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College Hoops Viewing Guide For January 12, 2017

Tonight’s lineup features crucial matchups in the ACC, American, Big Ten, and Pac-12, along with interesting top of the table clashes in both C-USA and the WAC.

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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 Evening Window

Notre Dame at Miami, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Ohio State at Wisconsin, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Marshall at Middle Tennessee, 8 p.m. (BeIN Sports)
Clemson at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)
La Salle at Rhode Island, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)

Late Evening Window

SMU at Cincinnati, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Arizona State at Arizona, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
USC at Utah, 9 p.m. (Pac-12)
Washington at Cal, 9 p.m. (FS1)
Purdue at Iowa, 9 p.m. (BTN)
Northwestern at Rutgers, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Grand Canyon at New Mexico State, 9 p.m. (AggieVision/Altitude 2/ESPN3)
Loyola Marymount at Gonzaga, 9 p.m. (KHQ/TheW.tv/ESPN3)

Late Night Window

UCLA at Colorado, 11 p.m. (FS1)
Saint Mary’s at Portland, 11 p.m (ESPNU)
Washington State at Stanford, 11 p.m. (Pac-12)

ACC

No. 20 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (14-2, 3-0) at Miami Hurricanes (11-3, 1-1), 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Clemson Tigers (11-4, 1-2) at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (9-6, 1-2), 7 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)

With a road win in Coral Gables, the Fighting Irish can join Florida State in a 4-0 tie atop the ACC, but the Hurricanes last lost on their home floor on November 27, 2015. Meanwhile, the Tigers will look to do what North Carolina couldn’t do, namely win at McCamish. Clemson wants to avoid a bad loss, something fellow bubble team N.C. State couldn’t do at Boston College last night.

American Athletic

SMU Mustangs (14-3, 4-0) at No. 22 Cincinnati Bearcats (13-2, 3-0), 9 p.m. (ESPN)

The only two AAC teams likely to make the field at this point meet in the Queen City, with the winner taking control of the league race. Last season, the Mustangs and Bearcats split, with each winning at home — with Cincinnati winning in the regular season finale.

Big Ten

Ohio State Buckeyes (10-6, 0-3) at No. 18 Wisconsin Badgers (13-3, 2-1), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
No. 17 Purdue Boilermakers (14-3, 3-1) at Iowa Hawkeyes (10-7, 2-2), 9 p.m. (BTN)
Northwestern Wildcats (13-4, 2-2) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (11-6, 0-4), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

The Buckeyes head to Madison staring an 0-4 B1G start directly in the face, while the Boilermakers will look for a repeat of December 28th’s 22-point bashing of the Hawkeyes. That won’t be a given, however, at Carver-Hawkeye. In the other late game, the Wildcats are again faced with a game they absolutely must win if they want to stay in the NCAA hunt.

Pac-12

Arizona State Sun Devils (9-8, 2-2) at No. 16 Arizona Wildcats (15-2, 4-0), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
No. 25 USC Trojans (15-2, 2-2) at Utah Utes (11-4, 2-1), 9 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National/LA/Mountain)
Washington Huskies (8-7, 1-2) at California Golden Bears (11-5, 2-2), 9 p.m. (FS1)
No. 4 UCLA Bruins (16-1, 3-1) at Colorado Buffaloes (10-6, 0-3), 11 p.m. (FS1)
Washington State Cougars (9-6, 2-1) at Stanford Cardinal (8-8, 0-4), 11 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National/Washington/Bay Area)

If you’re looking for Bill Walton tonight, the game in Tucson on ESPN2 is your destination. In that contest, Bobby Hurley will attempt to earn his first win over the Wildcats as Sun Devil coach. If you aren’t looking for Bill Walton, you have two other options, with USC’s trip to Utah being a bit more important than struggling Washington’s visit to Berkeley.

Among the two 8 p.m. Pacific/9 p.m. Mountain tips, UCLA’s excursion to Colorado is the biggie, particularly as the Buffs have not yet won a league game. For a team that allegedly has NCAA hopes, that can’t go on much longer.

Elsewhere

La Salle Explorers (8-5, 2-1) at Rhode Island Rams (10-5, 2-1), 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
Marshall Thundering Herd (11-6, 4-0) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (13-3, 3-0), 8 p.m. (BeIN Sports)
Grand Canyon Antelopes (10-6, 1-0) at New Mexico State Aggies (15-2, 2-0), 9 p.m. (AggieVision/Altitude 2/ESPN3)
Loyola Marymount Lions (8-7, 1-3) at No. 5 Gonzaga Bulldogs (15-0, 3-0), 9 p.m. (KHQ/TheW.tv/ESPN3)
No. 21 Saint Mary’s Gaels (14-1, 4-0) at Portland Pilots (9-6, 2-1), 11 p.m (ESPNU)

The top of the Atlantic 10 is becoming a mess, thanks to Davidson‘s loss to Fordham and Dayton‘s setback at UMass on Wednesday. So, URI will look to keep itself a game back of co-leaders VCU and Richmond by taking care of La Salle in Kingston.

Conference USA has been a two-team league in each of my first two brackets, but if Middle Tennessee tops Marshall tonight, that will no longer be the case.

In the WAC, an NMSU squad that’s been a revelation so far hosts GCU, a team that, while ineligible for the NCAAs until next season, looks to be the Aggies main competition for the regular season title.

Finally, both WCC standard bearers must win one more game tonight to set up a battle of the unbeatens in Spokane on Saturday.

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