College Hoops Viewing Guide: February 1, 2014

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With the Super Bowl on Sunday, administrators from coast-to-coast wisely scheduled most of this weekend's action for today. In total, 150 games featuring Division I teams are on a loaded Saturday slate.

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 contests (all games listed in these posts marked with an *) are available on which affiliates.

All times are Eastern.

Late Morning/Early Afternoon Window

Marquee Games

Richmond Spiders (14-7, 4-2 A10) at VCU Rams (17-4, 5-1), 11 a.m. (ESPN2)

On Wednesday, the Spiders were obliterated at Saint Louis. They will look to avoid a similar result against their crosstown rivals, who have won four in a row and are firmly established in a tie for second in the Atlantic 10. A second consecutive loss would likely cost Richmond a place in Tuesday's bracket.

Ohio State Buckeyes (16-5, 3-5 Big Ten) at Wisconsin Badgers (17-4, 4-4), 12 p.m. (ESPN)

Two of the most confounding teams in America meet in Madison. The Buckeyes are 1-5 in their last six, while the Badgers have won just once in their five previous outings. The winner will be in decent position to grab the final quarterfinal bye in the Big Ten Tournament at the midway point of the league season, but will still have little chance at the outright conference crown.

Kentucky Wildcats (15-5, 5-2 SEC) at Missouri Tigers (16-4, 4-3), 1 p.m. (CBS)

Mizzou welcomes the Wildcats to Columbia for the first time as a member of the SEC. The Tigers -- the very last team in my Tuesday bracket -- could certainly use a marquee win for their somewhat unimpressive profile.

N.C. State Wolfpack (14-7, 4-4 ACC) at North Carolina Tar Heels (13-7, 3-4), 1 p.m. (ESPN2)

On Wednesday night, the Wolfpack won its third in a row, knocking Florida State a bit down the bubble pecking order in the process. Today, N.C. State makes the short trip to Chapel Hill with the dual goal of boosting its own, still relatively weak hopes, while knocking the inconsistent Tar Heels closer to the edge.

Toledo Rockets (18-2, 6-1 MAC) at Ohio Bobcats (15-5, 5-2), 1 p.m. (ESPNU)

While the Bobcats have already dropped a surprising two MAC games at home, the Convo will still be one of the toughest road trips the Rockets make this season.

Other Viewing Options

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (12-9, 5-2 Big South) at Campbell Fighting Camels (11-11, 5-2), 11 a.m. (ESPNU)
Seton Hall Pirates (12-9, 3-5 Big East) at Xavier Musketeers (15-5, 5-2), 12 p.m. (CBS SN)
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (11-10, 2-6 ACC) at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (14-7, 4-4), 12 p.m. (ACC RSNs*/ESPN3)
Maryland Terrapins (12-9, 4-4 ACC) at Virginia Tech Hokies (8-12, 1-7), 12 p.m. (ACC Network Regional*/ESPN3)
Boston College Eagles (6-14, 2-5 ACC) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (11-10, 2-6), 12 p.m. (ACC Network Regional*/ESPN3)
UNC Wilmington Seahawks (6-15, 0-6 CAA) at Delaware Blue Hens (15-7, 7-0), 12 p.m. (CSN Mid-Atlantic/NE/Comcast Network/WECT*)
Florida Atlantic Owls (7-14, 2-4 C-USA) at Marshall Thundering Herd (8-14, 2-5), 12 p.m. (CSS/CSN Houston/CSN Bay Area)
Marquette Golden Eagles (12-9, 4-4 Big East) at St. John's Red Storm (12-9. 2-6), 12:30 p.m. (FS1)
George Washington Colonials (17-3, 5-1 A10) at Dayton Flyers (13-8. 1-5), 12:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Providence Friars (15-6, 5-3 Big East) at DePaul Blue Demons (10-11, 2-6), 1 p.m. (FSN*)
Holy Cross Crusaders (12-9, 6-3 Patriot) at American U. Eagles (13-7, 9-0), 1 p.m. (Patriot League Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Army Black Knights (10-10, 6-3 Patriot) at Loyola, Md. Greyhounds (9-11, 4-5), 1 p.m. (Patriot League Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Lehigh Mountain Hawks (11-11, 4-5 Patriot) at Boston U. Terriers (15-7, 8-1), 1 p.m. (Patriot League Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Kansas State Wildcats (15-6, 5-3 Big 12) at West Virginia Mountaineers (12-9, 4-4), 1:30 p.m. (Big 12 Network Regional*/ESPN3)
TCU Horned Frogs (9-10, 0-7 Big 12) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (10-11, 2-6), 1:30 p.m. (Big 12 Network Regional*/ESPN3)
Georgia Bulldogs (10-9, 4-3 SEC) at Auburn Tigers (9-9, 1-6), 1:30 p.m. (SEC TV Regional*/ESPN3)
South Carolina Gamecocks (8-12, 1-6) at Mississippi Rebels (14-6, 5-2), 1:30 p.m. (SEC TV Regional*/ESPN3)

