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College Hoops Viewing Guide For January 21, 2017

A hectic Saturday slate features Top 25 showdowns in the ACC, Pac-12, and SEC.

NCAA Basketball: Arizona State at UCLA Richard Mackson-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

Vanderbilt at Florida, 12 p.m. (CBS)
Syracuse at Notre Dame, 12 p.m. (ESPN)
Penn State at Purdue, 12 p.m. (BTN)
Providence at Villanova, 12 p.m. (FOX)
Georgia at Texas A&M, 12 p.m. (ESPN2)
North Carolina at Boston College, 12 p.m. (ACC Network/ESPN3)
Nebraska at Rutgers, 12 p.m. (ESPNU)
Fordham at UMass, 12:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Tulsa at USF, 1 p.m. (ESPN News)

2-4 p.m. Tips

Louisville at Florida State, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
Marquette at Creighton, 2:30 p.m. (FOX)
Georgia Tech at Virginia, 2 p.m. (ACC Network (Regional)/ESPN3)
Illinois at Michigan, 2:15 p.m. (BTN)
Iowa State at Oklahoma, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
Oklahoma State at Texas Tech, 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
Wake Forest at N.C. State, 2 p.m. (ACC Network (Regional)/ESPN3)
Rhode Island at Duquesne, 2:30 pm. (NBCSN)
Boston U. at Bucknell, 2 p.m. (ASN)
Texas at Kansas, 2 pm. (CBS)
Butler at DePaul, 2 p.m. (FS1)
Ole Miss at Missouri, 3:30 p.m. (SECN)

4-6 p.m. Tips

Arizona at UCLA, 4 p.m. (CBS)
Michigan State at Indiana, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
Wisconsin at Minnesota, 4:30 p.m. (BTN)
Alabama at Auburn, 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
Cincinnati at Tulane, 4 p.m. (CBSSN)
Drexel at UNCW, 4 p.m. (ASN)
LIU Brooklyn at Fairleigh Dickinson, 4 p.m. (NEC Front Row)
Colorado at Washington State, 4 p.m. (Pac-12)

6-8 p.m Tips

South Carolina at Kentucky, 6 p.m. (ESPN)
West Virginia at Kansas State, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
Houston at SMU, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
Stanford at Oregon, 6 p.m. (Pac-12)
Lipscomb at North Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
NJIT at FGCU, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Mississippi State at Tennessee, 6 p.m. (SECN)

8-12 a.m. Tips

Miami at Duke, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)
Baylor at TCU, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
Utah at Washington, 8 p.m. (Pac-12)
LSU at Arkansas, 8:30 p.m. (SECN)
California at Oregon State, 10:30 p.m (Pac-12)
Portland at Gonzaga, 8 p.m. (KHQ/TheW.tv/ESPN3)
Pepperdine at Saint Mary’s, 11 p.m. (CSN Bay Area/ROOT/TheW.tv)

ACC

Syracuse Orange (11-8, 3-3) at No. 15 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (16-3, 5-1), 12 p.m. (ESPN)
No. 9 North Carolina Tar Heels (17-3, 5-1) at Boston College Eagles (9-10, 2-4), 12 p.m. (ACC Network/ESPN3)
No. 12 Louisville Cardinals (16-3, 4-2) at No. 10 Florida State Seminoles (17-2, 5-1), 2 p.m. (ESPN)
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (11-7, 3-3) at No. 16 Virginia Cavaliers (14-3, 4-2), 2 p.m. (ACC Network (Regional)/ESPN3)
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (11-7, 2-4) at N.C. State Wolfpack (13-6, 2-4), 2 p.m. (ACC Network (Regional)/ESPN3)
Miami Hurricanes (12-5, 2-3) at No. 18 Duke Blue Devils (14-4, 2-3), 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Though the game of the day is in Tallahassee, every one of these ACC matchups will have some sort of bracket impact Yes, that includes UNC’s trip to BC, as the Tar Heels are one of the 16 teams in the No. 1 seed hunt at the moment. With their next four coming on the road, the Seminoles will want to top the Cardinals in order to stay in that race themselves. Note that Miami is looking to defeat Duke at Cameron for the second straight time, having won there by a stunning 90-74 score in 2015.

