina Gamecocks (7-7, 0-1), 1:30 p.m. (SEC TV*/ESPN3)

Of this group, Indiana's trip to State College bears the most watching. It seems like the Nittany Lions are going to break through with a Big Ten home win at some point, and given how the Hoosiers have struggled of late, I wouldn't be shocked if they were the victim.

Mid-Afternoon

The Marquee Games

Kansas State Wildcats (12-3, 2-0 Big 12) at Kansas Jayhawks (10-4, 1-0), 2 p.m. (ESPN)
Again, the Jayhawks need to avoid looking ahead to Monday, but since they're at home and playing their archrival, that should be a task that's easily accomplished. On the other hand, K-State may not have a better chance to knock off KU this season, given how the young Jayhawks are still coming together as a team.

Minnesota Golden Gophers (13-3, 2-1 Big Ten) at Michigan State Spartans (14-1, 3-0), 2:15 p.m. (BTN)
The Spartans will look to build on Tuesday's thrilling win over Ohio State. I suspect that building process will involve an increased focus on paying attention to what's going on in the second half against the Golden Gophers. If Minnesota plays like it did at Penn State on Wednesday night, it won't have much of a chance here.

Rhode Island Rams (9-7, 0-1 A10) at George Washington Colonials (12-3, 0-1), 2:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Less than 48 hours after dropping its A10 opener at La Salle, the Colonials host a Ram team that gave Saint Louis everything it wanted and then some on Tuesday night. That extra rest makes Dan Hurley's team that much more dangerous.

Other Games To Watch

Missouri Tigers (12-2, 0-1 SEC) at Auburn Tigers (8-4, 0-1), 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
Seton Hall Pirates (10-6, 1-2 Big East) at Marquette Golden Eagles (9-7, 1-2), 2 p.m. (FSN*)
Duke Blue Devils (12-3, 1-1 ACC) at Clemson Tigers (10-4, 1-1), 2 p.m. (ACC RSNs*/ESPN3)
Northeastern Huskies (4-11, 1-0 CAA) at Drexel Dragons (8-6, 0-1), 2 p.m. (CSN*)
North Dakota State Bison (11-5, 0-1 Summit) at IUPUI Jaguars (5-13, 0-1), 2 p.m. (HTSN/ESPN3)
Holy Cross Crusaders (7-8, 1-2 Patriot) at Bucknell Bison (7-7, 2-1), 2 p.m. (Patriot League Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
American U. Eagles (7-7, 3-0 Patriot) at Colgate Red Raiders (6-8,0-3), 2 p.m. (Patriot League Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Boston U. Terriers (10-6, 3-0) at Lafayette Leopards (4-10, 0-3), 2 p.m. (Patriot League Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Memphis Tigers (11-3, 2-1 AAC) at Temple Owls (5-8, 0-3), 3 p.m. (ESPN2)
Kentucky Wildcats (11-3, 1-0 SEC) at Vanderbilt Commodores (8-5, 0-1), 3:30 p.m. (CBS)

Two mid-major games jump out for me in this group. Summit League favorite North Dakota State lost at IPFW on Thursday, so winning at IUPUI is vital to avoid an 0-2 hole in a conference that doesn't have as many league games as in prior years. Meanwhile, Drexel also needs to avoid dropping its second CAA game -- and fourth overall -- when Northeastern visits the DAC.

Late Afternoon

The Marquee Games

Oklahoma State Cowboys (13-2, 1-1 Big 12) at West Virginia Mountaineers (10-5, 2-0), 4 p.m. (Big 12 Network*/ESPN3)
The Cowboys travel east with a chance to knock the Mountaineers out of a share of the Big 12 lead. Of course, a game against OSU is a completely different matter than the Texas Tech-TCU road swing WVU began the conference campaign with, even if the Pokes are visiting Morgantown.

Virginia Cavaliers (11-4. 2-0 ACC) at N.C. State Wolfpack (11-4, 1-1), 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tuesday's win at Notre Dame helped the Wolfpack improve their perception a bit, particularly after they gave away a big lead against Pitt in their ACC opener a week ago. If N.C. State wants to be taken somewhat seriously in the ACC race, they next need to knock off the Cavaliers at home.

