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College Hoops Viewing Guide For February 25, 2017

With the regular season winding down, many league titles are on the line.

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky at Florida Kim Klement-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

12-2 p.m. Tips

Florida State at Clemson, 12 p.m. (ACC Network (Regional)/ESPN3)
North Carolina at Pitt, 12 p.m. (ACC Network (Regional)/ESPN3)
Tennessee at South Carolina, 1 p.m. (SECN)
SMU at UConn, 12 p.m. (CBS)
Virginia at N.C. State, 12 p.m. (ESPN)
Liberty at UNC Asheville, 12 p.m. (ASN)
Wichita State at Missouri State, 12 p.m. (ESPN2)
Georgetown at St. John’s, 12 p.m. (FSN)
Tulane at Temple, 12 p.m. (ESPNU)

2-4 p.m. Tips

Florida at Kentucky, 2 p.m. (CBS)
Creighton at Villanova, 3 p.m. (Fox)
VCU at Rhode Island, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
West Virginia at TCU, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
Texas Tech at Oklahoma State, 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
Seton Hall at DePaul, 2 p.m. (FSN)
Stony Brook at Vermont, 2 p.m. (ESPN3)
Penn State at Minnesota, 3 p.m. (BTN)
Illinois State at Northern Iowa, 2 p.m. (CBSSN)
Richmond at Fordham, 2:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Missouri at Ole Miss, 3:30 p.m. (SECN)

4-6 p.m. Tips

Duke at Miami, 4 p.m. (CBS)
Baylor at Iowa State, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
Purdue at Michigan, 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
Marquette at Providence, 4 p.m. (CBSSN)
Oregon at Stanford, 4 p.m. (Pac-12)
Virginia Tech at Boston College, 4 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)
Mississippi State at Vanderbilt, 4 p.m. (ESPNU)
Duquesne at St. Bonaventure, 4 p.m. (ASN)
Winthrop at Presbyterian, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
LIU Brooklyn at Wagner, 4 p.m. (NEC Front Row)
St. Francis-Brooklyn at Mount St. Mary’s, 4 p.m. (NEC Front Row)
Saint Joseph’s at Saint Louis, 4:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

6-8 p.m. Tips

Kansas State at Oklahoma, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
Kansas at Texas, 6 p.m. (ESPN)
Iowa at Maryland, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
LSU at Georgia, 6 p.m. (SECN)

8 p.m. and Later Tips

UCLA at Arizona, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)
Northwestern at Indiana, 8 p.m. (BTN)
BYU at Gonzaga, 10:15 p.m. (ESPN)
Arkansas at Auburn, 8:30 p.m. (SECN)
Alabama at Texas A&M, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Long Beach State at UC Davis, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
Cal State Northridge at UC Irvine, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
Georgia Southern at Arkansas State, 8 p.m. (ESPN3)
Santa Clara at Saint Mary’s, 10 p.m. (TheW.tv)

ACC

No. 18 Virginia Cavaliers (18-9, 8-7) at N.C. State Wolfpack (15-14, 4-12), 12 p.m. (ESPN)
No. 8 North Carolina Tar Heels (24-5, 12-3) at Pitt Panthers (15-13, 4-11), 12 p.m. (ACC Network (Regional)/ESPN3)
No. 19 Florida State Seminoles (22-6, 10-5) at Clemson Tigers (14-13, 4-11), 12 p.m. (ACC Network (Regional)/ESPN3)
No. 10 Duke Blue Devils (22-6, 10-5) at Miami Hurricanes (19-8, 9-6), 4 p.m. (CBS)
Virginia Tech Hokies (19-8, 8-7) at Boston College Eagles (9-19, 2-13), 4 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)

Clemson and Pitt will attempt to grab needed home wins to keep their fading at-large hopes alive, while Miami can virtually lock up a bid by knocking off Duke. However, the Panthers’ task is complicated by the fact that UNC can wrap up a share of the unofficial ACC regular season crown with a home victory. Virginia heads to Raleigh aiming to stop a four-game slide, while Virginia Tech will attempt to avoid a bad stumble in Chestnut Hill.

American Athletic

No. 17 SMU Mustangs (24-4, 14-1) at UConn Huskies (14-13, 9-6), 12 p.m. (CBS)
Tulane Green Wave (5-22, 2-13) at Temple Owls (14-15, 5-11), 12 p.m. (ESPNU)

With the XL Center hosting the American Tournament in less than two weeks, SMU’s trip to UConn is a potential postseason preview. The Mustangs disposed of the Huskies by a 69-49 score in their meeting at Moody.

