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College Hoops Viewing Guide For February 21, 2017

Several bubble teams are in action on a Tuesday night that could also go a long way to settling the SEC regular season title chase.

NCAA Basketball: Florida at South Carolina Jim Dedmon-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 Evening Tips

South Carolina at Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Clemson at Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Rhode Island at La Salle, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
George Mason at Dayton, 7 p.m. (Spectrum Sports/A 10 on Facebook Live)
Purdue at Penn State, 6 p.m. (BTN)
Oklahoma at Baylor, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Auburn at LSU, 7 p.m. (SECN)

Late Evening Tips

Northwestern at Illinois, 8 p.m. (BTN)
N.C. State at Georgia Tech, 8 p.m. (ACC Network/ESPN3)
St. John’s at Marquette, 8 p.m. (FS1)
Indiana at Iowa, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Davidson at Richmond, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
Colorado State at New Mexico, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
Ole Miss at Mississippi State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Kentucky at Missouri, 9 p.m. (SECN)
Milwaukee at Valparaiso, 8 p.m. (ESPN3)
Akron at Bowling Green, 9 p.m. (BCSN/Spectrum Sports/ESPN3)
Evansville at Wichita State, 8 p.m. (Cox-Kansas/ESPN3)
East Carolina at Tulane, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

ACC

Clemson Tigers (14-12, 4-10) at Virginia Tech Hokies (18-8, 7-7), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
N.C. State Wolfpack (14-14, 3-12) at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (16-11, 7-7), 8 p.m. (ACC Network/ESPN3)

Yes, the Tigers are back in my Tuesday bracket. Just don’t expect them to be around on Friday if they lose in Blacksburg. An 82-81 home loss to the Hokies is one of many setbacks Clemson might regret if they end up in the NIT. Meanwhile, the Yellow Jackets returned to the field after beating Syracuse on Sunday night. Tech will look to complete a season sweep of the Wolfpack tonight. Fun fact: State is the only team that the Rambling Wreck have beaten on the road in ACC play.

American Athletic

East Carolina Pirates (12-15, 4-10) at Tulane Green Wave (5-12, 2-12), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

Surely you have better things to watch.

Atlantic 10

Rhode Island Rams (17-9, 9-5) at La Salle Explorers (14-11, 8-6), 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
George Mason Patriots (18-9, 8-6) at Dayton Flyers (21-5, 12-2), 7 p.m. (Spectrum Sports/A 10 on Facebook Live)
Davidson Wildcats (14-11, 7-7) at Richmond Spiders (15-11, 9-5), 8 p.m. (CBSSN)

Five of the six teams sandwiched between third and eighth in the A 10 race are in action tonight, with GMU facing the biggest challenge as the Patriots visit league co-leader Dayton. URI will head to Philadelphia looking to avenge La Salle’s January 12th win in Kingston, while Richmond can sweep the season series with Davidson.

Big 12

Oklahoma Sooners (9-17, 3-11) at No. 9 Baylor Bears (22-5, 9-5), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

The Bears blasted the Sooners by 26 in the Big 12 opener for both back on December 30th. Baylor is 2-4 in its last six, while Oklahoma has won just once in its last nine.

Big East

St. John’s Red Storm (12-15, 6-8) at Marquette Golden Eagles (16-10, 7-7), 8 p.m. (FS1)

The Golden Eagles must earn a season split with the Red Storm, who won the pair’s first meeting in New York by 14, before hitting the road for two against rising Providence and struggling Xavier.

Big Ten

No. 14 Purdue Boilermakers (22-5, 11-3) at Penn State Nittany Lions (14-13, 6-8), 6 p.m. (BTN)
Northwestern Wildcats (20-7, 9-5) at Illinois Fighting Illini (15-12, 5-9), 8 p.m. (BTN)
Indiana Hoosiers (15-12, 5-9) at Iowa Hawkeyes (14-13, 6-8), 9 p.m. (ESPN)

The Nittany Lions have already defeated Maryland Terrapins and Minnesota Golden Gophers at the Bryce Jordan Center, though they’ll probably have a more difficult time repeating that trick against a Purdue squad that handled them by 25 in West Lafayette. Later, the Wildcats will aim to earn a season split with the Fighting Illini, a necessary result considering how Illinois shocked them in Evanston two weeks ago. Finally, Indiana and Iowa meet in a game that will affect the NIT hopes for both.

SEC

South Carolina Gamecocks (20-7, 10-4) at No. 13 Florida Gators (22-5, 12-2), 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Auburn Tigers (16-11, 5-9) at LSU Tigers (9-17, 1-13), 7 p.m. (SECN)
Ole Miss Rebels (16-11, 7-7) at Mississippi State Bulldogs (14-12, 5-9), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
No. 11 Kentucky Wildcats (22-5, 12-2) at Missouri Tigers (7-19, 2-12), 9 p.m. (SECN)

Hopefully, the first four minutes of the Florida at South Carolina game won’t play out again in Gainesville tonight. The struggling Gamecocks have lost three of four and are now out of the SEC race, but they’re more than capable of dealing the Gators’ chances a blow — particularly since UF looked out of sorts in its first game without John Egbunu on Saturday. Auburn, Ole Miss, and Miss. State are all playing for NIT positioning tonight, while Kentucky might be back in first by itself if it beats Mizzou and UF loses.

Elsewhere

Milwaukee Panthers (8-20, 4-11 Horizon) at Valparaiso Crusaders (22-6, 12-3), 8 p.m. (ESPN3)
Akron Zips (22-5, 12-2 MAC) at Bowling Green Falcons (11-16, 5-9), 9 p.m. (BCSN/Spectrum Sports/ESPN3)
Evansville Purple Aces (14-15, 5-11 MVC) at No. 25 Wichita State Shockers (25-4, 15-1), 8 p.m. (Cox-Kansas/ESPN3)
Colorado State Rams (18-9, 10-4 MW) at New Mexico Lobos (16-11, 9-6), 10 p.m. (CBSSN)

Russ Steinberg has a helpful mid-major conference championship tracker up at Mid-Major Madness. All four of these games are important on that front.

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