Thanks to the Super Bowl this evening, all of today's televised action takes place during the early-to-mid-afternoon (ET) hours, and believe me, things will be fast and furious for about four and a half hours starting at noon. My viewing picks for the limited slate are after the jump.
Michigan Wolverines at Penn St. Nittany Lions, Big Ten Network (12 p.m. ET)
After losing at Illinois on Tuesday, the Nittany Lions return to home to take on a Michigan team who toppled them in Ann Arbor back in the early stages of the Big Ten season. The two teams are headed in completely different directions now.
KenPom.com prediction: Nittany Lions 64-59, 57 poss.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Big East Network/MSG+/MASN/ESPN3/Full Court (12 p.m. ET)
After a week and a half off, the Irish eased back into things with an easy win at DePaul on Thursday. They'll look to pick up another today, but the Scarlet Knights are rapidly improving under first-year coach Mike Rice.
KenPom.com prediction: Irish 71-60, 62 poss.
Michigan St. Spartans at Wisconsin Badgers, CBS (1 p.m. ET)
Given Wisconsin's dominance at the Kohl Center, look for the Spartans to suffer yet another damaging loss.
KenPom.com prediction: Badgers 66-55, 57 poss.
Ohio St. Buckeyes at Minnesota Golden Gophers, ESPN (2 p.m. ET)
The Golden Gophers will look to stop a two-game slide by handing the top-ranked Buckeyes their first loss of the season. Minnesota only lost by three in Columbus, and Ohio State is still playing more close games than you'd expect.
KenPom.com prediction: Buckeyes 72-64, 65 poss.
American Eagles at Lehigh Mountain Hawks, CBS College (2 p.m. ET)
The Eagles will look to keep pace with Bucknell, who currently leads American by a game in the Patriot League race, while the Mountain Hawks will look to distinguish themselves from the rest of a crowded middle in the league.
KenPom.com prediction: Mountain Hawks 71-68, 67 poss.
Florida St. Seminoles at North Carolina Tar Heels, FSN (2 p.m. ET)
The Tar Heels have established themselves as the clear No. 2 team in the ACC, and moved into the race for a protected seed, but backup PG Larry Drew II's unexpected departure will test their depth. Meanwhile, Florida State has the defense to pull an upset, but can they score enough on a UNC team that scored 106 against Boston College on Tuesday night.
KenPom.com prediction: Tar Heels 73-64, 77 poss.
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