In the early afternoon's other games, Providence will look to rebound from Thursday's loss to Marquette, while the Golden Eagles take on St. John's in the first game of a rare conference/non-conference doubleheader at Madison Square Garden. Over in the Atlantic 10, second-place GW heads to Dayton to take on a Flyer team that's dropped five of its last six, and has fallen out of the at-large picture as a result. In the mid-major ranks, both Delaware and American will again put their perfect league records on the line. Winning is more vital for the Eagles, however, as the Patriot League Tournament is played on the home courts of the higher seeds.

Mid-Afternoon Window

Marquee Games

Baylor Bears (13-7, 1-6 Big 12) at Oklahoma State Cowboys (16-4, 4-3), 2 p.m. (ESPN)

A win in Stillwater might very well be a season-saving one for the Bears, who have dropped six of their last seven.

Memphis Tigers (16-4, 6-2 AAC) at SMU Mustangs (16-5, 5-3), 2 p.m. (CBS SN)

The Mustangs would love to hand the Tigers their first AAC road loss, particularly as they need to a strong response after Tuesday's bad loss at USF.

Northwestern Wildcats (11-11, 4-5 Big Ten) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (15-6, 4-4), 2 p.m. (BTN)

Who would have ever imagined that this contest would feature a pair of teams hovering around .500 in the Big Ten race? The winner of this one probably has as good of a chance at the fourth Big Ten quarterfinal bye as the Wisconsin-Ohio State victor does at this point.

Clemson Tigers (13-6, 4-3 ACC) at Florida State Seminoles (13-7, 4-4), 3 p.m. (ESPN2)

After Wednesday's loss at N.C. State, the Seminoles can ill-afford another loss to a fellow ACC bubble team, particularly at home.

Georgetown Hoyas (11-9) vs. Michigan State Spartans (19-2) at New York City, 3 p.m. (FS1)

Yes, this matchup has lost all of the buzz it generated when it was originally scheduled, but you can bet the shorthanded Hoyas will make it competitive in an attempt to revive their at-large hopes.

Other Viewing Options

Utah Utes (14-6, 3-5 Pac-12) at Colorado Buffaloes (15-6, 4-4), 2 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)
Navy Midshipmen (7-13, 2-7) at Lafayette Leopards (4-16, 0-9), 2 p.m. (Lafayette Sports Network/Patriot League Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Bucknell Bison (9-11, 4-5 Patriot) at Colgate Raiders (8-12, 2-7), 2 p.m. (Patriot League Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Omaha Mavericks (12-9, 2-4 Summit) at IUPUI Jaguars (5-18, 0-6), 2 p.m. (HTSN/ESPN3)
Hartford Hawks (10-13, 4-4 AE) at Stony Brook Seawolves (15-7, 7-1), 2 p.m. (ESPN3)
George Mason Patriots (7-13, 0-6 A10) at Saint Louis Billikens (19-2, 6-0), 2:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Evansville Aces (10-12, 3-6 MVC) at Wichita State Shockers (22-0, 9-0), 3 p.m. (ESPNU)

Wichita State will be favored to win its 23rd in a row, while it would be a major surprise if Saint Louis didn't keep its lead in the Atlantic 10 race.

Late Afternoon Window

Marquee Games

Kansas Jayhawks (16-4, 7-0 Big 12) at Texas Longhorns (16-4, 5-2), 4 p.m. (ESPN)

A Longhorn win would certainly shakeup what looks to be a fairly stagnant Big 12 race. Texas has won five straight since dropping its first two Big 12 games, while Kansas hasn't lost since San Diego State visited Lawrence.

Arizona State Sun Devils (16-5, 5-3 Pac-12) at Stanford Cardinal (13-7, 4-4), 4 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

Completing the Bay Area sweep would be a significant boost for the Sun Devils, while the Cardinal will likely fall out of Tuesday's bracket if it drops a second consecutive game.

Oklahoma Sooners (17-4, 6-2 Big 12) at Iowa State Cyclones (15-4, 3-4), 4 p.m. (Big 12 Network*/ESPN3)

The Sooners can complete a season sweep of the Cyclones if they can manage to win in Ames for the first time since the 2010-11 season.

