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College Hoops Viewing Guide: February 15, 2014

Selection Sunday is a mere month and day away. Celebrate by watching a packed schedule that features huge showdowns in the Atlantic 10 and SEC.

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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.

Late Morning/Early Afternoon Window

Marquee Games

Memphis Tigers (19-5, 8-3) at Connecticut Huskies (19-5, 7-4), 12 p.m. (ESPN)

Thanks to their January 16th win in Memphis, the Huskies can complete a sweep, which would make it difficult for the Tigers to capture the inaugural AAC basketball crown.

Virginia Cavaliers (20-5, 11-1) at Clemson Tigers (15-8. 6-5), 12 p.m. (ESPN2)

The Tigers have already defeated Duke at home, so the Cavaliers had better be on notice as they travel to Littlejohn. A victory for Clemson is vital for its at-large hopes, while Virginia needs to keep winning to stay in the hunt for the Top 16.

Pittsburgh Panthers (20-5, 8-4) at North Carolina Tar Heels (16-7, 6-4), 1 p.m. (CBS)

The Panthers still need a win over a surefire Tournament team, but they will be hard pressed to get one in Chapel Hill, especially coming off Wednesday's heartbreaking loss to Syracuse. Of course, the Tar Heels will be well rested, thanks to the postponement of their midweek game against Duke.

Texas Tech Red Raiders (13-11, 5-6) at Iowa State Cyclones (18-5, 6-5), 1:30 p.m. (Big 12 Network*/ESPN3)

The Red Raiders, winners of three straight, can make a surprise toward consideration if they can pull off a huge upset in Ames.

Other Viewing Options

St. Joseph's Hawks (16-7, 6-3) at La Salle Explorers (12-11, 4-5), 11 a.m. (ESPNU)
UNC Wilmington Seahawks (8-19, 2-10) at James Madison Dukes (9-17. 4-8), 12 p.m. (CSN*)
Duquesne Dukes (10-13, 2-8) at Rhode Island Rams (11-14, 2-8), 12 p.m. (OSN/SNY/CSN Mid-Atlantic Plus/A10 Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Iowa Hawkeyes (18-6, 7-4) at Penn State Nittany Lions (13-12, 4-8), 1 p.m. (ESPNU)
UCF Knights (9-13, 1-10) at USF Bulls (12-13, 3-9), 1:30 p.m. (ESPNews)
Mississippi State Bulldogs (13-11, 3-8) at Auburn Tigers (11-11, 3-8), 1:30 p.m. (SEC TV Regional*/ESPN3)
Texas A&M Aggies (14-10, 5-6) at Vanderbilt Commodores (13-9, 5-5), 1:30 p.m. (SEC TV Regional*/ESPN3)

St. Joe's heads across Philly to take on La Salle to start the day, in a game the Hawks really cannot afford to lose, especially off the high of last Saturday's win over VCU. In the Big Ten, Iowa will attempt to get out of State College with a win, though it may not be easy to do so.

Mid-Afternoon Window

Marquee Games

VCU Rams (20-5, 8-2) at Saint Louis Billikens (22-2, 9-0), 2 p.m. (ESPN)

While the Rams cannot seize the A10 lead with a win today, they can set themselves up to do so after the rematch on March 1st back in Richmond. Don't expect a lot of points in this one, as two of the more stifling defenses in America square off.

Oklahoma Sooners (18-7, 7-5) at Oklahoma State Cowboys (16-8, 4-7), 2 p.m. (ESPN2)

This game is going to be a really hard one to call, as both teams have slid lately. The Sooners have a deeper roster, thanks to the Cowboys' various issues, but can they get the job done at Gallagher-Iba?

UMass Minutemen (19-5, 6-4) at George Washington Colonials (19-5, 7-3), 2 p.m. (CSN Mid-Atlantic/SNY/A10 Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)

This is the first of a potentially season-deciding stretch for the Minutemen, who have struggled after a 16-1 start. After its trip to the Smith Center, UMass hosts Saint Louis and VCU and visits Dayton in its final five games. A tournament bid is not a given with that schedule.

