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College Basketball Viewer's Guide For December 17

After a long day and evening at National Airport, I have finally arrived in Florida for the holidays. It's really too bad there weren't any actual national TV games last night, considering I was flying JetBlue and all.  But at least ESPNU re-ran the excellent 30 for 30 documentary on SMU football, Pony Excess. Two hours well spent.

In any case, the last night of exam week has finally arrived. Tomorrow will feature more than enough action to make up for the last five evenings, but tonight offers you another breather.

SIU Edwardsville at Indiana, Big Ten Network (7 p.m. ET): The Hoosiers have had a few days off since falling to Kentucky on Saturday, while the Cougars claimed their first Division I win of the season, a double OT triumph over Kennesaw State, on the same night. I don't think they'll make it two in a row.

Tennessee at Charlotte, CBS College (8 p.m. ET): The 4-6 49ers have struggled mightily this season, the first under Alan Major, and things won't get better anytime soon now that Shamari Spears has gone from suspended indefinitely to off the team completely. Meanwhile, the Vols, fresh off their first loss of the season to Oakland, will add Marquette transfer Jerronne Maymon to their roster for tonight's game. Last season, Tennessee handled Charlotte in its first game after the arrest and suspension of four players, including current Vols Melvin Goins, Cameron Tatum, and Brian Williams, were arrested on drug and gun charges.

Arizona State at Nevada, ESPNU (9 p.m. ET): In most years, you'd give the Wolf Pack a decent shot at topping the Sun Devils, but considering Nevada just won its second game of the year on Saturday (against seven defeats) against Division II San Francisco State, the upset alert is set to low for this one.

For information about games that will be aired regionally, like Oregon at Virginia and Longwood at New Mexico, visit Matt Sarz's College Sports on TV site. Another good resource is the schedule page at BB State.

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