Atlantic 10

VCU Rams (23-5, 13-2) at Rhode Island Rams (18-9, 10-5), 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
Richmond Spiders (16-11, 10-5) at Fordham Rams (13-15, 7-8), 2:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Duquesne Dukes (10-18, 3-12) at St. Bonaventure Bonnies (17-10, 9-6), 4 p.m. (ASN)
Saint Joseph’s Hawks (10-17, 3-12) at Saint Louis Billikens (9-19, 4-11), 4:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

Surprisingly, the A 10 only set up one VCU-URI game season, and the hosts arguably need it more than the visitors from an at-large perspective. However, VCU must win to keep pace with Dayton in the league title race, particularly since the Rams head to UD Arena on Wednesday night. URI and Richmond are in position to earn byes to the quarterfinals in Pittsburgh, but St. Bonaventure is a game back.

Big 12

No. 12 West Virginia Mountaineers (22-6, 10-5) at TCU Horned Frogs (17-11, 6-9), 2 p.m. (ESPN)
Texas Tech Red Raiders (17-11, 5-10) at Oklahoma State Cowboys (19-9, 8-7), 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
No. 9 Baylor Bears (23-5, 10-5) at Iowa State Cyclones (18-9, 10-5), 4 p.m. (ESPN)
No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks (25-3, 13-2) at Texas Longhorns (10-18, 4-11), 6 p.m. (ESPN)
Kansas State Wildcats (17-11, 6-9) at Oklahoma Sooners (9-18, 3-12), 6 p.m. (ESPNU)

TCU, K-State, and even Texas Tech could use victories for their respective cases. For the Horned Frogs a win over visiting WVU would be a third Top 50 win (against nine losses), while the Wildcats have won just twice since knocking off the Mountaineers on January 21st. Baylor, WVU, and Iowa State are all vying to finish second in the league, so the Bears-Cyclones game in Ames is potentially vital from a tie-breaking perspective. Baylor won the meeting in Waco by just two and that was back on January 4th.

Note that Dave Pasch and Bill Walton are assigned to the Kansas-Texas game in Austin, which is a hell of a way for the Pac-12 office to telegraph its expansion plans.

Big East

Georgetown Hoyas (14-14, 5-10) at St. John’s Red Storm (12-16, 6-9), 12 p.m. (FSN)
Seton Hall Pirates (17-10, 7-8) at DePaul Blue Demons (9-19, 2-13), 2 p.m. (FSN)
No. 23 Creighton Bluejays (22-6, 9-6) at No. 2 Villanova Wildcats (26-3, 13-3), 3 p.m. (Fox)
Marquette Golden Eagles (17-10, 8-7) at Providence Friars (17-11, 7-8), 4 p.m. (CBSSN)

Thanks to Wednesday’s loss to Butler, Villanova must win today to wrap up the No. 1 seed in the Big East Tournament. Since the Bulldogs swept the Wildcats, Butler would have the tiebreaker if both end the conference season at 13-5. Nova did defeat Creighton by 10 on New Year’s Eve in Omaha, however.

Since you’d expect Seton Hall to take care of DePaul this afternoon, the final game of the day between Marquette and Providence is the most important one from a bubble perspective. The Friars win streak stands at three and they’ve already defeated the Golden Eagles — by one in Milwaukee. Of course, Marquette would be more than okay with extending its own two-game winning run.

Big Ten

Penn State Nittany Lions (14-14, 6-9) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (21-7, 9-6), 3 p.m. (BTN)
No. 14 Purdue Boilermakers (23-5, 12-3) at Michigan Wolverines (18-10, 8-7), 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
Iowa Hawkeyes (15-13, 7-8) at No. 24 Maryland Terrapins (22-6, 10-5), 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
Northwestern Wildcats (20-8, 9-6) at Indiana Hoosiers (15-13, 5-10), 8 p.m. (BTN)

Purdue heads to Ann Arbor with a shot to consolidate its lead at the top of the league, thanks to Wisconsin‘s loss at Ohio State on Thursday night. A Boilermaker win and Maryland loss would eliminate the Terps from the title chase. But it won’t be an easy task for the Boilermakers, as Michigan needs the win itself to consolidate its position on the right side of the cut line.

Minnesota, winner of six straight, hosts Penn State looking to avenge one of its worst losses of the season, while Indiana will attempt to play spoiler against a Northwestern squad that’s looking for a 10th conference win and some breathing room.

