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On The Menu: January 13, 2016

The nation's two remaining undefeated teams are in action on a Wednesday night that features a crosstown showdown in Los Angeles, Bedlam, and a bunch of potential bubble matchups.

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Game information courtesy Matt College Sports on TV Website, which has even more games listed and more specific info on coverage for regional sports networks and American Sports Network telecasts.

All times listed are Eastern, adjust accordingly.


No. 9 Duke Blue Devils (14-2, 3-0) at Clemson Tigers (10-6, 3-1), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Boston College Eagles (7-8, 0-2) at Syracuse Orange (10-7, 0-4), 7 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (10-5, 1-2) at Virginia Tech Hokies (10-6, 2-1), 9 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (11-5, 1-2) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-5, 1-2), 9 p.m. (ACC Network Regional/ESPN3)
Florida State Seminoles (10-5, 0-3) at North Carolina State Wolfpack (10-6, 0-3), 9 p.m. (ACC Network Regional/ESPN3)

Curiously, Clemson can jump ahead of Duke in the standings (by one-half game) if they can pull off the upset in Greenville this evening. Either BC or Syracuse will pick up its first league win at the Carrier Dome, with wins being more vital to the Orange since they still have a theoretical at-large chance. All three 9 Eastern tips feature teams with some sort of postseason hope, though the FSU-N.C. State loser will be behind the eight ball at 0-4.

Big 12

TCU Horned Frogs (9-6, 1-2) at No. 22 Baylor Bears (12-3, 2-1), 8:15 p.m. (ESPNEWS)
No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners (13-1, 2-1) at Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-6, 1-2), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

After getting back in the rankings with its win over Iowa State, Baylor should hold serve at home against TCU. In the later tip, Oklahoma State would love to grab a Bedlam win over an Oklahoma team that's playing some of the best basketball in the country at the moment, as the Cowboys are trying to climb back into the at-large picture.

Big East

Georgetown Hoyas (10-6, 3-1) at St. John's Red Storm (7-10, 0-4), 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
Marquette Golden Eagles (12-4, 2-2) at No. 6 Villanova Wildcats (14-2, 4-0), 8:30 p.m. (FS1)

While St. John's will likely give Georgetown a fight in New York in the early game, expect the Hoyas to keep pace with Villanova. However, if the Wildcats happen to fall to their visitors from Milwaukee, a Georgetown win in the early game of the doubleheader would complicate the logjam at the top.

Big Ten

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (6-11, 0-4) at Ohio State Buckeyes (11-6, 3-1), 6:30 p.m. (BTN)
Penn State Nittany Lions (10-7, 1-3) at No. 24 Purdue Boilermakers (14-3, 2-2), 8:30 p.m. (BTN)

Let's just say it would be a significant surprise if either Big Ten home team lost tonight.


USC Trojans (14-3, 3-1) at UCLA Bruins (11-6, 2-2), 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
Oregon State Beavers (11-3, 2-1) at Colorado Buffaloes (12-4, 1-2), 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

Last week, the L.A. squads managed four wins, but only one can be victorious at Pauley tonight. The Trojans primary goal tonight is snapping the Bruins' six-game win streak in the series. Meanwhile, in Boulder, the Buffaloes would like to repeat last season's Pac-12 Tournament win over the Beavers in what might end up being a bubble tiebreaker.


Tennessee Volunteers (8-7, 1-2) at Georgia Bulldogs (8-5, 1-2), 7 p.m. (SEC Network)
Ole Miss Rebels (12-3, 2-1) at LSU Tigers (9-6, 2-1), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
No. 19 South Carolina Gamecocks (15-0, 2-0) at Alabama Crimson Tide (9-5, 0-2), 9 p.m. (SEC Network)

In the early evening game, Georgia needs to take care of Tennessee at home if it wants to be seriously considered for postseason play. The 9 Eastern tips, on the other hand, feature a quartet of teams that are potentially NCAA quality. After picking up two big wins to open its new arena, Ole Miss will be challenged at LSU, which needs a big win after Saturday's loss at Florida. In Tuscaloosa, the Crimson Tide would love to make their first SEC win a quality one, as undefeated South Carolina puts its record on the line at Coleman.

