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College Hoops Viewing Guide For February 7, 2017

It’s a busy night, particularly for bubble teams.

NCAA Basketball: Virginia at Syracuse Rich Barnes-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

Florida at Georgia, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Wake Forest at Notre Dame, 7 p.m. (ESPN News)
Alabama at South Carolina, 6:30 p.m. (SECN)
Georgetown at Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS1)
Maryland at Penn State, 6 p.m. (BTN)
Tulsa at Memphis, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Rhode Island at UMass, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
LSU at Kentucky, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Tusculum at Georgia Tech, 7:30 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)

Late Evening Tips

Butler at Marquette, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
Syracuse at Clemson, 8 p.m. (ACC Network/ESPN3)
Michigan State at Michigan, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Texas Tech at TCU, 9 p.m. (ESPN News)
Illinois at Northwestern, 8 p.m. (BTN)
Iowa State at Texas, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Vanderbilt at Arkansas, 8:30 p.m. (SECN)
Saint Joseph’s at Dayton, 8 p.m. (ASN)
Mississippi State at Auburn, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

ACC

Wake Forest Demon Deacons (14-9, 5-6) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (17-7, 6-5), 7 p.m. (ESPN News)
Tusculum Pioneers (10-12 DII) at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (13-10), 7:30 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)
Syracuse Orange (15-9, 7-4) at Clemson Tigers (13-9, 3-7), 8 p.m. (ACC Network/ESPN3)

While Georgia Tech steps not only out of conference, but out of Division I, three of the Yellow Jackets’ bubble rivals will play games that could help their cases with a win. While Wake has won two straight, Notre Dame has dropped five of six. Might this be the opportunity for the Demon Deacons — 27th in the RPI table — to pick up their first Top 50 win? As for the Orange, winners of four straight, they hit the road for only the second time since that streak started. Clemson will be waiting, fresh off the 48-point beatdown FSU handed them on Sunday afternoon.

American Athletic

Tulsa Golden Hurricane (12-10, 6-4) at Memphis Tigers (17-7, 7-4), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

Neither has much of a chance at an at-large bid at this point, but with both tied with Houston with four American losses, this is a crucial one for tournament seeding. The Golden Hurricane won the first meeting by 10 back on January 11th.

Atlantic 10

Rhode Island Rams (15-7, 7-3) at UMass Minutemen (12-11, 2-8), 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
Saint Joseph’s Hawks (10-12, 3-7) at Dayton Flyers (17-5, 8-2), 8 p.m. (ASN)

The Rams and Flyers can’t overlook winnable Tuesday games before they meet in Kingston on Friday night.

Big 12

Iowa State Cyclones (14-8, 6-4) at Texas Longhorns (9-14, 3-7), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Texas Tech Red Raiders (16-7, 4-6) at TCU Horned Frogs (16-7, 5-5), 9 p.m. (ESPN News)

The Cyclones can’t afford a letdown following their big Saturday win at Kansas as they look to sweep the season series with the struggling Longhorns. Meanwhile, the Horned Frogs will look to avenge a January 18th loss in Lubbock. The Red Raiders have lost serious ground in the bubble race, so a win in Fort Worth would do them some good.

Big East

Georgetown Hoyas (13-11, 4-7) at No. 2 Villanova Wildcats (22-2, 9-2), 7 p.m. (FS1)
No. 22 Butler Bulldogs (18-5, 7-4) at Marquette Golden Eagles (15-8, 6-5), 9 p.m. (CBSSN)

Georgetown’s short bubble stay ended, at least temporarily, with Saturday’s loss to Seton Hall, but the Hoyas would put themselves right back in the picture by defeating the Wildcats in Philadelphia. The pair will meet again in D.C. to close the regular season. In the nightcap, the Golden Eagles are another team that could use a quality win, and they get Butler in Milwaukee. The Bulldogs won the first meeting by eight on January 16th.

Big Ten

No. 21 Maryland Terrapins (20-3, 8-2) at Penn State Nittany Lions (12-12, 4-7), 6 p.m. (BTN)
Illinois Fighting Illini (13-11, 3-8) at Northwestern Wildcats (18-5, 7-3), 8 p.m. (BTN)
Michigan State Spartans (14-9, 6-4) at Michigan Wolverines (14-9, 4-6), 9 p.m. (ESPN)

The Terps should be able to rebound from Saturday’s disappointing to home loss to Purdue, while Northwestern’s home game against the Fighting Illini is a brief respite from its current gauntlet. As for Michigan, the Wolverines can get their hopes back on track by topping the Spartans at Crisler. It’s only been nine days since MSU won the pair’s first meeting in East Lansing.

SEC

Alabama Crimson Tide (13-9, 6-4) at No. 19 South Carolina Gamecocks (19-4, 9-1), 6:30 p.m. (SECN)
LSU Tigers (9-13, 1-9) at No. 15 Kentucky Wildcats (18-5, 8-2), 7 p.m. (ESPN)
No. 17 Florida Gators (18-5, 8-2) at Georgia Bulldogs (13-10, 4-6), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Vanderbilt Commodores (11-12, 4-6) at Arkansas Razorbacks (17-6, 6-4), 8:30 p.m. (SECN)
Mississippi State Bulldogs (14-8, 5-5) at Auburn Tigers (15-8, 4-6), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

Alabama and Georgia are the two teams best positioned to make statements tonight, though the Crimson Tide will be challenged to win at league-leader South Carolina (which was a weird phrase to type, to be honest). Remember that UGA took UF to overtime in Gainesville back on January 14th.

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