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College Hoops Viewing Guide For February 18, 2017

The Kansas-Baylor rematch and the first of two remaining games between UNC and Virginia highlight a busy Saturday slate.

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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

12-2 p.m. Tips

Kansas at Baylor, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Clemson at Miami, 12 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)
Villanova at Seton Hall, 12:30 p.m. (Fox)
Virginia Tech at Louisville, 1 p.m. (ACC Network (Regional)/ESPN3)
Wake Forest at Duke, 1 p.m. (ACC Network (Regional)/ESPN3)
Tulsa at Cincinnati, 12 p.m. (ESPNU)
Missouri at Tennessee, 1 p.m. (SECN)
Notre Dame at N.C. State, 12 p.m. (ESPN)
Northern Iowa at Wichita State, 12 p.m. (ESPN2)
Davidson at UMass, 12 p.m. (NBCSN)

2-4 p.m. Tips

Texas Tech at West Virginia, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
Florida at Mississippi State, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
Kansas State at Texas, 2 p.m. (LHN)
St. Bonaventure at Dayton, 2 p.m. (NBCSN)
UT Arlington at Georgia State, 2:15 p.m. (ESPN3)
FGCU at USC Upstate, 2 p.m. (ESPN3)
Colorado at Oregon, 3 p.m. (Fox)
LSU at Alabama, 3:30 p.m. (SECN)
Illinois at Iowa, 2 p.m. (BTN)
USF at Tulane, 2 p.m. (ESPN News)
Saint Louis at Fordham, 2 p.m. (Atlantic 10)

4-6 p.m. Tips

Michigan State at Purdue, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
Florida State at Pitt, 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
Rhode Island at George Mason, 4 p.m. (NBCSN)
Auburn at Texas AM, 4 p.m. (ESPNU)
Pacific at Gonzaga, 4 p.m. (TheW.tv)
UNC Greensboro at Furman, 4 p.m. (ESPN3)
ETSU at Chattanooga, 5 p.m. (ESPN3)
Mount St. Mary’s at Fairleigh Dickinson, 4 p.m. (NEC Front Row)
Morehead State at Belmont, 5 p.m. (OVCDN)
UCF at East Carolina, 4 p.m. (ESPN News)
Saint Joseph’s at La Salle, 4 p.m. (CBSSN)
Arizona State at Washington State, 5 p.m. (Pac-12)

6-8 p.m. Tips

TCU at Iowa State, 6 p.m. (ESPN News)
USC at UCLA, 7 p.m. (Pac-12)
Kentucky at Georgia, 6 p.m. (ESPN)
Ole Miss at Arkansas, 6 p.m. (SECN)
SMU at Houston, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
Middle Tennessee at Marshall, 6 p.m. (ASN)
Rutgers at Northwestern, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
Nebraska at Ohio State, 6 p.m. (BTN)

8 p.m. and Later Tips

Virginia at North Carolina, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)
Xavier at Marquette, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
South Carolina at Vanderbilt, 8:30 p.m. (SECN)
Arizona at Washington, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Oklahoma at Oklahoma State, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
Saint Mary’s at BYU, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
UC Riverside at UC Irvine, 12 a.m. (ESPNU)

ACC

No. 25 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (20-7, 9-5) at N.C. State Wolfpack (14-13, 3-11), 12 p.m. (ESPN)
Clemson Tigers (14-11, 4-9) at Miami Hurricanes (17-8, 7-6), 12 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)
Virginia Tech Hokies (18-7, 7-6) at No. 8 Louisville Cardinals (21-5, 9-4), 1 p.m. (ACC Network (Regional)/ESPN3)
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (15-11, 6-8) at No. 12 Duke Blue Devils (21-5, 9-4), 1 p.m. (ACC Network (Regional)/ESPN3)
No. 17 Florida State Seminoles (21-5, 9-4) at Pitt Panthers (14-12, 3-10), 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
No. 14 Virginia Cavaliers (18-7, 8-5) at No. 10 North Carolina Tar Heels (22-5, 10-3), 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

All of the legitimate contenders for the No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament are in action today, while Clemson and Miami meet in a crucial bubble showdown. That’s particularly true for the Tigers, whose chances at finishing .500 in conference play will be toast with a loss. Note that the Wake-Duke matchup is the only rematch out of this group (the Blue Devils escaped Winston-Salem with a two-point win on January 28th, while UVa and UNC will meet again in Charlottesville on February 27th.

