College Hoops Viewing Guide: February 9, 2014

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse once again looks to stay perfect, while Michigan State, Creighton, and Arizona try to hold on to conference leads. All that and just a bit more in Sunday's college basketball 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.

Marquee Games

Michigan State Spartans (20-3, 9-1 Big Ten) at Wisconsin Badgers (18-5, 5-5), 1 p.m. (CBS)

Oddly enough, this will be the only regular season meeting between these two teams. The Spartans can open up a full-game lead on Michigan in the Big Ten standings with a victory in Madison, while the Badgers can move into a tie for fourth if they can manage to win their second in a row. Note that Adreian Payne's status for this contest is still up in the air for MSU.

Clemson Tigers (15-6, 6-3 ACC) at Syracuse Orange (22-0, 9-0), 6 p.m. (ESPNU)

Two of the nation's top defensive units meet at the Carrier Dome, where the Orange are looking to stay perfect and the Tigers are in search of a marquee road win. However, given Clemson's struggles on offense -- Brad Brownell's team has averaged a mere 54.7 ppg since in six games since dropping 72 on Duke on January 11th -- a victory would be a most unexpected result.

Creighton Bluejays (18-3, 8-1 Big East) at St. John's Red Storm (14-9, 4-6), 7 p.m. (FS1)

The Bluejays visit the home of the Big East Tournament, where they'll encounter a Red Storm squad that's rather quietly won five of its last six. An upset win would push the Johnnies closer to the bid discussion, though it wouldn't be a panacea for a rather thin profile.

Oregon State Beavers (13-9, 5-5 Pac-12) at Arizona Wildcats (22-1, 9-1), 7 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

Both squads are coming off close Thursday contests, as the Beavers dropped an OT decision to Arizona State and the Wildcats escaped against struggling Oregon. A weekend sweep for Arizona would give it a two-and-a-half-game lead over UCLA in the Pac-12 race. Meanwhile, OSU will stay in the thick of the hunt for a quarterfinal bye in Las Vegas if it can pull an upset.

Washington Huskies (13-10, 5-5 Pac-12) at Colorado Buffaloes (17-6, 6-4), 8 p.m. (ESPNU)

Two of the Pac-12's plethora of mid-table squads meet in Boulder, where the Huskies will look to end what's been a rather lousy three-game road trip with a victory. The hosts, on the other hand, can close a perfect homestand out with another win. Washington won the first meeting between the two, a 17-point decision back on January 12th, the afternoon Colorado lost Spencer Dinwiddie for the season.

Other Viewing Options

Bucknell Bison (10-12, 5-6 Patriot) at Holy Cross Crusaders (13-10, 7-4), 12 p.m. (CBS SN)
Temple Owls (6-15, 1-8 AAC) at Houston Cougars (11-12, 3-7), 2 p.m. (ESPNews)
Charlotte 49ers (14-7, 5-3 C-USA) at Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (19-3, 6-1), 2 p.m. (CBS SN)
Drake Bulldogs (12-11, 3-8 MVC) at Indiana State Sycamores (17-6, 8-3), 3 p.m. (FS Midwest/CSN Chicago/ESPN3)
Illinois State Redbirds (13-10, 6-5 MVC) at Loyola of Chicago Ramblers (8-15, 3-8), 4 p.m. (ESPN3)
UMass Minutemen (18-4, 5-3 A10) at Rhode Island Rams (11-12, 2-6), 4 p.m. (CBS SN)
Illinois Fighting Illini (13-10, 2-8 Big Ten) at Penn State Nittany Lions (12-11, 3-7), 4:15 p.m. (BTN)
Connecticut Huskies (17-5, 5-4 AAC) at UCF Knights (9-11, 1-8), 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
Akron Zips (15-7, 7-2 MAC) at Bowling Green Falcons (10-12, 4-5), 6 p.m. (TWCS*/ESPN3)

As for the rest of the Sunday schedule, the main attractions are USM's attempt to join UTEP at the top of the Conference USA race and road tests for UMass and UConn.

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