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College Hoops Viewing Guide: February 12, 2014

Two huge ACC rivalries were to highlight what is otherwise a rather pedestrian Wednesday night schedule, but Duke-North Carolina has been postponed due to bad weather in the Research Triangle.

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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 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.


USF Bulls (12-12, 3-8) at Connecticut Huskies (18-5, 6-4), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
UCF Knights (9-12, 1-9) at Memphis Tigers (18-5, 7-3), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

Both the Huskies and Tigers should cruise at home as they host the AAC's Interstate 4 rivals. While the Tigers can complete a season sweep of the Knights, the Huskies are playing the Bulls for the first time.

Atlantic 10

George Washington Colonials (19-4, 7-2) at VCU Rams (19-5, 7-2), 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
Rhode Island Rams (11-13, 2-7) at Dayton Flyers (16-8, 4-5), 7 p.m. ET (WHIO/OSN/SNY/A10 Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
St. Bonaventure Bonnies (13-10, 3-6) at Fordham Rams (9-13, 2-7), 9 p.m. (SNY/A10 Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)

This evening's third best game is in the Atlantic 10, where VCU -- which goes to Saint Louis for a huge clash on Saturday afternoon -- hosts fellow second-place squad GW. That game is a rematch of the Colonials' 76-66 win at the Smith Center back on January 14th. Isaiah Armwood, Patricio Garino, and the Colonials dominated inside that night and didn't let HAVOC get to them. Things will likely be different in Richmond, especially with the hosts coming off a Saturday loss to St. Joseph's.

In tonight's other game with bracket impact, bubble team Dayton will look to avenge the 12-point loss Rhode Island handed it back on January 25th, the third in a string of four straight Flyer defeats.


Syracuse Orange (23-0, 10-0) at Pittsburgh Panthers (20-4. 8-3), 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Boston College Eagles (6-17, 2-8) at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (12-12, 3-8), 7 p.m. (ACC RSNs*/ESPN3) Postponed due to inclement weather until Thursday at 5 p.m. ET
Duke Blue Devils (19-5, 8-3) at North Carolina Tar Heels (16-7, 6-4), 9 p.m. (ESPN and ACC Network*) Postponed due to inclement weather until February 20th

It's almost unfair that now-postponed BC-Georgia Tech was scheduled on the night when a pair of the ACC's biggest rivalries -- the league's showcase and one that seeks to become second in the pecking order -- were supposed to take center stage. Of course, due to weather, we are down to just one contest. That sees Pitt, who gave Syracuse a battle in the Carrier Dome on January 18th, host the Orange, who will be a bit shorthanded in the frontcourt, thanks to the knee injury Baye Moussa Keita suffered against Clemson Tigers on Sunday night. This will be a very deliberate game, as both squads rank below 300th place in KenPom's adjusted tempo ranking. Pitt hasn't even managed to hit 50 in regulation in its three games so far this month.

Big 12

Baylor Bears (14-9, 2-8) at TCU Horned Frogs (9-13, 0-10), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Texas Tech Red Raiders (12-11, 4-6) at Oklahoma Sooners (18-6, 7-4), 8 p.m. (Big 12 Network*/ESPN3)

The Bears will look to avoid becoming the Horned Frogs' first Big 12 victim of the season -- a result that would all but condemn Baylor to the NIT. Scott Drew's team blew TCU out in Waco to pick up its first conference win of the campaign back on January 11th. Later, the Red Raiders travel to Norman with the goal of extending their somewhat surprising two-game winning streak. Texas Tech gave the Sooners a fight in their first meeting on January 25th in Lubbock, playing even with the visitors in the second half.

Big East

Villanova Wildcats (21-2, 9-1) at DePaul Blue Demons (10-14. 2-9), 8 p.m. (FS1)

Since defeating Butler and St. John's back in January, the Blue Demons have dropped six in a row. Expect that total to become seven against a Wildcat team that bludgeoned DePaul by 26 in Philadelphia to start that streak.

Big Ten

Penn State Nittany Lions (12-12, 3-8) at Indiana Hoosiers (14-9, 4-6), 7 p.m. (BTN)
Illinois Fighting Illini (14-10, 3-8) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (12-10, 4-6), 9 p.m. (BTN)

Only one Big Ten team with tournament hopes is in action tonight, and the Hoosiers will attempt to avoid a slip-up against a Nittany Lion team they only managed to defeat by three in Happy Valley.

