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College Hoops Viewing Guide For January 3, 2017

While Wisconsin’s visit to Indiana is the only matchup of ranked teams on this Tuesday night, there are plenty of other intriguing matchups on tap.

NCAA Basketball: Rutgers at Wisconsin Mary Langenfeld-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

Wisconsin at Indiana, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
North Carolina at Clemson, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Arkansas at Tennessee, 6:30 p.m. (SEC Network)
Ole Miss at Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Saint Joseph’s at Rhode Island, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
Boston College at Wake Forest, 7 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)

Late Window

Texas A&M at Kentucky, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Kansas at Kansas State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
West Virginia at Texas Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPNews)
Oklahoma at TCU, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Dayton at St. Bonaventure, 8 p.m. (ASN)
Alabama at Mississippi State, 8:30 p.m. (SEC Network)

ACC

No. 14 North Carolina Tar Heels (12-3, 0-1) at Clemson Tigers (11-2, 1-0), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Boston College Eagles (8-6, 1-0) at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (9-5, 0-2), 7 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)

I’m most curious to see how the Tar Heels respond to Saturday’s loss at Georgia Tech, particularly since Jaron Blossomgame and the Tigers have been clicking—Clemson has won eight in a row since going 1-2 in the Tire Pros Invitational on the season’s second weekend. Meanwhile, the team the Tigers defeated on Saturday, Wake, aims to avoid a disappointing 0-3 start, as they welcome a BC team that’s surely flying high after Sunday’s comprehensive win over Syracuse.

A 10

Saint Joseph’s Hawks (7-5, 1-0) at Rhode Island Rams (9-4, 1-0), 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
Dayton Flyers (10-3, 1-0) at St. Bonaventure Bonnies (9-4, 1-0), 8 p.m. (ASN)

At the end of the night, seven A 10 unbeatens will be reduced to five, with the Hawks and Flyers needing to win on the road to jump temporarily into the conference lead.

Big 12

No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks (12-1, 1-0) at Kansas State Wildcats (12-1, 1-0), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Oklahoma Sooners (6-6, 0-1) at TCU Horned Frogs (11-2, 0-1), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
No. 7 West Virginia Mountaineers (12-1, 1-0) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (11-2, 0-1), 9 p.m. (ESPNews)

The pressure will be on the home teams in this trio of late tips, particularly the Horned Frogs and Red Raiders, who both lost to teams higher in the Big 12 pecking order on Friday night. As for Kansas State, a lack of quality non-conference wins means they’re going to need to pick up some wins in league play. There would be no better way to do that than defeating the Jayhawks tonight in Manhattan.

Big Ten

No. 13 Wisconsin Badgers (12-2, 1-0) at No. 25 Indiana Hoosiers (10-4, 0-1), 7 p.m. (ESPN)

A visit from the Badgers isn’t quite what the Hoosiers need after consecutive dispiriting losses to Nebraska and Louisville, but IU has defeated Wisconsin twice in a row at Assembly Hall. Tom Crean’s team will need to buckle down on defense and limit the mental lapses to extend that streak to three, however.

SEC

Arkansas Razorbacks (11-2, 0-1) at Tennessee Volunteers (8-5, 1-0), 6:30 p.m. (SEC Network)
Ole Miss Rebels (9-4, 0-1) at No. 24 Florida Gators (10-3, 1-0), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Alabama Crimson Tide (7-5) at Mississippi State Bulldogs (9-3), 8:30 p.m. (SEC Network)
Texas A&M Aggies (8-4, 0-1) at No. 6 Kentucky Wildcats (11-2, 1-0), 9 p.m. (ESPN)

While Bama and Miss. State, two teams not likely to factor into the NCAA chase, play their first conference games of the year, Arkansas, Ole Miss, and Texas A&M—all three with postseason aspirations—face very difficult road games—and potential 0-2 starts tonight.

MAC play also begins tonight with all five of the games on at least ESPN3 and Bowling Green Falcons ‘s trip to Akron Zips streaming on the Zips’ website.

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