College Hoops Viewing Guide: January 30, 2014

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Cincinnati travels to Louisville for an American Athletic Conference showdown, while the Pac-12's Los Angeles pair take on the Oregon schools. Those matchups and many more are in your Thursday viewing guide.

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 matchups and CSN, FSN, and Root Sports contest (all games listed in these posts marked with an *) are available on which affiliates.

All times are Eastern.

American

Cincinnati Bearcats (19-2, 8-0) at Louisville Cardinals (17-3, 6-1), 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Houston Cougars (11-9, 3-4) at Connecticut Huskies (16-4, 4-3), 9 p.m. (CBS SN)

First place in the AAC is on the line in Louisville early this evening as the Cardinals -- who have looked dominant once again their last three wins -- welcome a Bearcat team that's rattled off 12 wins in a row. However, Cincinnati hasn't been particularly strong away from the Fifth Third Bank Arena since dominating Memphis in its first conference road game back on January 4th. Since then, UC has won at Houston by just one, at USF by seven, and at Temple by a mere four.

In the nightcap, UConn welcomes Houston to Gampel Pavilion, with the goal of avenging the 75-71 defeat the Cougars handed them at Hofheinz in the final moments of 2013.

Last night: Memphis (16-4, 6-2) had a more difficult time than anticipated at UCF (9-9, 1-6), though they ended up defeating the Knights by 10. Also, Temple (6-13, 1-7) took out Rutgers (8-13, 2-6) to pick up its first conference win ,

Atlantic 10

No games scheduled tonight.

Last night: Saint Louis (19-2, 6-0) routed Richmond (14-7, 4-2), 77-57, to keep sole possession of first place. UMass (17-3, 4-2) dropped its second midweek game in a row, falling by 13 at St. Bonaventure (13-8, 3-4). The Minutemen are now two games out of first. La Salle (11-9, 3-3) is now three games back after being pummeled at George Washington (17-3, 5-1). VCU (17-4, 5-1) joins the Colonials in a tie for second after they dropped Fordham (8-12, 1-6) in Richmond. Meanwhile, St. Joseph's (14-6, 4-2) won at Dayton (13-8, 1-4) by three, a defeat that further shrinks the Flyers' at-large hopes. In a non-conference game, Duquesne (10-9) defeated the nation's lone independent, NJIT (9-14).

ACC

No games scheduled tonight.

Last night: The night began with North Carolina (13-7, 3-4) winning at Georgia Tech (11-10, 2-6), 78-65, in a game that was played in front of virtually no one because of the winter storm in the Southeast and bumped from ESPN2 because of production issues. Virginia Tech (8-12, 1-7) was outclassed at Boston College (6-14, 2-5), as the Eagles won by 24.

In the late window, Syracuse (20-0, 7-0) struggled again on the road, but the Orange defeated Wake Forest (14-7, 4-4) by 10, with freshman phenom Tyler Ennis scoring 18 for the victors. Florida State (13-7, 4-4), meanwhile, dropped a game it really needed at N.C. State (14-7, 4-4), 74-70. Finally, Maryland (12-9, 4-4) kept its tourney hopes afloat by slipping past Miami (10-10, 2-6) in College Park by just three.

Big 12

No games scheduled tonight.

Last night: Kansas (16-4, 7-0), which now has a two-game advantage in the loss column over its nearest rivals in the Big 12 race, completed a regular season sweep of Iowa State (15-4, 3-4) in Lawrence. Andrew Wiggins dominated for the Jayhawks, scoring 29 and grabbing seven boards.

Big East

Providence Friars (15-5, 5-2) at Marquette Golden Eagles (11-9. 3-4), 7 p.m. (FS1)

The Friars have won five in a row, but four of those victories came at home, where they've simply been dominant -- outside of a double overtime loss to Seton Hall. Tonight, they'll visit a Golden Eagle team that has played three overtime games in a row. Given that Providence has played five overtime periods so far this season, I wouldn't be shocked if this one requires an extra five-minutes itself, particularly since both teams are evenly matched in terms of efficiency statistics.