American Athletic

No. 10 SMU Mustangs (15-0, 4-0) at East Carolina Pirates (8-8, 0-3), 6:15 p.m. (ESPNEWS)
Houston Cougars (13-2, 3-0) at Cincinnati Bearcats (12-5, 2-2), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Temple Owls (8-6, 3-1) at Memphis Tigers (10-5, 1-1), 8 p.m. (CBSSN)

The Gamecocks aren't the only undefeated team in action tonight, as SMU should pick up a road win at struggling ECU. Houston, undefeated in the conference like their postseason-ineligible rivals, faces a bigger challenge against a Cincinnati squad that needs to pick up wins to boost its sagging computer numbers. Temple and Memphis, both one game back of the leaders in the loss column, will look to keep pace with whoever ends up leading the American at the end of the night.

Atlantic 10

Fordham Rams (10-4, 1-2) at Virginia Commonwealth Rams (11-5, 3-0), 7 p.m. (ASN)
Rhode Island Rams (10-6, 2-1) at St. Bonaventure Bonnies (11-3, 3-0), 7 p.m. (TWCS NY/OSN)

The two remaining A 10 unbeatens are both in action at home tonight, with St. Bonaventure facing the bigger challenge, even with URI coming off a loss at Saint Joseph's on Sunday.


Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (12-5, 4-0) at UT Martin Skyhawks (9-8, 1-1), 7 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)

The OVC leaders face a difficult road trip in their quest to hold off Belmont and Tennessee State in the East Division.

Wichita State Shockers (10-5, 4-0) at Missouri State Bears (6-10, 2-2), 9 p.m. (Cox-Kansas/ESPN3)

The Shockers, now alone in first in the Missouri Valley, will look to stay hot as they head to Springfield to take on the struggling Bears.

San Diego State Aztecs (12-4, 3-0) at Colorado State Rams (10-6, 2-1), 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
Boise State Broncos (12-4, 3-0) at Nevada Wolf Pack (10-6, 2-2), 10 p.m. (MWN)
Wyoming Cowboys (9-8, 2-2) at San Jose State Spartans (5-11, 0-4), 10 p.m. (MWN)

Of the three games on tap in the Mountain West tonight, the first two are by far the most intriguing, as the league co-leaders face difficult road trips. The Aztecs' trip to Fort Collins is especially dangerous for them, as SDSU has won only once at Moby since 2012.

Viewing Picks

Early Evening Tips

Houston at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Duke at Clemson, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Temple at Memphis, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
Rhode Island at St. Bonaventure, 7 p.m. (TWCS NY/OSN)
Tennessee Tech at UT Martin, 7 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
Tennessee at Georgia, 7 p.m. (SECN)
Fordham at VCU, 7 p.m. (ASN)
SMU at East Carolina, 6:15 p.m. (ESPNEWS)
Boston College at Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)
TCU at Baylor, 8:15 p.m. (ESPNEWS)
Georgetown at St. John's, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
Rutgers at Ohio State, 6:30 p.m. (BTN)

Mid-Evening Tips

Marquette at Villanova, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
South Carolina at Alabama, 9 p.m. (SECN)
Ole Miss at LSU, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Georgia Tech at Notre Dame, 9 p.m. (ACC Network Regional/ESPN3)
Oklahoma at Oklahoma State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Florida State at North Carolina State, 9 p.m. (ACC Network Regional/ESPN3)
Wake Forest at Virginia Tech, 9 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)
Penn State at Purdue, 8:30 p.m. (BTN)
Wichita State at Missouri State, 9 p.m. (Cox-Kansas/ESPN3)

Late Night Tips

USC at UCLA, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
Oregon State at Colorado, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
San Diego State at Colorado State, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
Boise State at Nevada, 10 p.m. (MWN)
Wyoming at San Jose State, 10 p.m. (MWN)

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