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College Hoops Viewing Guide For Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A light schedule—at least in terms of stand-out games—follows the Tip-Off Marathon

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This list of games is not exhaustive by design. For a full schedule and more specific information about coverage—particularly for ACC RSN, ASN, CSN, and FSN games—visit Matt’s College Sports on TV Website.

If you’re only able to listen to tonight, check out TuneIn’s college basketball lineup.

All times are Eastern, adjust accordingly.

Northwestern Wildcats (2-0) at Butler Bulldogs (1-0) (Gavitt Tip-Off Games), 7 p.m. (FS1)

If the Wildcats want to make their first ever NCAA Tournament in 2017, this one is a must-win, especially when you examine the rest of their non-conference schedule. But grabbing a win over a Bulldog team that obliterated Northern Colorado by 37 on Saturday won’t be easy.

Fort Wayne Mastodons (1-1) at Illinois State Redbirds (0-1), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)

The Summit favorites visit one of the teams most likely to challenge Wichita State in the Valley. Tonight’s winner will pick up its first Division I vicotry of the season, as the Redbirds lost at Murray State on Opening Night, while the Mastodons followed an opening loss at Arkansas with a big home win over Kenyon.

Miami Hurricanes (1-0) at North Florida Ospreys (1-1), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)

UNF gets two of Florida’s power conference teams to visit this season, as Florida makes its second trip of the calendar year UNF Arena on December 1st. Miami looked particularly dangerous in a huge 92-43 home win over Western Carolina Friday, while UNF followed an opening defeat at Auburn with a victory over non-D1 Edward Waters.

UT Arlington Mavericks (1-1) at Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (0-1), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)

The Sun Belt and Atlantic Sun favorites meet in Fort Myers. The last time out, the Eagles fell to Florida in Jacksonville on Opening Night, while the Mavericks followed up an okay win over Texas Southern with a slightly disappointing (at least for some of us who saw the game as a potential old school Red Line Upset) performance at Minnesota. Kevin Hervey has yet to get into a groove having played just 44 minutes in his first two games back from knee surgery.

Tulsa Golden Hurricane (0-1) at Wichita State Shockers (2-0), 8 p.m. (ESPN3)

Two of last year’s First Four renew their rivalry. Last season, the Golden Hurricane picked up their first victory over the Shockers since this series resumed in the 2010-11 season. That 77-67 triumph played a slight role in getting Tulsa into the field. Don’t expect a repeat this season, as Gregg Marshall’s team has looked like a buzzsaw in its first two outings, while Frank Haith’s lost to Jacksonville State at home.

UC Irvine Anteaters (1-1) at California Golden Bears (1-0), 11 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National and Bay Area)

The Golden Bears cracked the rankings after blasting South Dakota State by 29 on Opening Night. Just a few days later, the Anteaters defeated the Jackrabbits by 15 (and they’ll meet again in Sioux Falls over Thanksgiving weekend). This matchup is intriguing simply because you don’t get to see a pair of 7’2” players (Cal’s Kameron Rooks and UCI’s Ioannis Dimakopoulos) share the floor all that often in a college game.

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