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College Hoops Viewing Guide For Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The ACC/Big Ten Challenge kicks into full gear tonight with six games, highlighted by Syracuse’s visit to Madison and an MSU-Duke showdown at Cameron Indoor.

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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.

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ACC/Big Ten Challenge, Night Two

Thanks to Florida State‘s relatively easy win over Minnesota and Northwestern‘s home triumph over Wake Forest in Monday night’s “undercard” games, the series heads into Tuesday’s half-dozen games knotted at one win apiece.


Pittsburgh Panthers (5-1)
Maryland Terrapins (7-0)
7 p.m. (ESPN2)


Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (4-1)
Penn State Nittany Lions (4-3)
7 p.m.(ESPNU)

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Syracuse Orange (4-1)
Wisconsin Badgers (5-2)
7:30p.m. (ESPN)


Iowa Hawkeyes (3-3)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-0)
9 p.m. (ESPN2)

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North Carolina State Wolfpack (5-1)
Illinois Fighting Illini (4-3)
9 p.m. (ESPNU)

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Michigan State Spartans (4-3)
Duke Blue Devils (6-1)
9:30 p.m. (ESPN)


I’m most curious to see how Syracuse responds to Saturday’s poor performance against South Carolina as they visit Wisconsin, a team that followed up a Maui Invitational final loss with a 45-point win over Prairie View on Sunday. The night’s showcase game between Michigan State and Duke looks like more of a mystery than anticipated, thanks to the Blue Devils’ injuries and Spartans’ youth. North Carolina State‘s trip to Illinois shapes up as an important one for both squads—the Illini were just swept out of the NIT Season Tip-Off, while this is the Wolfpack’s lone true road game before ACC play.

Other Games Of Note

North Dakota State Bison (5-2) at Xavier Musketeers (6-0), 6:30 p.m. (FS1)

After playing the Panthers twice in the span of a week, the Musketeers will likely be happy to see a team that’s not Northern Iowa, but they can’t get caught looking ahead to Saturday’s trip to Baylor. Note that two of the Bison’s five wins have come against non-Division I squads.

Princeton Tigers (2-2) at Virginia Commonwealth Rams (5-1), 7 p.m. (MASN)

Both squads want to extend their current two-game winning streaks, though the Rams have defeated slightly more impressive competition (St. John’s and LSU compared to Lafayette and Rowan).

Texas-Arlington Mavericks (4-3) at Texas Longhorns (3-2), 8 p.m. (Longhorn Network)

The Longhorns haven’t played since getting swept out of the Legends Classic before Thanksgiving. Last season, Shaka Smart’s team needed OT to defeat the Mavericks 80-73.

Rhode Island Rams (5-1) at Valparaiso Crusaders (6-1), 8 p.m. (ESPN3)

This is a rematch of last season’s Tip-Off Marathon, when the Crusaders defeated an E.C. Matthews-less Ram squad 58-55 in Kingston.

Tennessee State Tigers (6-0) at Vanderbilt Commodores (3-3), 8 p.m. (SEC Network+)

The Tigers have already won five games away from the Gentry Center, including a 74-63 victory at Middle Tennessee. Meanwhile, the Commodores have struggled early, including in their 1-1 appearance at the Las Vegas Invitational.

Houston Cougars (5-0) at LSU Tigers (4-2), 9 p.m. (SEC Network)

This contest and next week’s matchups with Arkansas and URI will provide the bulk of the Cougars’ non-conference strength of schedule.

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