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College Hoops Viewing Guide For January 7, 2017

There isn’t an absolute marquee game on the first Saturday of 2017, but there are more than enough good ones on this slate.

NCAA Basketball: Florida State at Virginia Geoff Burke-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. Window

Butler at Georgetown, 12 p.m. (FOX)
Texas A&M at South Carolina, 1:30 p.m. (CBS)
TCU at West Virginia, 1 p.m. (ESPNU)
Pitt at Syracuse, 12 p.m. (ACC Network/ESPN3)
UMass at VCU, 1 p.m. (NBCSN)
DePaul at Seton Hall, 12 p.m. (CBSSN)
Michigan State vs. Penn State, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
Missouri at Georgia, 1 p.m. (SECN)
East Carolina at Temple, 12 p.m. (ASN/ESPN3)

2-4 p.m. Window

Virginia Tech at Florida State, 2 p.m. (ACC Network (Regional)/ESPN3)
Clemson at Notre Dame, 3 p.m. (ESPNU)
Maryland at Michigan, 3:15 p.m. (ESPN2)
Creighton at Providence, 2 p.m. (CBSSN)
Louisville at Georgia Tech, 2 p.m. (ACC Network (Regional)/ESPN3)
Oklahoma at Kansas State, 3 p.m. (ESPN News)
St. John’s at Xavier, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Boston College at Duke, 2 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)
Saint Joseph’s at Fordham, 3 p.m. (NBCSN)
Oregon State at Washington, 3 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
Mississippi State at LSU, 3:30 p.m. (SECN)

4-6 p.m. Window

Illinois at Indiana, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
George Mason at St. Bonaventure, 5 p.m. (NBCSN)
Tennessee at Florida, 5:15 p.m. (ESPN2)
Utah at Arizona State, 5 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
USF at SMU, 5 p.m. (ESPN News)

6-8 p.m. Window

Oklahoma State at Baylor, 7 p.m. (ESPN News)
Texas Tech at Kansas, 7:15 p.m. (ESPN2)
Marquette at Villanova, 7:30 p.m. (FS1)
Oregon at Washington State, 7 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
Ole Miss at Auburn, 6 p.m. (SECN)
Vanderbilt at Alabama, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

8-10 p.m. Window

N.C. State at North Carolina, 8 p.m. (ESPN) (postponed until tomorrow at 1 p.m.)
Arkansas at Kentucky, 8:30 p.m (SECN) (ESPN)
Cincinnati at Houston, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Colorado at Arizona, 9:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
Texas at Iowa State, 9:15 p.m. (ESPN2)
Duquesne at La Salle, 8 p.m. (ASN)

10 p.m. and Beyond Window

San Diego State at Boise State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
Nevada at New Mexico, 11:15 p.m. (ESPN2)
Saint Mary’s at San Francisco, 11 p.m. (CSN Bay Area/TheW.tv)
Gonzaga at Portland, 10 p.m. (KHQ/ESPN3/TheW.tv) PPD

ACC

Pittsburgh Panthers (12-3, 1-1) at Syracuse Orange (9-6, 1-1), 12 p.m. (ACC Network/ESPN3)
No. 21 Virginia Tech Hokies (12-2, 1-1) at No. 12 Florida State Seminoles (14-1, 2-0), 2 p.m. (ACC Network (Regional)/ESPN3)
No. 9 Louisville Cardinals (12-3, 0-2) at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (9-5, 1-1), 2 p.m. (ACC Network (Regional)/ESPN3)
Boston College Eagles (8-7, 1-1) at No. 8 Duke Blue Devils (13-2, 1-1), 2 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)
Clemson Tigers (11-3, 1-1) at No. 23 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (13-2, 2-0), 3 p.m. (ESPNU)
North Carolina State Wolfpack (12-3, 1-1) at No. 14 North Carolina Tar Heels (13-3, 1-1), 8 p.m. (ESPN) PPD until tomorrow at 1 p.m.

All but one of these games (guess which!) will be worth a watch, particularly if Georgia Tech plays like it did against UNC one week ago. Virginia Tech’s trip to underrated FSU and Clemson’s visit to the cauldron that is Purcell Pavilion stand out in particular, but N.C. State could really use a quality road win, which they could get in Chapel Hill if UNC’s recent struggles continue.

American Athletic

East Carolina Pirates (9-7, 1-2) at Temple Owls (9-7, 0-3), 12 p.m. (ASN/ESPN3)
USF Bulls (6-7, 0-2) at SMU Mustangs (13-3, 3-0), 5 p.m. (ESPN News)
No. 22 Cincinnati Bearcats (12-2, 2-0) at Houston Cougars (12-3, 3-0), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

Temple should pick up its first AAC win, while SMU should jump to 4-0, but there’s more mystery in the nightcap, which sees the conference favorite playing one of its more difficult road games of the year.

Atlantic 10

UMass Minutemen (10-5, 0-2) at VCU Rams (12-3, 2-0), 1 p.m. (NBCSN)
Saint Joseph’s Hawks (7-6, 1-1) at Fordham Rams (6-9, 0-2), 3 p.m. (NBCSN)
George Mason Patriots (11-4, 1-1) at St. Bonaventure Bonnies (9-5, 1-1), 5 p.m. (NBCSN)
Duquesne Dukes (8-7, 1-1) at La Salle Explorers (7-5, 1-1), 8 p.m. (ASN)

There isn’t a whole lot of at-large drama in the A 10 this season, outside of the top three of VCU, Dayton, and Rhode Island. With a home win over UMass, the Rams can join the as the only two remaining unbeatens in conference play.

