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College Hoops Viewing Guide For February 4, 2017

Key games in the Big Ten, Pac-12, and SEC races highlight a loaded Saturday schedule.

NCAA Basketball: Arizona at Oregon State Troy Wayrynen-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

Purdue at Maryland, 12 p.m. (ESPN)
Seton Hall at Georgetown, 12 p.m. (FS1)
Virginia at Syracuse, 12 p.m (ESPN2)
Pittsburgh at Duke, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Duquesne at Dayton, 12:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Texas at TCU, 1 p.m. (ESPN News)
Valparaiso at Green Bay, 1 p.m. (ESPN3)
Rutgers at Penn State, 1 p.m. (ESPNU)

2-4 p.m. Tips

Xavier at Creighton, 3 p.m. (FOX)
Kansas State at Baylor, 3 p.m. (ESPN News)
Iowa State at Kansas, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
Georgia at South Carolina, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
Miami at N.C. State, 3 p.m. (ACC Network (Regional)/ESPN3)
Georgia Tech at Wake Forest, 3 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)
Tennessee at Mississippi State, 3:30 p.m. (SECN)
Marquette at DePaul, 2 p.m. (FS1)
Ole Miss at Vanderbilt, 3 p.m. (ESPNU)
Louisville at Boston College, 3 p.m. (ACC Network (Regional)/ESPN3)
George Washington at Richmond, 2:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
South Dakota at North Dakota State, 3 p.m. (MidCoSN2/ESPN3)
Tulane at East Carolina, 2 p.m. (ASN)

4-6 p.m. Tips

Arizona at Oregon, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
Oklahoma State at West Virginia, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
Minnesota at Illinois, 4 p.m. (BTN)
Utah at Stanford, 4:30 p.m. (FS1)
UConn at Cincinnati, 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
Memphis at UCF, 5 p.m. (ESPN News)
VCU at St. Bonaventure, 4 p.m. (CBSSN)

6-8 p.m. Tips

SMU at Tulsa, 7 p.m. (ESPN News)
Ohio State at Michigan, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
Oklahoma at Texas Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
La Salle at George Mason, 7 p.m. (MASN/A 10 on Facebook Live)
Princeton at Harvard, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Saint Mary’s at San Diego, 7 p.m. (CSN California/Spectrum Sportsnet/TheW.tv)
Arkansas at Missouri, 6 p.m. (SECN)
Arizona State at Oregon State, 6 p.m. (Pac-12)

8-10 p.m. Tips

Kentucky at Florida, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)
St. John’s at Villanova, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
Illinois State at Wichita State, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Auburn at Alabama, 8:30 p.m. (SECN)
USC at Washington State, 8 p.m. (Pac-12)
Texas A&M at LSU, 9 p.m.

10 p.m. and Later Tips

UCLA at Washington, 10:30 p.m. (Pac-12)
Santa Clara at Gonzaga, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)

ACC

No. 9 Virginia Cavaliers (17-4, 7-2) at Syracuse Orange (14-9, 6-4), 12 p.m (ESPN2)
Pittsburgh Panthers (12-10, 1-8) at No. 21 Duke Blue Devils (17-5, 5-4), 1 p.m. (CBS)
No. 6 Louisville Cardinals (18-4, 6-3) at Boston College Eagles (9-14, 2-8), 3 p.m. (ACC Network (Regional)/ESPN3)
Miami Hurricanes (14-7, 4-5) at North Carolina State Wolfpack (14-9, 3-7), 3 p.m. (ACC Network (Regional)/ESPN3)
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (13-9, 5-5) at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (13-9, 4-6), 3 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ESPN3)

Syracuse, Miami, N.C. State, Georgia Tech, and Wake are all looking for big bubble wins, with the games in Raleigh and Winston-Salem important head-to-head matchups. The Yellow Jackets, in particular, need a road win. The Hurricanes can earn a season sweep over the Wolfpack, if they can repeat the performance that got them 18-point win in Raleigh on New Year’s Eve. As for the Orange, their task is a little more difficult because of the opposition, but ‘Cuse has been formidable at home. Plus, Syracuse defeated Virginia in their last meeting — last season’s Midwest Regional Final.