Last night: Butler (12-9, 2-7) picked up its first Big East road win, grabbing a seven-point victory at Seton Hall (12-9, 3-5) in a game with no real NCAA implications.

Big Ten

Indiana Hoosiers (13-7, 3-4) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (10-9, 2-5), 8:15 p.m. (BTN)
Purdue Boilermakers (13-7, 3-4) at Michigan Wolverines (15-4, 7-0), 9 p.m. (ESPN)

In the past two weeks, the Cornhuskers have defeated Ohio State and Minnesota at Pinnacle Bank Arena. I somehow suspect that they won't be in awe of a Hoosier squad that's only managed to win one true road game all season, especially when that victory came at Penn State, where the atmosphere isn't anywhere near as raucous as it will be this evening.

The Hoosiers' opponent on Super Bowl Sunday, Michigan, welcomes IU's struggling archrival to Ann Arbor. The Boilermakers, in desperate need of a quality road win for their below-average profile, will hope that last night's Big Ten wackiness continues for another evening.

Last night: So much for it being an easy night for the two heavily-favored home teams in action on Wednesday. First, Penn State (11-10, 2-6) got a DJ Newbill layup with under two seconds to go in overtime to win at Ohio State (16-5, 3-5). The Buckeyes have only defeated Illinois in their last six games. In the nightcap, Northwestern (11-11, 4-5) all but ended Wisconsin's (17-4, 4-4) Big Ten title hopes by defeating the Badgers by nine in Madison, and it didn't seem all that close. Remember that Wisconsin routed the Wildcats -- to the tune of a 76-49 win -- in Evanston back on January 2nd.

Mountain West

No games scheduled tonight.

Last night: Both of the Mountain West's fringe at-large candidates took care of business last night. Boise State Broncos (15-6, 5-3) grabbed an 11-point home win over Air Force (9-10, 3-5), while  UNLV (14-7, 5-3) had no trouble at still-winless San Jose State (6-15, 0-9), winning by 24. Elsewhere, Colorado State (12-9, 3-5) fell at third-place Nevada (11-10, 6-2), while Wyoming (13-7, 4-3) was stunned at Fresno State (9-13, 2-7), 67-62.

Pac-12

UCLA Bruins (16-4, 5-2) at Oregon Ducks (14-5, 2-5), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
USC Trojans (10-10, 1-6) at Oregon State Beavers (11-8, 3-4), 9 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

The Bruins looked dominant against the Bay Area schools at Pauley last weekend, but they'll be severely tested by a Ducks team that really needs a quality win. Oregon has only defeated Washington State in its last six, and that victory came in Pullman on Sunday. Meanwhile, down in Corvallis, the Beavers will look to pick up their third win in four games against a Trojan team that's woeful on both ends of the floor, last week's shock win over Cal notwithstanding.

Last night: In one of several fantastic finishes in the 9 p.m. Eastern window, Arizona (21-0, 8-0) took advantage of a late Stanford (13-7, 4-4) scoring drought to eek out a 60-57 win, with Nick Johnson's late heroics from the field and foul line pushing the Wildcats to victory. Across the Bay, Arizona State (16-5, 5-3) nearly handed its game at California (14-7, 5-3) to the Golden Bears at the end of regulation, but the Sun Devils dominated overtime to leave Haas Pavilion with a significant 89-79 win.

SEC

Florida Gators (17-2, 6-0) at Mississippi St. Bulldogs (13-6, 3-3), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Alabama Crimson Tide (9-10, 3-3) at Auburn Tigers (8-9, 0-6), approx. 8:25 p.m. (rescheduled from Wednesday) (streaming at AuburnTigers.com)

Tonight's SEC slate is twice as busy as anticipated, thanks to the winter storm that struck the Deep South. The Gators made it to Starkville, where they'll open their second consecutive Thursday-Saturday week against the Bulldogs. UF will look for a repeat last season's 82-47 win, particularly as a Tuesday home game against Missouri, which feature forward Chris Walker's long-awaited debut, follows Saturday's contest against Texas A&M.

