College Hoops Viewing Guide: January 22, 2014

Mike McGinnis

Yet another attempt by Arkansas to grab a meaningful SEC road win, a top of the table clash in the Patriot League, and a pair of key Big Ten clashes highlight the schedule for a chilly January Wednesday night.

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

Louisville Cardinals (16-3, 5-1) at USF Bulls (10-8, 1-4), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

The Bulls are still in search of their first AAC home win, but they'll be hard pressed to get it against a Cardinal team that is really starting to put it together on both ends of the floor. Plus, a Louisville victory sets them up to challenge Cincinnati for first in the league when the Bearcats visit on January 30th.

Last night: SMU (15-4, 4-2) and Connecticut (15-4, 3-3) picked up easy home victories over Rutgers (8-10, 2-3) and Temple (5-11, 0-5), respectively.

Atlantic 10

VCU Rams (14-4, 2-1) at Dayton Flyers (13-5, 1-2), 7 p.m. (CBS SN)
La Salle Explorers (11-6, 3-0) at St. Bonaventure Bonnies (11-7, 1-3), 9 p.m. (CBS SN)

Four nights after falling in Richmond to the Spiders, the Flyers host their crosstown rival in a game both honestly need in the competitive A10 and bubble races. The host's challenge will be to keep VCU from unleashing HAVOC on UD Arena.

ACC

Wake Forest Demon Deacons (12-6, 2-3) at Virginia Tech Hokies (8-9, 1-4), 7 p.m. (ACC RSNs*/ESPN3)
Duke Blue Devils (14-4, 3-2) at Miami Hurricanes (10-7, 2-3), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

While a loss in Blacksburg would further dent the Demon Deacons' slim at-large chances, the Hurricanes have a great shot to sneak into the picture over the next few days. First, they welcome the Blue Devils -- who have yet to win an ACC road game this season -- to the Bank United Center, where Miami will attempt to clamp down on Duke's potent offense. Then, on Saturday, the Canes will welcome an unbeaten Syracuse team they nearly upset in the Carrier Dome in the Orange's first ever ACC game.

Last night: Pittsburgh (17-2, 5-1) took much of the luster off of Clemson's (13-5, 4-2) good ACC start, demolishing the Tigers by 33. An Ian Miller floater in the final seconds gave Florida State (13-5, 4-2) a two-point win over visiting Notre Dame (11-8, 2-4). In a game with no bracket implications, Boston College (5-14, 1-5) mounted a late rally, but still fell at home to Georgia Tech (11-8, 2-4).

Big 12

Texas Tech Red Raiders (10-8, 2-3) at West Virginia Mountaineers (10-8, 2-3), 8 p.m. (Big 12 Network/ESPN3)
TCU Horned Frogs (9-8, 0-5) at Oklahoma Sooners (14-4, 3-2), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

Four Big 12 teams are in action tonight, with only the Sooners in the NCAA picture at the moment. They shouldn't have much trouble against the Horned Frogs, the worst Big 12 team in KenPom's adjusted offensive and defensive efficiency rankings.

Last night: Kansas State (14-5, 4-2) fell Texas (15-4, 4-2), thanks to Jonathan Holmes' three at the buzzer. As a result, the Wildcats no longer hold sole possession of second place in the Big 12.

Big East

No games scheduled tonight.

Last night: Providence (14-5, 4-2) picked up its fourth straight win, holding off Butler (11-8, 1-6) by nine at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.

Big Ten

Iowa Hawkeyes (15-3, 4-1) at Michigan Wolverines (13-4, 5-0), 7 p.m. (BTN)
Wisconsin Badgers (16-2, 3-2) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (14-5, 3-3), 9 p.m. (BTN)

In Ann Arbor, the Wolverines (61.6 poss. per Big Ten game) will attempt to slow down the Hawkeyes (71 poss. per Big Ten game) in order to set up a matchup of league unbeatens on Saturday at Michigan State. Afterward, the Golden Gophers can send the Badgers to a third straight conference loss, though they'll need to turn up their defense -- particularly on the perimeter -- to do so.

Last night: Michigan State (18-1, 7-0) did what the Badgers could not do a week ago, as they topped Indiana (12-7, 2-4) by five in East Lansing without the services of Adreian Payne. Later, Purdue (13-6, 3-3) picked up a bad road loss at the hands of Northwestern (10-10, 3-4) after 10 extra minutes.

