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On The Menu: January 21, 2016

It could be a long night for Rutgers, while USC will look to end a long losing streak in Eugene, and Kentucky will aim to grab a rare win in Fayetteville.

Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Big Ten

No. 9 Iowa Hawkeyes (14-3, 5-0) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (6-13, 0-6), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Wisconsin Badgers (10-9, 2-4) at Penn State Nittany Lions (11-8, 2-4), 8 p.m. (BTN)
Ohio State Buckeyes (12-7, 4-2) at No. 22 Purdue Boilermakers (16-3, 4-2), 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Rutgers, which lost by 50 at home to Purdue on Monday night, might receive a similar beating this evening, particularly if the Hawkeyes' offense operates at peak efficiency. Wisconsin got itself on track by topping Michigan State on Sunday, but they'll have to be careful visiting State College, as the Nittany Lions—who have already won at Northwestern, mind you—won't be the most hospitable hosts

But the game of the night tips in West Lafayette, where the host Boilermakers will look to shut down the Buckeyes, who could really use a quality road win for their bubbly profile.


Arizona State Sun Devils (11-7, 1-4) at California Golden Bears (12-6, 2-3), 9 p.m. (FS1)
No. 21 USC Trojans (15-3, 4-1) at Oregon Ducks (14-4, 3-2), 9 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National, L.A., Oregon)
Utah Utes (13-5, 2-3) at Washington State Cougars (9-8, 1-4), 11 p.m. (FS1)
No. 12 Arizona Wildcats (15-3, 3-2) at Stanford Cardinal (10-6, 3-2), 11 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National, Arizona, Bay Area)

USC last won in Eugene back in 2009, under Tim Floyd, and ending that streak would keep the Trojans tied with Washington at the top of the league. In the other 6 p.m. Pacific tip, Arizona State—who has only defeated Washington State in conference play—would see its fading hopes boosted by a win in Berkeley. That's a feat Herb Sendek's final two teams both managed to complete.

In the 8 p.m. Pacific starts, Utah must be wary of joining UCLA as losers in Pullman, while Arizona will look to extend its winning streak over Stanford, who last defeated the Wildcats back on January 4, 2009 at Maples. Ending that streak would do wonders for the Cardinal's profile, which currently isn't quite NCAA quality.


No. 23 Kentucky Wildcats (13-4, 3-2) at Arkansas Razorbacks (9-8, 3-2), 7 p.m. (ESPN)

This game may not rank up their with the classics of the 90s, when these two squads battled for SEC supremacy, but it's possible that the Razorbacks jump Kentucky in the standings tonight. That's because the Wildcats, 1-2 in SEC road games so far, travel to Bud Walton Arena, where they have yet to win under John Calipari.


Memphis Tigers (12-5, 3-1) at Cincinnati Bearcats (13-6, 3-3), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

The Bearcats have won both of their home encounters with Memphis during their short two-season tenure in the American. Both squads need the win for NCAA purposes, but Cincinnati needs it more in terms of the conference race.


Hofstra Pride (12-6, 4-2) at Northeastern Huskies (12-7, 4-2), 8 p.m. (select CSN outlets)

All six CAA co-leaders are in action tonight, but this is the only game that matches up two of them. The onus is on the Pride in this one, as they haven't defeated the Huskies since sweeping them in the 2010-11 season.

Monmouth Hawks (14-4, 6-1) at Manhattan Jaspers (7-10, 4-4), 8 p.m. (ESPN3)

On Monday, the Hawks took out Siena to grab a share of the MAAC lead. Tonight, the two-time defending conference tourney champs will look to knock them off at Draddy.

Belmont Bruins (13-6, 5-0) at UT Martin Skyhawks (10-9, 2-2), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

The East co-leading Bruins visit the West co-leading Skyhawks, who have yet to beat Belmont during its OVC tenure.

Mercer Bears (14-4, 4-1) at ETSU Buccaneers (11-7, 4-1), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Chattanooga Mocs (16-3, 5-1) at UNC Greensboro Spartans (6-12, 2-3), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)

It's another night of crucial SoCon matchups, as the winner in Johnson City will at worst be a half-game back of Chattanooga in the conference race, barring a Mocs loss in Greensboro.

Gonzaga Bulldogs (14-4, 6-1) at Saint Mary's Gaels (15-2, 6-1), 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
BYU Cougars (13-6, 4-2) at Loyola Marymount Lions (9-9, 2-5), 11 p.m. (BYU TV/TWCS/ROOT Sports/CSN Bay Area+)

Who will come out on top in the WCC Game of the Year, Part I? Will Gonzaga be able to make up for its home loss to BYU a week ago by winning in Moraga? Or will the Gaels seize control of the conference race? Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, the Cougars will look to avoid picking up their second consecutive bad road loss after their big win at the Kennel.

Viewing Picks

Early Evening Tips

Memphis at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Kentucky at Arkansas, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Mercer at ETSU, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
College of Charleston at Towson, 6 p.m. (CSN)
Chattanooga at UNC Greensboro, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Iowa at Rutgers, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

Mid-Evening Tips

USC at Oregon, 9 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National, L.A., Oregon)
Ohio State at Purdue, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Arizona State at California, 9 p.m. (FS1)
Hofstra at Northeastern, 8 p.m. (CSN)
Monmouth at Manhattan, 8 p.m. (ESPN3)
Belmont at UT Martin, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Wisconsin at Penn State, 8 p.m. (BTN)

Late Evening Tips

Gonzaga at Saint Mary's, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
Arizona at Stanford, 11 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National, Arizona, Bay Area)
Utah at Washington State, 11 p.m. (FS1)
BYU at Loyola Marymount, 11 p.m. (BYU TV/TWCS/ROOT Sports/CSN Bay Area+)

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