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College Hoops Viewing Guide For Saturday, December 10, 2016

Today’s schedule is packed, even if it’s not quite as loaded as last Saturday’s or next’s.

NCAA Basketball: Villanova vs La Salle Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

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 today, check out TuneIn’s college basketball lineup.

All times are Eastern, adjust accordingly.

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Temple Owls (6-3)
DePaul Blue Demons (5-2)
11:30 a.m. (ESPNU)


La Salle

La Salle Explorers (4-3)
Georgetown Hoyas (5-4)
approx. 2 p.m. (ESPN2)


Even though Temple has a trip to Villanova on Tuesday, the Owls can’t get caught looking past DePaul, particularly after Wednesday’s disappointing 66-63 home loss to George Washington. In the second tip of the day in Miami, Georgetown will aim to improve upon their performance in lackluster three-point home win over Elon on Sunday against a La Salle team that gave Nova a fight on Tuesday.

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No. 1 Villanova Wildcats (9-0)
No. 23 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9-0)
12 p.m. (CBS)

Notre Dame


Pittsburgh Panthers (7-2)
Penn State Nittany Lions (6-4)
approx. 2:30 p.m. (CBSSN)

Penn St

Speaking of the nation’s top-ranked team, either the Wildcats or No. 23 Notre Dame will drop its first game of the season in the early tip in Newark. The Fighting Irish have been a surprise in the early stages of the season, but they’ve yet to defeat a team in KenPom’s top 40. If they fail today, they’ll get another chance against Purdue in the Crossroads Classic in a week’s time. In game two, Pitt and Penn State meet for the first time in three years. The Panthers won that game by nine at the Petersen Events Center.

No. 20 Arizona Wildcats (7-2) at Missouri Tigers (5-3), 12 p.m. (ESPN2)

The Tigers have actually won two in a row (over WKU and Miami U.), but they lost by 36 in Tucson last December.

UMass Minutemen (6-2) at Providence Friars (7-2), 12 p.m. (FS1)

The Minutemen step away from Gotham Classic play to visit a Friar team they last defeated in December of 2013, a victory that helped UMass earn its first NCAA bid since 1998.

Rhode Island Rams (6-3) at Houston Cougars (6-2), 1:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

This is a super important game for both. The Cougars don’t have many quality win opportunities in their non-conference slate, while the Rams have dropped three of five.

No. 17 Wisconsin Badgers (8-2) at Marquette Golden Eagles (7-2), 2 p.m. (FS1)

Last season, the Golden Eagles took advantage of the Badgers early struggles to win by a 57-55 score in Madison. Hopefully, this one will be more entertaining than the last meeting in Milwaukee—2014’s 49-38 UW victory.

ETSU Buccaneers (7-1) at Dayton Flyers (6-2), 2 p.m. (FS Ohio/FS Southeast/FCS Pacific)

Just about a year ago, the Flyers dropped a home game to Chattanooga, who the Bucs will challenge for the SoCon crown this season. Dayton cannot take this opponent lightly if it wants to win its fifth game in a row.

Nebraska Cornhuskers (5-4) at No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks (8-1), 3:15 p.m. (ESPN)

The Huskers and Jayhawks haven’t met since Nebraska left the Big 12 after the 2010-11 season, but the visitors last toppled Kansas in 2004 and won in Lawrence in 1999.

Wichita State Shockers (8-2) vs. Oklahoma Sooners (6-2) at Oklahoma City, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

This week, the Shockers head to Oklahoma in search of a quality win. Next Saturday, Oklahoma (State) heads to Wichita looking for the same.

Tennessee State Tigers (7-1) at North Carolina State Wolfpack (6-2), 4 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)

The improved Tigers, who will challenge Nashville rivals Belmont for the OVC crown, will be the Wolfpack’s toughest remaining test before ACC play begins on New Year’s Eve.

No. 22 Cincinnati Bearcats (7-1) at No. 16 Butler Bulldogs (8-1), 4:30 p.m. (FS1/FS Midwest)

Fresh off a Wednesday loss at Indiana State, the Bulldogs return to Hinkle with the aim of defeating the Bearcats for the second straight time. Last December, Cincinnati dropped a 78-76 decision at home.

Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-2) at Tulsa Golden Hurricane (4-3), 5 p.m. (CBSSN)

Last December, the NCAA-bound Golden Hurricane won by 10 in Stillwater. This time around, the improved Cowboys will look to return the favor against a team that rallied to stun Illinois State on Wednesday night.

No. 5 Duke Blue Devils (9-1) vs. UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (5-3) (at T-Mobile Arena), 5:15 p.m. (ESPN)

The first college basketball game at T-Mobile Arena won’t be the must-see event the second and third—next Saturday’s CBS Sports Classic—will be.

Utah Utes (6-1) at No. 13 Xavier Musketeers (7-2), 5:30 p.m. (FOX)

Kind of an odd start time for a full network telecast, but whatever. Xavier, who lost its visit to one of the Pac-12’s Mountain schools on Wednesday, will look to defeat the other at home. The Utes’ hopes would have been higher had this game been scheduled for later in December, after their transfers become eligible.

Connecticut Huskies (4-4) at Ohio State Buckeyes (7-2), 6 p.m. (BTN)

With the Huskies defeating Syracuse on Monday and the Buckeyes losing to FAU one night later, this meeting has a little more intrigue attached to it than previously expected.

UNCW Seahawks (7-1) at St. Bonaventure Bonnies (6-2), 6 p.m. (ASN)

KenPom’s 65th-ranked team visits the 66th.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (8-1) at Stony Brook Seawolves (3-5), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)

Steve Pikiell gets to roam the visitors’ sideline in Stony Brook for the first (and possibly only) time.

Army Black Knights (5-4) at Monmouth Hawks (7-2), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)

The Black Knights defeated the Hawks by seven in West Point last December, a result that helped keep Monmouth from an at-large.

Michigan Wolverines (7-2) at No. 2 UCLA Bruins (9-0), 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

Considering how the Wolverines struggled to put away Texas on Tuesday night in Ann Arbor, Lonzo Ball, Bryce Alford, and company could make tonight a long one for Michigan.

VCU Rams (6-3) at Old Dominion Monarchs (5-3), 8 p.m. (ASN/Comcast Network Philadelphia)

The Rams head to Norfolk in dire need of win after two disappointing losses to questionable power-conference foes, while the Monarchs didn’t even crack 40 at Rhode Island on Tuesday. VCU last won at ODU in 2012.

Akron Zips (7-2) at No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs (9-0), 8 p.m. (KHQ/ROOT Sports/

The MAC favorites travel to Spokane, where they’ll look to pull off a significant upset.

New Mexico Lobos (6-3) at New Mexico State Aggies (7-2), 9:30 p.m (AggieVision/ESPN3)

The pair wraps up their annual home-and-home in Las Cruces. The Lobos won the meeting in Albuquerque by a 72-59 score on November 18th.

Colorado Buffaloes (7-2) at BYU Cougars (6-3), 10 p.m. (ESPN2)

The Buffs head to Provo looking to build on their big Wednesday win over Xavier, while the Cougars took out Weber State hours later. Colorado won last year’s meeting in Boulder by nine.

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