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College Hoops Viewing Guide For January 11, 2017

Tonight’s lineup will attempt to make up for last night’s collection of blowouts.

NCAA Basketball: Akron at Creighton Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

This list of games is not exhaustive by design. For a full schedule and more specific information about coverage—particularly for ACC RSN, ASN, CSN, and FSN games—visit Matt’s College Sports on TV Website.

If you’re only able to listen today, check out TuneIn’s college basketball lineup.

All times are Eastern, adjust accordingly.

Overview

in order of bracket impact

Early Window

Pitt at Louisville, 7 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)
Minnesota at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (BTN)
Seton Hall at Marquette, 7 p.m. (FS1)
Georgia at Ole Miss, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
George Washington at VCU, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
Dayton at UMass, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
South Carolina at Tennessee, 6:30 p.m. (SECN)
Houston at East Carolina, 6 p.m. (ESPN News)
Loyola of Chicago at Wichita State, 7 p.m. (Cox-Kansas/FS Midwest/CSN Chicago/CST/ESPN3)

Late Window

Butler at Creighton, 9 p.m. (FS1)
Iowa State at Oklahoma State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Michigan at Illinois, 9 p.m. (BTN)
North Carolina at Wake Forest, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
TCU at Texas, 8 p.m. (LHN)
Temple at UConn, 9 p.m (CBSSN)
N.C. State at Boston College, 9 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)
LSU at Texas A&M, 8:30 p.m. (SECN)
Memphis at Tulsa, 8 p.m. (ESPN News)

ACC

Pittsburgh Panthers (12-4, 1-2) at No. 14 Louisville Cardinals (13-3, 1-2), 7 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)
No. 11 North Carolina Tar Heels (14-3, 2-1) at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (10-6, 1-3), 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
North Carolina State Wolfpack (12-4, 1-2) at Boston College Eagles (8-8, 1-2), 9 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)

For the most part, tonight’s action is focused a bit more heavily on bubble teams (with one significant exception). In the ACC, that means the spotlight is on Pitt, Wake, and N.C. State, particularly after the latter’s humiliation in Chapel Hill on Sunday afternoon. Now, the Panthers’ challenge is magnified by the fact Louisville is also off to a slow 1-2 league start, something the Cardinals will feel confident of rectifying back at home.

American

Houston Cougars (12-4, 3-1) at East Carolina Pirates (9-8, 1-3), 6 p.m. (ESPN News)
Memphis Tigers (12-4, 2-1) at Tulsa Golden Hurricane (7-7, 1-1), 8 p.m. (ESPN News)
Temple Owls (10-7, 1-3) at UConn Huskies (6-9, 1-3), 9 p.m (CBSSN)

Houston and Temple both hit the road, with both games looking quite winnable (thanks to UConn’s struggles and injury issues). Meanwhile, Memphis will want to avoid a slip up at Tulsa.

Big 12

TCU Horned Frogs (12-3, 1-2) at Texas Longhorns (7-8, 1-2), 8 p.m. (LHN)
Iowa State Cyclones (10-4, 2-1) at Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-5, 0-3), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

Oklahoma State, which has the best non-conference results of the four Big 12 bubble squads (OSU, K-State, TCU, Texas tech), looks to end its three-game skid by topping Iowa State at Gallagher-Iba. The Cyclones have yet to win a true road game (0-2). Meanwhile, the Horned Frogs can get themselves back to .500 in a league slate that’s so far seen them play a top-three squad followed by a likely bottom-two one.

Big East

Seton Hall Pirates (12-3, 2-1) at Marquette Golden Eagles (10-5, 1-2), 7 p.m. (FS1)
No. 12 Butler Bulldogs (14-2, 3-1) at No. 8 Creighton Bluejays (15-1, 3-1), 9 p.m. (FS1)

As my friends at Anonymous Eagle tweeted at me after I posted my bracket, the first game of the doubleheader is pretty important.

The nightcap, on the other hand, is a vital game for seeding and the Big East title race. The winner will join Villanova at 4-1, while the loser will temporarily drop to fifth.

Big Ten

No. 24 Minnesota Golden Gophers (15-2, 3-1) at Michigan State Spartans (11-6, 3-1), 7 p.m. (BTN)
Michigan Wolverines (11-5, 1-2) at Illinois Fighting Illini (11-5, 1-2), 9 p.m. (BTN)

The Golden Gophers can get themselves a bit closer to safety by avenging their 75-74 OT home loss from December 27th, though that won’t be easy to do against the improving Spartans at Breslin. Note that both squads are part of the five-team 3-1 logjam at the top of the Big Ten (with Wisconsin just a win back). On the other hand, the Wolverines and Illini are the only two 1-2 squads, and the loser will join Indiana at 1-3 — though in worse bid position than the Hoosiers, at least for now.

SEC

South Carolina Gamecocks (12-3, 2-0) at Tennessee Volunteers (8-7, 1-2), 6:30 p.m. (SECN)
Georgia Bulldogs (10-5, 2-1) at Ole Miss Rebels (10-5, 1-2), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
LSU Tigers (9-5, 1-2) at Texas A&M Aggies (8-6, 0-3), 8:30 p.m. (SECN)

The middle game of this trio is the most important of the night, as both the Bulldogs and Rebels are in the thick of the bubble picture. Potentially tie-breaking SEC wins will be vital for both. A&M should be in the at-large hunt, but the Aggies cannot be without an SEC win. They’ll try to rectify that by toppling the Bayou Bengals.

Elsewhere

George Washington Colonials (9-7, 1-2) at VCU Rams (13-3, 3-0), 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
Dayton Flyers (12-3, 3-0) at UMass Minutemen (10-6, 0-3), 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
Loyola of Chicago Ramblers (12-5, 2-2) at Wichita State Shockers (14-3, 4-0), 7 p.m. (Cox-Kansas/FS Midwest/CSN Chicago/CST/ESPN3)

All three of the A-10’s undefeated squads are in action tonight (Richmond hosts St. Bonaventure in a game that will only be aired in the Spiders’ home market), with all three facing challenging opponents (even if UMass is 0-3 in league play). In the Valley, Loyola, one of the league’s more competent squads, will look to pull off a shock in Wichita. But given how the Shockers have looked in MVC play so far, don’t expect one.

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