Big 12

TCU Horned Frogs (12-2, 1-1) at No. 7 West Virginia Mountaineers (12-2, 1-1), 1 p.m. (ESPNU)
Oklahoma Sooners (6-7, 0-2) at Kansas State Wildcats (12-2, 1-1), 3 p.m. (ESPN News)
Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-4, 0-2) at No. 2 Baylor Bears (14-0, 2-0), 7 p.m. (ESPN News)
Texas Tech Red Raiders (12-2, 1-1) at No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks (13-1, 2-0), 7:15 p.m. (ESPN2)
Texas Longhorns (7-7, 1-1) at Iowa State Cyclones (9-4, 1-1), 9:15 p.m. (ESPN2)

The Big 12’s top four are all at home and should hold serve — with Baylor in line to ascend to the top spot in the rankings with a win over Oklahoma State. Kansas State cannot afford a hangover after its OT loss to Kansas with struggling Oklahoma headed to Manhattan.

Big East

No. 18 Butler Bulldogs (13-2, 2-1) at Georgetown Hoyas (8-7, 0-3), 12 p.m. (FOX)
DePaul Blue Demons (7-8, 0-2) at Seton Hall Pirates (11-3, 1-1), 12 p.m. (CBSSN)
No. 10 Creighton Bluejays (14-1, 2-1) at Providence Friars (11-5, 1-2), 2 p.m. (CBSSN)
St. John’s Red Storm (8-8, 2-1) at No. 16 Xavier Musketeers (12-2, 2-0), 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Marquette Golden Eagles (10-4, 1-1) at No. 1 Villanova Wildcats (14-1, 2-1), 7:30 p.m. (FS1)

Butler can add to Georgetown’s misery if the Bulldogs can follow up Wednesday’s big home win with a road victory in Fox’s noon tip. Seton Hall and Xavier should be able to defend their home floors, while Creighton will like its chances to drop Providence to 1-3 after its long trip east. In the primetime game, Nova, likely to fall to 2nd or 3rd in the polls, will aim to rebound against a Marquette squad that’s in dire need of a marquee win.

Big Ten

Michigan State Spartans (11-5, 3-0) vs. Penn State Nittany Lions (9-7, 1-2) at the Palestra, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
Maryland Terrapins (13-2, 1-1) at Michigan Wolverines (11-4, 1-1), 3:15 p.m. (ESPN2)
Illinois Fighting Illini (11-4, 1-1) at No. 25 Indiana Hoosiers (10-5, 0-2), 5 p.m. (ESPNU)

Five of these six teams appear in my first bracket of 2017, but Illinois and Michigan are barely in the field and could possibly drop out with losses. In the first game of the day, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo will get to coach in the Palestra for the first time, as the Spartans take on Penn State in Philly.

Mountain West

San Diego State Aztecs (8-6, 0-2) at Boise State Broncos (10-4, 3-0), 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
Nevada Wolf Pack (13-3, 2-1) at New Mexico Lobos (9-6, 2-1), 11:15 p.m. (ESPN2)

Might SDSU start the Mountain West season 0-3? That’s a distinct possibility, even if the Aztecs won in Boise last season. Nearly simultaneously, Nevada will look to keep pace with the Broncos by winning at the Pit.

Pac-12

Oregon State Beavers (4-12, 0-3) at Washington Huskies (7-7, 0-2), 3 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National/Oregon/Washington)
Utah Utes (10-4, 1-1) at Arizona State Sun Devils (9-7, 2-1), 5 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National/Mountain/Arizona)
No. 15 Oregon Ducks (14-2, 3-0) at Washington State Cougars (9-5, 2-0), 7 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National/Oregon/Washington)
Colorado Buffaloes (10-5, 0-2) at No. 17 Arizona Wildcats (14-2, 3-0), 9:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National/Mountain/Arizona)

The finale of the Pac-12 Network quadrupleheader is the most intriguing game of the group (even if Wazzu heads to Eugene for a battle of Pac-12 unbeatens). Colorado’s at-large chances, boosted by a home win over Xavier, would jump a bit with a win over Arizona — as unlikely as that result would seem after Thursday’s one-point loss at ASU.

SEC

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

This filler-heavy SEC slate starts with Texas A&M traveling to Columbia, S.C. needing a road win to get its at-large hopes on track, moves on to a Florida team looking to stay undefeated in the league by handling a challenging Tennessee squad in Gainesville, and closes with Kentucky facing one of its more significant challenges, a visit from talented Arkansas.

WCC

No. 5 Gonzaga Bulldogs (15-0, 3-0) at Portland Pilots (9-6, 2-1), 10 p.m. (KHQ/ESPN3/TheW.tv) PPD
No. 19 Saint Mary’s Gaels (13-1, 3-0) at San Francisco Dons (11-5, 1-2), 11 p.m. (CSN Bay Area/TheW.tv)

The top two in the league will both aim to move one step closer to a battle of WCC unbeatens in Spokane in a week’s time.

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