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College Hoops Go-Round: January 23

It was a light Friday night of action, but there were still some key games in a few mid-major races.

  • ETSU and Campbell remain tied atop the A-Sun. Mercer was unable to join them, as they fell at Stetson, 76-69. Kennesaw State won their second league game of the season, 69-68 over Florida Gulf Coast.
  • Weber State remains atop the Big Sky after they held on to defeat Portland State, 86-83, in Ogden. Northern Colorado remains a game back after they pulled away from Sacramento State, winning 79-65. Idaho State picked up their second conference win, beating Eastern Washington, 80-74.
  • Butler is now three games up on Green Bay in the loss column in the Horizon. The Phoenix fell at Cleveland State, 64-60. Milwaukee moved back to .500 in the league with a 69-59 win at Youngstown State. 
  • Yale won at Brown, 71-63, meaning both teams are now 1-1 in the Ivy.
  • Iona remains three games behind Siena in the MAAC race. The Gaels won at Manhattan, 56-53. Canisius defeated Rider, 74-58, to move to 5-4 in the conference. St. Peter's won 74-65 at Niagara, as the Purple Eagles' disappointing season continues.
  • In a game that was moved up a day because of television, the College of Charleston moved to 8-0 in the SoCon and three games up on Wofford in the South Division with a thrilling 70-68 win over the Terriers.

After the jump, I'll take a look at a busy January Saturday. 

Since there are no NFL playoff games on this Saturday, the quantity of games has jumped. However, there aren't an overwhelming number of marquee matchups on the slate.