American Athletic

Tulsa Golden Hurricane (12-13, 6-7) at No. 18 Cincinnati Bearcats (23-3, 12-1), 12 p.m. (ESPNU)
USF Bulls (7-18, 1-13) at Tulane Green Wave (4-21, 1-12), 2 p.m. (ESPN News)
UCF Knights (16-10, 7-7) at East Carolina Pirates (12-14, 4-9), 4 p.m. (ESPN News)
No. 19 SMU Mustangs (23-4, 13-1) at Houston Cougars (18-7, 9-4), 6 p.m. (ESPN2)

With a win and SMU loss in Houston, Cincinnati will be back in control of the conference race. I suspect the Cougars will put up more of a fight at Hofheinz than they did in a 85-64 loss in Dallas on January 21st.

Atlantic 10

Davidson Wildcats (13-11, 6-7) at UMass Minutemen (13-13, 3-10), 12 p.m. (NBCSN)
St. Bonaventure Bonnies (16-9, 8-5) at Dayton Flyers (20-5, 11-2), 2 p.m. (NBCSN)
Saint Louis Billikens (9-17, 4-9) at Fordham Rams (11-15, 5-8), 2 p.m. (Atlantic 10)
Rhode Island Rams (16-9, 8-5) at George Mason Patriots (18-8, 8-5), 4 p.m. (NBCSN)
Saint Joseph’s Hawks (10-15, 3-10) at La Salle Explorers (13-11, 7-6), 4 p.m. (CBSSN)

Co-leader Dayton’s visit from St. Bonaventure, one of three teams tied for fourth, and the showdown between the other two teams knotted in that position, URI and GMU, are the most intriguing games out of this group.

Big 12

No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks (23-3, 11-2) at No. 4 Baylor Bears (22-4, 9-4), 1 p.m. (CBS)
Kansas State Wildcats (16-10, 5-8) at Texas Longhorns (10-16, 4-9), 2 p.m. (LHN)
Texas Tech Red Raiders (17-9, 5-8) at No. 9 West Virginia Mountaineers (20-6, 8-5), 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
TCU Horned Frogs (17-9, 6-7) at Iowa State Cyclones (16-9, 8-5), 6 p.m. (ESPN News)
Oklahoma Sooners (9-16, 3-10) at Oklahoma State Cowboys (17-9, 6-7), 8 p.m. (ESPNU)

A Jayhawk sweep of the Bears would all but lock up another Big 12 regular season crown for Kansas — and push Baylor closer to the two line. K-State really needs to complete a sweep of Texas to keep its fading bid hopes alive, while a Texas Tech win at West Virginia would return the Red Raiders to the picture. TCU-Iowa State is the biggest bubble game of the day in the conference, as the Cyclones will look to avenge the seven-point loss the Horned Frogs handed them in Fort Worth. Finally, Oklahoma State will look to maintain its status as one of the country’s hottest teams by picking up its second Bedlam win of 2017.

Big East

No. 2 Villanova Wildcats (25-2, 12-2) at Seton Hall Pirates (16-9, 6-7), 12:30 p.m. (Fox)
Xavier Musketeers (18-8, 8-5) at Marquette Golden Eagles (15-10, 6-7), 8 p.m. (CBSSN)

The Pirates and Golden Eagles, among the last eight teams in my Friday projection, could both use the decent home wins on offer today. The Wildcats blasted the Pirates by 30 in their first meeting, while this will be the first of two Xavier-Marquette encounters over the season’s final weeks.

Big Ten

Illinois Fighting Illini (14-12, 4-9) at Iowa Hawkeyes (14-12, 6-7), 2 p.m. (BTN)
Michigan State Spartans (16-10, 8-5) at No. 16 Purdue Boilermakers (21-5, 10-3), 4 p.m. (ESPN)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (13-14, 2-12) at Northwestern Wildcats (19-7, 8-5), 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
Nebraska Cornhuskers (11-14, 5-8) at Ohio State Buckeyes (15-12, 5-9), 6 p.m. (BTN)

While Northwestern needs to avoid a toe stub against Rutgers in Evanston, the real big one here is the Sparty-Boilermaker showdown in West Lafayette. Purdue is going for a season sweep of MSU, having won by 11 in East Lansing on January 24th.

