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College Hoops Viewing Guide For February 15, 2017

Bubble games? Crucial showdowns in the ACC and Big Ten races? Wednesday’s slate offers both.

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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

Maryland at Northwestern, 7 p.m. (BTN)
Iowa State at Kansas State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Arkansas at South Carolina, 6:30 p.m. (SECN)
Xavier at Providence, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
Cincinnati at USF, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Temple at East Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN News)

Mid-Evening Tips

Georgia Tech at Miami, 8 p.m. (ACC Network (Regional)/ESPN3)
Creighton at Seton Hall, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
North Carolina at N.C. State, 8 p.m. (ACC Network (Regional)/ESPN3)

Late Evening Tips

Duke at Virginia, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Indiana at Minnesota, 9 p.m. (BTN)
Oklahoma State at TCU, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
St. John’s at Butler, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
Tulane at SMU, 9 p.m. (ASN)
Alabama at Missouri, 8:30 p.m. (SECN)

ACC

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (15-10, 6-6) at Miami Hurricanes (16-8, 6-6), 8 p.m. (ACC Network (Regional)/ESPN3)
No. 10 North Carolina Tar Heels (21-5, 9-3) at N.C. State Wolfpack (14-12, 3-10), 8 p.m. (ACC Network (Regional)/ESPN3)
No. 12 Duke Blue Devils (20-5, 8-4) at No. 14 Virginia Cavaliers (18-6, 8-4), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

The Yellow Jackets open crucial week — one that ends Sunday back in Atlanta against Syracuse — in Coral Gables. However, the Hurricanes also play a pair of games against bubble teams over the next week, as they host Clemson Saturday. But Miami also has a short turnaround for a Big Monday trip to Virginia to factor into their preparations. Speaking of the Cavaliers, the winner of their showdown with the Blue Devils will join Florida State and Louisville in a tie for second, assuming N.C. State, a team in turmoil with coaching rumors already swirling, doesn’t upset a UNC squad that won the pair’s first meeting by 51.

American

No. 18 Cincinnati Bearcats (22-3, 11-1) at USF Bulls (7-17, 1-12), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Temple Owls (14-12, 5-8) at East Carolina Pirates (11-14, 3-9), 7 p.m. (ESPN News)
Tulane Green Wave (4-20, 1-11) at No. 19 SMU Mustangs (22-4, 12-1), 9 p.m. (ASN)

The conference’s two best squads should be able to complete season sweeps of their respective opponents. Cincy blasted USF by 41 on January 29th, while SMU took down Tulane by 16 two weeks earlier.

Big 12

Iowa State Cyclones (15-9, 7-5) at Kansas State Wildcats (16-9, 5-7), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Oklahoma State Cowboys (16-9, 5-7) at TCU Horned Frogs (17-8, 6-6), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

It’s a doubleheader of bubble showdowns in the Big 12. The Cyclones will look for their first two-game win streak since January 21st and 24th, when they defeated Oklahoma on the road and the Wildcats back in Ames. On Saturday, Iowa State topped ... the Sooners by 16. As for K-State, it’s lost two in a row and five of six, so defending the Octagon of Doom should be a priority. In the nightcap, the Cowboys are in search of their seventh win in their last eight. Oklahoma State’s only defeat came at the hands of Baylor, who handled the Horned Frogs on Saturday — a result that snapped TCU’s three-game winning run. Note that the Cowboys won the pair’s first meeting by 13 in Stillwater on January 23rd.

Big East

Xavier Musketeers (18-7, 8-4) at Providence Friars (15-11, 5-8), 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
No. 20 Creighton Bluejays (21-4, 8-4) at Seton Hall Pirates (15-9, 5-7), 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
St. John’s Red Storm (12-14, 6-7) at No. 24 Butler Bulldogs (19-6, 8-5), 8:30 p.m. (FS1)

After two nights of Westminster Kennel Club action, the Big East is back on FS1. The doubleheader starts with the rematch of the Musketeers’ 82-56 league slate-opening win over the Friars. However, Providence looks far better than it did back on December 28th, and it will be looking for a second consecutive helpful win for its bubble hopes. As for the Bulldog team the Friars stunned on Saturday, they’ll be eager to reverse the 76-73 loss the Red Storm handed them in the conference opener for both. In between those two starts, the Bluejays and Pirates will meet in another opener rematch. Seton Hall, one of the last five teams in my Tuesday projection, really needs to improve upon the 89-75 loss Creighton handed it in Omaha, particularly after Saturday’s bad loss to the Johnnies.

Big Ten

No. 23 Maryland Terrapins (21-4, 9-3) at Northwestern Wildcats (19-6, 8-4), 7 p.m. (BTN)
Indiana Hoosiers (15-11, 5-8) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (18-7, 6-6), 9 p.m. (BTN)

The Wildcats and Terps meet for the only time this season in Evanston, where the hosts will look to follow up Sunday’s seismic road victory over Wisconsin with another that will almost assuredly lock up a first-ever NCAA bid. Maryland stopped a two-game skid by defeating Ohio State on Saturday, but Mark Turgeon’s team has struggled for the past three weeks or so. In the nightcap, a Hoosier squad that’s only defeated Penn State in its last six games (requiring three OTs at home to even manage that victory) will try to cool off a Golden Gopher squad that’s won three straight to move back to bid safety.

SEC

Arkansas Razorbacks (18-7, 7-5) at No. 21 South Carolina Gamecocks (20-5, 10-2), 6:30 p.m. (SECN)
Alabama Crimson Tide (14-10, 7-5) at Missouri Tigers (7-17, 2-10), 8:30 p.m. (SECN)

A Razorback team that flirted with dropping its third game in succession before defeating LSU by eight on Saturday will have to be up for its trip to Columbia. Tonight’s game is just one of two Arkansas has on its remaining slate against likely NCAA squads — with both coming away from Bud Walton Arena. In the nightcap, the Crimson Tide can’t lose to Mizzou if they want to remain in the bid conversation. Bama only won by 12 at home in the pair’s first meeting on January 18th.

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