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On The Menu: Tuesday, February 23, 2016

It's another night, which means there are more games of importance for the bubble. The American Athletic Conference and SEC take center stage on February's final Tuesday.

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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.


Clemson Tigers (16-11, 9-6) at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (15-12, 5-9), 7 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)
Virginia Tech Hokies (14-13, 6-8) at Boston College Eagles (7-20, 0-14), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

While the Hokies travel to Chestnut Hill with the goal of keeping the Eagles winless in the ACC in the nightcap, a fringe bubble matchup in Atlanta is the highlight of tonight's split-channel ACC doubleheader. After a Saturday win over Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the Yellow Jackets' RPI is up to 66th, so they're approaching a range where they'll start to get an at-large look. However, that talk will end quickly if the Tigers, who defeated Tech by 14 in Greenville on February 13th, earn a sweep.

Big 12

No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks (23-4, 11-3) at No. 19 Baylor Bears (20-7, 9-5), 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
TCU Horned Frogs (11-16, 2-12) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (17-9, 7-7), 9 p.m. (ESPNEWS)

On January 2nd, the Jayhawks pummeled the Bears by a 102-74 score to open Big 12 play and picking up a second win in Waco would move them closer to yet another conference crown. Later, the Red Raiders can win their fifth in a row if they take care of business and sweep the Horned Frogs, whom they defeated by a 76-69 count in Fort Worth on January 18th.

Big Ten

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (6-12, 0-14) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (7-19, 1-13), 8:30 p.m. (BTN)
No. 6 Michigan State Spartans (22-5, 9-5) at Ohio State Buckeyes (18-10, 10-5), 9 p.m. (ESPN)

With the Golden Gophers' shocking win over Maryland Terrapins, we don't have an all-0-fer showdown in Minneapolis tonight, but this is the Scarlet Knights' best chance to pick up a Big Ten win, at least until the two teams meet again in Piscataway on March 5th. Speaking of odd scheduling decisions, the Spartans and Buckeyes will also play twice in the regular season's final two weeks, with the games being vital for the Buckeyes, a half-game up on MSU in the conference standings but still way down the bubble pecking order.


Alabama Crimson Tide (16-10, 7-7) at No. 16 Kentucky Wildcats (20-7, 10-4), 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Vanderbilt Commodores (16-11, 8-6) at Florida Gators (17-10, 8-6), 7 p.m. (SEC Network)
LSU Tigers (16-11, 9-5) at Arkansas Razorbacks (13-14, 6-8), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Missouri Tigers (10-17, 3-11) at Ole Miss Rebels (17-10, 7-7), 9 p.m. (SEC Network)

It's yet another big night for SEC bubble teams. The Crimson Tide are barely in my Tuesday projection, and while a loss in Lexington wouldn't necessarily drop them out, a good showing is necessary. That's particularly true since the Wildcats easily defeated Bama in Tuscaloosa back on January 9th. Meanwhile, the Gators, fresh off a disappointing overtime loss at South Carolina Gamecocks will look to avenge a heartbreaking 60-59 loss in Nashville, which took place on January 26th, which was a Tuesday filled with frantic, fruitless comebacks. But the Commodores could use a sweep for their own devices, since they're knocking on the door.

LSU's bubble has slowly deflated and a loss in Fayetteville would put the Bayou Bengals even more into "auto bid or bust" territory. Of course, the Hogs only lost by a bucket in Baton Rouge. Mizzou can also damage the faint hopes of Ole Miss with an unexpected win in Oxford. The Tigers fell by three in the pair's earlier meeting in Columbia.

American Athletic

Temple Owls (17-9, 11-3) at Tulsa Golden Hurricane (18-9, 10-5), 7 p.m. (ESPNEWS)

With all due respect to the goings-on in the SEC, this might just be the bubble game of the night. The Owls, who needed to rally to defeat Houston Cougars on Sunday, complete their Southwestern road swing in Oklahoma, where they'll look to defeat the Golden Hurricane for a second time. But Temple needed OT to top Tulsa on February 4th. The winner tonight will have a leg up in the at-large picture, but Fran Dunphy's team should be motivated by the possibility of a conference title.

Atlantic 10

Dayton Flyers (21-5, 11-3) at Saint Louis Billikens (10-16, 5-9), 8 p.m. (CBSSN)

Keep an eye on the Flyers in this one, since they've dropped two in a row struggled against pretty much everyone over the last two-and-a-half weeks.


New Mexico Lobos (16-11, 9-5) at Colorado State Rams (14-13, 6-8), 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
UNLV Runnin' Rebels (16-12, 7-8) at Boise State Broncos (17-10, 8-6), 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

The Lobos, tied with Fresno State Bulldogs for second in the Mountain West, and the Broncos, a game back in a tie for fourth, are jockeying for position in the conference tournament in Las Vegas. BSU lost at UNLV earlier this season, while New Mexico has yet to play CSU in 2016.

Viewing Picks

Early Evening Tips

Alabama at Kentucky, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Temple at Tulsa, 7 p.m. (ESPNEWS)
Vanderbilt at Florida, 7 p.m. (SEC Network)
Clemson at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)
LSU at Arkansas, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

Mid-to-Late Evening Tips

Kansas at Baylor, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Michigan State at Ohio State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Dayton at Saint Louis, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
TCU at Texas Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPNEWS)
Missouri at Ole Miss, 9 p.m. (SEC Network)
New Mexico at Colorado State, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
UNLV at Boise State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
Virginia Tech at Boston College, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Rutgers at Minnesota, 8:30 p.m. (BTN)

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