Arkansas Razorbacks (13-7, 2-5 SEC) at LSU Tigers (13-6, 4-3), 5 p.m. (ESPNU)

On Tuesday, the Bayou Bengals picked up an impressive win over Kentucky. Their next task will be to defeat a Razorback team that, again, doesn't play its best away from Fayetteville and North Little Rock. If the Tigers can't manage to do that, their at-large hopes won't really have improved at all.

Other Viewing Options

Villanova Wildcats (18-2) at Temple Owls (6-13), 4 p.m. (CBS SN)
Pacific Tigers (11-9, 2-7 WCC) at San Diego Toreros (13-10, 4-6), 4 p.m. (TheW.tv*, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Duquesne Dukes (10-9, 2-4 A10) at La Salle Explorers (11-9, 3-3), 4 p.m. (Comcast Network Philadelphia/SNY/CSN Mid-Atlantic*/A10 Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Hofstra Pride (7-15, 3-4 CAA) at Charleston Cougars (11-11, 3-4), 4 p.m. (CSS)
Texas A&M Aggies (12-8, 3-4 SEC) at Florida Gators (18-2, 7-0), 4 p.m. (SEC TV/ESPN3)
Valparaiso Crusaders (13-10, 5-3 Horizon) at UIC Flames (5-17, 0-8), 4 p.m. (Horizon League Network
Norfolk State Spartans (12-9) at Miami Hurricanes (10-10), 4 p.m. (ESPN3)
Houston Cougars (11-10, 3-5 AAC) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (8-13, 2-6), 4:30 p.m. (ESPNews)
Drexel Dragons (11-9, 3-4 CAA) at Towson Tigers (13-8, 4-2), 2 p.m. (NBCSN)
Mississippi State Bulldogs (13-7, 3-4 SEC) at Vanderbilt Commodores (11-8, 3-4), 5 p.m. (SEC on FSN*/ESPN3)
South Dakota State Jackrabbits (11-10, 3-3 Summit) at South Dakota Coyotes (8-12, 3-3), 5 p.m. (MidCo SN)
Idaho State Bengals (7-11, 4-5 Big Sky) at Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (8-12, 5-4), 5 p.m. (NAU TV/FS Arizona/FCS Central)
Liberty Flames (9-13, 3-4 Big South) at Charleston Southern Buccaneers (9-11, 3-4), 5:30 p.m. (ESPN3)

Villanova can close out a perfect Big Five campaign with a win at struggling Temple. Florida, looking to remain perfect in the SEC and in the hunt for a No. 1 seed, hosts a Texas A&M squad that's dropped four in a row since starting the conference season 3-0.

Early Evening Window

Marquee Games

UMass Minutemen (17-3, 4-2 A10) at St. Joseph's Hawks (14-6, 4-2), 6 p.m. (CBS SN)

The Minutemen have struggled on the road in the A10 so far, losing at Richmond and St. Bonaventure and barely escaping winless George Mason with a win. Hagan Arena, where the Hawks have lost to only Creighton and Villanova, may not be the place where UMass' away issues end.

Duke Blue Devils (17-4, 6-2 ACC) at Syracuse Orange (20-0, 7-0), 6:30 p.m. (ESPN)

College basketball's on-campus attendance record may very well fall at the Carrier Dome tonight, as the undefeated Orange welcome a Blue Devil team that's gotten itself back on track, thanks to five straight wins. Two of the nation's most spectacular freshmen, Duke's Jabari Parker and Syracuse's Tyler Ennis, will be ready to put on a show.

Iowa Hawkeyes (16-5, 5-3 Big Ten) at Illinois Fighting Illini (13-8, 2-6), 7:30 p.m. (BTN)

Six consecutive losses have seen the Illini completely fall out of the at-large picture, but a victory over the Hawkeyes -- the first of seven quality win opportunities left on Illinois' schedule -- might help them climb back in, particularly when you consider this season's weak bubble.

