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College Basketball Viewer's Guide For December 21

Monday's light college basketball slate offered one major upset, as 20th-ranked Florida followed up their huge win over Kansas State on Saturday with a home overtime 71-68 loss to Jacksonville. This is the second year in a row the Gators have dropped a Christmas week home game. In 2009, UF followed up an Orange Bowl Classic loss to Richmond with a defeat to South Alabama. At least the Dolphins seem to be a bit more competitive than last season's Jaguar outfit, as I have JU as the early A-Sun auto bid in my December bracket projection.

Note to Billy Donovan (as a slightly peeved alum): Please stop scheduling Christmas week games, especially ones with 1 p.m. tip times.  

After the jump, I'll take a look at what's on tap for Tuesday night. The highlight of the evening is K-State's return to the court.

William & Mary at North Carolina, ESPN2 (7 p.m. ET): The Tar Heels knocked off the Tribe in the first round of last season's NIT.

USC at Tennessee, SEC on FSN/Prime Ticket/SportSouth/FS Florida/ESPN3/Full Court (7 p.m. ET): The Trojans, who already upset Texas and played Kansas very close on Saturday, will look to hand the reeling Volunteers their third straight defeat.

Long Beach State at Arizona State, FS Arizona/FCS Pacific (7 p.m. ET): The Sun Devils will look to be a bit more convincing against the 49ers (who are playing the fifth game of a seven-game road swing) than they were against Nevada on Friday night. Dan Monson's team has played St. Mary's and North Carolina close in their last two outings.

Cincinnati at Miami (OH), STO/ESPN3/Full Court (7 p.m. ET): This will be the Bearcats second true road game of the season (the first was a comparatively long trip up I-75 to play Toledo), where they'll take on a Redhawk team that's beaten Xavier at Millett Hall already (falling to Southwestern Ohio rivals Dayton and Wright State on the road).

Louisville at Western Kentucky, WKYU/FCS Central (8 p.m. ET): It's taken 10 games, but the Cardinals finally leave their cozy new arena for a game in Bowling Green. The Hilltoppers will be looking for an upset to help turn around a disappointing 5-6 season.

UNLV vs. Kansas State at Kansas City, ESPN2 (9 p.m. ET): Both of these teams need a confidence boost at this point, as the Wildcats played a horrible second half in losing to Florida in Sunrise, while the Runnin' Rebels struggled with their last two quality opponents (sorry, Southern Utah fans). 

Vanderbilt at Middle Tennessee, CSS/ESPN3/Full Court (9 p.m. ET): If this one was being played at Memorial Gym, you could pencil in the Commodores as winners, but the Blue Raiders will be looking to pull a surprise at the Murphy Center, despite dropping their last three.

Stanford at Oklahoma State, ESPNU/ESPN3 (9 p.m. ET): This game concludes the final Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series, which the Big 12 has already won 7 to 4. Expect the Cowboys to send the Cardinal back to the Bay Area with a second straight loss (after Saturday's at Butler).

Your other Tuesday television options include...

IPFW at Purdue, Big Ten Network (6:30 p.m. ET)

High Point at Georgia, SEC on CSS/CSN California/BHSN/CST/ESPN3/Full Court (7 p.m. ET)

Wagner at Texas A&M, FS Southwest/ESPN3/Full Court (8 p.m. ET)

Murray State at UT Martin, Racer Sports/ESPN3/Full Court (8 p.m. ET)

Mississippi Valley State at Marquette, Big East Network/TWC 32/SNY/MASN/ESPN3/Full Court (8 p.m. ET)

Sacramento State at Oklahoma, Sooner Sports/ESPN3/Full Court (8 p.m. ET)

UNC Asheville at Ohio State, Big Ten Network (8:30 p.m. ET)

Louisiana-Lafayette at New Mexico State, Aggie Vision/ESPN3/Full Court (9 p.m. ET)

For broadcast info for games that will be aired regionally, like the Holiday Festival final and consolation games, Tulsa at Wichita State, and Idaho at Oregon, visit Matt Sarz's College Sports on TV site. Another good resource is the schedule page at BB State.

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