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College Hoops Viewing Guide For February 22, 2017

If you focus only on the ACC doubleheader ESPN has been promoting for the last week, you’ll miss several other crucial games.

NCAA Basketball: Virginia at North Carolina Rob Kinnan-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

Duke at Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Xavier at Seton Hall, 7 p.m. (FS1)
TCU at Kansas, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Pitt at Wake Forest, 7 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)
Vanderbilt at Tennessee, 6:30 p.m. (SECN)
Michigan at Rutgers, 6:30 p.m. (BTN)
DePaul at Georgetown, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
Saint Louis at VCU, 7 p.m. (ASN)
Southern Illinois at Illinois State, 7 p.m. (MVC TV/FS Midwest/CSN Chicago/ESPN3)
Furman at ETSU, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
UCF at Temple, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Fordham at Duquesne, 7 p.m. (Atlantic10.com)

Late Evening Tips

Louisville at North Carolina, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Minnesota at Maryland, 8:30 p.m. (BTN)
Butler at Villanova, 9 p.m. (FS1)
Oregon at California, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Oklahoma State at Kansas State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Providence at Creighton, 9 p.m. (FSN)
Boise State at Nevada, 10 p.m. (ESPN3)
Texas A&M at Arkansas, 8:30 p.m. (SECN)
UConn at Houston, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
Oregon State at Stanford, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

ACC

No. 10 Duke Blue Devils (22-5, 10-4) at Syracuse Orange (16-12, 8-7), 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Pitt Panthers (15-12, 4-10) at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (15-12, 6-9), 7 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)
No. 7 Louisville Cardinals (22-5, 10-4) at No. 8 North Carolina Tar Heels (23-5, 11-3), 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Thanks to the 15-team ACC’s current 18-game schedule, we only get a single Duke-Syracuse meeting and one Louisville-UNC matchup during the regular season. And with the Cardinals and Blue Devils a game behind the Tar Heels in the race for the top seed in the ACC Tournament, both of these games are crucial. (And that doesn’t even account for potential impacts on the national one seed race.) Meanwhile, both Pitt and Wake need a win in their lone 2017 meeting in Winston-Salem to keep their currently slender bubble hopes alive.

American Athletic

UCF Knights (17-10, 8-7) at Temple Owls (14-14, 5-10), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
UConn Huskies (14-12, 9-5) at Houston Cougars (18-8, 9-5), 9 p.m. (CBSSN)

In the race for conference tournament seeding, UCF will look to sweep Temple, while UConn will attempt to solve its problem team, a Houston squad that defeated the Huskies by 16 in Hartford way back on December 28th.

Atlantic 10

Saint Louis Billikens (9-18, 4-10) at VCU Rams (22-5, 12-2), 7 p.m. (ASN)
Fordham Rams (12-15, 6-8) at Duquesne Dukes (10-17, 3-11), 7 p.m. (Atlantic10.com)

VCU needs a home win over the struggling Billikens to keep pace with Dayton at the top of the league.

Big 12

TCU Horned Frogs (17-10, 6-8) at No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks (24-3, 12-2), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Oklahoma State Cowboys (18-9, 7-7) at Kansas State Wildcats (17-10, 6-8), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

A surprise road win over Kansas would do wonders for TCU’s hopes, but the Jayhawks can clinch no worse than a tie for the Big 12 crown with a win. Later, K-State will look to complete a season sweep of Oklahoma State, but these are two teams going in completely different directions. While the Wildcats have won just three of nine since defeating the Cowboys on January 18th, Brad Underwood’s team has used an improved defense (along with KenPom’s second best offense by adjusted efficiency) to win eight of nine.

Big East

Xavier Musketeers (18-9, 8-6) at Seton Hall Pirates (16-10, 6-8), 7 p.m. (FS1)
DePaul Blue Demons (8-19, 1-13) at Georgetown Hoyas (14-13, 5-9), 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
No. 22 Butler Bulldogs (21-6, 10-5) at No. 2 Villanova Wildcats (26-2, 13-2), 9 p.m. (FS1)
Providence Friars (16-11, 6-8) at No. 23 Creighton Bluejays (22-5, 9-5), 9 p.m. (FSN)

Villanova can win the Big East title outright by defeating Butler tonight, but note that the Bulldogs won the pair’s first meeting in Indianapolis back on January 4th. Elsewhere, bubbilicious Seton Hall will look to hand Xavier its fourth straight defeat and new bracket entrant Providence will look to pick up its third quality win in a row. But that won’t be easy to do in Omaha. In the lone game without real tourney implications, Georgetown needs to string some wins together to avoid a Wednesday game at the Big East Tournament.

Big Ten

Michigan Wolverines (17-10, 7-7) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (13-15, 2-13), 6:30 p.m. (BTN)
Minnesota Golden Gophers (20-7, 8-6) at No. 24 Maryland Terrapins (22-5, 10-4), 8:30 p.m. (BTN)

Naturally, Michigan needs to take care of business in its lone meeting of the season with Rutgers. But the late game has implications in both the Big Ten title race and the hunt for one of the four quarterfinal byes for the Big Ten Tournament. Maryland needs a win to keep pace with Purdue and Wisconsin, while Minnesota’s double bye hopes gained new life with Northwestern‘s loss at Illinois on Tuesday night.

Pac-12

No. 6 Oregon Ducks (24-4, 13-2) at California Golden Bears (18-8, 9-5), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Oregon State Beavers (5-23, 1-14) at Stanford Cardinal (13-13, 5-9), 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

Over at California Golden Blogs, I answered a few questions about the Golden Bears’ NCAA chances in anticipation of tonight’s game in Berkeley. While Georgia Tech and Clemson‘s losses offer an opportunity for Cal to jump back in, it must take down the Ducks to get there.

The less said about the other game in the Bay Area tonight, the better.

SEC

Vanderbilt Commodores (14-13, 7-7) at Tennessee Volunteers (15-12, 7-7), 6:30 p.m. (SECN)
Texas A&M Aggies (14-12, 6-8) at Arkansas Razorbacks (20-7, 9-5), 8:30 p.m. (SECN)

Vandy’s trip to Tennessee is a virtual bubble elimination game, with the Commodores’ circumstances more dire thanks to a record that’s barely above .500 and an earlier home loss to the Vols. Later, Arkansas can jump South Carolina for the third seed position in the SEC Tournament by completing a season sweep of the Aggies.

Elsewhere

Southern Illinois Salukis (15-14, 8-8 MVC) at Illinois State Redbirds (23-5, 15-1), 7 p.m. (MVC TV/FS Midwest/CSN Chicago/ESPN3)
Furman Paladins (20-9, 13-3 SoCon) at ETSU Buccaneers (22-6, 12-3), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Boise State Broncos (17-8, 10-4 MW) at Nevada Wolf Pack (21-6, 10-4), 10 p.m. (ESPN3)

In the Valley, Illinois State needs a win to remain tied with Wichita State in the title race ... and to keep its at-large hopes alive. The Furman-ETSU winner will have the inside track to the top seed in the SoCon race. Over in the Mountain West, the winner in Reno tonight will join Colorado State in a tie for first. Note that the Rams and Wolf Pack meet in Reno to close the regular season on March 4th.

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