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College Basketball On TV For January 25, 2011

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Tuesday's TV slate is highlighted by a top of the table clash in the Big Ten, between top-ranked Ohio State and No. 12 Purdue, but that's later in the night. Things are a little busier in the 7 p.m. ET and 8 p.m. ET hours, with a key SEC East tilt, Colorado's last Big 12 home game against Kansas, and the Atlantic Sun's Battle of the Boulevard highlighting a busy early evening window. More on what will be on my TV and laptop after the jump.

Early Evening ET

HD TV: Florida Gators at Georgia Bulldogs, ESPN (7 p.m. ET)
The Gators traditionally struggle in Athens, dropping two in a row there, including a loss last season that began a three-game losing streak that cost Florida some seeding. Add in the fact that the Bulldogs are a more talented team this season, and UF's position alone atop the SEC East is very unstable. prediction: Bulldogs 64-63, 62 poss.

SD TV: Seton Hall Pirates at Syracuse Orange, Big East Network/SNY/CST/MASN/BHSN/ESPN3/Full Court (7 p.m. ET)
The Orange are looking to close out a sweep of the Pirates, who gave the 'Cuse a game in Newark back on January 8th. Syracuse needs a convincing performance after a pair of disappointing losses to Pitt and Villanova. prediction: Orange 74-58, 68 poss.

Laptop: Kansas Jayhawks at Colorado Buffaloes, Big 12 Network/YES/Altitude 2/ESPN3/Full Court (8 p.m. ET)
This is a potential statement game for the Buffs, who i dropped out of this week's bracket after back-to-back road losses against Nebraska and Oklahoma. If the Jayhawks can't get up for this one after their home loss to Texas, they could be in real trouble. prediction: Jayhawks 82-71, 72 poss.

Alt. Ch.: Richmond Spiders at Dayton Flyers, ESPNU (7 p.m. ET)
The Spiders creeped into this week's bracket, since they're 4-1 early in the A-10 slate and own one of the best wins any team on the bubble possesses--a victory over Purdue in the Chicago suburbs. However, the homestanding Flyers have a similar profile (without the marquee win, of course) and are hanging with the group trying to crash my next projection. prediction: Spiders 67-65, 64 poss.

Alt. Laptop: Belmont Bruins at Lipscomb Bisons, CSS/ESPN3/Full Court (8 p.m. ET)
Fresh off their two closest Atlantic Sun contests of the season (which dropped their average margin of victory in conference from 29 ppg to 24.7), the Bruins head up the street to take on archrival Lipscomb, who they defeated by 36 just 12 days ago. prediction: Bruins 84-71, 75 poss.

Late Evening ET

HD TV: Purdue Boilermakers at Ohio St. Buckeyes, ESPN (9 p.m. ET)
The Buckeyes have played a lot of close games of late--five of their last six have been within five points. If they win this one, it's likely to be within a similar margin. Purdue is a game behind Ohio State in the Big Ten standings. The featured matchup in this one; a showdown between Big Ten Player of the Year candidates and interior forces, Ohio State's Jared Sullinger and Purdue's JaJuan Johnson. prediction: Buckeyes 70-63, 65 poss.

SD TV: Connecticut Huskies at Marquette Golden Eagles, Big East Network/SNY/CST/MASN/BHSN/TWC 32/ESPN3/Full Court (9 p.m. ET)
Fresh off grabbing another huge non-conference win, the Huskies travel to Milwaukee, where the Golden Eagles have yet to lose this season. Marquette crept out of the First Round in this projection and would be even safer with a win in this one, despite the fact that the bulk of their quality wins have come at the Bradley Center. prediction: Golden Eagles 75-72, 68 poss.

Alt Ch.: Virginia Tech Hokies at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, ACC on FSN/FS South/FS Florida or Sun Sports/CSN Washington+/NESN (9 p.m. ET)
On paper, the Hokies should really have no trouble with the Yellow Jackets, who are as average as their 9-9 record indicates. However, they need to ask North Carolina about how easy it is to win in Atlanta. prediction: Hokies 67-63, 68 poss.

For broadcast information for the rest of tonight's slate, visit Matt Sarz's College Sports on TV site. Another good resource is the schedule page at BB State.

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