The loser in Raleigh will find itself in deeper bubble trouble, while Georgia Tech and Syracuse will have to win on the road to improve their hopes.

American Athletic

Tulsa Golden Hurricane (10-7, 4-1) at USF Bulls (6-11, 0-6), 1 p.m. (ESPN News)
No. 20 Cincinnati Bearcats (16-2, 6-0) at Tulane Green Wave (4-14, 1-5), 4 p.m. (CBSSN)
Houston Cougars (13-6, 4-3) at SMU Mustangs (16-4, 6-1), 6 p.m. (ESPNU)

Even though the Golden Hurricane and Bearcats hit the road today, they should be able to take care of business and remain in the lead pack. The same can’t be said for SMU, who will host a Houston team that will be a bit desperate after losing to Memphis after overtime on Thursday night. However, the Ponies haven’t lost at Moody since February 10, 2016.

Atlantic 10

Fordham Rams (8-11, 2-4) at UMass Minutemen (12-7, 2-4), 12:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Rhode Island Rams (11-6, 3-2) at Duquesne Dukes (9-10, 2-4), 2:30 pm. (NBCSN)

Of these two contests, the struggling Rams’ trip to Pittsburgh is the one to keep an eye on. While URI has the conference’s best non-league win (over Cincinnati), it can’t lose touch with the A 10’s lead pack of Dayton, La Salle, and Richmond.

Big 12

Texas Longhorns (7-11, 1-5) at No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks (17-1, 6-0), 2 pm. (CBS)
Iowa State Cyclones (11-6, 3-3) at Oklahoma Sooners (8-9, 2-4), 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-8, 0-6) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (14-4, 3-3), 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
No. 7 West Virginia Mountaineers (15-3, 4-2) at Kansas State Wildcats (14-4, 3-3), 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
No. 6 Baylor Bears (17-1, 5-1) at TCU Horned Frogs (14-4, 3-3), 8 p.m. (ESPNU)

With apologies to CBS’s afternoon tip, the two most important games of the day are in primetime, as both K-State and TCU host ranked foes. Picking up a surprise win would definitely give both a leg up on the rest of the bubble.

Big East

Providence Friars (13-7, 3-4) at No. 1 Villanova Wildcats (18-1, 6-1), 12 p.m. (FOX)
No. 13 Butler Bulldogs (16-3, 5-2) at DePaul Blue Demons (8-11, 1-5), 2 p.m. (FS1)
Marquette Golden Eagles (12-6, 3-3) at No. 7 Creighton Bluejays (18-1, 5-1), 2:30 p.m. (FOX)

The Big East team with the most to gain on this Saturday is Marquette, even if the Golden Eagles might feel more confident about Tuesday’s home game with Nova than today’s trip to Omaha. Providence could also work itself back into the bid picture with a surprise win over the defending champs.

Big Ten

Penn State Nittany Lions (11-8, 3-3) at No. 21 Purdue Boilermakers (15-4, 4-2), 12 p.m. (BTN)
Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-9, 3-3) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (11-8, 0-6), 12 p.m. (ESPNU)
Illinois Fighting Illini (12-7, 2-4) at Michigan Wolverines (12-7, 2-4), 2:15 p.m. (BTN)
Michigan State Spartans (12-7, 4-2) at Indiana Hoosiers (13-6, 3-3), 4 p.m. (ESPN)
No. 17 Wisconsin Badgers (15-3, 4-1) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (15-4, 3-3), 4:30 p.m. (BTN)

Much like the ACC, today’s Big Ten slate is rather important, even with the lack of a true marquee game. (MSU-IU would have filled that role in prior seasons.) Illinois-Michigan looks to be particularly important, especially with the Illini having won the first meeting in Champaign just 10 days ago. Minnesota also has a great opportunity to boost its case by beating Wisconsin. That would be an impressive end to the Golden Gophers’ two-game skid.