In the basketball version of the Iron Bowl, either the Crimson Tide will get back to .500 overall and above the waterline in the league or the Tigers will pick up their first SEC win.

Last night: Vanderbilt (11-8, 3-4) surprisingly handed Georgia (10-9, 4-3) its first SEC home loss, as the Commodores prevailed by five in Athens. South Carolina (8-12, 1-6) also picked up a shocking win, crushing Texas A&M (12-8, 3-4), 80-52. Up in Knoxville, Tennessee's (13-7, 4-3) perimeter shooting, which was absent in Gainesville on Saturday, showed up against Mississippi (14-6, 5-2). The Vols hit 11 of their 20 attempts from outside the arc en route to an 86-70 win.

Elsewhere

MAAC: Canisius Golden Griffins (14-7, 8-2) at Quinnipiac Bobcats (12-7, 7-3), 7 p.m. (SNY)
A-Sun: Kennesaw State Owls (4-18, 1-8) at USC Upstate Spartans (11-10, 4-4), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Summit: Western Illinois Leathernecks (8-12, 2-3) at IUPUI Jaguars (5-17, 0-5), 7 p.m. (HTSN/ESPN3)
NEC: Bryant Bulldogs (13-8, 5-1) at Robert Morris Colonials (11-10, 6-0), 8 p.m. (ESPN3)
Summit: North Dakota State Bison (15-5, 4-1) at South Dakota Coyotes (8-11, 3-2), 8 p.m. (MidcoSN)
Horizon: Wright State Raiders (13-10, 5-3) at Milwaukee Panthers (13-9, 3-5), 8 p.m. (TWCS Wisconsin/Horizon League Network
Sun Belt: UT Arlington Mavericks (9-10, 4-3) at Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (13-7, 5-2), 8 p.m. (HSSN/WKYU/ESPN3)
MAAC: Niagara Purple Eagles (6-15, 3-7) at Siena Saints (9-12, 5-5), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
Southland: Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (10-10, 4-3) at Nicholls State Colonels (8-8, 5-2), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
WCC: Pacific Tigers (11-8, 2-6) at BYU Cougars (13-9, 5-4), 9 p.m. (BYU TV)
WAC: Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners at New Mexico State Aggies, 9 p.m. (AggieVision/ESPN3)
Summit: South Dakota State Jackrabbits (10-10, 2-3) at Denver Pioneers (10-10, 3-2), 9 p.m. (ROOT Sports*)
C-USA: Rice Owls (6-13, 1-5) at UT San Antonio Roadrunners (6-12, 2-3), 9 p.m. (CSS/TWCS Texas/CSN Houston)
WCC: St. Mary's, Calif. Gaels (16-5, 6-2) at San Diego Toreros (12-10, 3-6), 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
Big West: UC Riverside Highlanders (7-13, 2-4) at Cal State Northridge Matadors (10-11, 2-4), 10 p.m. (ESPN3)

Tonight, Canisius travels to Quinnipiac with the aim of keeping its share of the MAAC lead, while Bryant travels to Robert Morris in a vital NEC showdown, particularly when you consider that the conference tournament is played exclusively on home courts. Elsewhere, North Dakota State will look to stay in control in the Summit League, while St. Mary's -- still an at-large candidate -- faces a stern road test in San Diego.

Last night: It was not a great night for the few remaining mid-major squads with at-large hopes. Green Bay (17-4, 7-1 Horizon) went to Valparaiso (13-10, 5-3) without second-leading scorer Alec Brown (shoulder), and promptly lost by 15. The Missouri Valley's second-best team, Indiana State (16-5, 7-2 MVC), also fell on the road, dropping a 19-point decision at Southern Illinois (7-15, 3-6). For a long time late last night, it looked like Gonzaga (19-3, 9-1 WCC) would join that group, until Sam Dower hit his fourth three-pointer of the season with two seconds left to push the Bulldogs past Santa Clara (10-13, 3-7 WCC), 54-52.

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