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On The Menu: Feburary 4, 2016

The Pac-12 is the center of the college basketball universe tonight with three games involving bid contenders. Elsewhere, we should get some more clarity in the American and CAA races tonight and a frontrunner for a potential seventh Big Ten bid.

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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.

Big Ten

Ohio State Buckeyes (14-9, 6-4) at Wisconsin Badgers (13-9, 5-4), 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-10, 0-10) at Northwestern Wildcats (15-8, 3-7), 9 p.m. (BTN)

With the night's second game featuring a pair of teams likely to play in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis, all eyes will be on Madison in the early evening window. The Badgers have won four in a row and could jump the Buckeyes as the most likely candidate for a seventh Big Ten bid if they extend the streak to five.

Pac-12

Colorado Buffaloes (17-5, 6-3) at No. 16 Oregon Ducks (18-4, 7-2), 9 p.m. (FS1)
UCLA Bruins (13-9, 4-5) at USC Trojans (17-5, 6-3), 10:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National and L.A.)
Utah Utes (17-5, 6-3) at Oregon State Beavers (12-8, 3-6), 11 p.m. (ESPN2)

The Rocky Mountain schools solidified their positions by sweeping the Bay Area schools last week, but they'll be challenged to repeat the feat on the road in Eugene and Corvallis this weekend. In their earlier meetings this season, Oregon split—winning in Salt Lake City handily before falling by four in Boulder. Oregon State lost by 17 at Coors, but played Utah closer, falling by just six at Huntsman. At the Galen Center, the Trojans will aim to repeat their emphatic 89-75 win at Pauley back on January 13th. Such a result would push the Bruins further away from the cut line.

SEC

No. 8 Texas A&M Aggies (18-3, 7-1) at Vanderbilt Commodores (12-9, 4-4), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

The SEC's best team takes on its biggest disappointment in Nashville. The Commodores still have a chance to turn their ship around, and winning tonight would be a start. These two will meet again in College Station to close the regular season.

American Athletic

Tulsa Golden Hurricane (14-7, 6-3) at Temple Owls (12-8, 6-3), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
UConn Huskies (15-6, 5-3) at Memphis Tigers (13-8, 4-4), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
USF Bulls (5-18, 2-8) at Cincinnati Bearcats (16-6, 6-3), 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
UCF Knights (10-9, 4-4) at Tulane Green Wave (8-15, 1-9), 8 p.m. (ESPNEWS)

Tonight should provide some clarity to the jumbled race for the top seed in the American Athletic Conference Tournament, as Cincinnati has a winnable home game against struggling USF, while the league's three other three-loss teams face sterner tests. Temple will look for its first AAC win over Tulsa, as the Golden Hurricane swept the Owls last season—a pair of results that ultimately contributed to Temple's NCAA snub. Similarly, Memphis took a pair from UConn last season.

Elsewhere

Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors (16-3, 5-1) at UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (9-11, 3-4), 10 p.m. (BigWest.tv)

Even though the Gauchos have struggled, they'll still test a Rainbow Warrior squad that remains tied in the loss column with UC Irvine in the Big West race.

UNC Wilmington Seahawks (16-5, 6-6) at Hofstra Pride (16-6, 8-2), 7 p.m. (CAA.tv)
William & Mary Tribe (15-6, 7-3) at Northeastern Huskies (12-11, 4-6), 7 p.m. (select CSN outlets)

The winner in Hempstead will be the temporary survivor of what was a six-team tie at the top of the CAA just a few weeks ago. If William & Mary can pick up a win against the struggling Huskies (losers of four in a row and six of seven), they'll be poised to tie for second with the loser between the Pride and Seahawks and perhaps Towson.

FIU Golden Panthers (11-11, 5-4) at UAB Blazers (18-4, 8-1), 7 p.m. (ASN)

Even though the Golden Panthers are much improved, they shouldn't challenge the C-USA leaders at Bartow Arena.

Wofford Terriers (10-12, 6-3) at Chattanooga Mocs (19-3, 8-1), 7:30 p.m. (SoCon Digital Network)

The Mocs can sweep the two-time defending SoCon Tournament champs with a win at McKenzie Arena.

Saint Mary's Gaels (18-2, 9-1) at BYU Cougars (16-7, 7-3), 9 p.m. (BYU TV)
Gonzaga Bulldogs (17-5, 9-2) at Loyola Marymount Lions (10-12, 3-8), 10 p.m. (KHQ/ESPN3)

The Gaels can take a big step toward the WCC regular season title by completing a sweep of the Cougars in Provo, while the Bulldogs hit the road looking to keep pace.

Grand Canyon Antelopes (19-3, 6-1) at New Mexico State Aggies (14-8, 6-1), 9 p.m. (AggieVision/Altitude 2/FS SW+)

The Antelopes, ineligible for the WAC crown and NCAAs, can claim a sweep of the Aggies with a win in Las Cruces. Grand Canyon won a nailbiter, 79-75, in Phoenix on January 9th.

Viewing Picks

Early Evening Tips

Texas A&M at Vanderbilt, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Ohio State at Wisconsin, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
UNC Wilmington at Hofstra, 7 p.m. (CAA.tv)
Tulsa at Temple, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Wofford at Chattanooga, 7:30 p.m. (SoCon Digital Network)
William & Mary at Northeastern, 7 p.m. (select CSN outlets)
FIU at UAB, 7 p.m. (ASN)

Mid-Evening Tips

Colorado at Oregon, 9 p.m. (FS1)
UConn at Memphis, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Saint Mary's at BYU, 9 p.m. (BYU TV)
Grand Canyon at New Mexico State, 9 p.m. (AggieVision/Altitude 2/FS SW+)
USF at Cincinnati, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
UCF at Tulane, 8 p.m. (ESPNEWS)
Minnesota at Northwestern, 9 p.m. (BTN)

Late Evening Tips

UCLA at USC, 10:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National and L.A.)
Utah at Oregon State, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
Hawaii at UC Santa Barbara, 10 p.m. (BigWest.tv)
Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount, 10 p.m. (KHQ/ESPN3)

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