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On The Menu: January 26, 2016

Tuesday's schedule includes Providence's attempt at a second Top 10 win in two days and Big 12 home tests for Oklahoma and West Virginia.

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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. 11 Virginia Cavaliers (15-4, 4-3) at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (10-9, 1-6), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Florida State Seminoles (12-7, 2-5) at Boston College Eagles (7-16, 0-6), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

Thanks to Saturday's home game against Syracuse being postponed, the Cavaliers' road game in Winston-Salem was also pushed from Monday to Tuesday night, and moved to an ESPN3 stream. That probably won't impact the result. Meanwhile, in tonight's regularly scheduled game, the Seminoles should keep the Eagles winless in the league, and failure to do so will result in the dreaded bad loss.

Big East

Creighton Bluejays (14-6, 5-2) at Georgetown Hoyas (12-8, 5-2), 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
No. 7 Xavier Musketeers (17-2, 5-2) at No. 10 Providence Friars (17-3, 5-2), 8:30 p.m. (FS1)

This is the most interesting doubleheader of the evening, as both the Bluejays and Hoyas need wins to improve their positions on the bubble. Creighton has yet to win at the Verizon Center in two Big East meetings, and Georgetown's defense may make it difficult for that to change tonight. Later, the Friars will look to pick up their second big win in a little more than 48 hours. We'll be lucky if we are treated to a repeat of 2015's Providence home win, a 69-66 overtime affair. In any case, two of the Big East's biggest stars—Friar veteran Kris Dunn and Musketeer frosh Edmond Sumner—will put the focus on the backcourt in the showdown.

Big 12

Texas Tech Red Raiders (12-6, 2-5) at No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners (16-2, 5-2), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Kansas State Wildcats (12-7, 2-5) at No. 9 West Virginia Mountaineers (16-3, 5-2), 7 p.m. (ESPNEWS)
TCU Horned Frogs (9-10, 1-6) at Texas Longhorns (12-7, 4-3), 8 p.m. (Longhorn Network)

The bid cases of both the Red Raiders and Wildcats would look considerably stronger with a high-quality road win on them, and each can pick one up this evening, though I wouldn't expect it. K-State might have a slightly better chance, however, as West Virginia did lose to the Longhorns in Morgantown last Wednesday. Speaking of Shaka Smart's team, their goal for tonight is to avoid a seed-damaging sweep at the hands of the Horned Frogs, who won in Fort Worth back on January 9th.

Big Ten

No. 19 Indiana Hoosiers (17-3, 7-0) at Wisconsin Badgers (11-9, 3-4), 7 p.m. (ESPN)

The Hoosiers are riding a 12-game win streak and are surprisingly tied with Iowa for the Big Ten lead. So, a Badger win tonight would push Wisconsin slightly up from the fringes of the bubble, though with plenty of work left to do.


Mississippi State Bulldogs (8-10, 1-5) at South Carolina Gamecocks (17-2, 4-2), 7 p.m. (SEC Network)
Georgia Bulldogs (11-6, 4-3) at LSU Tigers (12-7, 5-2), 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Florida Gators (13-6, 5-2) at Vanderbilt Commodores (11-8, 3-4), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

The Gamecocks must be wary of the Bulldogs, who have pushed Kentucky and Florida on their home floors and defeated Ole Miss on Saturday, in the early game. But the two 9 p.m. Eastern tips are bubble showdowns, with the Gators (currently in my projected bracket) and Tigers (out, but ranking higher on the bubble than Georgia) in more favorable position than their disappointing opponents. Naturally, I'm most curious to see how Florida will perform at quirky Memorial Gym, where even quality Gator squads have struggled historically.

American Athletic

Memphis Tigers (12-7, 3-3) at UCF Knights (10-7, 4-2), 7 p.m. (CBSSN)

The Tigers lost at home to East Carolina, a team the Knights already swept, in their last game. UCF, meanwhile, was blasted by Tulsa on Sunday.

Atlantic 10

La Salle Explorers (5-12, 1-5) at Duquesne Dukes (13-7, 3-4), 7 p.m. (ASN)

This game will have limited impact on both the A 10 and NCAA races.


Northern Illinois Huskies (16-3, 5-1) at Akron Zips (15-4, 4-2), 7 p.m. (Akron Zips All-Access)
Eastern Michigan Eagles (10-9, 2-4) at Kent State Golden Flashes (14-5, 5-1), 7 p.m. (Kent State Sports)

The MAC West Division leaders visit the East's second-place team. The Huskies actually defeated the Zips in DeKalb last season, but winning in Akron is a different task altogether. Simultaneously, the Golden Flashes will look to remain in control of the East lead, as they welcome Rob Murphy's Eagles.

Wyoming Cowboys (10-11, 3-5) at Fresno State Bulldogs (13-7, 4-3), 10 p.m. (ESPN3)
San Diego State Aztecs (14-6, 7-0) at Nevada Wolf Pack (12-7, 4-3), 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

The Aztecs will aim to remain perfect in the Mountain West, while keeping their perfect record in Reno as a league member.

Southeastern Louisiana Lions (3-15, 1-4) at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi islanders (15-3, 6-0), 9 p.m. (CBSSN)

With a home win, the Islanders will join Stephen F. Austin and Houston Baptist at 7-0 in the Southland.

Viewing Picks

Early Evening Tips

Indiana at Wisconsin, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Creighton at Georgetown, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
Texas Tech at Oklahoma, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Kansas State at West Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPNEWS)
Northern Illinois at Akron, 7 p.m. (Akron Zips All-Access)
Eastern Michigan at Kent State, 7 p.m. (Kent State Sports)
Virginia at Wake Forest, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Florida State at Boston College, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Mississippi State at South Carolina, 7 p.m. (SEC Network)
Memphis at UCF, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
La Salle at Duquesne, 7 p.m. (ASN)

Mid-to-Late Evening Tips

Xavier at Providence, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
Georgia at LSU, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Florida at Vanderbilt, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
TCU at Texas, 8 p.m. (Longhorn Network)
Tennessee at Alabama, 9 p.m. (SEC Network)
San Diego State at Nevada, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
Wyoming at Fresno State, 10 p.m. (ESPN3)
Southeastern Louisiana at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)

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