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On The Menu: January 14, 2016

A pair of Top 25 matchups and a quartet of Pac-12 games highlight your Thursday night hoops slate.

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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. 20 Pittsburgh Panthers (14-1, 3-0) at No. 21 Louisville Cardinals (13-3, 2-1), 9 p.m. (ESPN)

In their first season reunited in the ACC, the Cardinals swept the Panthers, a combination of results that contributed to Pitt's NIT appearance. Despite Pitt's gaudy record, they don't have a win that would resemble a road victory like this one on their profile (blame that on their canceled contest against Gonzaga in Okinawa on Opening Night). But the Cards could use a quality win too, considering they have yet to defeat a surefire NCAA Tourney team this season.

Big Ten

No. 16 Iowa Hawkeyes (12-3, 3-0) at No. 4 Michigan State Spartans (16-1, 3-1), 7 p.m. (ESPN)

The Hawkeyes head to East Lansing looking for an unexpected sweep that would install them as conference favorites. But other than the location, there's one crucial difference between tonight and December 29th in Iowa City—Denzel Valentine will be in the lineup for Sparty.


Washington State Cougars (9-6, 1-2) at Arizona State Sun Devils (10-6, 0-3), 8 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National, Arizona, Washington)
Washington Huskies (11-4, 3-0) at No. 18 Arizona Wildcats (13-3, 1-2), 9 p.m. (FS1)
Oregon Ducks (13-3, 2-1) at Utah Utes (12-4, 1-2), 10 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National, Oregon, Mountain)
California Golden Bears (12-5, 2-2) at Stanford Cardinal (9-6, 2-2), 11 p.m. (FS1)

The Sun Devils will likely get their first Pac-12 win tonight, but down Interstate 10, the Wildcats will welcome a Huskies squad that's undefeated in the conference, but still with much to prove, for their first game without Allonzo Trier. Later in the evening, the Ducks head to Salt Lake City aiming to keep their near-perfect record over the Utes in Pac-12 play intact. (Utah has only defeated Oregon once in league play, on March 9, 2013 at Huntsman.) Then, in the South Bay, the Cardinal will look to get a leg up on the Golden Bears in the conference race, if not in the chase for an NCAA bid. Stanford needs to rack up as many good conference wins as possible, just because of their mediocre non-league performance.

American Athletic

UConn Huskies (11-4, 2-1) at Tulsa Golden Hurricane (10-6, 2-2), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

With Houston's loss to Cincinnati last night, the door is open for Huskies to jump into a tie for the de facto American lead with a win over a Golden Hurricane squad that's taken advantage of East Carolina and Tulane to get back to .500 in the conference. UConn took two of three from Tulsa last season, with the second win popping the Golden Hurricane's bubble in the conference semifinals.


NJIT Highlanders (9-8, 0-1) at Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (10-7, 1-0), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)

The Highlanders dropped their first ever conference game to USC Upstate on Saturday. Their A-Sun road gets no easier, as they have to travel to Dunk City this evening.

High Point Panthers (12-4, 5-0) at Winthrop Eagles (10-6, 2-3), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

The Panthers share the Big South lead with UNC Asheville at the moment, but you'll want to tune in to see what dunks John Brown throws down in Rock Hill.

Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors (13-2, 2-0) at UC Riverside Highlanders (9-9, 0-2), 10 p.m. (ESPN3)
UC Irvine Anteaters (13-5, 2-0) at Long Beach State 49ers (8-9, 2-0), 10 p.m. (FS Prime Ticket/FS North/FS San Diego/FCS Pacific)
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (6-8, 0-1) at Cal Poly Mustangs (6-8, 0-1), 10 p.m. (

The Rainbow Warriors should win in Riverside, but Hawai'i hasn't played a road game since losing at Texas Tech on November 28th! The Anteaters, the preseason Big West favorite, visit a battle-tested 49ers squad at the Walter Pyramid, while the Gauchos, another strong contender, visit a Mustang squad that has fallen off since challenging UNLV and UCLA early.

James Madison Dukes (12-5, 2-2) at Northeastern Huskies (11-6, 3-1), 7 p.m. (select CSN outlets)
Drexel Dragons (3-12, 1-3) at Hofstra Pride (11-5, 3-1), 7 p.m. (
William & Mary Tribe (11-4, 3-1) at College of Charleston Cougars (10-5, 2-2), 7:30 p.m (

All three CAA co-leaders are in action tonight, with the Tribe facing the biggest challenge, a road trip to TD Arena, where the Cougars, another contender await. Look for JMU to push the Huskies in Boston as well.

UAB Blazers (13-3, 3-0) at Old Dominion Monarchs (9-7, 2-1), 7 p.m. (CBSSN)

The Blazers defeated the Monarchs in their only meeting last season, but that was back at Bartow Arena. They'll find this potential C-USA final preview more of a challenge at the Ted.

Milwaukee Panthers (12-5, 3-1) at Valparaiso Crusaders (13-3, 3-0), 8 p.m. (ESPN3)

Speaking of potential Championship Week previews, the Panthers will be the third straight Horizon contender aiming to knock off the Crusaders, with Oakland and Detroit both failing last week.

Murray State Racers (8-8, 2-1) at Belmont Bruins (11-6, 3-1), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

The Racers will look to grab a small measure of revenge on the Bruins, who shocked America by knocking off Murray State in last season's OVC final. This time, the Bruins are the ones looking to keep a spotless conference record.

BYU Cougars (12-5, 3-1) at No. 25 Gonzaga Bulldogs (13-3, 5-0), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Pacific Tigers (4-11, 3-3) at Saint Mary's Gaels (14-2, 5-1), 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

A Cougar win in Spokane would keep them in the WCC race and elevate them in the bubble picture. Meanwhile, the Gaels will look to rebound at home from last Saturday's shocking loss at Pepperdine.

Viewing Picks

Early Evening Tips

Iowa at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
UAB at Old Dominion, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
William & Mary at College of Charleston, 7:30 p.m (
UConn at Tulsa, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Milwaukee at Valparaiso, 8 p.m. (ESPN3)
NJIT at Florida Gulf Coast, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Winthrop at High Point, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
James Madison at Northeastern, 7 p.m. (select CSN outlets)
Drexel at Hofstra, 7 p.m. (
Washington State at Arizona State, 8 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National, Arizona, Washington)

Late Evening Tips

Pitt at Louisville, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Washington at Arizona, 9 p.m. (FS1)
Oregon at Utah, 10 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National, Oregon, Mountain)
BYU at Gonzaga, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
California at Stanford, 11 p.m. (FS1)
Murray State at Belmont, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
UC Irvine at Long Beach State, 10 p.m. (FS Prime Ticket/FS North/FS San Diego/FCS Pacific)
UC Santa Barbara at Cal Poly, 10 p.m. (
Hawaii at UC Riverside, 10 p.m. (ESPN3)
Pacific at Saint Mary's, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

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