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College Hoops Viewing Guide: January 19, 2014

Thanks to a pair of NFL Conference Championship Games, today's schedule isn't as daunting as Saturday's was.

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All TV info is courtesy Matt's College Sports on TV site. He has many more games listed, particularly ones broadcast only on local channels and in-house cable sports/local interest channels that are not widely available nationwide. You'll also want to check out his listings for information on which conference 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.

Early Afternoon Window

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (15-3, 3-0 C-USA) at Southern Miss. Golden Eagles (15-3, 2-1), 1 p.m. (FS1)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (8-9, 2-2 AAC) at Houston Cougars (10-7, 2-2), 1 p.m. (CBS SN)
Minnesota Golden Gophers (14-4, 3-2 Big Ten) at Iowa Hawkeyes (14-3, 3-1), 1 p.m. (BTN)

Save the matchup of mid-table American Conference squads for a basketball emergency, namely blowouts in both of the 1 p.m. Eastern hour's other featured games. In Hattiesburg, the two teams who look to be the best in Conference USA square off. Louisiana Tech -- a team that loves to push their opponents, ranking 17th in KenPom's ranking for adjusted tempo -- has already won at Oklahoma this season. Southern Miss., conversely, plays nearly eight fewer possessions per game than the Bulldogs. In the Big Ten, Minnesota looks to follow up its huge win Thursday night over Ohio State with a victory over Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye. The Hawkeyes, who last played a week ago when they defeated the Buckeyes, need a win to stay a game back of Michigan State and Michigan in the loss column.

Mid-Afternoon Window

Bowling Green Falcons (7-9, 1-2 MAC) at Western Michigan Broncos (9-6, 2-1), 2 p.m. (TWCS*/ESPN3)
Bucknell Bison (8-8, 3-2 Patriot) at Army Black Knights (8-8, 4-1), 3 p.m. (CBS SN)
Towson Tigers (11-6, 2-0 CAA) at Charleston Cougars (10-8, 2-1), 3:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

This window conflicts with the AFC Championship Game, so you shouldn't be surprised there isn't a significant national matchup in this group. The key game of this trio is Towson's trip to CAA newcomer Charleston. The Tigers are currently one of two unbeatens in league play, alongside 4-0 Delaware. Western Michigan can join a six-team logjam at the top of the MAC with a home win over Bowling Green, while Army will look to keep pace with unbeaten American University and Boston University in the Patriot.

Evening Windows

Virginia Tech Hokies (8-8, 1-3 ACC) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-7, 1-3), 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
Hofstra Pride (6-11) vs. SMU Mustangs (13-4) at Frisco, Tex., 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Oregon Ducks (13-3, 1-3 Pac-12) at Oregon State Beavers (9-7, 1-3), 8 p.m. (ESPNU)

The schedule that parallels the NFC Championship Game is, strangely, more interesting than the afternoon window. Notre Dame looks to end a three-game ACC losing skid against a Virginia Tech squad, that happens to be on a three-game skid of its own, on the night former head coach and highlighter aficionado Digger Phelps is enshrined in the school's ring of honor. Oregon, which has dropped a trio of consecutive Pac-12 games, looks to end that skid in Corvallis, where Oregon State was competitive in splitting a pair against the Bay Area schools last weekend. (Those squads swept the Ducks, for transitive property purposes.) Finally, Hofstra travels down to the Metroplex to face SMU in a game that was rescheduled from December due to bad weather.

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