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College Hoops Viewing Guide For Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The last three days featured just five games. We’ll have nearly that many in the Big Ten alone today.

NCAA Basketball: Northwestern vs Dayton Mike DiNovo-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.

Big Ten Openers

ESPN2 will air all four games.

Northwestern Wildcats (11-2) at Penn State Nittany Lions (8-5), 3 p.m.
Illinois Fighting Illini (10-3) at Maryland Terrapins (12-1), 5 p.m.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (11-2) at No. 14 Wisconsin Badgers (11-2), 7p.m.
Michigan State Spartans (8-5) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (12-1), 9 p.m.

While there’s a bowl quadruple-header on ESPN, the Deuce will air the first four games of the Big Ten campaign. Only one ranked team, Wisconsin, features, though Maryland, Minnesota, and Northwestern are all receiving votes. Games two and four look to be the most interesting on the surface—particularly that MSU-Minnesota matchup that should be a great measuring stick for the struggling Spartans and surprising Golden Gophers. But the first game might be the most important. If Northwestern wants to be considered an NCAA contender, it can’t lose in State College. Note that the Wildcats won their 19th game of the 2015-16 campaign there back in early March.

American Athletic Opener

SMU Mustangs (10-3) at Memphis Tigers (9-3), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

The winner of this one might be Cincinnati’s main challenger in the American race. The Mustangs have defeated the Tigers four straight times.

Non-Conference Action Of Note

Kent State Golden Flashes (7-5) at Texas Longhorns (6-5), 7p.m. (ESPNU)

Cornell Big Red (3-8) at Syracuse Orange (7-5), 7 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)

Two struggling power conference squads look to avoid picking up a sixth non-conference loss, which in the case of Syracuse at least, would be unprecedented.

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