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On The Menu: January 27, 2016

Tonight's schedule, which doesn't feature ESPN (NBA) or ESPN2 (Australian Open) is low on quality, to be honest.

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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.


Pittsburgh Panthers (16-3, 5-2) at Clemson Tigers (12-7, 5-2), 7 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)
No. 16 Louisville Cardinals (16-3, 5-1) at Virginia Tech Hokies (12-8, 4-3), 8 p.m. (ACC Network Regional/ESPN3)
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (11-8, 1-5) at North Carolina State Wolfpack (11-9, 1-6), 8 p.m. (ACC Network Regional/ESPN3)

Of these three games, the most intriguing is the first, as the Tigers can extend their home conference record to 5-0, with all of those wins coming against bid contenders. Virginia Tech can give its hopes, which are currently on life support, a bit of a push with an unexpected home victory over the second place Cardinals, who cannot get caught looking ahead to their Saturday-Monday homestand against Virginia and North Carolina.

Big 12

No. 17 Baylor Bears (15-4, 5-2) at Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-9, 2-5), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

With a win in Stillwater, the Bears can join Oklahoma and West Virginia at the Big 12 summit. Curiously, Baylor has won its last two trips to Gallagher-Iba Arena in even-numbered years.

Big East

St. John's Red Storm (7-13, 0-7) at Seton Hall Pirates (13-6, 3-4), 7 p.m. (FS1)
DePaul Blue Demons (7-12, 1-6) at Butler Bulldogs (13-6, 2-5), 7 p.m. (CBSSN)


Stetson Hatters (8-13, 2-4 A-Sun) at Marquette Golden Eagles (13-7, 3-5 Big East), 9 p.m. (FS1)

Tonight's Big East schedule might be arguably worse than the Big Ten's, but it doesn't have the "Super Wednesday" name attached to it. The cherry on top is the conclusion of Marquette's awful non-conference schedule, which was purposely scheduled for late January and not the result of a weather issue.

Big Ten

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (6-14, 0-7) at Michigan Wolverines (15-5, 5-2), 7 p.m. (BTN)
No. 21 Purdue Boilermakers (17-4, 5-3) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-14, 0-8), 9 p.m. (BTN)


Stanford Cardinal (11-7, 4-3) at Colorado Buffaloes (15-5, 4-3), 9 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National, Bay Area, Mountain)
California Golden Bears (14-6, 4-3) at Utah Utes (15-5, 4-3), 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

The Pac-12 schedule saves the evening, as four of the conference's six 4-3 teams meet up. Both contests are rematches of the first weekend of league play, when the Buffaloes pipped the Cardinal by one at Maples and the Golden Bears dropped the Utes by 13. Last season, the home Mountain teams won these matchups when they were played in mid-February.


No. 5 Texas A&M Aggies (17-2, 7-0) at Arkansas Razorbacks (9-10, 3-4), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Auburn Tigers (9-9, 3-4) at Ole Miss Rebels (12-7, 2-5), 7 p.m. (SEC Network)
Missouri Tigers (8-11, 1-5) at No. 20 Kentucky Wildcats (15-4, 5-2), 9 p.m. (SEC Network)

With Mizzou looking like the worst team in the conference and the Rebels dealing with injuries, the game in Fayetteville looks to be the best of a bad trio. The Aggies lost in Fayetteville on February 24th last season, a defeat that started a 1-4 finish, capped with a loss to Auburn in the SEC Tournament, that ultimately cost A&M a bid. This season's edition is a far better outfit.

American Athletic

Tulsa Golden Hurricane (13-6, 5-2) at Houston Cougars (13-6, 3-4), 8 p.m. (ESPNEWS)
Temple Owls (11-7, 5-2) at East Carolina Pirates (9-11, 1-6), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
South Florida Bulls (4-17, 1-7) at Tulane Green Wave (8-13, 1-7), 8 p.m. (ESPN3)

The Golden Hurricane and Owls both hit the road, aiming to stay a game behind SMU in the overall league race, and to move two wins up on UConn in the race for the top seed in the conference tournament. The Bulls and Green Wave, meanwhile, are playing to get out of the basement.

Atlantic 10

Saint Louis Billikens (8-11, 3-4) at Dayton Flyers (16-3, 6-1), 7 p.m. (TWCS Ohio/FS Midwest)
Fordham Rams (11-7, 2-5) at Rhode Island Rams (11-8, 3-3), 7 p.m. (ASN)

Both the Flyers and Rams should pick up home wins against overmatch opponents this evening.


UC Irvine Anteaters (16-5, 5-0) at Cal State Northridge Matadors (7-13, 2-4), 10 p.m. (ESPN3)

With a pair of wins this week, the Anteaters can take the Big West lead from Hawai'i, who only play on Saturday, at least temporarily.

Loyola of Chicago Ramblers (9-11, 2-6) at No. 22 Wichita State Shockers (14-5, 8-0), 9 p.m. (CBSSN)

While the Ramblers have won two of their last three, the MVC-leading Shockers are riding a nine-game streak and have lost just once since their 0-3 trip to the Advocare Invitational.

Boise State Broncos (15-5, 6-1) at UNLV Runnin' Rebels (12-8, 3-4), 11 p.m. (CBSSN)

Might tonight be the night the Broncos fall two games behind San Diego State Aztecs in the Mountain West race? The Runnin' Rebels were riding a three-game win streak until their Saturday loss at Nevada, and they've won two in a row at home convincingly.

Viewing Picks

Early Evening Tips

Pittsburgh at Clemson, 7 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)
Louisville at Virginia Tech, 8 p.m. (ACC Network Regional/ESPN3)
Texas A&M at Arkansas, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Tulsa at Houston, 8 p.m. (ESPNEWS)
St. John's at Seton Hall, 7 p.m. (FS1)
Auburn at Ole Miss, 7 p.m. (SEC Network)
DePaul at Butler, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
Rutgers at Michigan, 7 p.m. (BTN)
Saint Louis at Dayton, 7 p.m. (TWCS Ohio/FS Midwest)
Georgia Tech at North Carolina State, 8 p.m. (ACC Network Regional/ESPN3)
Temple at East Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Fordham at Rhode Island, 7 p.m. (ASN)
USF at Tulane, 8 p.m. (ESPN3)

Mid-Evening Tips

Stanford at Colorado, 9 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National, Bay Area, Mountain)
Baylor at Oklahoma State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Missouri at Kentucky, 9 p.m. (SEC Network)
Purdue at Minnesota, 9 p.m. (BTN)
Loyola of Chicago at Wichita State, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
Stetson at Marquette, 9 p.m. (FS1)

Late Evening Tips

California at Utah, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
Boise State at UNLV, 11 p.m. (CBSSN)
UC Irvine at Cal State Northridge, 10 p.m. (ESPN3)

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