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College Hoops Viewing Guide For February 1, 2017

February opens with a top-three showdown in Lawrence and a surprising top-25 meet-up in West Lafayette.

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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

Georgia Tech at Clemson, 7 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)
TCU at Kansas State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN News)
Penn State at Indiana, 6:30 p.m. (BTN)
Villanova at Providence, 7 p.m. (FS1)
Syracuse at N.C. State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Richmond at VCU, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
Alabama at Arkansas, 7 p.m. (SECN)
Marquette at St. John’s, 7 p.m. (FS2)
UCF at Houston, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
George Mason at Saint Louis, 7 p.m. (FS Midwest/FCS Atlantic)

Mid-Evening Tips

Northwestern at Purdue, 8:30 p.m. (BTN)
Florida State at Miami, 8 p.m. (ACC Network (Regional)/ESPN3)
Virginia Tech at Virginia, 8 p.m. (ACC Network (Regional)/ESPN3)
St. Bonaventure at Duquesne, 8 p.m. (ASN)

Late Evening Tips

Baylor at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Seton Hall at Xavier, 9 p.m. (FS1)
Cincinnati at Tulsa, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
Texas Tech at Texas, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
USC at Washington, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
UCLA at Washington State, 9 p.m. (Pac-12)
South Carolina at LSU, 9 p.m. (SECN)
East Carolina at SMU, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN News)

ACC

Syracuse Orange (13-9, 5-4) at N.C. State Wolfpack (14-8, 3-6), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (13-8, 5-4) at Clemson Tigers (12-8, 2-6), 7 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)
No. 15 Florida State Seminoles (18-4, 6-3) at Miami Hurricanes (14-6, 4-4), 8 p.m. (ACC Network (Regional)/ESPN3)
Virginia Tech Hokies (16-5, 5-4) at No. 9 Virginia Cavaliers (16-4, 6-2), 8 p.m. (ACC Network (Regional)/ESPN3)

With a soft, expanded bubble at the moment, the games in Raleigh and Clemson are vital to all involved. Miami can grab a second quality home win in succession by defeating archrival FSU — the Seminoles might be vulnerable, considering they’ve already lost both prior outings on this three-game road swing. In Charlottesville, Virginia plays the first of two against its archrival in a 12-day span. Last season, Virginia Tech won the meeting in Blacksburg, but fell by 18 at JPJ Arena.

American Athletic

UCF Knights (14-7, 5-4) at Houston Cougars (15-7, 6-4) , 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
No. 14 Cincinnati Bearcats (19-2, 8-0) at Tulsa Golden Hurricane (12-8, 6-2), 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
East Carolina Pirates (10-12, 2-7) at SMU Mustangs (18-4, 8-1), 9:30 p.m. (ESPN News)

The top three teams in the league are all in action tonight, with Cincinnati facing a stiff challenge at surprising Tulsa. While the Golden Hurricane don’t have much of an at-large chance at the moment, a win over the Bearcats could change that.

Atlantic 10

Richmond Spiders (13-8, 7-2) at VCU Rams (16-5, 6-2), 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
George Mason Patriots (14-7, 4-4) at Saint Louis Billikens (6-15, 2-7), 7 p.m. (FS Midwest/FCS Atlantic)
St. Bonaventure Bonnies (13-7, 5-3) at Duquesne Dukes (9-13, 2-7), 8 p.m. (ASN)

Thanks to Dayton‘s win over Fordham last night, the winner at the Siegel Center tonight will keep pace with the Flyers (a team VCU handled on Friday).

Big 12

TCU Horned Frogs (14-7, 3-5) at Kansas State Wildcats (15-6, 4-4), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN News)
No. 2 Baylor Bears (20-1, 7-1) at No 3 Kansas Jayhawks (19-2, 7-1), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Texas Tech Red Raiders (15-6, 3-5) at Texas Longhorns (8-13, 2-6), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

While TCU, K-State, and Texas Tech will all look for vital bubble wins, Baylor and Kansas will meet in Lawrence with the conference lead on the line. Last season, the Bears failed to beat the Jayhawks in three tries, including a 70-66 loss in the Big 12 semifinals. KU won last year’s game at the Phog by 28.

Big East

No. 4 Villanova Wildcats (20-2, 7-2) at Providence Friars (14-9, 4-6), 7 p.m. (FS1)
Marquette Golden Eagles (14-7, 5-4) at St. John’s Red Storm (10-13, 4-6), 7 p.m. (FS2)
Seton Hall Pirates (13-7, 3-5) at Xavier Musketeers (15-6, 5-3), 9 p.m. (FS1)

While Providence edged Marquette in Milwaukee on Saturday, they might have a more difficult time topping the league favorites tonight. Villanova won the first meeting by 10 on January 21st. Xavier’s first game of the season against Seton Hall has added importance with the Musketeers needing to adjust to life without the injured Edmond Sumner. If Xavier struggles without him, its tourney chances could become as bubbly as the Pirates’. Marquette, meanwhile, will look to avoid stubbing its toe for the second game in succession.

Big Ten

Penn State Nittany Lions (12-10, 4-5) at Indiana Hoosiers (14-8, 4-5), 6:30 p.m. (BTN)
No. 25 Northwestern Wildcats (18-4, 7-2) at No. 23 Purdue Boilermakers (17-5, 6-3), 8:30 p.m. (BTN)

Indiana returns to Assembly Hall needing to get back on track after two straight road losses. Penn State is looking for a season split, as the Hoosiers won the first meeting in State College by three on January 18th.

In the nightcap, Northwestern starts its “put up or shut up” stretch that sees it play the three Big Ten teams currently ahead of it in the pecking order (Purdue, Wisconsin, and Maryland), with only the game against the Terps coming in Evanston. The Wildcats lost by 10 in West Lafayette last season

Pac-12

No. 11 UCLA Bruins (19-3, 6-3) at Washington State Cougars (11-10 4-5), 9 p.m. (Pac-12)
USC Trojans (18-4, 5-4) at Washington Huskies (9-12, 2-7), 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

Last season UCLA and USC went 1-3 in their Washington road trips, with the Trojans winning in Pullman. You shouldn’t expect a similar set of results this week.

SEC

Alabama Crimson Tide (13-7, 6-2) at Arkansas Razorbacks (16-5, 5-3), 7 p.m. (SECN)
No. 19 South Carolina Gamecocks (17-4, 7-1) at LSU Tigers (9-11, 1-7), 9 p.m. (SECN)

While South Carolina should roll a poor LSU squad, keep an eye on the game in Fayetteville. Alabama sits tied with Florida for third in the SEC, largely due to a soft schedule. A win over struggling Arkansas would give the Tide a bit of momentum heading into a weekend home game with Auburn, then a difficult week that will see Bama host S.C. and visit Kentucky.

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