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On The Menu: January 19, 2016

Clemson and Georgetown both hit the road tonight in search of victories to bolster their bubble cases. Plus, there's a top 25 showdown in the Big East and a clash for second place in the Atlantic 10.

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.


Clemson Tigers (12-6, 5-1) at No. 13 Virginia Cavaliers (13-4, 2-3), 8 p.m. (ACC Network/ESPN3)
North Carolina State Wolfpack (10-8, 0-5) at Pittsburgh Panthers (15-2, 4-1), 8 p.m. (ACC Network/ESPN3)

The Tigers have gathered an impressive collection of victories of late—Louisville, Duke, and Miami—but all of those have come at their temporary home in Greenville. While Clemson's win at Syracuse is starting to look better, a win in Charlottesville would really put them in the frame for a bid. Of course, Virginia needs victories too, given their recent struggles, losing three of four.

Look for the Panthers to continue to dominate at home against the woeful Wolfpack in the other ACC Network regional option this evening.

Big 12

No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks (15-2, 4-1) at Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-8, 1-4), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

Last Tuesday, the Jayhawks hit the road and lost at West Virginia. Don't expect a similar result tonight, even if the Cowboys own two straight home wins over Kansas. This team, which looks like one of two Big 12 teams without NCAA hopes, simply isn't that good.

Big East

No. 18 Butler Bulldogs (13-4, 2-3) at No. 16 Providence Friars (15-3, 3-2), 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
Georgetown Hoyas (11-7, 4-2) at No. 5 Xavier Musketeers (16-1, 4-1), 8:30 p.m. (FS1)

The Friars can complete a season sweep of the Bulldogs tonight, as they already won at Hinkle by eight on New Year's Eve. Another defeat would further cement Butler's position in the middle of the bracket, as they've yet to defeat a Big East NCAA contender yet.

You could say something similar about the Hoyas, though they did beat Marquette, so a win in Cincinnati would do wonders for Georgetown's still middling case. That being said, the Musketeers won't be easy defeat, since they look to be just a bit better than their ranking.

Big Ten

Illinois Fighting Illini (9-9, 1-4) at No. 25 Indiana Hoosiers (15-3, 5-0), 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Northwestern Wildcats (15-4, 3-3) at No. 7 Maryland Terrapins (16-2, 4-1), 8 p.m. (BTN)

With the Big Ten clearly divided into a pair of seven-team tiers, and the visitors in the bottom half, a pair of home wins should be on tonight's agenda. The Hoosiers will look to move a half-game up on Iowa in the league race.


Mississippi State Bulldogs (7-9, 0-4) at Florida Gators (11-6, 3-2), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
No. 24 South Carolina Gamecocks (16-1, 3-1) at Ole Miss Rebels (12-5, 2-3), 7 p.m. (SEC Network)
LSU Tigers (11-6, 4-1) at No. 10 Texas A&M Aggies (15-2, 5-0), 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Alabama Crimson Tide (10-6, 1-3) at Auburn Tigers (8-8, 2-3), 9 p.m. (SEC Network)

The Gators will look to have an easier time with the Bulldogs than Kentucky Wildcats did a week ago, while Auburn will look to build on their Saturday win over those same Wildcats as they welcome archrival Bama, who has dropped three of four, to the Plains.

But the main attractions are in Oxford and College Station, At the Pavilion, the Rebels will look to dust themselves off after suffering their first home defeat of the season. The script, however, may be similar to Saturday's loss to Florida, in that the opposition is far superior on the defensive end, so a competent offensive performance might be enough for South Carolina to remain a one-loss team. Later, Reed Arena will see the host Aggies, now clearly the league favorite, aiming to stop Ben Simmons and the Bayou Bengals. Given that A&M ranks first in the SEC in both adjusted offensive and defensive efficiency per KenPom, LSU will have its work cut out for it in grabbing a needed quality road win this evening.

American Athletic

Tulsa Golden Hurricane (11-6, 3-2) at East Carolina Pirates (8-10, 0-5), 7 p.m. (ESPNEWS)
Tulane Green Wave (8-11, 1-5) at Connecticut Huskies (12-5, 3-2), 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
Houston Cougars (13-4, 3-2) at No. 8 SMU Mustangs (17-0, 6-9), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

Tulsa and UConn can both defeat a league opponent for a second time, while Houston will need to hand SMU its first loss to end a two-game skid.

Atlantic 10

Dayton Flyers (14-3, 4-1) at St. Bonaventure Bonnies (12-4, 4-1), 7 p.m. (ASN)

The winner in Olean will remain a loss behind undefeated VCU early in the Atlantic 10 race. These two will meet again at UD Arena on February 20th and perhaps for a third time in Brooklyn. The Flyers have won four in a row in the series, including a sweep last season.


Kent State Golden Flashes (12-5, 3-1) at Ball State Cardinals (12-5, 3-1), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Central Michigan Chippewas (9-8, 2-2) at Northern Illinois Huskies (14-3, 3-1), 8 p.m. (ESPN3)

In MAC play, the Golden Flashes travel to Muncie with a continued stay at the top of the standings on the line, while preseason favorite CMU heads to DeKalb looking to muddy the race up.

Loyola of Chicago Ramblers (8-10, 1-5) at Evansville Purple Aces (16-3, 5-1), 9 p.m. (CBSSN)

The disappointing Ramblers head to Southern Indiana to take on a Purple Aces team that intends on remaining a loss back of Wichita State in the Missouri Valley race and in the driver's seat for the second seed at Arch Madness.

UNLV Runnin' Rebels (11-7, 2-3) at Utah State Aggies (11-6, 3-3), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Fresno State Bulldogs (12-6, 3-2) at San Diego State Aztecs (12-6, 5-0), 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

The Mountain West leaders welcome a Bulldog team that has won at UNLV already, but done little else to indicate they'll contend.

Viewing Picks

Early Evening Tips

Butler at Providence, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
Dayton at St. Bonaventure, 7 p.m. (ASN)
South Carolina at Ole Miss, 7 p.m. (SEC Network)
Kent State at Ball State, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Kansas at Oklahoma State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Illinois at Indiana, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Mississippi State at Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Tulane at UConn, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
Tulsa at East Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPNEWS)

Mid-Evening Tips

Clemson at Virginia, 8 p.m. (ACC Network/ESPN3)
Georgetown at Xavier, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
Central Michigan at Northern Illinois, 8 p.m. (ESPN3)
Northwestern at Maryland, 8 p.m. (BTN)
N.C. State at Pitt, 8 p.m. (ACC Network/ESPN3)

Late Evening Tips

LSU at Texas A&M, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Houston at SMU, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Fresno State at San Diego State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
Alabama at Auburn, 9 p.m. (SEC Network)
UNLV at Utah State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Loyola of Chicago at Evansville, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)

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