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On The Menu: January 20, 2016

Wednesday's schedule lacks a marquee matchup to act as an anchor, but that doesn't mean that there isn't entertainment—and maybe a potential upset or two—lurking.

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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.


Wake Forest Demon Deacons (10-7, 1-4) at No. 2 North Carolina Tar Heels (16-2, 5-0), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Virginia Tech Hokies (12-6, 4-1) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (12-5, 3-2), 7 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)
Florida State Seminoles (12-5, 2-3) at No. 17 Louisville Cardinals (14-3, 3-1), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
No. 15 Miami Hurricanes (13-3, 2-2) at Boston College Eagles (7-10, 0-4), 9 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)

While Wake and BC should be overmatched in their respective games against UNC and Miami, Virginia Tech and Florida State can make statements about their selection-worthiness during their road trips to South Bend and Louisville. Of course, neither the Hokies or Seminoles have had any success in their limited ACC encounters with the Fighting Irish and Cardinals.

Big 12

Texas Longhorns (11-6, 3-2) at No. 6 West Virginia Mountaineers (15-2, 4-1), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Kansas State Wildcats (11-6, 1-4) at No. 13 Baylor Bears (14-3, 4-1), 8:15 p.m. (ESPNEWS)

Just like the ACC's Wednesday's slate, the Big 12 schedule for tonight features a pair of teams that are hanging on some portion of the bubble visiting opposition who can provide the golden ticket of a quality win. The Longhorns are in search of their first win in Morgantown since 2014, while the Wildcats last left Waco with a victory one year earlier. Given WVU's defense, Texas may have its work cut out for it this evening, and if K-State can't get its offense going consistently, Baylor should romp.

Big East

DePaul Blue Demons (6-12, 0-6) at Marquette Golden Eagles (12-6, 2-4), 8 p.m. (FS1)
No. 4 Villanova Wildcats (16-2, 6-0) at Seton Hall Pirates (13-4, 3-2), 9 p.m. (CBSSN)

While DePaul is likely to fall to 0-7 in the Big East, Seton Hall will look to repeat its shocking January 3, 2015 home win over Villanova—one that, at the time, looked to have put the Pirates in decent position for selection. Then they went and won four games during the entire rest of the season. This season's Hall squad looks a bit more consistent, but they could certainly use a big name win to attract more well deserved national attention.

Big Ten

Nebraska Cornhuskers (11-8, 3-3) at No. 11 Michigan State Spartans (16-3, 3-3), 6:30 p.m. (BTN)
Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-12, 0-6) at Michigan Wolverines (13-5, 3-2), 8:30 p.m. (BTN)

While at first glance it looks like it will be a long night for the visitors to the Mitten, Nebraska's Big Ten wins (Rutgers, Minnesota, Illinois) look very similar to Michigan State's  (Minnesota, Illinois, Penn State) through six games. Still, you'd fancy the Huskers' chances a bit more in Lincoln.


Colorado Buffaloes (14-4, 3-2) at Washington Huskies (12-5, 4-1), 10 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National, Mountain, Washington)
UCLA Bruins (11-7, 2-3) at Oregon State Beavers (11-5, 2-3), 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

It's a big night for the bubble in the Pac-12, as the Buffaloes and Bruins are just in my Tuesday bracket, and the Huskies and Beavers are on the outside looking in. Adding to the intrigue is the fact that these teams will meet again before the Pac-12 Tournament. Last season, Oregon State handled UCLA at Gill, while Colorado was one of Washington's five Pac-12 victims. Considering the road woes spread throughout the conference this season, both teams could repeat those results.


Georgia Bulldogs (9-6, 2-3) at Missouri Tigers (8-9, 1-3), 7 p.m. (SEC Network)
Vanderbilt Commodores (10-7, 2-3) at Tennessee Volunteers (9-8, 2-3), 9 p.m. (SECN)

Georgia and Vanderbilt are currently on the edge of the bubble discussion. Road losses tonight won't help their respective cases.

American Athletic

UCF Knights (9-6, 3-1) at USF Bulls (3-16, 0-6), 6:15 p.m. (ESPNEWS)

If you must. The Knights topped the Bulls by 11 just two weeks ago.

Atlantic 10

Temple Owls (9-7, 4-2 AAC) at La Salle Explorers (5-10, 1-4 A 10), 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
Duquesne Dukes (12-6, 2-3) at VCU Rams (13-5, 5-0), 7 p.m. (MASN)
Davidson Wildcats (11-5, 3-2) at Saint Louis Billikens (6-11, 1-4), 8 p.m. (FS Midwest/FCS Atlantic)

The non-conference game between the Owls and Explorers, former A 10 rivals, is the first game of a now-rare Palestra Big Five doubleheader. VCU will look to stay a game up on Dayton and Saint Joseph's (who faces Penn in game two of the Palestra shindig) in the conference race with St. Bonaventure visiting on Saturday. Davidson cannot afford a loss at Saint Louis, who has already tripped up George Washington at Chaifetz.


UNC Asheville Bulldogs (13-6, 6-1) at High Point Panthers (12-6, 5-2), 7 p.m. (

The Panthers, who lost control of the Big South title hunt with a loss to Winthrop on Thursday, can take it right back by defeating the Bulldogs.

Long Beach State 49ers (8-11, 2-2) at UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (7-9, 1-2), 10 p.m. (

The loser will fall three losses behind Hawai'i and UC Irvine in the Big West race.

Wichita State Shockers (12-5, 6-0) at Northern Iowa Panthers (10-9, 2-4), 8 p.m. (Cox Kansas/Panther Sports/CSN Chicago Plus/ESPN3)
Indiana State Sycamores (10-8, 4-2) at Southern Illinois Salukis (16-3, 5-1), 8 p.m. (ESPN3)

Even though the Panthers sit four games back in the standings, the Shockers need to be wary of their trip to Cedar Falls. A Wichita loss would open the door for the Salukis to get back into a tie in the Missouri Valley, provided they can knock out the contending Sycamores.

San Jose State Spartans (6-12, 1-5) at Boise State Broncos (13-5, 4-1), 9 p.m. (MWN)

The Broncos should remain a game back of San Diego State in the Mountain West chase.

Viewing Picks

Early Evening Tips

Texas at West Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Virginia Tech at Notre Dame, 7 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)
Wake Forest at North Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
UNC Asheville at High Point, 7 p.m. (
Temple at La Salle, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
Duquesne at VCU, 7 p.m. (MASN)
Nebraska at Michigan State, 6:30 p.m. (BTN)
Georgia at Missouri, 7 p.m. (SECN)
UCF at USF, 6:15 p.m. (ESPNEWS)

Mid-Evening Tips

Kansas State at Baylor, 8:15 p.m. (ESPNEWS)
Florida State at Louisville, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Villanova at Seton Hall, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
Wichita State at Northern Iowa, 8 p.m. (Cox Kansas/Panther Sports/CSN Chicago Plus/ESPN3)
Indiana State at Southern Illinois, 8 p.m. (ESPN3)
DePaul at Marquette, 8 p.m. (FS1)
Miami at Boston College, 9 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)
Minnesota at Michigan, 8:30 p.m. (BTN)
Vanderbilt at Tennessee, 9 p.m. (SECN)
Davidson at Saint Louis, 8 p.m. (FS Midwest/FCS Atlantic)
San Jose State at Boise State, 9 p.m. (MWN)

Late Evening Tips

UCLA at Oregon State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
Colorado at Washington, 10 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National, Mountain, Washington)
Long Beach State at UC Santa Barbara, 10 p.m. (

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