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College Hoops Viewing Guide: January 26, 2014

Illinois looks to end a short-term losing streak, Clemson attempts to end an all-time one, and the Pac-12 race should be clearer after Sunday's action wraps up.

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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.

Afternoon Windows

Marquee Games

Illinois Fighting Illini (13-7, 2-5 Big Ten) at Indiana Hoosiers (12-7, 2-4), 3 p.m. (BTN)

The inconsistent Hoosiers, who haven't won since knocking off Wisconsin, will look to extend the Fighting Illini's losing streak to six. Given how both of these teams can struggle on offense, this contest may be as attractive to watch as Illinois' loss in Columbus on Thursday night.

Harvard Crimson (14-3, 1-0 Ivy) at Dartmouth Big Green (7-8, 0-1), 4 p.m. (NBCSN)

Since the Crimson's at-large chances all but ended with a loss at FAU on Tuesday, their only route into the field is to win the Ivy's 14-game tournament, which resumes today with the opportunity to sweep the Big Green.

Stanford Cardinal (12-6, 3-2 Pac-12) at USC Trojans (10-9, 1-5), 5 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

On Thursday night, the Cardinal were outclassed by UCLA. This afternoon, they'll attempt to get back on track against a Trojan team that stunned Cal on Wednesday night to grab its first Pac-12 win under Andy Enfield.

Other Viewing Options

Fordham Rams (8-10, 1-4 A10) at UMass Minutemen (16-2, 3-1), 12 p.m. (NBCSN)
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (11-8, 2-4 ACC) at N.C. State Wolfpack (12-7, 2-4), 1 p.m. (ACC Network*/ESPN3)
USF Bulls (10-9, 1-5 AAC) at Memphis Tigers (14-4 4-2), 2 p.m. (CBS SN)
Bradley Braves (8-12, 3-4 MVC) at Evansville Aces (9-11, 2-5), 2 p.m. (FS Midwest/CSN Chicago/FCS Atlantic/ESPN3)
New Hampshire Wildcats (4-15, 2-4 AE) at UMass-Lowell Riverhawks (5-13, 4-3), 2 p.m. (ESPN3)
Detroit Titans (8-12, 1-4 Horizon) at Green Bay Phoenix (16-3, 6-0), 2 p.m. (Horizon League Network)
SMU Mustangs (15-4, 4-2 AAC) at Houston Cougars (11-6, 3-3), 3 p.m. (ESPNews)
Cincinnati Bearcats (18-2, 7-0 AAC) at Temple Owls (5-12, 0-6), 4 p.m. (CBS SN)

Cincinnati and Green Bay can stay unbeaten in their respective leagues with victories this afternoon, while UMass can rebound from Wednesday's loss to Richmond by knocking off Fordham at home. Also, keep an eye on SMU's trip to Houston, as the Cougars play considerably better in Hofheinz Pavilion than on the road.

Evening Windows

Clemson Tigers (13-5, 4-2 ACC) at North Carolina Tar Heels (11-7, 1-4), 6 p.m. (ESPNU)

This is your annual reminder that the Tigers have never won in Chapel Hill (0-for-56). If Clemson can't take advantage of UNC's struggles on offense, in particular, and win at the Dean Dome this season, it likely never will. Plus, the Heels' defense is nowhere near as strong as the Pittsburgh one that completely shut down the Tigers on Tuesday night.

Minnesota Golden Gophers (15-5, 4-3 Big Ten) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-9, 1-5), 6 p.m. (BTN)

On Monday, the Cornhuskers stunned Ohio State to win their first Big Ten game at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tonight, they'll attempt to grab a second against a Golden Gopher squad that has struggled on the road so far -- winning only at Penn State by three in league play.

Kent State Golden Flashes (11-7, 2-3 MAC) at Toledo Rockets (16-2, 4-1), 6 p.m. (TWCS*/ESPN3)

The Rockets should be able to stay at the top of the MAC West after the East Division's last place team visits.

Oregon Ducks (13-5, 1-5 Pac-12) at Washington State Cougars (8-11, 1-6), 7 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

Amazingly, the Cougars can pass the struggling Ducks in the standings with a win in Pullman tonight.

Utah Utes (14-5, 3-4 Pac-12) at Arizona Wildcats (19-0, 6-0), 8 p.m. (FS1)

While the Utes gave Arizona State a battle on Thursday night, a game in Tucson against the nation's top-ranked team is a completely different proposition.

California Golden Bears (14-5, 5-1 Pac-12) at UCLA Bruins (15-4, 4-2), 8 p.m. (ESPNU)

The Golden Bears were never really in Wednesday's loss at USC, and a similar performance in Westwood will likely see Cal and the Bruins swap places in the Pac-12 race. If UCLA plays like it did against Stanford on Thursday night, the Bears will end up with an 0-2 week.

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