  • No. 6 Michigan State at Minnesota or No. 23 Mississippi State at Alabama, 12 p.m. ET (CBS): CBS has a tripleheader today, one that starts either a key Big Ten road test for the Spartans or a crucial SEC West battle.
  • No. 4 Villanova at St. John's, 12 p.m. ET (ESPN): The Wildcats head to MSG with the goal of staying unbeaten in the Big East.
  • Akron at Kent State, 12 p.m. ET (ESPNU): The Golden Flashes, who already demolished Buffalo this week, can further cement their status as a MAC contender with a win over the defending champs.
  • Rutgers at No. 12 Georgetown, 12 p.m. ET (Big East/Full Court): The Hoyas should have no problem with the hapless Scarlet Knights at home.
  • Middle Tennessee at Western Kentucky, 1 p.m. ET (ESPN2): Two of the five teams tied atop the Sun Belt East meet in Bowling Green, with the Hilltoppers looking to avenge Monday's loss to the Blue Raiders.
  • Colorado at Texas A&M, 1:30 p.m. ET (Big 12/Full Court): The Aggies look to move to 3-2 in the Big 12.
  • Auburn at Vanderbilt, 1:30 p.m. ET (SEC/Full Court): Facing the Tigers at home, the Commodores should move to 4-0 in the SEC.
  • No. 22 Ole Miss at LSU, 1:30 p.m. ET (SEC/Full Court): The Bayou Bengals are still looking for their first SEC win.
  • Boston College at Virginia Tech, 1:30 p.m. ET (Raycom/Full Court): The Hokies tourney hopes would take a hit if they fall to the Eagles at home.
  • No. 21 Ohio State at No. 11 West Virginia or Oregon State at California, 2 p.m. ET (CBS): You better hope you see the matchup of ranked teams as opposed to the game from the disappointing Pac-10.
  • No. 3 Kansas at Iowa State, 2 p.m. ET (ESPN): Craig Brackins and the Cyclones will try to pull a major upset  in Ames.
  • Marquette at No. 5 Syracuse, 2 p.m. ET (ESPNU): The Orange, fresh off a three straight road wins, head back home to take on a Golden Eagle team that just lost at DePaul.
  • Butler at Illinois-Chicago, 2 p.m ET (Horizon League Network/Full Court): The Bulldogs hope they have an easier time at UIC than they did over at Loyola on Thursday.
  • DePaul at Notre Dame, 2 p.m. ET (Big East/Full Court): The Blue Demons try for their second straight Big East win, while the Irish still have postseason hopes.
  • Colorado State at New Mexico, 3:30 p.m. ET (the mtn.): The Lobos are finally in a second-place tie in the Mountain West, but they'll need to beat the Rams to have a shot at improving their standing.
  • No. 1 Texas at Connecticut, 4 p.m. ET (CBS): The Huskies won their first game without Jim Calhoun Wednesday over St. John's, but a Longhorn team, angry after their first loss of the season, will be a much stiffer test.
  • Michigan at No. 13 Purdue, 4 p.m. ET (ESPN): It's hard to believe that both of these teams enter this game at 3-3 in the league.
  • Massachusetts at Baylor, 4 p.m. ET (ESPNU): The Bears can't and shouldn't lose to a bad UMass team.
  • Washington State at UCLA, 4 p.m. ET (FSN/Comcast SportsNet): If the Bruins knock the Cougars off, they'll be right in the thick of the chase for the Pac-10 lead.
  • Oklahoma State at No. 10 Kansas State, 4 p.m. ET (Big 12/Full Court): The Wildcats should be leery of a letdown against a tough Cowboy team.
  • Arkansas at No. 2 Kentucky, 4 p.m. ET (SEC/Full Court): The Wildcats should move to #1, if they beat the Razorbacks.
  • Virginia at Wake Forest, 4 p.m. ET (Raycom/Full Court): UVa is still unbeaten in the ACC. but the Cavaliers struggled to beat UNCW, a team the Demon Deacons pulled away from in Wilmington back in December, on Monday night.
  • No. 8 Tennessee at Georgia, 5 p.m. ET (SEC on FSN/Full Court): The Vols look to keep pace with UK and Vandy in the SEC East race.
  • South Carolina at Florida, 6 p.m. ET (ESPN): The Gators got a big road win in Fayetteville Thursday, but need to keep that momentum by beating the Gamecocks at home.
  • N.C. State at Maryland, 6 p.m. ET (ESPN2): The Wolfpack, fresh off their win over Duke, head to College Park to take on a Terp team that's still got a decent shot at making the Dance. Yet another letdown alert.
  • Dayton at St. Joseph's, 6 p.m. ET (ESPNU): The Flyers look to stay among the A-10 leaders, while the Hawks have struggled mightily this season.
  • Nebraska at Missouri, 6 p.m. ET (Big 12/Full Court): The Tigers are a game behind Kansas in the BIg 12, while on the other end of the table, the Huskers are still searching for their first conference win.
  • Houston at Memphis, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN2): The Tigers look to start a new Conference USA win streak.
  • UNLV at TCU, 8 p.m. ET (CBS College): The Runnin' Rebels look to keep pace with BYU in the Mountain West race.
  • Illinois at Northwestern, 8 p.m. ET (Big Ten): The Wildcats will look for revenge as the Illini won an overtime thriller in Champaign.
  • Oklahoma at Texas Tech, 8 p.m. ET (Red Raider Sports/Sooner Sports/FS Southwest/Full Court): This game has serious bubble implications, as the Red Raiders are fading and the Sooners playing a bit better of late.
  • Utah State at Idaho, 8 p.m. ET (Full Court): The Aggies hope they don't slip up against a Vandal team that's trying to get out of the bottom reaches of the WAC standings.
  • No. 7 Duke at No. 17 Clemson, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN): The Blue Devils may have a hard time rebounding from their loss at NC State at Littlejohn.
  • Arizona at Arizona State, 9:30 p.m. ET (FS Arizona/Fox College Sports Pacific): The Sun Devils need to win to keep at least a share of the Pac-10 lead.
  • UC Davis at Pacific, 10 p.m. ET (ESPNU): The Tigers are the only one-loss team in the Big West, and are looking to be the best team in the conference.
  • No. 14 BYU at San Diego State, 10 p.m. ET (the mtn.): The Aztecs look to stop the Cougars unbeaten run in the MWC and boost their own tournament case.
  • Nevada at Fresno State, 10 p.m. ET (Full Court): Like Utah State, the Wolf Pack is looking to keep pace with the WAC co-leaders, Louisiana Tech and New Mexico State.
  • Washington at USC, 10:30 p.m. ET (FS West/FS Northwest/Fox College Sports Pacific): The Huskies at-large hopes would be just about dead if they were swept in Los Angeles.

There are still other Saturday viewing options out there.

  • Army at Navy, 12 p.m. ET (CBS College)
  • Davidson at Georgia Southern, 2 p.m. ET (SportSouth/FCS Atlantic)
  • Wright State at Detroit, 2 p.m. ET (FS Detroit/FCS Central)
  • Valparaiso at Loyola-Chicago, 4 p.m. ET (Lakeshore/Full Court)
  • Nicholls State at Northwestern State, 4:30 p.m. ET (Southland/Full Court)
  • Air Force at Utah, 6 p.m. ET (the mtn.)
  • South Dakota at North Dakota, 6 p.m. ET (FCS Central)
  • USF at Providence, 8 p.m. ET (ESPNU)

For more on games that will only be telecast regionally, Hofstra at Drexel, VCU at Northeastern, Buffalo at Ohio, George Mason at Towson, Robert Morris at Monmouth, UTEP at UCF, Rhode Island at Xavier, UAB at Marshall, Old Dominion at William & Mary, and Loyola Marymount at No. 15 Gonzaga, visit Matt Sarz' College Sports on TV site.