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College Hoops Viewing Guide For Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Tonight, three Top 25 teams take the floor in New York for the Jimmy V Classic, while night one of the Pearl Harbor Invitational tips in Hawai’i.

NCAA Basketball: Maine at Duke Mark Dolejs-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 to tonight, check out TuneIn’s college basketball lineup.

All times are Eastern, adjust accordingly.

Jimmy V Classic

ESPN will air both games.

ASU

Arizona State Sun Devils (Pac-12) (5-3)
vs.
No. 18 Purdue Boilermakers (Big Ten) (6-2)
7 p.m.

Purdue

Duke

No. 5 Duke Blue Devils (ACC) (8-1)
vs.
No. 21 Florida Gators (SEC) (7-1)
approx. 9:30 p.m.

Florida

Duke alum Bobby Hurley won’t face his alma mater tonight, as his Arizona State squad takes on Purdue in the first game of the night at MSG. The Sun Devils, whose best win so far came against KenPom’s 184th-ranked squad (UNLV), could really use a quality victory for at-large hopes that look rather faint in early December.

In the nightcap, Florida probably would have felt better going into this one had it been played last week. That’s because two of Duke’s talented freshmen, Jayson Tatum and Marques Bolden, made their season debuts on Saturday in the Blue Devils’ big win over Maine. Now, Grayson Allen may be limited (if he even plays tonight) thanks to a toe injury, but even so, Duke’s many weapons will challenge a Gator defense that currently ranks eighth in adjusted efficiency in KenPom.

Pearl Harbor Invitational

FS1 will air both games.

Princeton

Princeton Tigers (Ivy) (2-3)
vs.
California Golden Bears (Pac-12) (6-1)
7 p.m.

Cal

SHU

Seton Hall Pirates (Big East) (5-2)
vs.
Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors (Big West) (4-3)
approx. 9:30

Hawaii

Fox expanded this event to two nights this season, to honor the 75th anniversary of the attack that pulled the United States into World War II. Hawai’i will serve as the de facto host, even though the games will be played at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickham. But we won’t get a rematch of the Rainbow Warriors 2016 NCAA Tournament triumph over California. Instead, Eran Ganot’s team will face another 2016 NCAA squad, Seton Hall, tonight and Princeton tomorrow.

Tonight, the Tigers start the doubleheader with a game against Cal, with Princeton currently four places above the Bears in KenPom.

No. 1 Villanova Wildcats (8-0) vs. La Salle Explorers (4-2), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

The nation’s new top team can move to 3-0 in Big Five play if they can extend their winning streak over the Explorers to four.

Houston Cougars (6-1) at Arkansas Razorbacks (6-1), 7 p.m. (SEC Network)

One week ago, the Cougars lost by 19 at LSU. The Razorbacks currently sit 42 places above the Bayou Bengals in KenPom. A loss in this one would do UH no favors in the at-large race.

Fresno State Bulldogs (5-2) at Marquette Golden Eagles (6-2), 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)

With a win at Georgia in the Golden Eagles’ rearview and a visit from Wisconsin on tap for Saturday, Marquette can’t lose their concentration against the defending Mountain West Tournament champs.

Utah Valley Wolverines (5-2) at Utah Utes (5-1), 8 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National and Mountain)

Note that the Wolverines, barely in the top 250 in KenPom, recently defeated BYU for the first time. I don’t think they’ll be able to repeat the feat against the Utes, but you never know.

Texas Longhorns (4-3) at Michigan Wolverines (6-2), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

On Friday, the Longhorns ended a three-game skid by defeating Alabama, but this one has lost a bit of luster because of the Horns’ struggles. As for the Wolverines, this is the first of two in what could be a crucial week for them—Michigan travels to UCLA on Saturday.

Fort Wayne Mastodons (7-2) at No. 23 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-0), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

The Fighting Irish are aiming to extend their season opening winning streak while simultaneously ending the Mastodons’ at six games. But Fort Wayne is looking for another quality win for its profile. That won’t be an easy feat to accomplish at Purcell Pavilion.

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