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College Basketball On TV For January 18, 2011

Tuesday night's TV slate features a huge game in the Big Ten, key contests in the Big 12 and SEC, and a top of the table clash in the America East. My ratings after the jump.


Michigan St. Spartans at Illinois Fighting Illini, ESPN (7 p.m. ET)
The Illini need a victory after two straight road losses have them hovering near the .500 mark in the Big Ten. Michigan State, on the other hand, can move into protected seed territory with a win. prediction: Fighting Illini 70-65, 68 poss.


Colorado Buffaloes at Nebraska Cornhuskers, ESPN2 (7 p.m. ET)
The Buffs can't keep going like they have, can they? A win in a place where they should claim a victory, but could just as easily be tripped up, will help determine whether they are real Big 12 contenders. prediction: Cornhuskers 71-64, 65 poss.

Tennessee Volunteers at Georgia Bulldogs, ESPNU (7 p.m. ET)
The Vols try to get to .500 in the SEC before they visit UConn on Saturday. For the Bulldogs, this is the first of two in a row they face against unpredictable teams, as they take on Mississippi State on Saturday. prediction: Bulldogs 70-67, 67 poss.

Maine Black Bears at Vermont Catamounts, CSN New England/ESPN3/Full Court (7:30 p.m. ET)
The Black Bears own the America East bid in this week's projection, but will have a hard time keeping it, thanks to their trip to Burlington tonight. The Catamounts also boast a one-loss AmEast mark. prediction: Catamounts 69-63, 65 poss.

Clemson Tigers at North Carolina Tar Heels, ACC Network/ESPN3/Full Court (8 p.m. ET)
Remember, the Tar Heels have never lost to the Tigers in Chapel Hill. If Brad Brownell's team is the one to break that streak, UNC is in real trouble. prediction: Tar Heels 71-65, 72 poss.

Kentucky Wildcats at Alabama Crimson Tide, ESPN (9 p.m. ET)
The Wildcats continue their West Division run, as they hope to add a third straight win after handling a pair of Tigers easily last week. prediction: Wildcats 67-60, 67 poss.

Michigan Wolverines at Northwestern Wildcats, Big Ten Network (9 p.m. ET)
Both of these teams are attempting to crawl back into the bubble conversation. prediction: Wildcats 70-64, 62 poss.


Georgetown Hoyas at Seton Hall Pirates, Big East Network/SNY/MASN/BHSN/CST/ESPN3/Full Court (7 p.m. ET)
Even with a win over the Pirates, the Hoyas will still be a game below .500 in a tough Big East. Look for the Hall's Jeremy Hazell to be a bit better tonight than he was against Pittsburgh on Saturday. prediction: Hoyas 69-65, 67 poss.

One-Star Drivebys

Marquette and BYU should triumph at home, while Texas Tech's visit to Oklahoma may impact the NIT, at best.

Texas Tech Red Raiders at Oklahoma Sooners, Big 12 Network/Altitude 2/YES/ESPN3/Full Court (8 p.m. ET)

DePaul Blue Demons at Marquette Golden Eagles, ESPNU (9 p.m. ET)

TCU Horned Frogs at BYU Cougars, The Mtn. (10 p.m. ET)

For broadcast information for games slated to be aired regionally, like Illinois State at Drake, visit Matt Sarz's College Sports on TV site. Another good resource is the schedule page at BB State.

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