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College Hoops Viewing Guide For January 24, 2017

A whopping 11 ranked teams are in action tonight, with two all-Top 25 matchups on the slate.

NCAA Basketball: Oklahoma at West Virginia Ben Queen-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 Evening Tips

Kansas at West Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Purdue at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Louisville at Pitt, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Auburn at South Carolina, 6:30 p.m. (SECN)
Rutgers at Maryland, 7 p.m. (BTN)

Mid-Evening Tips

Virginia at Notre Dame, 8 p.m. (ACC Network (Regional)/ESPN3)
Villanova at Marquette, 8 p.m. (FS1)
Wake Forest at Syracuse, 8 p.m. (ACC Network (Regional)/ESPN3)

Late Evening Tips

Kansas State at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Arkansas at Vanderbilt, 8:30 p.m. (SECN)
Penn State at Wisconsin, 9 p.m. (BTN)
Kentucky at Tennessee, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

ACC

No. 13 Louisville Cardinals (16-4, 4-3) at Pittsburgh Panthers (12-7, 1-5), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
No. 12 Virginia Cavaliers (15-3, 5-2) at No. 14 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (17-3, 6-1), 8 p.m. (ACC Network (Regional)/ESPN3)
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (12-7, 3-4) at Syracuse Orange (11-9, 3-4), 8 p.m. (ACC Network (Regional)/ESPN3)

The Cardinals can defeat the Panthers for the second time in as many weeks, though Pitt really needs a victory, having dropped four in a row and five of six. As for the Cavaliers, they begin a difficult week on the road in South Bend — the Tuesday tip is a blessing, considering Virginia’s next game comes on Sunday in Philadelphia against the nation’s top-ranked team. At the other end of today’s bracket projection, newcomer Wake will attempt to extend its winning streak to three before reeling Duke visits on Saturday.

Big 12

No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks (18-1, 7-0) at No. 18 West Virginia Mountaineers (15-4, 4-3), 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Kansas State Wildcats (15-4, 4-3) at Iowa State Cyclones (12-6, 4-3), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

After losing to both Oklahoma and Kansas State last week, the Mountaineers have tumbled to third in the Big 12 — three games behind the visiting Jayhawks. A win back in Morgantown is vital both for WVU’s fading title hopes and its protected seed chances. Later, the Wildcats will look to win on the road for a second straight time in league play, but they’ll need to overcome Hilton Magic to do so. K-State last won in Ames in 2011.

Big East

No. 1 Villanova Wildcats (19-1, 7-1) at Marquette Golden Eagles (13-6, 4-3), 8 p.m. (FS1)

The Golden Eagles picked up a helpful win at Creighton on Saturday, but a home triumph over the Wildcats might just be a bigger boost in a year when marquee victory will be a difference maker with so many mediocre bubble profiles floating around.

Big Ten

No. 20 Purdue Boilermakers (16-4, 5-2) at Michigan State Spartans (12-8, 4-3), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (12-8, 1-6) at No. 22 Maryland Terrapins (17-2, 5-1), 7 p.m. (BTN)
Penn State Nittany Lions (11-9, 3-4) at No. 15 Wisconsin Badgers (16-3, 5-1), 9 p.m. (BTN)

While the Terps and Badgers should secure home wins to stay tied at the top of the league, the Boilermakers will be challenged to stay a loss back as they head to Breslin to take on the Spartans. While MSU has lost three of four, all of those defeats came on the road.

SEC

Auburn Tigers (13-6, 3-4) at No. 23 South Carolina Gamecocks (15-4, 5-1), 6:30 p.m. (SECN)
Arkansas Razorbacks (15-4, 4-3) at Vanderbilt Commodores (9-10, 3-4), 8:30 p.m. (SECN)
No. 4 Kentucky Wildcats (17-2, 7-0) at Tennessee Volunteers (10-9, 3-4), 9 p.m. (ESPN)

The Gamecocks return home looking to bounce back from a disappointing showing in Lexington on Saturday — a task they should be able to complete against Bruce Pearl’s Tigers. On the other hand, the Wildcats head to Knoxville looking to avenge last season’s defeat there. If UK is looking ahead to Saturday’s showdown with KU, the Vols could make it interesting. As for the Razorbacks, they’ll have to guard the Commodores closely to pick up a win in Nashville. Vandy will surely be up for another big win after stunning Florida in Gainesville on Saturday.

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