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On The Menu: Monday, February 22, 2016

The second-to-last Big Monday of the season features a crucial game in the ACC race and two Big 12 contests that will affect seeding both in Kansas City and nationally.

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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.

ACC

Virginia Cavaliers (21-5, 10-4) at Miami Hurricanes (21-5, 10-4), 7 p.m. (ESPN)

The winner will move a half-game up on Louisville, also currently tied for second in the ACC, while the loser will move into fourth, a full two games behind North Carolina with three to play. The Cavaliers won the pair's earlier meeting by a 66-58 score in Charlottesville, thanks to 20 from Malcolm Brogdon and 15 from Anthony Gill. As for the Hurricanes, they need a strong performance after laying an egg in a 96-71 loss in Chapel Hill on Saturday afternoon.

Big 12

Texas Longhorns (17-10, 8-6) at Kansas State Wildcats (15-12, 4-10), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Iowa State Cyclones (19-8, 8-6) at West Virginia Mountaineers (20-7, 9-5), 9 p.m. (ESPN)

With Kansas two games up on the field in the Big 12, the race is on for seeding for the conference tournament (and to avoid the Jayhawks for as long as possible). With the Longhorns and Cyclones both a game out of the three-way tie for second the Mountaineers are a part of, those two teams need wins tonight. The ISU-WVU had added significance since both teams are fighting for a place among the 16 protected seeds. The Mountaineers can earn a potentially crucial sweep tonight, having won in Ames back on February 2nd.

The Longhorns, on the other hand, have seen their hopes for a place in the Top 16 drop with three losses in their last four, including a puzzlingly bad performance at home against Baylor on Saturday. Tonight might not be an easy win, as Texas only defeated K-State by three in Austin on January 5th.

Elsewhere

Iona Gaels (16-10, 13-4) at Siena Saints (19-9, 12-5), 7 p.m. (TWCS New York/ESPN3)

The MAAC's second and third place teams meet in Albany, with the Saints having won in New Rochelle by an 81-78 score on February 13th. With Monmouth struggling since Deon Jones broke his hand, perhaps the winner has a chance to catch the Hawks over the final week.

Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (20-5, 13-0) at Lamar Cardinals (11-15, 3-11), 8 p.m. (ESPN3)

With Yale falling to Princeton on Friday night, the Lumberjacks are the only Division I team that can finish the season with a perfect conference record. SFA routed the Cardinals, who just snapped an eight-game losing streak on Saturday, back on January 25th.

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