Pac-12

No. 14 Arizona Wildcats (17-2, 6-0) at No. 3 UCLA Bruins (19-1, 6-1), 4 p.m. (CBS)
Colorado Buffaloes (10-9, 0-6) at Washington State Cougars (9-9, 2-4), 4 p.m. (Pac-12)
Stanford Cardinal (11-8, 3-4) at No. 11 Oregon Ducks (17-2, 6-0), 6 p.m. (Pac-12)
Utah Utes (13-5, 4-2) at Washington Huskies (9-9, 2-4), 8 p.m. (Pac-12)
California Golden Bears (13-6, 4-3) at Oregon State Beavers (4-15, 0-6), 10:30 p.m (Pac-12)

With a UCLA win over Arizona and a home victory over Stanford, Oregon will find itself all alone atop the Pac-12. But the game of the day is without a doubt set for Pauley Pavilion. Both the Bruins and Wildcats got off to hot starts in their Thursday wins, but Arizona might have been looking ahead a bit, as USC ended up pulling within seven at the final buzzer. However, Allonzo Trier will make his season debut for the Wildcats, something that makes this showdown even more appetizing.

SEC

Vanderbilt Commodores (8-10, 2-4) at No. 19 Florida Gators (14-4, 5-1), 12 p.m. (CBS)
Georgia Bulldogs (12-6, 4-2) at Texas A&M Aggies (9-8, 1-5), 12 p.m. (ESPN2)
Ole Miss Rebels (11-7, 2-4) at Missouri Tigers (5-12, 0-5), 3:30 p.m. (SECN)
Alabama Crimson Tide (11-6, 4-1) at Auburn Tigers (12-6, 2-4), 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
No. 24 South Carolina Gamecocks (15-3, 5-0) at No. 5 Kentucky Wildcats (16-2, 6-0), 6 p.m. (ESPN)
Mississippi State Bulldogs (12-5, 3-2) at Tennessee Volunteers (9-9, 2-4), 6 p.m. (SECN)
LSU Tigers (9-8, 1-5) at Arkansas Razorbacks (14-4, 3-3), 8:30 p.m. (SECN)

Similarly, there’s one standout game on a full SEC slate, as South Carolina heads to Lexington aiming for its second huge win over a ranked foe this week. While the Gamecocks’ defense will pose a unique challenge for the Wildcats, a win is going to require a better offensive effort than the one S.C. put up against Florida on Wednesday.

Elsewhere

Boston University Terriers (10-9, 5-2) at Bucknell Bison (14-6, 6-1), 2 p.m. (ASN)
Drexel Dragons (7-12, 1-5) at UNCW Seahawks (18-2, 7-0), 4 p.m. (ASN)
LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds (13-7, 6-1) at Fairleigh Dickinson Knights (8-10, 6-1), 4 p.m. (NEC Front Row)
Lipscomb Bison (11-10, 3-1) at North Florida Ospreys (8-13, 3-1), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
NJIT Highlanders (9-11, 1-3) at FGCU Eagles (14-6, 3-1), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Portland Pilots (9-9, 2-4) at No. 4 Gonzaga Bulldogs (18-0, 6-0), 8 p.m. (KHQ/TheW.tv/ESPN3)
Pepperdine Waves (5-14, 1-6) at No. 23 Saint Mary’s Gaels (16-2, 6-1), 11 p.m. (CSN Bay Area/ROOT/TheW.tv)

Today’s slate also features first-place clashes in the Patriot League, NEC, and A-Sun, while UNCW will look to follow up its big win at College of Charleston with a home victory over Drexel. In the WCC, both national contenders get winnable home games.

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