Mountain West

Wyoming Cowboys (11-6, 2-2) at Air Force Falcons (9-8, 3-3), 9 p.m. (ROOT Sports*/MWN, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mountain West Connection)
San Diego State Aztecs (16-1, 5-0) at San Jose State Spartans (6-12, 0-6), 10 p.m. (ESPN3)
Nevada Wolf Pack (9-9, 4-1) at Fresno State Bulldogs (8-11, 1-5), 10 p.m. (MWN, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mountain West Connection)
Utah State Aggies (12-5, 2-3) at UNLV Runnin' Rebels (11-7, 2-3), 11 p.m. (CBS SN)

The Aztecs should have no trouble on their trip to San Jose, but the Wolf Pack -- a game back in the standings -- will be tested by a Bulldog team that should be able to keep things close at home, even if they've struggled on both ends of the court in Mountain West play so far. The Aggies first trip to the Thomas & Mack Center should also be a good one, as both squads are rather evenly matched.

Last night: New Mexico (14-4, 5-1) took care of Boise State (13-6, 3-3), keeping the Broncos from picking up a needed quality road win.

Pac-12

Oregon State Beavers (10-7, 2-3) at Washington State Cougars (8-10, 1-5), 10 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)
California Golden Bears (14-4, 5-0) at USC Trojans (9-9, 0-5), 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

In L.A., the Golden Bears can't lose focus against the struggling Trojans, even if a showdown with UCLA looms on Sunday. Up in Pullman, the Beavers must avoid a letdown after Sunday's huge win over Oregon, though their defense may be a remedy for the Cougars' struggling offense.

SEC

Arkansas Razorbacks (12-5, 1-3) at Tennessee Volunteers (11-6, 2-2), 8 p.m. (SEC TV Regional*/ESPN3)
South Carolina Gamecocks (7-10, 0-4) at Georgia Bulldogs (9-7, 3-1), 8 p.m. (SEC TV Regional*/ESPN3)
Auburn Tigers (8-7, 0-4) at Mississippi State Bulldogs (12-5, 2-2), 8 p.m. (ESPN3)
Mississippi Rebels (12-5, 3-1) at Vanderbilt Commodores (9-7, 1-3), 9 p.m. (SEC on CSS*/ESPN3)

The main attraction of this mediocre slate is the Razorbacks' road trip to Knoxville, where they'll attempt to finally win an SEC away game against a team not named "Auburn" for the first time under Mike Anderson. Ole Miss and Georgia will attempt to keep pace with conference leader Florida, while the Gamecocks and Auburn will look to finally grab a league win.

Last night: Kentucky (14-4, 4-1) overcame a sluggish start to hand Texas A&M (12-6, 3-2) its second consecutive SEC loss in the nightcap. Earlier,  LSU (12-5, 3-2) took out Missouri (14-4, 2-3), a result that likely knocks the Tigers from Columbia out of next week's bracket.

Elsewhere

MAC

Akron Zips (11-6, 3-1) at Eastern Michigan Eagles (11-6, 3-1), 7 p.m. (TWCS Ohio)

Thanks to road losses to Syracuse, Kentucky, Duke, a home loss to UMass, and a victory over Green Bay, the Eagles are actually ranked in the Top 50 of the RPI right now. Former Jim Boeheim assistant Rob Murphy has implemented the zone in Ypsilanti, and EMU sits at the top of the MAC and in the top 20 nationally in KenPom's adjusted defensive efficiency rankings as a result. The Zips, who have struggled on offense all season, will attempt to solve the 2-3 tonight.

Patriot

Army Black Knights (9-8, 5-1) at Colgate Raiders (7-10, 1-5), 7 p.m. (Patriot League Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Holy Cross Crusaders (9-9, 3-3) at Lafayette Leopards (4-13, 0-6), 7 p.m. (Lafayette Sports Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Lehigh Mountain Hawks (8-11, 1-5) at Navy Midshipmen (7-10, 2-4), 7 p.m. (Patriot League Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Loyola, Md. Greyhounds (8-9, 3-3) at Bucknell Bison (8-9, 3-3), 7 p.m. (Patriot League Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Boston U. Terriers (13-6, 6-0) at American U. Eagles (10-7, 6-0), 7:30 p.m. (Patriot League Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)

Mid-Major Madness will have the full Patriot League slate for the night available for free streaming, but the game you will want to pay the most attention to out of that group is the clash for first place at Bender Arena in Washington, D.C., where preseason favorites BU visit American. As homecourt advantage is vital in the Patriot League Tournament, the winner tonight would receive a bit of a boost, even if 11 conference games actually remain.

Horizon

Oakland Golden Grizzlies (7-13, 2-3) at Green Bay Phoenix (15-3, 5-0), 8 p.m. (Horizon League Network)
Cleveland State Vikings (11-9, 3-3) at UIC Flames (5-14, 0-5), 8 p.m. (ESPN3)

The Phoenix, who have a chance at an at-large, thanks to an early season win over Virginia Cavaliers and a position at the edge of the RPI Top 50; however, they have to keep winning to stay in the hunt.

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