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College Hoops Viewing Guide: December 30, 2013

Monday's slate features the rematch of one of last season's worst games and what might be the last chance to see one of the nation's remaining unbeatens in that lofty state.


All TV info is courtesy Matt's College Sports on TV site. He has many more games listed, and you'll also want to check out his listings for information on which ACC and SEC regional contests and CSN, FSN, and Root Sports games (all games listed in these posts marked with an *) are available on which affiliates.

All times are Eastern.

Virginia Cavaliers (9-3) at Tennessee Volunteers (7-4), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Last season, these two played out a horrible-to-watch 46-38 Cavalier win in Charlottesville, a result that ultimately cost the Vols' a place in Dayton. Pray they don't do the same this season in what looks to be another must-win for Cuonzo Martin's squad.

Robert Morris Colonials (5-8) at Oklahoma State Cowboys (11-1), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
In its last game at a high-major (Kentucky Wildcats back on November 17th), the Colonials lost by 38. Expect Marcus Smart, Markel Brown, and co. to do something similar tonight.

Northern Kentucky Norse (4-8) at Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (6-7), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
The defending tournament champion Eagles open A-Sun play against a Norse team that played North Carolina tough on Friday. NKU finished its maiden season in Division I with a 9-9 conference mark, though FGCU swept them.

Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (6-6) at Baylor Bears (10-1), 8 p.m. (FS Southwest+*)
The Golden Eagles have played Wisconsin and Kansas State close on the road, so a Bears team that's struggled with Northwestern State and Charleston Southern won't likely faze them.

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (10-3) at Oklahoma Sooners (11-1), 8 p.m. (FSN*)
On an earlier trip to the Sooner State, the Bulldogs lost by 15 against Oklahoma State in the All-College Classic. Tonight, they'll look to do better in their final chance at a quality non-conference win before Conference USA play begins.

Mississippi Rebels (8-3) at Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (8-4), 8 p.m. (HSSN/WKYU/ESPN3)
The Marshall Henderson Show heads to Bowling Green tonight, and the Rebels have had eight days to contemplate a home loss to Mercer Bears. Note that WKU is unbeaten in E.A. Diddle Arena this season and would love to claim a power conference victory before the Sun Belt season opens.

Toledo Rockets (12-0) at Kansas Jayhawks (8-3), 8 p.m. (Jayhawk Sports Network/ESPN3)
The ranks of the unbeatens will likely shrink by one tonight. That or the Rockets will immediately have a credible at-large case despite an otherwise thin profile.

Saint Louis Billikens (11-2) at Vanderbilt Commodores (7-3), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
It's funny that a win over the Billikens in Nashville would boost the Commodores' credentials heading into SEC play, but it's true. Vandy is unbeaten at home, while the Bills have yet to lose in true road games, thanks to a non-traditional away schedule (SIU-Edwardsville, Southern Illinois, Valparaiso).

San Francisco Dons (8-5, 1-0 WCC) at Gonzaga Bulldogs (11-2, 1-0), 9 p.m. (KHQ/ROOT Sports*/
The Dons, one of the weakest defensive teams in America according to KenPom, opened the WCC season with an OT win over Portland. They shouldn't expect a similar result in Spokane, as the Bulldogs pulled things together on Saturday night after a slow start against Santa Clara.

BYU Cougars (8-6, 0-1 WCC) at Pepperdine Waves (8-5, 1-0), 10 p.m. (TWCS*/CSN Bay Area*/
The Waves, who opened their conference campaign with a surprising win over San Diego Toreros on Saturday, can all but bury the Cougars' at-large hopes by handing BYU a second straight road loss to start the WCC slate.

St. Mary's Gaels (9-3) at Pacific Tigers (9-2), 11 p.m. (CSN California*/ROOT Sports*/
Speaking of teams who are very much on the bubble at this early stage, the Gaels cannot afford a fourth straight loss in Stockton tonight. That won't be an easy task as the Tigers put together a respectable early season, winning at Utah State and only falling at Oregon and to Princeton in Vegas.

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