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On The Menu: February 3, 2016

The first Wednesday slate of February features a crucial ACC showdown in South Florida, a Big East bubble showdown, and lots of winnable games for ranked favorites.

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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.


Notre Dame Fighting Irish (15-6, 6-3) at No. 17 Miami Hurricanes (16-4. 5-3), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Boston College Eagles (7-14, 0-8) at No. 9 Virginia Cavaliers (17-4, 6-3), 7 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)

With the Cavaliers likely to hand the Eagles their ninth ACC loss of the year on the ACC's patchwork of regional networks, the Fighting Irish's trip to Coral Gables is the main attraction here. Both squads can be impressively efficient on offense, but the Hurricanes are a bit more defensively adept than this Notre Dame outfit. Miami heads north to South Bend for both squads' penultimate game of the regular season on March 2nd.

Big 12

Kansas State Wildcats (13-8, 2-6) at No. 7 Kansas Jayhawks (17-4, 5-3), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Oklahoma State Cowboys (11-10, 2-6) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (12-8, 2-6), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

The window of bid contention is quickly closing on both the Wildcats and Red Raiders, so wins are at a premium for the pair. However, Texas Tech's chances of improving its total are significantly better tonight than K-State's are.

Big East

St. John's Red Storm (7-15, 0-9) at No. 6 Xavier Musketeers (19-2, 7-2), 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
Creighton Bluejays (14-8, 5-4) at No. 3 Villanova Wildcats (18-3, 8-1), 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
Marquette Golden Eagles (15-7, 4-5) at Seton Hall Pirates (15-6, 5-4), 8:30 p.m. (FS1)

With the Red Storm likely to be blown out at Cintas, you can likely skip the early game in favor of flipping between the two mid-evening tips. The Bluejays will look to put forth a better showing against the Wildcats than they did in a 14-point home loss on January 2nd, and a win at the Pavilion would provide Creighton with a great RPI boost. The Golden Eagles, currently 107th in that metric, head to Newark aiming to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Pirates, a team that's on slightly better bubble footing right now. Of course, Seton Hall won the pair's first meeting, picking up an unexpeted 83-63 win at the Bradley Center back on December 30th.

Big Ten

Illinois Fighting Illini (10-12, 2-7) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (6-16, 0-9), 6:30 p.m. (BTN)
Penn State Nittany Lions (11-11, 2-7) at No. 5 Iowa Hawkeyes (17-4, 8-1), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
No. 4 Maryland Terrapins (19-3, 8-2) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (12-10, 4-5), 8:30 p.m. (BTN)

"Super" Wednesday tips off with a perfectly ignorable game in Piscataway and a likely blowout in Iowa City. However, the Terrapins, who struggled to win at Ohio State on Sunday, could be in for another test in Lincoln. Maryland defeated the Huskers by just four in College Park in their lone meeting as Big Ten members last season.


No. 23 Arizona Wildcats (17-5, 5-4) at Washington State Cougars (9-12, 1-8), 10 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National, Arizona, Washington)
Arizona State Sun Devils (12-10, 2-7) at Washington Huskies (14-7, 6-3), 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

Look for both the Huskies and Wildcats to keep pace with league leaders Oregon tonight, thanks to the Sun Devils' road issues and the Cougars' general awfulness.


Arkansas Razorbacks (11-10, 4-4) at Florida Gators (14-7, 5-3), 7 p.m. (SEC Network)
Ole Miss Rebels (13-8, 3-5) at Missouri Tigers (8-13, 1-7), 9 p.m. (SEC Network)

With the Rebels fading out of the bid picture and the Tigers long out of it, the main attraction in the SEC tonight is the Hogs' trip to Gainesville. However, if the Gators don't get caught looking ahead to Saturday's showdown with Kentucky and they're even a fraction as efficient as they were against West Virginia last time out, it will be a long night for Mike Anderson's squad.

Atlantic 10

Davidson Wildcats (12-7, 4-4) at George Washington Colonials (16-5, 5-3), 7 p.m. (ASN)

The Colonials are dangling perilously close to the cut line, so tonight's game—the first of a home-and-home with a Wildcat squad that swept GW last season, is a must-win at the Smith Center.


Evansville Purple Aces (18-5, 7-3) at Northern Iowa Panthers (12-11, 4-6), 7 p.m. (FS Midwest/CSN Chicago/ESPN3)
Southern Illinois Salukis (18-5, 7-3) at No. 21 Wichita State Shockers (16-5, 10-0), 9 p.m. (Cox Kansas/FS Midwest/CSN Chicago/ESPN3)

The Shockers, who dominated the Purple Aces in Evansville on Sunday, can complete a season sweep of the Salukis, the other closest Missouri Valley rival tonight. If UNI tops UE in Cedar Falls as well, Wichita State could be four games up with just seven to play.

Viewing Picks

Early Evening Tips

Notre Dame at Miami, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Creighton at Villanova, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
Arkansas at Florida, 7 p.m. (SEC Network)
Davidson at George Washington, 7 p.m. (ASN)
Penn State at Iowa, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Evansville at Northern Iowa, 7 p.m. (FS Midwest/CSN Chicago/ESPN3)
St. John's at Xavier, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
Boston College at Virginia, 7 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)
Illinois at Rutgers, 6:30 p.m. (BTN)

Late Evening Tips

Marquette at Seton Hall, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
Arizona State at Washington, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
Maryland at Nebraska, 8:30 p.m. (BTN)
Southern Illinois at Wichita State, 9 p.m. (Cox Kansas/FS Midwest/CSN Chicago/ESPN3)
Oklahoma State at Texas Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Kansas State at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Arizona at Washington State, 10 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National, Arizona, Washington)
Ole Miss at Missouri, 9 p.m. (SEC Network)

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