Pac-12

Colorado Buffaloes (16-11, 6-8) at No. 7 Oregon Ducks (23-4, 12-2), 3 p.m. (Fox)
Arizona State Sun Devils (13-14, 6-8) at Washington State Cougars (11-14, 4-10), 5 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National/Arizona/Washington)
USC Trojans (21-5, 8-5) at No. 6 UCLA Bruins (23-3, 10-3), 7 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National and LA)
No. 5 Arizona Wildcats (24-3, 13-1) at Washington Huskies (9-17, 2-12), 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

Colorado can get itself back into the race by doing what Utah couldn’t on Thursday night, namely beat Oregon in Eugene. But the game of the day is at Pauley, where the Bruins will attempt to reverse the 84-76 defeat the Trojans handed them at Galen on January 25th. If UCLA’s defense is halfway decent, it should be able to earn the season split.

SEC

Missouri Tigers (7-18, 2-11) at Tennessee Volunteers (14-12, 6-7), 1 p.m. (SECN)
No. 15 Florida Gators (21-5, 11-2) at Mississippi State Bulldogs (14-11, 5-8), 2 p.m. (ESPN)
LSU Tigers (9-16, 1-12) at Alabama Crimson Tide (15-10, 8-5), 3:30 p.m. (SECN)
Auburn Tigers (16-10, 5-8) at Texas A&M Aggies (13-12, 5-8), 4 p.m. (ESPNU)
No. 13 Kentucky Wildcats (21-5, 11-2) at Georgia Bulldogs (15-11, 6-7), 6 p.m. (ESPN)
Ole Miss Rebels (16-10, 7-6) at Arkansas Razorbacks (19-7, 8-5), 6 p.m. (SECN)
No. 21 South Carolina Gamecocks (20-6, 10-3) at Vanderbilt Commodores (13-13, 6-7), 8:30 p.m. (SECN)

Naturally, I’m most curious to see how Florida plays in Starkville in its first full game without John Egbunu, particularly with South Carolina visiting Gainesville on Tuesday and the rematch with Kentucky looming in a week. Speaking of the Wildcats, they’ll face a significant challenge in Athens, especially since Georgia played them tough at Rupp, forcing OT. Alabama and Tennessee should pick up home wins to keep their respective quests on track, while Arkansas will look to build on a midweek win over South Carolina back at home against Ole Miss. As for the Gamecocks, they’ll look to get out of their current funk (1-2 in their last three) against a Vandy squad whose bubble has popped.

Elsewhere

Northern Iowa Panthers (14-12, 9-6 MVC) at Wichita State Shockers (24-4, 14-1), 12 p.m. (ESPN2)
UT Arlington Mavericks (19-6, 9-3 Sun Belt) at Georgia State Panthers (16-9, 9-4), 2:15 p.m. (ESPN3)
FGCU Eagles (21-7, 10-2 A-Sun) at USC Upstate Spartans (17-12, 7-5), 2 p.m. (ESPN3)
Pacific Tigers (10-18, 4-11 WCC) at No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs (27-0, 15-0), 4 p.m. (TheW.tv)
UNC Greensboro Spartans (19-8, 10-4 SoCon) at Furman Paladins (20-8, 13-2), 4 p.m. (ESPN3)
Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers (14-14, 12-3 NEC) at Fairleigh Dickinson Knights (11-14, 9-6), 4 p.m. (NEC Front Row)
ETSU Buccaneers (21-6, 11-3 SoCon) at Chattanooga Mocs (19-7, 10-4), 5 p.m. (ESPN3)
Morehead State Eagles (13-3, 9-4 OVC) at Belmont Bruins (19-5, 13-1), 5 p.m. (OVCDN)
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (23-4, 13-1 C-USA) at Marshall Thundering Herd (15-11, 8-5), 6 p.m. (ASN)
No. 22 Saint Mary’s Gaels (23-3, 13-2 WCC) at BYU Cougars (19-9, 10-5), 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
UC Riverside Highlanders (8-16, 5-7 Big West) at UC Irvine Anteaters (15-12, 8-3), 12 a.m. (ESPNU)

It’s another Saturday full of Championship Fortnight previews, including a potential look at both SoCon semifinals late in the afternoon. Belmont, UT Arlington, and Mount St. Mary’s all take on teams likely to challenge them for their leagues’ respective auto bids, while FGCU can move closer to the Atlantic Sun regular season crown by defeating USC Upstate in Spartanburg. Plus, Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s will look to lock up the top two seeds in the WCC Tournament.

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