Other Games To Watch

Mississippi Rebels (10-4, 1-0 SEC) at Mississippi State Bulldogs (10-4, 0-1), 4 p.m. (ESPNU)
Army Black Knights (7-7, 3-0 Patriot) at Navy Midshipmen (6-8, 1-2), 4 p.m. (CBS SN)
Alabama Crimson Tide (7-7, 1-0 SEC) at Georgia Bulldogs (7-6, 1-0), 4 p.m. (SEC TV*/ESPN3)
Delaware Blue Hens (9-7, 1-0 CAA) at James Madison Dukes (6-10, 1-1), 4 p.m. (CSN*)
Santa Clara Broncos (10-8, 3-2 WCC) at Pacific Tigers (9-6, 0-4), 4 p.m. (TheW.tv, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness
Denver Pioneers (7-8, 0-0 Summit) at South Dakota Coyotes (5-9, 0-0), 5 p.m. (Midco SN/FCS)

At this point, pickings start to get a bit thinner, but there are still interesting things to watch in these contests. For example, Ole Miss travels to Starkville for the final game of the SEC portion of Marshall Henderson's suspension. Given how the Rebels struggled to put away Auburn on Thursday, that storyline makes the first playing of the basketball Egg Bowl this year interesting. Army-Navy is more interesting than you'd expect since the Black Knights can move to 4-0 in the Patriot League. Delaware-JMU is a meeting of the team that represented the CAA in the NCAAs last season and the team that may have the best chance to earn that right for this season. In the Summit League, one of North Dakota State's main challengers, Denver, opens league play with a trip to Vermillion. Finally, can Georgia build on its emotional win at Missouri when it returns home to take on Alabama?

Early Evening

Games To Watch

UCF Knights (9-4, 1-1 AAC) at Connecticut Huskies (12-3, 0-2), 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
Fresh off a win over Harvard, the Huskies jump back into league play where they'll look to make UCF their first victim in the AAC.

Central Michigan Chippewas (7-6, 0-1 MAC) at Toledo Rockets (12-2, 0-1), 6 p.m. (TWCS/ESPN3)
Add the Rockets -- who began the season 12-0 before dropping games at Kansas and Western Michigan -- to the group of teams that's desperate to avoid two early conference losses.

San Francisco Dons (11-6, 4-1 WCC) at St. Mary's Gaels (12-5, 2-2), 6 p.m. (CSN California/ROOT Sports/TWCS/TheW.tv streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
So far, the Dons have only lost to Gonzaga in the WCC. Meanwhile, Randy Bennett returns to the bench for a Gaels team that has a ton of work to do to get back into the NCAA conversation, particularly after giving a game away to Santa Clara on Thursday night.

Georgetown Hoyas (10-4, 2-1 Big East) at Butler Bulldogs (10-5, 0-3), 7 p.m. (FS1)
You figured the Bulldogs would struggle a bit in their first Big East season, but you probably didn't think they'd have a great chance of being in the basement after four games. Note that Josh Smith will not be in the lineup again for the Hoyas, thanks to the same academic issue that caused him to miss Wednesday's loss at Providence.

Other Games To Watch

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (7-8, 1-1 AAC) at Cincinnati Bearcats (14-2, 3-0), 6 p.m. (CBS SN)
Princeton Tigers (11-2) at Penn Quakers (2-10), 6 p.m. (NBCSN)
Texas A&M Aggies (10-4, 1-0 SEC) at Tennessee Volunteers (10-4, 1-0), 6 p.m. (SEC on FSN*/ESPN3)
UAB Blazers (11-3) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (10-5), 6 p.m. (CSS/CSN*)
Chicago State Cougars (6-9, 1-0 WAC) at UMKC Kangaroos (5-9, 2-0), 6:15 p.m. (KSMO/ESPN3)
Richmond Spiders (10-6, 0-1 A10) at Fordham Rams (7-7, 0-1), 7 p.m. (SNY/CSN Mid-Atlantic Plus/A10 Network streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)

The two most intriguing games in this group are in the state of Tennessee. In Knoxville, Texas A&M will attempt to pick up a surprise win over Tennessee. You'd have to like their chances more if the game was at Reed Arena. Meanwhile, 180 mile to the west, two of the squads that hope to challenge Southern Miss. and Louisiana Tech in the realigned and remodeled C-USA meet up in the conference opener for each.

