College Hoops Viewing Guide: January 21, 2014

Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

If you're outside of ACC country, you'll need to get yourself to a bar or in front of a computer/streaming box to watch two of the night's most intriguing matchups.

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.

American

Temple Owls (5-11, 0-5) at Connecticut Huskies (14-4, 2-3), 7 p.m. (CBS SN)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (8-10, 2-3) at SMU Mustangs (14-4, 3-2), 8 p.m. (ESPNews)

The Huskies and Mustangs should pick up necessary home wins against a pair of squads who are a combined 0-5 in AAC road games.

ACC

Clemson Tigers (13-4, 4-1) at Pittsburgh Panthers (16-2, 4-1), 8 p.m. (ACC Network Regional*/ESPN3)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (11-7, 2-3) at Florida State Seminoles (12-5, 3-2), 8 p.m. (ACC Network Regional*/ESPN3)
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (10-8, 1-4) at Boston College Eagles (5-13, 1-4), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

It's a shame that one of the two ACC Network games isn't on ESPNU in place of Georgia Tech-BC. Clemson can take a big step toward next week's bracket with a win at Pitt. (Keep in mind, they'll have a great chance to win in Chapel Hill for the first time ever on Sunday night.) In Tallahassee, Notre Dame can get itself to .500 in the league, while picking up a quality win, if it can score on Florida State's defense.

Last night: Virginia (14-5. 5-1) knocked North Carolina (11-7) to 1-4 in the ACC with a 15-point win in Charlottesville, while N.C. State (12-7, 2-4) overhauled an 11-point Maryland (11-8, 3-3) advantage to beat the Terps in Raleigh.

Big 12

Kansas State Wildcats (14-4, 4-1) at Texas Longhorns (14-4, 3-2), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

The Wildcats, winners of two in a row, will attempt to end the surging Longhorns' three-game streak, which would keep them in sole possession of second place in the Big 12 until at least the weekend.

Last night: Kansas (14-4, 5-0) handed Baylor (13-5, 1-5) its third loss in six days, pulling away late to pick up a 10-point win.

Big East

Butler Bulldogs (11-7, 1-5) at Providence Friars (13-5, 3-2), 9 p.m. (FS1)

On Saturday, the Bulldogs finally picked up a Big East win, thanks to a huge overtime period against Marquette. They'll look to start a streak against a Providence team that's fresh off an impressive shock win over Creighton.

Last night: On the topic of the Bluejays (16-3, 6-1), they showed no ill effects from Saturday's loss as they unleashed a three-point barrage (which looks, but sadly doesn't sound, curiously like "Wragge") to send Villanova (16-2, 5-1) to its first Big East loss. At the other end of the at-large pool, Georgetown (11-7, 3-4) dropped its third straight and second in a row at home, falling to Marquette (11-8, 3-3) after overtime. Earlier in the day, Xavier (15-4, 5-1) dropped DePaul (10-10. 2-5) to move within a half-game of Creighton in the standings.

Big Ten

Indiana Hoosiers (12-6, 2-3) at Michigan State Spartans (17-1. 6-0), 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Purdue Boilermakers (13-5, 3-2) at Northwestern Wildcats (9-10, 2-4), 9 p.m. (BTN)

The Spartans can set up their half of a clash for first place on Saturday night, when Michigan visits the Breslin Center, by toppling Indiana there tonight. Meanwhile, the Hoosiers will look to sandwich Saturday's bad loss to Northwestern between a pair of Tuesday upsets. Speaking of the Wildcats, they enter tonight's game against the Boilermakers, a moving up in the bubble world, as surprise winners of two of their last three.

Last night: Nebraska (9-8, 1-4) grabbed its first Big Ten win of the season and first at Pinnacle Bank Arena by sending Ohio State (15-4, 2-4) to its fourth consecutive loss.

Mountain West

Boise State Broncos (13-5, 3-2) at New Mexico Lobos (13-4, 4-1), 9:15 p.m. (CBS SN)

A win over the Lobos at the Pit would do wonders for the Broncos' profile, which currently features just one Top 100 win -- Saturday's win over Utah State. A quality win wouldn't hurt the Lobos' case either, especially since there aren't as many opportunities in this season's Mountain West as the 2013 version provided.

SEC

Missouri Tigers (14-3, 2-2) at LSU Tigers (11-5, 2-2), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Texas A&M Aggies (12-5, 3-1) at Kentucky Wildcats (13-4, 3-1), 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Missouri can match its 2013 SEC road win total with a victory over LSU this evening in Baton Rouge, while the Aggies will likely struggle to bounce back from an overtime loss at Mississippi State -- one that cost it a share of first place -- at Rupp Arena.

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