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College Hoops Viewing Guide For Thursday, December 22, 2016

The final two exempt tournaments of the year tip tonight.

NCAA Basketball: BYU vs USC Robert Hanashiro-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.

Logos from SportsLogos.net.

South Point Holiday Hoops Classic, Day Two

Both games are streaming.

Iona

Iona Gaels (8-3)
vs.
Towson Tigers (7-5)
3 p.m.

Towson

UCSB

UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (1-8)
vs.
Nevada Wolf Pack (10-2)
approx. 5:30 p.m.

Nevada

After topping Towson Tigers yesterday, Nevada Wolf Pack will face the RPI anchor that UC Santa Barbara Gauchos is this season in the second game of the doubleheader. The Tigers get an Iona Gaels squad that split a pair of games with Nevada back in November in the first tip of the day at South Point.

Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic

Check out the Tournament Primer.

Tulsa

Tulsa Golden Hurricane (American) (5-4)
vs.
Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (Southland) (4-5)
4:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

SFA

SDSU

San Diego State Aztecs (MW) (5-4)
vs.
Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (C-USA) (3-6)
approx. 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

USM

San Francisco

San Francisco Dons (WCC) (8-2)
vs.
Utah Utes (Pac-12) (7-2)
11 p.m. (ESPNU)

Utah

Illinois St

Illinois State Redbirds (MVC) (6-3)
at
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (Big West) (4-5)
approx. 1:30 a.m. (ESPN2)

Hawaii

The 2016 Diamond Head Classic features four 2016 NCAA teams, though at the moment, none of them would make my hypothetical projected field. Utah is probably the closest team to the field right now, but the Utes were relying on this event to do the bulk of the heavy lifting in the non-conference schedule department. And it won’t. While Larry Krystkowiak’s team is the favorite to reach the final from the bottom half, San Diego State fills that role for the top.

Utah’s path looks a bit rougher, as San Francisco looks improved, while Illinois State and host Hawai’i are usually tough—particularly the hosts, since they’ll have a strong home court advantage. Meanwhile, the Aztecs open with a Southern Miss squad that’s rated 337th in KenPom and both Tulsa and Stephen F. Austin lost a lot off their NCAA squads.

Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic

FS1 will air both games.

Check out the Tournament Primer.

DePaul

DePaul Blue Demons (Big East) (7-4)
vs.
Wyoming Cowboys (MW) (9-2)
8:30 p.m.

Wyoming

Missouri St

Missouri State Bears (MVC) (8-3)
vs.
No. 23 USC Trojans (Pac-12) (11-0)
approx. 11 p.m.

USC

Even if USC started slow in both of its home games for this event, it will be a shock if the Trojans doesn’t roll their way to the trophy tomorrow night. Missouri State , 129th in KenPom, will provide Andy Enfield’s squad with a challenge tonight, but USC should outclass the Bears and either Wyoming or DePaul.

Non-Tournament Action Of Note

Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders (7-3) at Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-2), 1 p.m. (FSN)

The Cowboys have won five of six since falling to UNC in the Maui semifinals (with that loss coming by a point at Maryland), while TAMU-CC was blasted by Saint Mary’s last time out.

Central Arkansas Bears (1-11) at Arizona State Sun Devils (6-6), 3 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National and Arizona)

If you must watch basketball this afternoon, this is an option.

UNC Greensboro Spartans (9-3) at Georgetown Hoyas (7-4), 6:30 p.m. (FS1)

Note that the Spartans have yet to defeat a power conference foe and have bolstered their record by defeating three non-Division I squads.

Yale Bulldogs (6-4) at Temple Owls (8-4), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

The Bulldogs have won four in a row, though this is their first encounter with a power foe since being swept by Virginia and Pitt at the start of the four-game skid that closed Yale’s November. On the other hand, the Owls are looking to win consecutive games for the first time since their five-game winning streak ended on December 7th at the hands of GW at the Liacouras Center.

Marshall Thundering Herd (7-4) at Cincinnati Bearcats (9-2), 7 p.m. (CBSSN)

These two squads last met in December of 2012—a 16-point Bearcat win in Charleston, W.V.

Tennessee Volunteers (6-5) at ETSU Buccaneers (9-2), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)

Yes, the Volunteers really are playing a true road game as their final rehearsal for SEC play. The SoCon contenders should challenge Tennessee, which already lost to Chattanooga in its opener.

George Washington Colonials (8-4) at Miami Hurricanes (8-2), 7 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)

The Colonials can go 3-0 against Sunshine State opposition with a win tonight, though GW defeated both USF and UCF in the Smith Center

Eastern Washington Eagles (8-4) at Colorado Buffaloes (9-3), 8:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National and Mountain)

This will be the Buffs’ final non-conference game. EWU has dropped two in a row on the road (to Northern Kentucky and Xavier), a run that followed a seven-game win streak (that featured a total of six overtimes).

UNC Asheville Bulldogs (8-4) at Ohio State Buckeyes (9-3), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

The defending Big South Tournament champs will attempt to do what FAU did just a few weeks ago—win in Columbus.

LSU Tigers (8-2) at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (8-3), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

While the Bayou Bengals are barely in KenPom’s Top 100, the Demon Deacons have crept into the Top 50. The Deacs won a 77-71 contest in Baton Rouge just before New Year’s in 2015.

South Alabama Jaguars (7-5) at Ole Miss Rebels (8-3), 9 p.m. (SEC Network)

While the football Jags won at Miss. State, don’t expect the basketball version to win in Oxford.

No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks (10-1) at UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (7-5), 9 p.m. (CBSSN)

Once upon a time, this would have been a marquee game. KU won the last meeting, back in the early days of 2015, by 16. Look for a similar margin tonight.

Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners (8-4) at BYU Cougars (8-4), 9 p.m. (BYU TV)

The defending WAC Tournament champs will test a Cougar squad that’s already lost to conference member Utah Valley at the Marriott Center.

Colorado State Rams (8-4) at Long Beach State 49ers (4-10), 10 p.m. (BigWest.tv)

This will be the 49ers fourth home game of 15, and second against a Division I foe. Last season, LBSU won in Fort Collins by six.

Washington Huskies (6-5) at Seattle Redhawks (7-5), 10 p.m. (WACSports.com)

I would have expected a pro-Huskies crowd at KeyArena for this one, but given how Lorenzo Romar’s team has struggled so far...

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