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On The Menu: Big Monday Is Back (Temporarily)

The ACC and Big 12 take center stage tonight, before taking next week off for the College Football Playoff final. And one of the Big 12 offerings deserves all of your attention.

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Game information courtesy Matt College Sports on TV Website, which has even more games listed.

All times listed are Eastern, adjust accordingly.


No. 6 North Carolina Tar Heels (13-2, 2-0) at Florida State Seminoles (10-3, 0-1), 7 p.m. (ESPN)
No. 4 Virginia Cavaliers (12-1, 1-0) at Virginia Tech Hokies (9-5, 1-0), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

Both home teams enter tonight as significant underdogs; however, the Seminoles have a good track record against the Tar Heels in Tallahassee. They fell by six in the pair's last meeting at the Tucker Center in 2014, by five in 2013, and won by 33 on January 14, 2012, a couple of months before FSU made its last NCAA trip. The Hokies have also played the Cavaliers tough in Blacksburg in recent seasons, falling by three there last season and four in 2014. Given that Buzz Williams' squad stunned North Carolina State on Saturday, they'll be coming in on a bit of a high. I'm just not sure that's going to matter against the patient and powerful Cavaliers.

Big 12

No. 17 West Virginia Mountaineers (12-1, 1-0) at TCU Horned Frogs (8-5, 0-1), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners (12-0, 1-0) at No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks (12-1, 1-0), 9 p.m. (ESPN)

The Mountaineers will look to pick up their second straight Big 12 road win, as they visit a Horned Frog team that looked the same as they ever have in a league-opening loss at Oklahoma State on Saturday afternoon. This game will serve as the Big 12 and national TV debut for TCU's remodeled home court, Schollmaier Arena.

However, that game in Fort Worth is truly an undercard to what follows in Lawrence, where we have a rare early January in-conference No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown. The Sooners enter as one of Division I's three remaining unbeatens, and they'll be challenged to keep that mark, as they'll face a Jayhawk team that's more than capable of extending its Big 12 title streak. Both squads rank in the Top 10 of both KenPom's adjusted offensive and defensive efficiency rankings, which is a rarity. I'm curious to see how OU's Buddy Hield, Isaiah Cousins, and Jordan Woodard compete the Jayhawks' Frank Mason, Wayne Selden, and Devonte' Graham, in particular. The Ryan Spangler - Perry Ellis matchup in the frontcourt is also rather appetizing.


Youngstown State Penguins (5-9, 0-1) at Oakland Golden Grizzlies (9-5, 1-0), 7 p.m. (ASN)
Cleveland State Vikings (5-9, 0-1) at Detroit Titans (7-5, 1-0), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
Wright State Raiders (7-7, 1-0) at Green Bay Phoenix (8-5, 1-0), 8 p.m. (ESPN3)

With Valparaiso idle, one of the four 1-0 teams in Horizon League action tonight will jump the Crusaders to claim the auto bid in tomorrow's bracket. The Golden Grizzlies are in the driver's seat.

Canisius Golden Griffins (7-6, 2-1) at Monmouth Hawks (9-4, 1-1), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)

Back on December 4th, the Golden Griffins played the Hawks tough in Buffalo, falling by 10. The Hawks must defend their home court tonight, as league setbacks could be costly, especially with Monmouth's good wins—particularly the UCLA and USC ones—losing value already here in January.

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