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On The Menu: Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Tuesday night was a showcase for ranked teams. Tonight it's a turn for several bubble teams.

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Game information courtesy Matt College Sports on TV Website, which has even more games listed and more specific info on coverage for regional sports networks and American Sports Network telecasts.

All times listed are Eastern, adjust accordingly.


Wake Forest Demon Deacons (10-13, 1-10) at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (12-11, 2-8), 7 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)

You can safely ignore this matchup between two teams going nowhere.

Big 12

No. 21 Baylor Bears (17-6, 6-4) at Kansas State Wildcats (14-9, 3-7), 8:15 p.m. (ESPNEWS)
No. 14 Iowa State Cyclones (17-6, 6-4) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (13-9, 3-7), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

The Wildcats' and Red Raiders' hopes could certainly use a boost, though prospects are perhaps better for K-State, fresh off a win over Oklahoma and a double-OT loser to the Bears in Waco. Meanwhile, Tech has won just twice in its last 10 games, though it played the Cyclones close in Ames, falling by just seven on January 6th.

Big East

Butler Bulldogs (16-7, 5-6) at Seton Hall Pirates (17-6, 7-4), 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
No. 20 Providence Friars (18-6, 6-5) at Marquette Golden Eagles (15-9, 4-7), 7 p.m. (CBSSN)

Tonight's Big East schedule features the first of two meetings between the Bulldogs and Pirates within a three-week span, which will go a long way to determining if either (or both) make the field of 68. Note that Butler has defeated just DePaul and St. John's in conference play, so winning in Newark could be a tough task. In the other matchup, the Friars visit Milwaukee with the goal of reversing the 65-64 home defeat the Golden Eagles handed them back on January 5th. After dropping two in a row and three of its last four, Providence needs to start winning again to get its seeding out of free fall.

Big Ten

Nebraska Cornhuskers (13-11, 5-6) at Wisconsin Badgers (14-9, 6-4), 7 p.m. (BTN)
Michigan Wolverines (17-7, 7-4) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-17, 0-11), 9 p.m. (BTN)

The Badgers, winners of five in a row, cannot get caught looking ahead to back-to-back road trips to Maryland and Michigan State when the Cornhuskers come calling tonight, especially since Nebraska is somewhat competent in conference road games (3-2 in 2016). As for the nightcap, a trip to Minneapolis might just be what the doctor ordered for the Wolverines after two blowout home losses, though they also must avoid looking ahead to Purdue's visit on Saturday.


Washington Huskies (15-8, 7-4) at Utah Utes (17-7, 6-5), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

Tonight's lone Pac-12 contest is the rematch of the Utes' January 24th 80-75 overtime win in Seattle, which featured 29 points from Jakob Poeltl, who made 13 of his 16 free throw attempts on the night. The Huskies probably need this one more, simply because their non-conference results aren't as strong as the Utes.


LSU Tigers (15-8, 8-2) at South Carolina Gamecocks (20-3, 7-3), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
No. 15 Texas A&M Aggies (18-5, 7-3) at Alabama Crimson Tide (13-9, 4-6), 7 p.m. (SEC Network)
Missouri Tigers (8-15, 1-9) at Vanderbilt Commodores (13-10, 5-5), 9 p.m. (SEC Network)

While the Bayou Bengals' road trip to Columbia is the biggest game of the night in the conference, don't sleep on the Aggies' visit to Alabama. The Crimson Tide already have a home win over South Carolina, and thanks to non-conference wins over both Notre Dame and Wichita State, they have a chance at a bid. Topping A&M tonight would certainly boost the Tide's chances.

On Saturday, the Commodores' hopes took a hit with a loss at Ole Miss, so they'll look to get back on a winning note by disposing of the woeful Tigers at Memorial.

American Athletic

Tulane Green Wave (8-16, 1-10) at East Carolina Pirates (10-13, 2-8), 6:15 p.m. (ESPNEWS)
Memphis Tigers (14-9, 5-5) at Houston Cougars (16-7, 6-5), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Tulsa Golden Hurricane (15-8, 7-4) at No. 16 SMU Mustangs (20-2, 9-2), 9 p.m. (CBSSN)

The only game here worth watching is the Golden Hurricane's trip to Dallas, where they'll attempt to earn a nice road win for their average profile. The Mustangs already won in Tulsa by an 81-69 score in the American opener for both.

Atlantic 10

Saint Joseph's Hawks (19-4, 8-2) at George Washington Colonials (18-5, 7-3), 7 p.m. (CSN Mid-Atlantic Plus/SNY/Comcast Network Philadelphia)

The Atlantic 10's two true bubble teams meet at the Smith Center, where the Hawks might just pick up the Top 50 win their profile needs. As for the Colonials, they've gotten back on track since falling to Richmond in double OT back on January 28th, winning three straight.


Boise State Broncos (16-8, 7-4) at Colorado State Rams (13-10, 5-5), 9 p.m. (ESPN3)
San Diego State Aztecs (18-6, 11-0) at Fresno State Bulldogs (15-8, 6-4), 11 p.m. (CBSSN)

The Aztecs face one of their biggest hurdles on the road to a perfect Mountain West season, as they head to the Save Mart Center to take on the Bulldogs, whom they defeated at home, after overtime, back on January 19th. In the earlier game, the Broncos look to stay in a tie for second by completing a season sweep of the Rams.

Lehigh Mountain Hawks (9-14, 7-5) at Bucknell Bison (13-10, 10-2), 7 p.m. (ASN/Altitude 2/MASN/CST)

With the Mountain Hawks locked in a four-way tie for second in the Patriot League, this could be a potential conference tournament preview. The Bison won the pair's earlier meeting 82-76.

South Dakota State Jackrabbits (19-5, 8-2) at Omaha Mavericks (15-10, 7-4), 8 p.m. (Midco SN/ESPN3)

The Jackrabbits took down the Mavericks in Brookings on January 28th and can knock Omaha further down the Summit League standings by completing the sweep tonight.

Viewing Picks

Early Evening Tips

LSU at South Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Butler at Seton Hall, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
Baylor at Kansas State, 8:15 p.m. (ESPNEWS)
Saint Joseph's at George Washington, 7 p.m. (CSN Mid-Atlantic Plus/SNY/Comcast Network Philadelphia)
Texas A&M at Alabama, 7 p.m. (SEC Network)
Providence at Marquette, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
Nebraska at Wisconsin, 7 p.m. (BTN)
Lehigh at Bucknell, 7 p.m. (ASN/Altitude 2/MASN/CST)
Memphis at Houston, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Wake Forest at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)
Tulane at East Carolina, 6:15 p.m. (ESPNEWS)

Late Evening Tips

Washington at Utah, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Iowa State at Texas Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Tulsa at SMU, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
South Dakota State at Omaha, 8 p.m. (Midco SN/ESPN3)
San Diego State at Fresno State, 11 p.m. (CBSSN)
Boise State at Colorado State, 9 p.m. (ESPN3)
Missouri at Vanderbilt, 9 p.m. (SEC Network)

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