College Hoops Viewing Guide: February 11, 2014

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

There are 12 games tonight, with 11 widely available on TV or via streaming. The only one missing is Wichita State's latest attempt to remain perfect. Considering some of the matchups available, I don't think you'll miss Shockers-Southern Illinois all that much.

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.

ACC

Wake Forest Demon Deacons (14-9, 4-6) at N.C. State Wolfpack (15-8, 5-5), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Clemson Tigers (15-7, 6-4) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (12-12, 3-8), 7 p.m. (ACC RSNs*/ESPN3)

The Wolfpack really cannot afford a second loss to the Demon Deacons, particularly since they gift-wrapped Wake's January 15th win. In South Bend, the Tigers play their fifth road game in their last six. They've only defeated sliding Florida State in their previous four. It will be interesting to see if Clemson's struggling offense can get going against the Fighting Irish's porous defense.

Big 12

Oklahoma State Cowboys (16-7, 4-6) at Texas Longhorns (18-5, 7-3), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

This is the first game of Marcus Smart's three-contest suspension, all of which falls within a crucial seven-day span, as a home Bedlam match with Oklahoma and trip to desperate Baylor follows. Thanks to Kansas loss to Kansas State on Monday night (which beat Texas on Saturday), the Longhorns sit a game behind the Jayhawks in the Big 12 race. A victory over the shorthanded Cowboys will help keep the pressure on.

Big East

Marquette Golden Eagles (13-10, 5-5) at Seton Hall Pirates (13-10, 4-6), 7 p.m. (FS1)
Xavier Musketeers (16-7, 6-4) at Butler Bulldogs (12-11, 2-9), 9 p.m. (FS1)

The first game of Fox Sports 1's doubleheader isn't exactly a bubble elimination game, but it feels like one for two teams that can't seem to string wins together. The Golden Eagles are coming off a win over Butler, while the Pirates fell to Villanova last time out. In game two, the Musketeers begin a stretch where they'll play four of five away from the Cintas Center against a Bulldog team that they handled by 11 back on January 4th.

Big Ten

Michigan Wolverines (17-6, 9-2 Big Ten) at Ohio State Buckeyes (19-5. 6-5), 9 p.m. (ESPN)

The Wolverines have dropped two of their last three -- both on the road -- heading into their lone meeting of the regular season against the Buckeyes. (Good job, Big Ten schedule makers!) Ohio State has won its last three, including road trips to Wisconsin and Iowa, so the Bucks will be brimming with confidence this evening. Making matters worse, Michigan has lost eight straight in Columbus. The Wolverines will really need Nik Stauskas, who's scored just 25 points in his last three games, to get back on track if they want to end that streak tonight.

Mountain West

Utah State Aggies (14-9, 4-7) at Colorado State Rams (14-10, 5-6), 9:15 p.m. (CBS SN)
San Diego State Aztecs (21-1, 10-0) at Wyoming Cowboys (14-9, 5-5), 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

The Aztecs are the only Mountain West NCAA contender in action this evening, and they travel to Laramie, where they lost by 13 in mid-January 2013, back when the Cowboys briefly had an at-large chance. This season, Wyoming has lost twice at home -- to SMU and New Mexico (after OT).

SEC

Florida Gators (21-2, 10-0) at Tennessee Volunteers (15-8, 6-4), 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Mississippi Rebels (16-7, 7-3) at Alabama Crimson Tide (9-14, 3-7), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

Since the KenPom era began in 2003, the Gators have won in Knoxville just twice -- in 2005 and 2011. Yes, the back-to-back national champions couldn't even win at Thompson-Boling. A loss tonight would damage UF's hopes for a one seed (especially with a tricky trip to Kentucky Wildcats on the slate for Saturday, while simultaneously boosting the Volunteers' bubble hopes. Florida's defensive effort against Tennessee at home on January 25th still leaves me in awe, but I doubt they can pull it off again on the road. Later, the Rebels travel to Tuscaloosa where they'll encounter a Crimson Tide squad they simply must defeat.

Elsewhere

Gardner-Webb Bulldogs (13-12, 6-4 Big South) at Liberty Flames (9-16, 3-7), 7 p.m. (Flames Sports Network/CSS/MASN/ESPN3)
Southern Illinois Salukis (10-15, 6-6 MVC) at Wichita State Shockers (25-0, 12-0), 8 p.m. (Cox-Kansas/WSIU)

The Shockers' attempt to grab their 26th consecutive win will air only in the Wichita and Carbondale markets. The Salukis have actually won four straight, but three of those victories came at home.

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