College Hoops Viewing Guide: February 23, 2014

Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

As the moment of truth approaches, Sunday schedules are becoming increasingly busy. However, on today's slate, only two games really stand out.

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.

Marquee Games

Michigan State Spartans (22-5, 11-3 Big Ten) at Michigan Wolverines (18-7, 10-3), 12 p.m. (CBS)

Once again, the Big Ten lead is on the line for the Spartans and Wolverines, though this time Adreian Payne will be in the lineup for Sparty. Of course, Keith Appling may be limited or out completely, a move that would change the calculus yet again. However, if the Wolverines get repeats of the performances Nik Stauskas, Derrick Walton, and Caris LeVert put up in East Lansing, they might very well earn a crucial sweep.

SMU Mustangs (21-6, 10-4 AAC) at Connecticut Huskies (21-5, 9-4), 2 p.m. (CBS SN)

The Mustangs' best road win came at Wyoming, and they've lost at USF and Temple. A victory in Storrs or at Memphis to close the regular season is really the one thing SMU needs to solidify its place in the field of 68. Still, the Ponies will be hard-pressed to duplicate their 74-65 home win from January 4th.

Other Viewing Options

Bucknell Bison (13-13, 8-7 Patriot) at Boston U. Terriers (20-8, 13-2), 12 p.m. (CBS SN)
Lehigh Mountain Hawks (14-14, 7-8 Patriot) at Lafayette Leopards (9-17, 5-10), 12 p.m. (Patriot League Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Navy Midshipmen (9-17, 4-11 Patriot) at Holy Cross Crusaders (16-11, 10-5), 12 p.m. (Patriot League Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Yale Bulldogs (14-9, 8-1 Ivy) at Columbia Lions (16-10, 5-4), 1:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Kennesaw State Owls (6-22, 3-12 A-Sun) at Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (18-10, 12-3), 1:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
Hartford Hawks (14-14, 8-5 AE) at Vermont Catamounts (18-9, 12-1), 2 p.m. (ESPN3)
Iona Gaels (18-8, 15-2 MAAC) at Marist Red Foxes (11-16, 8-9), 2 p.m. (ESPN3)
Drexel Dragons (14-12, 6-7 CAA) at Delaware Blue Hens (20-8, 12-1), 3 p.m. (CSN*)
Purdue Boilermakers (15-11, 5-8 Big Ten) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (15-10, 7-6), 4:15 p.m. (BTN)
Seton Hall Pirates (14-12, 5-8 Big East) at Creighton Bluejays (22-4, 12-2), 5 p.m. (FSN)
Illinois State Redbirds (15-12, 8-7 MVC) at Northern Iowa Panthers (13-14, 7-8(, 5 p.m. (FS Midwest/CSN Chicago/FCS Atlantic/ESPN3)
Providence Friars (17-10, 7-7 Big East) at Butler Bulldogs (12-14, 2-12), 6 p.m. (FS1)
Florida State Seminoles (15-11, 6-8 ACC) at Pittsburgh Panthers (20-6, 8-5), 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
Ball State Cardinals (4-20, 1-12 MAC) at Toledo Rockets (22-4, 10-3), 6 p.m. (TWCS*/ESPN3)
USC Trojans (10-16, 1-12 Pac-12) at California Golden Bears (17-9, 8-5), 8 p.m. (FS1)
Arizona State Sun Devils (19-7, 9-5 Pac-12) at Utah Utes (17-9, 6-8), 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
Washington State Cougars (9-17, 2-12 Pac-12) at Oregon Ducks (17-8, 5-8), 9 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

There are plenty of potential mismatches and otherwise "blah" games on this Sunday. Out of this large group, I suggest you check out Yale, who has a great chance at keeping Harvard from its expected tournament place, against Columbia; Nebraska's home game against Purdue -- one the Cornhuskers really can't afford to drop; Arizona State's potentially tricky trip to Utah; and Providence's visit to Hinkle Fieldhouse. A loss for the Friars would all but cost them a spot in Tuesday's projection.

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