California Golden Bears (16-8, 7-4) at Washington Huskies (14-11, 6-6), 3 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

After needing overtime to defeat Washington State on Wednesday night, the Golden Bears visit a Washington squad that handed Stanford a costly defeat hours before. On the bright side for Cal, a win would be its third in its last four games.

Other Viewing Options

DePaul Blue Demons (10-15, 2-10) at Providence Friars (16-9, 6-6), 2 p.m. (FSN*)
Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (21-4, 8-2) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (18-7, 8-2)*, 2 p.m. (CSS*)
American U. Eagles (15-9, 11-2) at Lafayette Leopards (7-17, 3-10), 2 p.m. (Lafayette Sports Network/Patriot League Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Holy Cross Crusaders (15-10, 9-4) at Lehigh Mountain Hawks (13-13, 6-7), 2 p.m. (TV 2 Sports, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (16-10, 10-3)* at USC Upstate Spartans (15-11, 8-5), 2 p.m. (ESPN3)
Maine Black Bears (5-19, 3-9) at Albany Great Danes (12-13, 6-6), 2 p.m. (ESPN3)
Houston Cougars (12-12, 4-7) at Cincinnati Bearcats (22-3, 11-1), 3 p.m. (ESPNU)

Southern Mississippi and Middle Tennessee, two bubble teams last year, square off for the first time as Conference USA members, with at least a share of the league lead on the line. Also, Cincinnati will attempt to stay ahead of Louisville in the AAC table by toppling Houston.

Late Afternoon Window

Marquee Games

Xavier Musketeers (17-7, 7-4) at Marquette Golden Eagles (14-10, 6-5), 4 p.m. (Fox)

The Golden Eagles can pick up their third straight win and climb closer to consideration if they topple the Musketeers, who have righted the ship a bit by winning two in a row. Xavier won the season's first meeting in Cincinnati by seven.

Tennessee Volunteers (15-9, 6-5) at Missouri Tigers (17-7, 5-6), 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
Mississippi Rebels (16-8, 7-4) at Georgia Bulldogs (13-10, 7-4), 4 p.m. (SEC on FSN*/ESPN3)
LSU Tigers (15-8, 6-5) at Arkansas Razorbacks (15-9, 4-7), 5 p.m. (ESPNU)

The late afternoon window is the SEC Bubble Window today, as the Volunteers, Rebels and Tigers all look to pick up crucial road wins in a conference where such results are mysteriously hard to come by.

Other Viewing Options

Indiana Hoosiers (14-10, 4-7) at Purdue Boilermakers (14-10, 4-7), 4 p.m. (ESPN)
UNLV Runnin' Rebels (16-8, 7-4) at Utah State Aggies (15-9. 5-7), 4 p.m. (CBS SN)
Alabama Crimson Tide (10-14, 4-7) at South Carolina Gamecocks (8-15, 1-9), 4 p.m. (SEC TV*/ESPN3)
TCU Horned Frogs (9-14, 0-11) at Kansas Jayhawks (18-6, 9-2), 4 p.m. (Big 12 Network*/ESPN3)
Green Bay Phoenix (20-5, 10-2) at Cleveland State Vikings (18-9, 9-3), 4 p.m. (Horizon League Network/CSN Chicago/FS Sportstime Ohio/ESPN3)
Towson Tigers (16-9, 7-3) at William & Mary Tribe (15-8, 7-3), 4 p.m. (CSN*)
Pepperdine Waves (14-12, 7-7) at Portland Pilots (14-11, 6-7), 4 p.m. (*, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Wofford Terriers (14-10, 8-3) at Appalachian State Mountaineers (8-16, 4-7), 4:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (13-12, 7-5) at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders (12-14, 9-4), 4:30 p.m. (CSN Houston)
Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (23-2, 12-0) at Sam Houston State Bearkats (18-6, 10-2), 4:45 p.m. (ESPN3)
Wyoming Cowboys (15-9, 6-5) at San Jose State Spartans (6-18, 0-12), 5 p.m. (MWN, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mountain West Connection)
Utah Utes (17-7, 6-6) at UCLA Bruins (19-5, 8-3), 5 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)
North Dakota State Bison (19-6, 8-2) at Omaha Mavericks (15-10, 4-5), 5 p.m. (Midco SN/FCS Central)

The most intriguing games in the late afternoon are the clash for first place in the Horizon League between Green Bay and Cleveland State and what could be the biggest hurdle Stephen F. Austin faces on its path to a perfect Southland record -- a matchup at second-place Sam Houston State. In the Pac-12, Utah can move over .500 with an upset win at Pauley.

