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College Hoops Viewing Guide: January 28, 2014

Tuesday's limited slate features another Big Ten showdown and a potentially difficult road trip for the Kentucky Wildcats.

Leon Halip

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 matchups and CSN, FSN, and Root Sports contests (all games listed in these posts marked with an *) are available on which affiliates.

All times are Eastern.


SMU Mustangs (16-4, 5-2) at USF Bulls (10-10, 1-6), 7 p.m. (ESPNews)

The Mustangs head to Tampa with the goal of completing a season sweep over the struggling Bulls. SMU defeated USF by 17 back on January 15, and it wasn't as close as the margin would otherwise indicate.


Virginia Cavaliers (15-5, 6-1) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (11-9, 2-5), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

Having lost five of their last six, the Fighting Irish could use this one for their flagging tourney hopes. However, ND's high-octane offense will be tested by one of the best defensive units it's faced so far this season.

Last night: Duke (17-4, 6-2) handed Pitt (18-3, 6-2) its first home loss of the season. Both teams are tied for third in the ACC, two games behind Syracuse in the loss column.

Big 12

West Virginia Mountaineers (11-9, 3-4) at Baylor Bears (13-6, 1-5), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Texas Tech Red Raiders (10-10, 2-5) at Kansas State Wildcats (14-6, 4-3) , 8 p.m. (Big 12 Network/ESPN3)

The Bears, losers of four straight and suddenly on the bubble, welcome the struggling Mountaineers to the Ferrell Center. WVU has only defeated Texas Tech and TCU in Big 12 play so far. Speaking of the Red Raiders, they will look to grab only their second road win of the season at the Octagon of Doom, where Kansas State has not lost since Opening Night.

Last night: In the first Bedlam game of the season, Oklahoma (17-4, 6-2) took advantage of some Oklahoma State (16-4, 4-3) foul trouble and defensive issues to defeat the Cowboys 88-76.

Big East

St. John's Red Storm (12-8, 2-5) at Creighton Bluejays (17-3, 7-1), 9 p.m. (FS1)

The Red Storm may find it difficult to extend their current winning streak to four, as they face the nation's most efficient offense on its home floor.

Last night: Villanova (18-2, 7-1) struggled with shorthanded Georgetown (11-9, 3-6) before prevailing by five in the Nation's Capital. The loss put yet another dent in the Hoyas' at-large hopes.

Big Ten

Michigan State Spartans (18-2, 7-1) at Iowa Hawkeyes (16-4, 5-2), 7 p.m. (ESPN)

The Spartans should again be without Adreian Payne for tonight's showdown. Without him and Branden Dawson, Michigan State may not have the horses to compete with Roy Devyn Marble and Aaron White at Carver-Hawkeye.

Mountain West

New Mexico Lobos (15-4, 6-1) at Utah State Aggies (12-7, 2-5), 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

The Lobos make their first trip to Logan since the Aggies joined the Mountain West, though UNM shouldn't be intimidated since it's already 4-0 in league road games. Utah State has dropped three in a row, though it did take San Diego State to overtime on Saturday night.


Missouri Tigers (15-4, 3-3) at Arkansas Razorbacks (13-6, 2-4), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Kentucky Wildcats (15-4, 5-1) at LSU Tigers (12-6, 3-3), 9 p.m. (ESPN)

The Tigers, the very last team in this week's bracket, can shore up its position by winning in Fayetteville. In Baton Rouge, the Bayou Bengals could use a victory over the second-place Wildcats for their unimpressive tournament profile; however, they last defeated UK in 2009.


MVC: Loyola of Chicago Ramblers (8-12, 3-5) at Wichita State Shockers (21-0, 8-0), 8 p.m. (Cox-Kansas/ESPN3)

Even though the Ramblers are fresh off a Saturday overtime win over Northern Iowa, the Shockers should shut them down and move to 22-0 tonight.

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