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On The Menu: Sunday, February 21, 2016

Sunday's schedule is a mix of intriguing games and potential clunkers.

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

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.

ACC

Boston College Eagles (7-19, 0-13) at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (10-16, 1-13), 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Why?

Big East

Seton Hall Pirates (18-7, 8-5) at St. John's Red Storm (8-19, 1-13), 12 p.m. (FS1)

If the Pirates lose to a team they defeated by 19 at home on January 27th, they deserve an NIT trip.

Big Ten

Michigan Wolverines (19-8, 9-5) at No. 6 Maryland Terrapins (22-5, 10-4), 1 p.m. (CBS)
Illinois Fighting Illini (12-14, 4-9) at Wisconsin Badgers (16-10, 8-5), 7:30 p.m. (BTN)

It's a similar story for the Badgers' home game with the Illini. As for the CBS game, it's far more intriguing, simply because of the Wolverines' 70-67 win over the Terps on January 12th, Maryland's loss to Minnesota on Thursday (even if Diamond Stone was suspended), and Michigan's need for another quality win.

Pac-12

Utah Utes (20-7, 9-5) at USC Trojans (19-7, 8-5), 6 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National, Rocky Mountain, L.A.)
California Golden Bears (18-8, 8-5) at Washington State Cougars (9-17, 1-13), 8:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Another example of the mixed bag nature of today's schedule. The Golden Bears should be automatically relegated to the NIT if they lose in Pullman (even though they won't be), while the game in Los Angeles has serious implications seeding-wise both for Las Vegas and the NCAAs. Both the Utes and Trojans are a loss back of both Arizona and Oregon.

American Athletic

Tulsa Golden Hurricane (17-9, 9-5) at UCF Knights (11-13, 5-8), 2 p.m. (CBSSN)
East Carolina Pirates (10-16, 2-11) at No. 21 SMU Mustangs (21-4, 9-4), 2 p.m. (ESPNEWS)
Temple Owls (16-9, 10-3) at Houston Cougars (19-7, 9-5), 7 p.m. (ESPNEWS)

At the end of the evening, the Owls could be tied for the conference lead and have its stock dropping. That's if Temple loses to Houston (possible) and SMU beats East Carolina (very likely). The Golden Hurricane, nicely poised to make a late run in the bubble race, would take a few steps back with a loss in the farthest reaches of Orlando.

Atlantic 10

La Salle Explorers (6-18, 2-11) at George Washington Colonials (19-7, 8-5), 12 p.m. (NBCSN)

The Explorers are going to have a hard time picking up a win over a third A 10 contender, mostly because they have to go to the Smith Center this afternoon.

Elsewhere

Northeastern Huskies (15-13, 7-8) at Hofstra Pride (19-8, 11-4), 2 p.m. (NBCSN)

A Pride loss would leave them two games adrift of NC-Wilmington Seahawks with two to play in the CAA, including Wednesday's meeting at Trask Coliseum.

UAB Blazers (21-5, 11-2) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (18-7, 10-3), 6 p.m. (CBSSN)

If the Blue Raiders can avenge the Blazers' 78-67 win from January 3rd, they'll tie up the C-USA race.

Detroit Titans (15-12, 9-7) at Valparaiso Crusaders (23-5, 13-2), 2:30 p.m. (ESPN3)

The Crusaders can claim the Horizon regular season crown with a win, although that title no longer comes with conference-tournament-hosting rights.

Wichita State Shockers (20-7, 13-2) at Indiana State Sycamores (13-14, 7-8), 4 p.m. (ESPNU)

It's the same story for the Shockers in the MVC race.

San Diego State Aztecs (19-7, 12-1) at San Jose State Spartans (8-18, 3-11), 4 p.m. (CBSSN)

The Aztecs can only clinch a tie for the Mountain West title, however.

Boston University Terriers (17-11, 10-5) at Bucknell Bison (14-12, 11-4), 12 p.m. (CBSSN)

The Bison can actually sweep one of its main rivals for the Patriot crown. Bucknell won by a 74-71 count in Boson back on January 23rd.

Viewing Picks

Afternoon Tips

Michigan at Maryland, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Boston University at Bucknell, 12 p.m. (CBSSN)
Northeastern at Hofstra, 2 p.m. (NBCSN)
Tulsa at UCF, 2 p.m. (CBSSN)
Detroit at Valparaiso, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
Wichita State at Indiana State, 4 p.m. (ESPNU)
San Diego State at San Jose State, 4 p.m. (CBSSN)
La Salle at George Washington, 12 p.m. (NBCSN)
Seton Hall at St. John's, 12 p.m. (FS1)
East Carolina at SMU, 2 p.m. (ESPNEWS)

Evening Tips

Utah at USC, 6 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National, Rocky Mountain, L.A.)
Temple at Houston, 7 p.m. (ESPNEWS)
UAB at Middle Tennessee, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
Illinois at Wisconsin, 7:30 p.m. (BTN)
California at Washington State, 8:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Boston College at Wake Forest, 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

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