Early Evening Window

Marquee Games

Maryland Terrapins (14-11, 6-6) at Duke Blue Devils (19-5, 8-3), 6 p.m. (ESPN)

Might this be the final time the Terps and Blue Devils meet in the regular season? Both teams will be well rested, as Maryland last played on Monday (a loss to Virginia) while Duke has had a week off, thanks to Wednesday's postponement. With time running short, the Terrapins would certainly love to start a late run with a shock win at Cameron.

Kansas State Wildcats (17-7, 7-4) at Baylor Bears (15-9, 3-8), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

With a trip to TCU out of the way, Baylor opens up a crucial portion of its schedule (four games against likely tourney teams, with the first two at the Ferrell Center) against a K-State squad that's just taken out the top two teams in the Big 12. The challenge for the Bears will be getting quality shots off against a Wildcat defense that makes things difficult both inside and outside of the three-point arc. Note that these two will meet again in Manhattan to close out the regular season.

N.C. State Wolfpack (16-8, 6-5) at Syracuse Orange (24-0, 11-0), 7 p.m. (ACC Network*/ESPN3)

The Orange only used six players in defeating Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. That will likely be the case again for today's game against the Wolfpack, as Baye Keita likely will be out for the second straight game. N.C. State may have a shot at a marquee win if it can take advantage of Syracuse's resulting lack of frontcourt depth.

Stanford Cardinal (15-8, 6-5) at Washington State Cougars (9-15, 2-10), 7 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

Wednesday night's loss at Washington pushed Johnny Dawkins' coaching record in the Evergreen State to 1-8. His lone win came in Pullman back in 2011. A ninth loss might just push the Cardinal out of Tuesday's field.

Other Viewing Options

Georgia State Panthers (17-6, 10-0) at Troy Trojans (8-15, 3-8), 6 p.m. (ESPN3)
Nevada Wolf Pack (12-13, 7-5) at New Mexico Lobos (18-5, 9-2), 6 p.m. (CBS SN)
Miami Hurricanes (12-12, 3-8) at Virginia Tech Hokies (8-15, 1-10), 6 p.m. (ACC RSNs*/ESPN3)
Fordham Rams (9-14, 2-8) at Richmond Spiders (16-8, 6-3), 6 p.m. (CSN Mid-Atlantic Plus/SNY/A10 Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
St. Bonaventure Bonnies (14-10, 4-6) at George Mason Patriots (9-15, 2-8), 6 p.m. (MASN/A10 Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Central Michigan Chippewas (8-15, 1-10) at Kent State Golden Flashes (13-11, 4-7), 6 p.m. (TWCS*/ESPN3)
Bradley Braves (11-15, 6-7) at Illinois State Redbirds (13-12, 6-7), 7 p.m. (FS Midwest/CSN Chicago/FCS Pacific/ESPN3)
St. Francis, Pa. Red Flash (7-16, 5-5) at Fairleigh Dickinson Knights (8-16, 4-6), 7 p.m. (MSG/FCS Atlantic)
VMI Keydets (14-10, 7-4) at Liberty Flames (9-17, 3-8), 7 p.m. (Flames Sports Network/MASN2)
Northeastern Huskies (8-18, 5-7) at College of Charleston Cougars (13-13, 5-6), 7 p.m. (WTAT/CSS)
Army Black Knights (12-12, 8-5) at Bucknell Bison (11-13, 6-7), 7 p.m. (Patriot League Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Colgate Raiders (9-15, 3-10) at Navy Midshipmen (8-16, 3-10), 7 p.m. (Patriot League Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
UIC Flames (5-20, 0-11) at Youngstown State Penguins (13-13, 4-7), 7 p.m. (Horizon League Network)
UNC Asheville Bulldogs (13-12, 7-4) at Presbyterian Blue Hose (5-21, 1-10), 7:45 p.m. (ESPN3)

In the early evening hours, New Mexico, fresh off a one-point loss in Boise, hosts fading Nevada, while Georgia State puts its unbeaten Sun Belt record on the line against struggling Troy.