Other Viewing Options

Washington Huskies (13-8, 5-3 Pac-12) at Washington State Cougars (8-12, 1-7), 6 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)
Utah State Aggies (12-8, 2-6 MW) at Wyoming Cowboys (13-7, 4-3), 6 p.m. (ROOT Sports*/MWN, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mountain West Connection)
Air Force Falcons (9-10, 3-5 MW) at Nevada Wolf Pack (11-10, 6-2), 6 p.m. (MWN, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mountain West Connection)
Loyola Marymount Lions (11-11, 3-7 WCC) at Pepperdine Waves (12-10, 5-5), 6 p.m. (TheW.tv, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Akron Zips (14-6, 6-1 MAC) at Kent State Golden Flashes (11-9, 2-5), 6 p.m. (TWCS*/ESPN3)
Wright State Raiders (13-11, 5-4 Horizon) at Green Bay Phoenix (17-4, 7-1), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Colorado State Rams (12-9, 3-5 MW) at San Diego State Aztecs (18-1, 7-0), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Rhode Island Rams (11-10, 2-4 A10) at Fordham Rams (8-12, 1-6), 7 p.m. (SNY/CSN Mid-Atlantic Plus/A10 Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Cal State Fullerton Titans (7-12, 2-3 Big West) at Long Beach State 49ers (8-12, 4-2), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders (9-13, 6-3 Southland) at Lamar Cardinals (3-18, 2-7), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Niagara Purple Eagles (6-16, 3-8 MAAC) at Marist Red Foxes (7-14, 4-7), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Vermont Catamounts (13-9, 7-1 AE) at Albany Great Danes (11-10, 5-3), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN3)

San Diego State can complete a season sweep of Colorado State and keep its perfect Mountain West record intact, while Green Bay will look to bounce back from Wednesday's surprising loss to Valparaiso. In the MAC, Akron may be able to take sole possession of first place with a win, combined with an afternoon Toledo loss.

Mid- and Late Evening Windows

Marquee Games

Boise State Broncos (15-6, 5-3 MW) at UNLV Runnin' Rebels (14-7, 5-3), 8 p.m. (CBS SN)

This is an absolutely vital game for the Mountain West's two fringe at-large candidates.

Gonzaga Bulldogs (19-3, 9-1 WCC) at San Francisco Dons (14-8, 7-3), 10 p.m. (KHQ/TheW.tv*, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)

The Dons, who the Bulldogs hammered in Spokane in the second game of conference play, look to exact revenge -- and establish themselves as the Zags' most serious competitors for the WCC crown -- at War Memorial Gym.

Arizona Wildcats (21-0, 8-0 Pac-12) at California Golden Bears (14-7, 5-3), 10:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

The Wildcats will hope to have an easier time in Berkeley than they did in Palo Alto on Wednesday, while the Golden Bears -- losers of three in a row -- will be in search of a better result than the overtime setback Arizona State handed them hours later.

St. Mary's Gaels (16-6, 6-3 WCC) at BYU Cougars (14-9, 6-4), 11 p.m. (ESPN2)

The loser of this one will almost assuredly be out of both the at-large picture and WCC race.

Other Viewing Options

USC Trojans at Oregon Ducks, 8 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)
Indiana State Sycamores (16-5, 7-2 MVC) at Northern Iowa Panthers (11-10, 5-4), 8 p.m. (ESPN3)
San Jose State Spartans (6-15, 0-9 MW) at New Mexico Lobos (16-4, 7-1), 8 p.m. (ROOT Sports/MWN, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mountain West Connection)
Texas State Bobcats (6-14, 2-5 Sun Belt) at Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (14-7, 6-2), 8 p.m. (HSSN/WKYU/ESPN3)
Grand Canyon Antelopes (10-10, 5-2 WAC) at Kansas City Kangaroos (7-13, 4-3), 8 p.m. (KSMO/ESPN3)
UT Arlington Mavericks (9-11, 4-4 Sun Belt) at Georgia State Panthers (14-6, 7-0), 8:30 p.m. (CSS/CST/ESPN3)
Tennessee Volunteers (13-7, 4-3 SEC) at Alabama Crimson Tide (9-11, 3-4), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
UCF Knights (9-9, 1-6 AAC) at Louisville Cardinals (17-4, 6-2), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Penn Quakers (4-11, 1-0 Ivy) at Harvard Crimson (15-3, 2-0), 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
Utah Valley Wolverines (13-7, 7-0 WAC) at New Mexico State Aggies (16-7, 5-2), 9 p.m. (AggieVision*/ESPN3)
Portland Pilots (12-10, 4-6 WCC) at Santa Clara Broncos (10-13, 3-7), 10 p.m. (TheW.tv, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
UC Irvine Anteaters (13-9, 4-2 Big West) at Cal Poly Mustangs (8-12, 4-3), 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

While New Mexico State won't be able to take control of the WAC race back tonight, a home win over Utah Valley would certainly help the Aggies' cause. In the Ivy, Harvard will look to pick up its first win against a team not named Dartmouth as they take on a Penn squad that's already defeated Princeton. Elsewhere, USC will look to torpedo Oregon's remaining at-large hopes, Louisville will attempt to complete a season sweep of UCF, and Georgia State can pick up its eighth Sun Belt win on the trot.

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