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College Hoops Viewing Guide: February 19, 2014

On a busy Wednesday night, bubble teams from the Atlantic 10, Big East, SEC, Pac-12, and Mountain West will all attempt to get themselves into better bubble position.

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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.


Cincinnati Bearcats (23-3, 12-1) at UCF Knights (10-13, 2-10), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Houston Cougars (12-13, 4-8) at SMU Mustangs (20-5, 9-3)*, 8 p.m. (ESPNews)

The Bearcats travel to Orlando, knowing that Saturday's game against Louisville Cardinals will likely decide the AAC regular season crown. However, for seeding purposes, they'll want to avoid a bad loss this evening. Meanwhile, the Mustangs will look to recover from the truly horrible loss they suffered in Philadelphia on Sunday.

Atlantic 10

Saint Louis Billikens (23-2, 10-0) at George Mason Patriots (9-16, 2-9), 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
Duquesne Dukes (11-13, 3-8) at St. Bonaventure Bonnies (15-10, 5-6), 7 p.m. (ROOT Sports Pittsburgh/A10 Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
St. Joseph's Hawks (17-7, 7-3) at Rhode Island Rams (11-15, 2-9), 7 p.m. (OSN/CSN Philadelphia)
La Salle Explorers (12-12, 4-6) at Dayton Flyers (17-8, 5-5), 9 p.m. (CBS SN)

Bubble teams St. Joe's and Dayton have the most to play for this evening. The Hawks can tie VCU for second if they complete a sweep of URI, which they beat by just four at Hagan. Later, the Flyers meet the Explorers, who have lost six of seven, for the first (and potentially only) time this season.

The league-leading Billikens face an intriguing game in Fairfax, considering how much they struggled with the Patriots at home on February 1st.


Boston College Eagles (6-18, 2-9) at Syracuse Orange (25-0, 12-0), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (13-12, 4-8) at Miami Hurricanes (12-13, 3-9), 9 p.m. (ACC RSNs*/ESPN3)

The most exciting thing about tonight's ACC lineup is that Syracuse is wearing throwbacks based on the jerseys of my youth. I cannot hide my excitement about this fact.

Big 12

TCU Horned Frogs (9-15, 0-12) at Kansas State Wildcats (17-8, 7-5), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

The Horned Frogs, winless in the Big 12, travel to the Octagon of Doom to take on a Wildcat team that will be in a foul mood after Saturday's double OT loss to Baylor. Other viewing options are available, folks.

Big East

DePaul Blue Demons (10-16, 2-11) at Xavier Musketeers (17-8, 7-5), 7 p.m. (CBS SN)
Creighton Bluejays (20-4, 10-2)* at Marquette Golden Eagles 915-10, 7-5), 8 p.m. (FS1)

The Musketeers, who fell at Marquette on Saturday to fall further down the Seed List, should be able to rebound by sweeping the Blue Demons. As for the Golden Eagles, an upset win over the scorching Bluejays would catapult them right into the thick of the bid discussion.

Big Ten

Northwestern Wildcats (12-13, 5-7) at Ohio State Buckeyes (20-6, 7-6), 7 p.m. (BTN)
Illinois Fighting Illini (14-12, 3-10) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (16-10, 5-8), 9 p.m. (BTN)

The Buckeyes and Golden Gophers will look to maintain their respective positions with wins over teams likely to wear road unis on the first day of the Big Ten Tournament.

Mountain West

New Mexico Lobos (19-5, 10-2) at UNLV Runnin' Rebels (17-8, 8-4), 11 p.m. (ESPN2)

The Runnin' Rebels, who won a 76-73 thriller in Albuquerque on January 15th, can complete the season sweep tonight and get themselves closer to the cut line, which would be a shock considering they've lost to Air Force Falcons and Nevada Wolf Pack at home.


Washington Huskies (14-12, 6-7) at Oregon Ducks (15-8, 3-8)*, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Arizona Wildcats (23-2, 10-2) at Utah Utes (17-8, 6-7), 10 p.m. (FS1)
UCLA Bruins (20-5, 9-3) at California Golden Bears (17-8, 8-4), 10 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)
Arizona State Sun Devils (19-6, 8-4) at Colorado Buffaloes (18-7, 7-5), 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

Of the Pac-12's seven bid contenders, only Stanford is not in action tonight. League-leader Arizona opens it's Rocky Mountain swing in Salt Lake City, while close challenger UCLA will be challenged by Cal at Haas Pavilion. Oregon, on the outside looking in, will stay there if they cannot defeat Washington. Meanwhile, Colorado's post-Spencer Dinwiddie case would receive a nice boost with a win over scorching Arizona State.


Auburn Tigers (12-11, 4-8) at Florida Gators (23-2, 12-0), 7 p.m. (SEC on FSN*/ESPN3)
Mississippi State Bulldogs (13-12, 3-9) at LSU Tigers (15-9, 6-6), 8 p.m. (SEC TV Regional*/ESPN3)
Vanderbilt Commodores (14-10, 6-6) at Missouri Tigers (18-7, 6-6), 8 p.m. (SEC TV Regional*/ESPN3)
South Carolina Gamecocks (10-15, 3-9) at Arkansas Razorbacks (16-9, 5-7), 9 p.m. (SEC on CSS*/ESPN3)

While the Gators struggled with Auburn on the road, I would not expect a repeat performance out of the Tigers in Gainesville, even if UF's Kasey Hill will likely miss the game with a groin strain. Elsewhere, LSU, Mizzou, and Arkansas will all look to hold serve at home against inferior opponents.


Evansville Aces (11-15, 4-9 MVC) at Indiana State Sycamores (20-6, 11-3), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Drexel Dragons (13-11, 5-6 CAA) at James Madison Dukes (10-17, 5-8), 7 p.m. (CSN*)
William & Mary Tribe (15-9, 7-4 CAA) at Charleston Cougars (13-14, 5-7), 7 p.m. (CSS)
Albany Great Danes (13-13, 7-6 AE) at Binghamton Bearcats (6-19, 3-9), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Akron Zips (17-8, 9-3 MAC) at Buffalo Bulls (14-8, 8-4), 7 p.m. (TWCS*/ESPN3)
Navy Midshipmen (9-16, 4-10 Patriot) at Lehigh Mountain Hawks (13-14, 6-8), 7 p.m. (TV 2 Sports/Patriot League Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Colgate Raiders (9-16, 3-11 Patriot) at Army Black Knights (12-13, 8-6), 7 p.m. (Patriot League Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Lafayette Leopards (8-17, 4-10 Patriot) at Holy Cross Crusaders (16-10, 10-4), 7 p.m. (Patriot League Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
American U. Eagles (15-10, 11-3 Patriot) at Boston U. Terriers (19-8, 12-2), 7 p.m. (Patriot League Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Bucknell Bison (12-13, 7-7 Patriot) at Loyola, Md. Greyhounds (10-15, 5-9), 7:30 p.m. (Patriot League Network, streaming directly at SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness)
Wichita St. Shockers (26-0, 13-0 MVC) at Loyola of Chicago Ramblers (9-17, 4-10), 8 p.m. (Cox-Kansas/ESPN3)

The three most intriguing games on this list are undefeated Wichita State's trip to Chicago, the battle for the Patriot League lead in Boston, and an intriguing MAC matchup in Buffalo which should go a long way to determining seeding in that conference's creatively-formatted tournament.

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