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College Hoops Viewing Guide For January 14, 2017

Two criticisms of today’s schedule: the CBS and Fox games deserved swaps and things get thin when NFL action starts.

NCAA Basketball: Pittsburgh at Louisville Jamie Rhodes-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

12-2 p.m. Tips

Duke at Louisville, 12 p.m. (ESPN)
Miami at Pitt, 12 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)
Virginia at Clemson, 12 p.m. (ACC Network/ESPN3)
Georgia at Florida, 12 p.m. (ESPN2)
Villanova at St. John’s, 12 p.m. (FS1)
Minnesota at Penn State, 12 p.m. (ESPNU)
Seton Hall at Providence, 12 p.m. (FSN)
Dayton at Duquesne, 12 p.m. (CBSSN)
Richmond at Saint Joseph’s, 12:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
UConn at Georgetown, 12 p.m. (FOX)
Texas A&M at Mississippi State, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Truman State at Creighton, 1 p.m. (FS2)

2-4 p.m. Tips

Florida State at North Carolina, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
Xavier at Butler, 2 p.m. (FS1)
Notre Dame at Virginia Tech, 2 p.m. (ACC Network/ESPN3)
Oklahoma State at Kansas, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
Nebraska at Michigan, 2 p.m. (BTN)
VCU at Davidson, 2 p.m. (CBSSN)
DePaul at Marquette, 2 p.m. (FSN)
Saint Louis at George Mason, 2:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Alabama at LSU, 3:30 p.m. (SECN)

4-6 p.m. Tips

Baylor at Kansas State, 4:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Iowa State at TCU, 5:30 p.m. (FSN)
Auburn at Kentucky, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
West Virginia at Texas, 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
Houston at UCF, 4 p.m. (CBSSN)
Washington State at Cal, 4 p.m. (Pac-12)
Boston College at Syracuse, 4 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)
Tulsa at Temple, 4 p.m. (ESPN News)
Fordham vs. St. Bonaventure, 4:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

6-8 p.m. Tips

UCLA at Utah, 6 p.m. (Pac-12)
Maryland at Illinois, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
Ole Miss at South Carolina, 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Missouri at Arkansas, 6 p.m. (SECN)
USF at Memphis, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)

8-10 p.m. Tips

Wichita State at Illinois State, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Texas Tech at Oklahoma, 8:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Tennessee at Vanderbilt, 8:30 p.m. (SECN)
Washington at Stanford, 8 p.m. (Pac-12)

10 p.m. and Later Tips

Saint Mary’s at Gonzaga, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
Oregon State at Oregon, 10:30 p.m. (Pac-12)

American

Houston Cougars (13-4, 4-1) at UCF Knights (12-4, 3-1), 4 p.m. (CBSSN)
Tulsa Golden Hurricane (8-7, 2-1) at Temple Owls (10-8, 1-4), 4 p.m. (ESPN News)
USF Bulls (6-9, 0-4) at Memphis Tigers (12-5, 2-2), 6 p.m. (CBSSN)

Of course, the two most important games will be on simultaneously, as the Houston-UCF winner will remain a loss back of Cincinnati in the league race and Temple desperately needs a home win to get on track.

ACC

No. 7 Duke Blue Devils (14-3, 2-2) at No. 14 Louisville Cardinals (14-3, 2-2), 12 p.m. (ESPN)
Miami Hurricanes (11-4, 1-2) at Pitt Panthers (12-5, 1-3), 12 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)
No. 19 Virginia Cavaliers (12-3, 2-2) at Clemson Tigers (11-5, 1-3), 12 p.m. (ACC Network/ESPN3)
No. 9 Florida State Seminoles (16-1, 4-0) at No. 11 North Carolina Tar Heels (15-3, 3-1), 2 p.m. (ESPN)
No. 20 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (15-2, 4-0) at Virginia Tech Hokies (13-3, 2-2), 2 p.m. (ACC Network/ESPN3)
Boston College Eagles (9-8, 2-2) at Syracuse Orange (10-7, 2-2), 4 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)

As you can tell by the rankings and records, today is a loaded and vital day in the ACC. The only thing missing is a primetime tip for either Duke-Louisville or FSU-UNC, though such a matchup would then get lost with the NFL playoffs going on. Virginia Tech and Clemson also have chances to make statements at home.

Atlantic 10

Dayton Flyers (12-4, 3-1) at Duquesne Dukes (9-8, 2-2) at PPG Paints Arena, 12 p.m. (CBSSN)
Richmond Spiders (10-6, 4-0) at Saint Joseph’s Hawks (8-7, 2-2), 12:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
VCU Rams (14-3, 4-0) at Davidson Wildcats (8-7, 1-3), 2 p.m. (CBSSN)
Saint Louis Billikens (4-12, 0-4) at George Mason Patriots (12-5, 2-2), 2:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Fordham Rams (7-10, 1-3) vs. St. Bonaventure Bonnies (10-6, 2-2) at Rochester, 4:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

Three of the A 10’s top four hit the road today, though you can bet Dayton will bring a ton of fans to its quasi-road game in Pittsburgh. (You might have picked an opponent that travels less, Duquesne.) We might get more clarity in the league...HAHAHAHAHA I had to stop myself after typing that.