Pac-12

No. 6 Oregon Ducks (25-4, 14-2) at Stanford Cardinal (14-13, 6-9), 4 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National/Oregon/Bay Area)
No. 5 UCLA Bruins (25-3, 12-3) at No. 4 Arizona Wildcats (26-3, 15-1), 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

With both Oregon and Arizona wrapping up their regular seasons with single games against their in-state rivals, today’s lineup is critical in the Pac-12 race. The Wildcats can clinch no worse than a tie for the league crown by defeating UCLA, who must win to stay alive. However, since Oregon beat Arizona in their lone meeting, the Wildcats have to sweep their final two to keep their advantage on the Ducks. In their earlier meetings, Arizona took UCLA apart at Pauley, while Oregon defeated Stanford by 17 in Eugene.

SEC

Tennessee Volunteers (15-13, 7-8) at South Carolina Gamecocks (20-8, 10-5), 1 p.m. (SECN)
No. 13 Florida Gators (23-5, 13-2) at No. 11 Kentucky Wildcats (23-5, 13-2), 2 p.m. (CBS)
Missouri Tigers (7-20, 2-13) at Ole Miss Rebels (17-11, 8-7), 3:30 p.m. (SECN)
Mississippi State Bulldogs (14-13, 5-10) at Vanderbilt Commodores (15-13, 8-7), 4 p.m. (ESPNU)
LSU Tigers (9-18, 1-14) at Georgia Bulldogs (16-12, 7-8), 6 p.m. (SECN)
Alabama Crimson Tide (16-11, 9-6) at Texas A&M Aggies (14-13, 6-9), 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Arkansas Razorbacks (21-7, 10-5) at Auburn Tigers (17-11, 6-9), 8:30 p.m. (SECN)

The Florida-Kentucky winner will all but be assured of the top seed in Nashville. While the Gators have an advantage in that they defeated the Wildcats in Gainesville, they’re heading to Lexington without both John Egbunu (torn ACL) and Gorjok Gak (foot), meaning they’ll be shorthanded inside. That could be a major issue. Arkansas hits the road looking to keep winning for their hopes, while South Carolina welcomes a Tennessee squad that slipped down the pecking order with a Wednesday loss to Vandy. The Gamecocks, who have lost three straight and four of five, need to turn their ship around quickly. As for the Commodores, the very last team in my Friday update, a loss to Miss. State at home would burst their bubble.

Elsewhere

No. 25 Wichita State Shockers (26-4, 16-1 MVC) at Missouri State Bears (16-14, 7-10), 12 p.m. (ESPN2)
Liberty Flames (19-11, 14-3 Big South) at UNC Asheville Bulldogs (22-8, 14-3), 12 p.m. (ASN)
Illinois State Redbirds (24-5, 16-1 MVC) at Northern Iowa Panthers (14-14, 9-8), 2 p.m. (CBSSN)
Stony Brook Seawolves (17-11, 12-3 AE) at Vermont Catamounts (25-5, 15-0), 2 p.m. (ESPN3)
LIU-Brooklyn Blackbirds (19-11, 12-5 NEC) at Wagner Seahawks (15-12, 11-6), 4 p.m. (NEC Front Row)
St. Francis-Brooklyn Terriers (4-26, 2-15 NEC) at Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers (15-15, 13-4 NEC), 4 p.m. (NEC Front Row)
Winthrop Eagles (22-6, 14-3 Big South) at Presbyterian Blue Hose (5-23, 1-16), 4:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
Long Beach State 49ers (13-17, 8-6 Big West) at UC Davis Aggies (17-11, 9-4), 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
Georgia Southern Eagles (17-11, 10-5 Sun Belt) at Arkansas State Red Wolves (19-8, 10-4), 8 p.m. (ESPN3)
Santa Clara Broncos (16-14, 10-7 WCC) at No. 20 Saint Mary’s Gaels (25-3, 15-2), 10 p.m. (TheW.tv)
BYU Cougars (20-10, 11-6 WCC) at No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs (29-0, 17-0), 10:15 p.m. (ESPN)
Cal State Northridge Matadors (11-15, 7-6 Big West) at UC Irvine Anteaters (16-13, 9-4), 10:30 p.m. (ESPN3)

One more test remains for both Illinois State and Wichita State before Arch Madness begins for them with Friday’s quarterfinals. One more game remains between Gonzaga and a perfect regular season and Vermont and a perfect America East campaign. The Big South (with Winthrop holding an advantage thanks to their feeble opposition) and NEC races will be decided today, while the Big West still has a week to go. It’s the same story for the Sun Belt, and while leader UT Arlington‘s home game against South Alabama isn’t set for streaming, a showdown for second between the Red Wolves and Eagles from Jonesboro is.

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