Mountain West

New Mexico Lobos (18-4, 9-1) at Boise State Broncos (15-9. 5-6), 9 p.m. (CBS SN)
Air Force Falcons (9-13, 3-8) at San Jose State Spartans (6-17, 0-11), 10 p.m. (ROOT Sports*/MWN, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mountain West Connection)
Fresno State Bulldogs (11-13, 4-7) at Nevada Wolf Pack (12-12, 7-4), 10 p.m. (MWN, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mountain West Connection)

Similarly, only one Mountain West game matters tonight from an NCAA bracket perspective. That's in Boise where the the Broncos, really playing for position in what will be an intriguing conference tournament, hosts a Lobo team that can move into a first-place tie with a victory. New Mexico can earn a season sweep of Boise State, having won the first meeting in Albuquerque by nine on January 21st.


Stanford Cardinal (15-7, 6-4) at Washington Huskies (13-11, 5-6), 9 p.m. (ESPN)
California Golden Bears (15-8, 6-4) at Washington State Cougars (9-14, 2-9), 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

The Bay Area schools begin the always-tricky weekend in the Evergreen State, something they avoided in 2013-14. That was a good thing for Cal and Stanford as in the previous three seasons, they went a combined 3-9 in Seattle and Pullman.


Kentucky Wildcats (18-5, 8-2) at Auburn Tigers (11-10, 3-7), 8 p.m. (SEC TV Regional*/ESPN3)
Vanderbilt Commodores (13-9, 5-5) at South Carolina Gamecocks (8-15, 1-9), 8 p.m. (SEC TV Regional*/ESPN3) Postponed until Thursday due to inclement weather until Thursday at 4 p.m. ET
Georgia Bulldogs (12-10, 6-4) at Mississippi State Bulldogs (13-10, 3-7), 9 p.m. (SEC on FSN*/ESPN3)
LSU Tigers (15-7, 6-4) at Texas A&M Aggies (13-10, 4-6), 9 p.m. (SEC on CSS*/ESPN3)

Thanks to this week's winter storm, only three SEC games are on tonight's slate and just two of those have tournament implications. After Florida avoided its trap in Knoxville last night, its Kentucky's turn to go into Saturday's matchup at Rupp on a high, as they take on struggling Auburn. LSU, meanwhile, simply must improve on its 1-3 mark in SEC road games if it wants to get back into the field. They'll attempt to do so in College Station, where the Aggies have gone 3-1 in their conference home games. However, A&M is struggling mightily right now, having won just once in its last seven after starting league play with three straight wins.


Patriot: Loyola, Md. Greyhounds (10-13, 5-7) at Lafayette Leopards (6-17, 2-10), 5 p.m. (Lafayette Sports Network/Patriot League Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Patriot: Navy Midshipmen (8-15, 3-9) at Bucknell Bison (10-13, 5-7), 6 p.m. (Patriot League Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Patriot: Lehigh Mountain Hawks (13-12, 6-6) at American U. Eagles (14-9, 10-2), 6:30 p.m. (Patriot League Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
OVC: UT Martin Skyhawks (7-19, 2-9) at SE Missouri Redhawks (13-12, 4-7), 7 p.m. (CBS SN)
AE: Albany Great Danes (12-12, 6-5) at UMBC Retrievers (8-16, 4-7), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
MAC: Ohio Bobcats (17-6, 7-3) at Toledo Rockets (20-3, 8-2), 7 p.m. (TWCS*/BCSN/ESPN3)
Patriot: Army Black Knights (12-11, 8-4) at Holy Cross Crusaders (14-10, 8-4), 7 p.m. (Patriot League Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Patriot: Boston U. Terriers (17-8, 10-2) at Colgate Red Raiders (9-14, 3-9), 7 p.m. (Patriot League Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
MVC: Drake Bulldogs (12-12, 3-9) at Missouri State Bears (16-8, 6-6), 8 p.m. (ESPN3)

The two biggest mid-major games of the night are in the MAC, where Ohio will look to defeat Toledo for the second time in a 12-day span, and the Patriot League, where league leader American will attempt to get back on track after two consecutive losses.

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