Big 12

Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-6, 0-4) at No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks (15-1, 4-0), 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
No. 1 Baylor Bears (15-1, 3-1) at No. 25 Kansas State Wildcats (13-3, 2-2), 4:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Iowa State Cyclones (11-4, 3-1) at TCU Horned Frogs (7-9, 1-3), 5:30 p.m. (FSN)
No. 10 West Virginia Mountaineers (14-2, 3-1) at Texas Longhorns (7-9, 1-3), 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
Texas Tech Red Raiders (13-3, 2-2) at Oklahoma Sooners (6-9, 0-4), 8:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Of the five Big 12 teams in my Tuesday projection, four hit the road today, while at the Phog, Kansas will look to send a decent Oklahoma State team to 0-5 in league play. K-State has a huge opportunity against the team that’s likely going to lose the No. 1 spot in the polls on Monday.

Big East

UConn Huskies (7-9) at Georgetown Hoyas (9-8), 12 p.m. (FOX)
No. 3 Villanova Wildcats (16-1, 4-1) at St. John’s Red Storm (8-10, 2-3), 12 p.m. (FS1)
Seton Hall Pirates (12-4, 2-2) at Providence Friars (11-7, 1-4), 12 p.m. (FSN)
Truman State Bulldogs (12-4 DII) at No. 8 Creighton Bluejays (16-1, 4-1), 1 p.m. (FS2)
No. 15 Xavier Musketeers (13-3, 3-1) at No. 12 Butler Bulldogs (14-3, 3-2), 2 p.m. (FS1)
DePaul Blue Demons (8-9, 1-3) at Marquette Golden Eagles (11-5, 2-2), 2 p.m. (FSN)

Read this Big East Coast Bias post for background on why exactly Creighton is playing a D2 school in the middle of league play.

The 2 p.m. FS1 tip has added significance with both the Musketeers and Bulldogs coming off losses during the week.

Big Ten

No. 24 Minnesota Golden Gophers (15-3, 3-2) at Penn State Nittany Lions (10-7, 2-2), 12 p.m. (ESPNU)
Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-7, 3-1) at Michigan Wolverines (11-6, 1-3), 2 p.m. (BTN)
Maryland Terrapins (15-2, 3-1) at Illinois Fighting Illini (12-5, 2-2), 6 p.m. (ESPN2)

Two bubble games highlight today’s Big Ten slate. Michigan desperately needs a victory to snap a two-game skid, while Illinois will attempt to reverse the devastating defeat Maryland handed it in College Park to start the conference slate.

Earlier, Minnesota can get back on track and earn a split of its week away from the Barn by winning in State College.

Pac-12

Washington State Cougars (9-7, 2-2) at California Golden Bears (12-5, 3-2), 4 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National, Washington, and Bay Area)
No. 4 UCLA Bruins (17-1, 4-1) at Utah Utes (12-4, 3-1), 6 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National, LA, and Mountain)
Washington Huskies (8-8, 1-3) at Stanford Cardinal (9-8, 1-4), 8 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National, Washington, and Bay Area)
Oregon State Beavers (4-13, 0-4) at No. 13 Oregon Ducks (15-2, 4-0), 10:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National and Oregon)

Utah took down USC on Thursday and if the Utes complete the L.A. sweep by taking down the high-flying Bruins, they can get closer to the at-large picture.

Bill Walton will be in Eugene tonight, so keep that in mind when making evening plans.

SEC

Georgia Bulldogs (11-5, 3-1) at No. 23 Florida Gators (13-3, 4-0), 12 p.m. (ESPN2)
Texas A&M Aggies (9-6, 1-3) at Mississippi State Bulldogs (11-4, 2-1), 1 p.m. (CBS)
Alabama Crimson Tide (9-6, 2-1) at LSU Tigers (9-6, 1-3), 3:30 p.m. (SECN)
Auburn Tigers (11-5, 1-3) at No. 6 Kentucky Wildcats (14-2, 4-0), 4 p.m. (ESPN)
Missouri Tigers (5-10, 0-3) at Arkansas Razorbacks (12-4, 1-3), 6 p.m. (SECN)
Ole Miss Rebels (10-6, 1-3) at South Carolina Gamecocks (13-3, 3-0), 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Tennessee Volunteers (8-8, 1-3) at Vanderbilt Commodores (8-8, 2-2), 8:30 p.m. (SECN)

It’s a pity the first two games on this list couldn’t swap network designations (though UF is already going to be on CBS a couple of times). The matchups in Gainesville and Columbia, S.C. are the biggies here. Ole Miss already blew one chance this week by losing to Georgia at home midweek. But knocking South Carolina from the ranks of the SEC unbeatens would do the Rebels’ profile some good. (Same goes for the Bulldogs on their visit to UF.)

Elsewhere

Wichita State Shockers (15-3, 5-0) at Illinois State Redbirds (13-4, 5-0), 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
No. 21 Saint Mary’s Gaels (15-1, 5-0) at No. 5 Gonzaga Bulldogs (16-0, 4-0), 10 p.m. (ESPN2)

While the evening slate thins considerably, the field is cleared for huge showdowns in the Valley and WCC. A trip to Normal is the Shockers’ most likely league loss, while the Gaels can take control of the WCC race by winning in Spokane.

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