College Hoops Viewing Guide: February 20, 2014

Streeter Lecka

Tonight's highlight is the rescheduled first meeting of Duke and North Carolina. Other than that, nothing other than perhaps Gonzaga's trip to BYU really stands out as must-see TV.

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.

American

Memphis Tigers (19-6, 8-4) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (10-16, 4-9), 7 p.m. (CBS SN)
Connecticut Huskies (20-5, 8-4) at Temple Owls (7-17, 2-10), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

Pretty typical night in the AAC, as a pair of NCAA contenders will look to avoid slipping up against no-hopers. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

I promise American previews will get more interesting in 2014-15 when Louisville leaves and East Carolina, Tulane, and Tulsa join ... Oh no, I'm becoming delusional.

ACC

Duke Blue Devils (21-5, 10-3) at North Carolina Tar Heels (18-7, 8-4), 9 p.m. (ESPN/ACC Network)

Two of the hottest teams in the country finally square off in Chapel Hill. Duke has only lost to top-ranked Syracuse Orange in its last 10 games, while UNC has won seven in a row since a 16-point loss at Virginia Cavaliers one month ago. The perimeter will be key in this one, as the Blue Devils' three-point will be tested by a Tar Heel defense that's been stout against that particular shot. However, I'm also curious to see if James Michael McAdoo and the Carolina forward corps can stop Jabari Parker, Amile Jefferson, and Rodney Hood.

Big East

Georgetown Hoyas (15-10, 6-7) at Seton Hall Pirates (13-12, 4-8), 9 p.m. (CBS SN)

The Hoyas fell at Seton Hall by 10 on January 18th. Being swept by the Pirates would certainly not help Georgetown's case, particularly after Sunday night's blowout loss at the hands of St. John's Red Storm.

Big Ten

Michigan State Spartans (21-5, 10-3) at Purdue Boilermakers (15-10, 5-7), 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Penn State Nittany Lions (13-13, 4-9) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (14-10, 6-6), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

The Spartans, who may be without Keith Appling for the remainder of the regular season due to his wrist, will look to rebound from Sunday's surprising home loss to Nebraska in West Lafayette. Meanwhile, the Cornhuskers will attempt to show the struggling Nittany Lions how they can play in front of their raucous fans.

Pac-12

Washington State Cougars (9-16, 2-11) at Oregon State Beavers (13-11, 5-7), 9 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)
USC Trojans (10-15, 1-11) at Stanford Cardinal (16-8, 7-5), 11 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

With the Pac-12's other bid contenders in action on Wednesday night, Stanford is the lone squad with NCAA hopes taking the floor on Thursday. The Cardinal host a USC team that took them to overtime at the Galen Center on January 26th. That was the first loss in the Trojans' current six-game skid.

SEC

Alabama Crimson Tide (10-15, 4-8) at Texas A&M Aggies (14-11, 5-7), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

At least this week, no contending SEC team has to play the dreaded Thursday-Saturday double.

Elsewhere

Towson Tigers (18-9, 9-3) at Northeastern Huskies (9-18, 6-7), 7 p.m. (CSN*)
Eastern Michigan Eagles (15-10, 7-5 MAC) at Northern Illinois Huskies (11-13, 5-7), 7 p.m. (TWCS*/CSN Chicago/ESPN3)
Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers (10-14, 6-5 NEC) at Central Connecticut State Blue Devils (9-16, 5-7), 7 p.m. (FCS Atlantic/ESPN3)
Milwaukee Panthers (16-10, 6-6 Horizon) at Youngstown State Penguins (14-13, 5-7), 7 p.m. (Horizon League Network)
Valparaiso Crusaders (16-11, 8-4 Horizon) at Green Bay Phoenix (21-5, 11-2), 8 p.m. (Horizon League Network)
Omaha Mavericks (15-11, 4-6 Summit) at South Dakota Coyotes (10-15, 4-6), 8 p.m. (Midco SN/ESPN3)
Northern Colorado Bears (15-8, 9-5 Big Sky) at Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (11-14, 8-6), 8:30 p.m. (NAU TV/FS Arizona/FCS Central)
Marist Red Foxes (11-15, 8-8 MAAC) at St. Peter's Peacocks (9-16, 5-11), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
Toledo Rockets (21-4, 9-3 MAC) at Bowling Green Falcons (11-14, 5-7), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Portland Pilots (15-11, 7-7 WCC) at San Diego Toreros (14-14, 5-10), 9 p.m. (TheW.tv, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Pacific Tigers (14-11, 5-9 WCC) at Santa Clara Broncos (11-16, 4-10), 10 p.m. (TheW.tv, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
St. Mary's Gaels (19-8, 9-5 WCC) at San Francisco Dons (16-10, 9-5), 10 p.m. (CSN California/ROOT Sports*/TWCS/TheW.tv, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Gonzaga Bulldogs (23-4, 13-1 WCC) at BYU Cougars (18-10, 10-5), 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
Pepperdine Waves (14-13, 7-8 WCC) at Loyola Marymount Lions (11-16, 3-13), 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

The highlight of this lengthy list is Gonzaga's trip to BYU, an absolute must-win for the Cougars and their thin at-large hopes. Also, Valpo's trip to Green Bay might just be a Horizon League final preview.

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