The 6 p.m. tip between Notre Dame (17-6, 6-4) and No. 12 North Carolina (20-4, 8-2) has been moved to tomorrow at 1 p.m. Eastern with the site changed to Greensboro, thanks to the Chapel Hill water shortage. The game will air on ESPN News.

American Athletic

Tulane Green Wave (4-18, 1-9) at East Carolina Pirates (10-13, 2-8), 2 p.m. (ASN)
UConn Huskies (10-11, 5-4) at No. 14 Cincinnati Bearcats (20-2, 9-0), 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
Memphis Tigers (17-6, 7-3) at UCF Knights (14-8, 5-5), 5 p.m. (ESPN News)
SMU Mustangs (19-4, 9-1) at Tulsa Golden Hurricane (12-9, 6-3), 7 p.m. (ESPN News)

With UConn shorthanded and struggling, Cincinnati should be able to remain unbeaten in conference play. Second-place SMU, however, will be challenged at Tulsa, who gave the Bearcats a fight on Wednesday night at the Reynolds Center.

Atlantic 10

Duquesne Dukes (9-14, 2-8) at Dayton Flyers (16-5, 7-2), 12:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
George Washington Colonials (12-10, 4-5) at Richmond Spiders (13-9, 7-3), 2:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
VCU Rams (17-5, 7-2) at St. Bonaventure Bonnies (14-7, 6-3), 4 p.m. (CBSSN)
La Salle Explorers (12-8, 6-3) at George Mason Patriots (14-8, 4-5), 7 p.m. (MASN/A 10 on Facebook Live)

The two teams tied for first face different challenges this afternoon. Dayton can complete a season sweep of last-place Duquesne, while VCU has to travel to Olean to face a contending St. Bonaventure squad — who beat the Rams the last time they traveled to the wilds of Western New York (2015).

Big 12

Texas Longhorns (9-13, 3-6) at TCU Horned Frogs (15-7, 4-5), 1 p.m. (ESPN News)
Iowa State Cyclones (13-8, 5-4) at No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks (20-2, 8-1), 2 p.m. (ESPN)
Kansas State Wildcats (15-7, 4-5) at No. 2 Baylor Bears (20-2, 7-2), 3 p.m. (ESPN News)
Oklahoma State Cowboys (14-8, 3-6) at No. 7 West Virginia Mountaineers (18-4, 6-3), 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
Oklahoma Sooners (8-13, 2-7) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (15-7, 3-6), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

The league’s top three teams all host bubble squads, while TCU and Texas Tech will look to hold serve at home against the conference’s two worst teams. Four of the home teams can complete season sweeps of their opponents. Texas Tech is the exception, as Oklahoma defeated the Red Raiders in Norman.

Big East

Seton Hall Pirates (13-8, 3-6) at Georgetown Hoyas (13-10, 4-6), 12 p.m. (FS1)
Marquette Golden Eagles (14-8, 5-5) at DePaul Blue Demons (8-14, 1-8), 2 p.m. (FS1)
Xavier Musketeers (16-6, 6-3) at No. 22 Creighton Bluejays (20-3, 7-3), 3 p.m. (FOX)
St. John’s Red Storm (11-13, 5-6) at No. 4 Villanova Wildcats (21-2, 8-2), 8 p.m. (CBSSN)

Right off the bat, there’s a bubble battle in the Nation’s Capital, as struggling Seton Hall takes on surging Georgetown in the pair’s first meeting of this campaign. Xavier will look to earn a season split with Creighton in a matchup of teams trying to find their way without their best players. Marquette and Villanova will look to complete season sweeps — with the Golden Eagles having dropped two in a row in disappointing fashion.

Big Ten

No. 23 Purdue Boilermakers (18-5, 7-3) at No. 17 Maryland Terrapins (20-2, 8-1), 12 p.m. (ESPN)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (12-11, 1-9) at Penn State Nittany Lions (12-11, 4-6), 1 p.m. (ESPNU)
Minnesota Golden Gophers (15-7, 3-6) at Illinois Fighting Illini (13-10, 3-7), 4 p.m. (BTN)
Ohio State Buckeyes (13-10, 3-7) at Michigan Wolverines (14-8, 4-5), 6 p.m. (ESPN2)

Thanks to the Big Ten schedule, we only get one regular season meeting between the Boilermakers and Terps. The pair split last year, with Maryland winning by 11 in College Park. Don’t expect a similar result this time, as Purdue’s size might just be the difference. In the two late games, Minnesota really needs to end its five-game skid, but that could be difficult to do against an Illinois team that plays far better at home. Michigan also needs to take care against an Ohio State squad that would love to further dent the Wolverines’ tourney hopes.