Mid- And Late Evening Windows

Marquee Games

BYU Cougars (17-10, 9-5) at St. Mary's Gaels (19-7, 9-4), 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

Given the tumult around them, both of these teams are still alive for a bid at this point, though the Cougars' chances took a hit on Thursday night with that loss to Pacific. Early wins over Stanford and Texas may not be enough to overcome several a quartet losses.

West Virginia Mountaineers (15-10, 7-5) at Texas Longhorns (19-5, 8-3), 8 p.m. (Longhorn Network)

Despite its recent successes, West Virginia has won away from home just twice in Big 12 play (at Texas Tech and Baylor). That could be a problem as Texas hasn't lost at the Erwin Center since an opening day loss to Oklahoma. Eron Harris, who was ejected from WVU's Monday win over Iowa State was not suspended and will be in the lineup; however, Texas may not have forward Jonathan Holmes, who has been dealing with a knee injury.

Florida Gators (22-2, 11-0) at Kentucky Wildcats (19-5, 9-2), 9 p.m. (ESPN)

The biggest game on Saturday may well be at Rupp Arena, where the Gators come into town riding a perfect SEC record and substantial amount of national buzz. Florida is certainly getting more attention at the moment than the hosts, who haven't exactly lived up to some lofty preseason expectations, even if they are somewhat quietly contending for a nice seed. As you would expect, these are the top two offenses and defenses in the conference, based on KenPom's adjusted efficiency rankings, so a close game should be on tap. It will be interesting to see if UF, which has done a better job in close contests this season than in 2012-13, has what it takes to win in the most hostile environment it will face.

Other Viewing Options

Air Force Falcons (10-13, 4-8) at San Diego State Aztecs (21-2, 10-1), 8 p.m. (CBS SN)
Ohio State Buckeyes (19-6, 6-6) at Illinois Fighting Illini (14-11, 3-9), 8 p.m. (BTN)
Florida State Seminoles (14-10, 5-7) at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (14-10, 4-7), 8 p.m. (ACC RSNs*/ESPN3)
Boston U. Terriers (18-8, 11-2) at Loyola, Md. Greyhounds (10-14, 5-8), 8 p.m. (MASN/SNY/Patriot League Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Valparaiso Crusaders (15-11, 7-4) at Milwaukee Panthers (16-9, 6-5), 8 p.m. (TWCS Wisconsin/Horizon League Network)
Loyola Marymount Lions (11-15, 3-11) at Gonzaga Bulldogs (22-4, 12-1), 8 p.m. (KAYU/*, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
South Alabama Jaguars (7-17, 1-10) at Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (17-8, 9-3), 8 p.m. (HSSN/WKYU/ESPN3)
Northern Iowa Panthers (12-13, 6-7) at Missouri State Bears (17-8, 7-6), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Montana State Bobcats (12-12, 7-6) at Northern Colorado Bears (14-8, 8-5), 9 p.m. (Altitude)
Chicago State Cougars (10-13, 5-4) at New Mexico State Aggies (19-8, 8-3), 9 p.m. (AggieVision/Altitude2/FS Arizona Plus/FCS Atlantic/ESPN3)
Hawai `i Rainbow Warriors (17-7, 6-4) at Cal State Fullerton Titans (8-15, 3-6), 9 p.m. (ESPN3)
Colorado State Rams (14-11, 5-7) at Fresno State Bulldogs (12-13, 5-7), 10 p.m. (ROOT Sports*/MWN, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mountain West Connection)
Cal Poly Mustangs (9-14, 5-5) at Long Beach State 49ers (10-14, 6-4), 10:30 p.m. (FS Prime Ticket San Diego/FCS Central)
San Francisco Dons (15-10, 8-5) at Santa Clara Broncos (11-15, 4-9), 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

As Saturday winds down, keep an eye on San Diego State, which will look to rebound from its first Mountain West loss against Air Force at Viejas, and Ohio State, which should have little trouble against dreadful Illinois.

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