You also might want to head over to NBCSN to check out Princeton, who will challenge Harvard for the Ivy crown, in its league opener at Penn.

Mid- And Late Evening

California Golden Bears (11-4, 2-0 Pac-12) at Oregon State Beavers (9-6, 1-2), 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
After knocking off Oregon on Thursday night, the Golden Bears can't afford to drop a game to a Beaver team that will be riding high after a big win over Stanford.

Wichita State Shockers (16-0, 3-0 MVC) at Missouri State Bears (12-3, 2-1), 8 p.m. (ESPN3)
The Shockers travel to Springfield for what should be their biggest test of the young Valley season.

Drake Bulldogs (10-5, 1-2 MVC) at Northern Iowa Panthers (8-7, 2-1), 8 p.m. (Panther Sports/ESPN3)
The Bulldogs, who started the Valley season swimmingly with a big home win over Evansville, will have a hard time ending a two-game losing streak in Cedar Falls. UNI has yet to lose at home this season.

Utah State Aggies (11-3, 1-1 MW) at Nevada Wolf Pack (8-8, 3-0), 8 p.m. (Mountain West Digital Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mountain West Connection)
The Wolf Pack look to keep up their surprising Mountain West run against the most talented of the conference's newcomers.

Wyoming Cowboys (9-6, 0-2 MW) at Boise State Broncos (11-4, 1-1), 9 p.m. (ESPN3)
The Broncos return home looking to bounce back from Wednesday's close loss to San Diego State. They'll welcome a Cowboy team that fell in similar circumstances to New Mexico at home to Taco Bell Arena.

Loyola Marymount Lions (10-7, 2-3 WCC) at BYU Cougars (10-7, 2-2), 9 p.m. (BYU TV)
The Cougars can complete a revenge homestand by earning a split of the season series with the Lions, just like they did against Pepperdine on Thursday night.

Other Games To Watch

St. Joseph's Hawks (9-5, 0-1 A10) at George Mason Patriots (7-8, 0-1), 8 p.m. (CBS SN)
Texas Tech Red Raiders (8-7, 0-2 Big 12) at Texas Longhorns (11-4, 0-2), 8 p.m. (Longhorn Network)
Loyola of Chicago Ramblers (6-9, 1-2 MVC) at Illinois State Redbirds (8-7, 1-2), 8 p.m. (Valley TV/FS Midwest/FCS Atlantic*/ESPN3)
Idaho Vandals (7-10, 1-2 WAC) at New Mexico State Aggies (13-5, 2-0), 9 p.m. (ROOT Sports*/ESPN3)
Pepperdine Waves (10-7, 3-2 WCC) at San Diego Toreros (10-7, 1-3), 9 p.m. (TheW.tv, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Fresno St. Bulldogs (8-8, 1-2 MW) at Colorado St. Rams (10-6, 1-2), 9 p.m. (Mountain West Digital Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mountain West Connection)
New Mexico Lobos (11-3, 2-0 MW) at San Jose State Spartans (6-9, 0-3), 10 p.m. (ROOT Sports*/Mountain West Digital Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mountain West Connection)
Hawai `i Rainbow Warriors (11-4, 0-1 Big West) at Cal State Northridge Matadors (9-7, 1-0), 10 p.m. (ESPN3)

Thanks to the remodeling of the WAC, Idaho and New Mexico State are just two of the three teams in the league this season who were also members in 2012-13. (The other is Seattle.) The Vandals and Aggies meet in Las Cruces tonight with the knowledge that this will be one of the final meeting in Las Cruces between the two as conference foes, as U of I will be headed back to the Big Sky next season.

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