Pac-12

No. 5 Arizona Wildcats (21-2, 10-0) at No. 13 Oregon Ducks (20-3, 9-1), 4 p.m. (ESPN)
Utah Utes (15-7, 6-4) at Stanford Cardinal (11-11, 3-7), 4:30 p.m. (FS1)
Arizona State Sun Devils (10-13, 3-7) at Oregon State Beavers (4-19, 0-10), 6 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National/Arizona/Oregon)
USC Trojans (19-4, 6-4) at Washington State Cougars (11-11, 4-6), 8 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National/LA/Washington)
No. 11 UCLA Bruins (20-3, 7-3) at Washington Huskies (9-13, 2-8), 10:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National/LA/Washington)

This afternoon will see Arizona and Oregon meet for the only time during the regular season, with the winner taking control of the Pac-12 race. The Wildcats have started slowly in their last two games — they won’t be able to get away with doing the same at Autzen. Elsewhere, Utah will look to rebound from Thursday’s heartbreaking double-OT loss to Cal across the Bay at struggling Stanford, while USC and UCLA will attempt to complete a perfect trip to the Evergreen State.

SEC

Georgia Bulldogs (13-9, 4-5) at No. 19 South Carolina Gamecocks (18-4, 8-1), 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
Ole Miss Rebels (13-9, 4-5) at Vanderbilt Commodores (11-11, 4-5), 3 p.m. (ESPNU)
Tennessee Volunteers (13-9, 5-4) at Mississippi State Bulldogs (13-8, 4-5), 3:30 p.m. (SECN)
Arkansas Razorbacks (17-5, 6-3) at Missouri Tigers (5-16, 0-9), 6 p.m. (SECN)
No. 8 Kentucky Wildcats (18-4, 8-1) at No. 24 Florida Gators (17-5, 7-2), 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)
Auburn Tigers (14-8, 3-6) at Alabama Crimson Tide (13-8, 6-3) 8:30 p.m. (SECN)
Texas A&M Aggies (11-10, 3-6) at LSU Tigers (9-12, 1-8), 9 p.m.

Naturally, Kentucky’s trip to Florida is the main attraction here, particularly since it looks like the Gators are in position to seriously challenge the Wildcats on both ends of the floor. But South Carolina, new bubble squad Vandy, and Alabama all face tough home matchups, while surprising Tennessee will hope to not get stunned by Miss. State. Note that the Vols did defeat the Bulldogs handily in Knoxville. The Gamecocks, Razorbacks, Auburn, and A&M are all looking to complete season sweeps on this Saturday.

Elsewhere

Valparaiso Crusaders (19-4, 9-1 Horizon) at Green Bay Phoenix (14-9, 8-3), 1 p.m. (ESPN3)
South Dakota Coyotes (15-10, 6-4 Summit) at North Dakota State Bison (15-7, 7-2), 3 p.m. (MidCoSN2/ESPN3)
Princeton Tigers (11-6, 4-0 Ivy) at Harvard Crimson (12-6, 4-1), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
No. 18 Saint Mary’s Gaels (20-2, 10-1 WCC) at San Diego Toreros (11-12, 4-7), 7 p.m. (CSN California/Spectrum Sportsnet/TheW.tv)
Illinois State Redbirds (19-4, 11-0 MVC) at Wichita State Shockers (20-4, 10-1), 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Santa Clara Broncos (13-11, 7-4 WCC) at No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs (23-0, 11-0), 10 p.m. (ESPN2)

It’s another Saturday full of potential Championship Fortnight previews, including in the Ivy League, which will hold a postseason tournament for the first time ever. Valpo and Illinois State will both look to reprise their home performances against their closest league challengers, while NDSU only defeated South Dakota by a single point in their meeting in Vermillion. In the WCC, Saint Mary’s should be able to keep pace with Gonzaga, a squad that will look to pick up its 24th-straight win by topping the surprising Broncos at the Kennel.

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