College Hoops Viewing Guide: February 6, 2014

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Cincinnati hosts UConn with the aim of preserving its perfect record in the ACC. Later, Arizona looks to bounce back from Saturday's loss at Cal. That and a long lineup of mid-major games highlight Thursday's 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 contests (all games listed in these posts marked with an *) are available on which affiliates.

All times are Eastern.

American

Connecticut Huskies (17-4, 5-3) at Cincinnati Bearcats (21-2, 10-0), 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Temple Owls (6-14, 1-7) at SMU Mustangs (17-5, 6-3), 8 p.m. (ESPNews)

While the Mustangs will look to avoid what would be an awful home loss, the Bearcats -- two games up on second-place Louisville, host former Big East rival UConn. While the Huskies sit three games back of Cincy in the loss column, they do have two games in hand. In conference play, Connecticut has the top offense in KenPom's adjusted efficiency ratings, while Cincinnati has the best defense, which was on full display a week ago in Louisville.

Atlantic 10

Rhode Island Rams (11-11, 2-5) at VCU Rams (18-4, 6-1), 7 p.m. (CBS SN)

Much like the SEC is plagued with teams nicknamed the "Tigers," the Atlantic 10 has an overabundance of Rams. In fact, this will be VCU's second game in its last three against a team that shares its mascot. This one will probably end in a similar fashion to January 29th's 16-point home win over Fordham.

Big Ten

Penn State Nittany Lions (12-10, 3-6) at Michigan State Spartans (19-3, 8-1), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

Even shorthanded, the Spartans should be able to rebound from Saturday's shocking loss to Georgetown in New York, even if the Nittany Lions are currently on a three-game winning streak.

Pac-12

Oregon Ducks (15-6, 3-6) at Arizona Wildcats (21-1, 8-1), 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Washington Huskies (13-9, 5-4) at Utah Utes (14-7. 3-6), 9 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)
Oregon State Beavers (13-8, 5-4) at Arizona State Sun Devils (16-6, 5-4), 11 p.m. (FS1)

Tonight, the Wildcats play their first full game without injured forward Brandon Ashley, as they welcome a Duck team that's desperate for a quality win. Plus, all three teams currently sitting in a tie for sixth are in action, with the Sun Devils, hanging in my projected bracket, having the most to play for.

SEC

LSU Tigers (14-5, 5-3) at Georgia Bulldogs (10-10, 4-4), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

The Bayou Bengals jumped into my Tuesday bracket on the strength of two home wins last week. Tonight, they hit the road to take on a Bulldog team that started the SEC season with four wins in its first five, but has since lost three in a row.

Elsewhere

NEC: Robert Morris Colonials (12-11, 7-1) at LIU-Brooklyn Blackbirds (7-14, 2-6), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Horizon: Cleveland State Vikings (15-9, 6-3) at Oakland Golden Grizzlies (9-15, 4-5), 7 p.m. (Horizon League Network/FS Sportstime Ohio/ESPN3)
A-Sun: USC Upstate Spartans (13-10, 6-4) at Lipscomb Bisons (10-12, 5-6), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
A-Sun: Jacksonville Dolphins (9-13, 5-6) at Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (14-9, 8-2), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Summit: IUPUI Jaguars (5-19, 0-7) at North Dakota State Bison (16-6, 5-2), 8 p.m. (Midco SN/FCS Central)
MVC: Bradley Braves (9-14, 4-6) at Loyola of Chicago Ramblers (8-14, 3-7), 8 p.m. (ESPN3)
Southland: New Orleans Privateers (8-9, 5-4) at Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (10-12, 4-5), 8:30 p.m. (FCS Atlantic)
Southland: McNeese State Cowboys (7-14, 5-4) at Northwestern State Demons (9-11, 5-4), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
MAAC: Marist Red Foxes (8-14, 5-7) at Rider Broncs (12-9, 8-4), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
C-USA: UTEP Miners (16-6, 6-1) at East Carolina Pirates (12-10, 1-6), 9 p.m. (FS1)
OVC: Murray State Racers (13-8, 8-1) at Belmont Bruins (17-8, 8-2), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
C-USA: Tulsa Golden Hurricane (10-11, 5-2) at Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (18-5, 6-2), 9 p.m. (CBS SN)
NEC: Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers (9-12, 5-3) at Sacred Heart Pioneers (4-19, 1-7), 9 p.m. (MASN/FCS Pacific/ESPN3)
WCC: San Francisco Dons (14-9, 7-4) at San Diego Toreros (13-11, 4-7), 10 p.m. (FS San Diego/CSN Bay Area/TheW.tv, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Big West: Cal State Fullerton Titans (7-13, 2-4) at UC Riverside Highlanders (7-14, 2-5), 10 p.m. (ESPN3)
Big West: Long Beach State 49ers (9-12, 5-2) at UC Irvine Anteaters (14-9, 5-2), 10:30 p.m. (FS Prime Ticket San Diego/FCS Atlantic)
WCC: Santa Clara Broncos (10-14, 3-8) at BYU Cougars (15-9, 7-4), 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
WCC: St. Mary's Gaels (16-7, 6-4) at Loyola Marymount Lions (11-12, 3-8), 11 p.m. (TWCS/ROOT Sports*/CSN California/TheW.tv, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)

Out of this lengthy list, one game in particular stands out to me, the showdown for first place in the Ohio Valley between Murray State and Belmont. Thanks to the OVC's divisional schedule, these two meet just once in the regular season, so any potential rematch would have to wait until there's an actual bid on the line.

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