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College Hoops Viewing Guide For February 9, 2017

This Thursday’s slate features two titanic showdowns, one on the East Coast, the other on the West.

NCAA Basketball: UCLA at Oregon Scott Olmos-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 North Carolina, 8 p.m. (ESPN/ACC Network)
Purdue at Indiana, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Belmont at Jacksonville State, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
Chattanooga at Furman, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Old Dominion at Middle Tennessee, 8 p.m. (BeIN Sports)

Late Evening Tips

Oregon at UCLA, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
SMU at Temple, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Wisconsin at Nebraska, 9 p.m. (BTN)
Washington State at Utah, 9 p.m. (Pac-12)
Washington at Colorado, 10 p.m. (FS1)
Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount, 10 p.m. (Spectrum Sportsnet/TheW.tv)
New Mexico State at Cal State Bakersfield, 10 p.m. (ESPN3)
Portland at Saint Mary’s, 10 p.m. (TheW.tv)
Oregon State at USC, 11 p.m. (Pac-12)

ACC

No. 8 North Carolina Tar Heels (21-4, 9-2) at No. 18 Duke Blue Devils (18-5, 6-4), 8 p.m. (ESPN/ACC Network)

The two Tobacco Road rivals meet with the Tar Heels atop the ACC and the Blue Devils two losses back and a bit of a mystery. A Duke loss would all but eliminate them from both the league and top seed races. Note that the pair split their meetings last season, with each winning on the road.

American Athletic

No. 25 SMU Mustangs (20-4, 10-1) at Temple Owls (13-11, 4-7), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

The Ponies return to Philadelphia, where they lost their first game last season, aiming to keep pace with Cincinnati in the league race. SMU is looking to complete a season sweep, having defeated the Owls at Moody on January 4th.

Big Ten

No. 16 Purdue Boilermakers (19-5, 8-3) at Indiana Hoosiers (15-9, 5-6), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
No. 7 Wisconsin Badgers (20-3, 9-1) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (10-13, 4-7), 9 p.m. (BTN)

The evening’s first game is pretty much a must-win for the Hoosiers, who might get James Blackmon back. IU has only defeated Penn State in its last four games, and they needed three OTs to do that at home. Later, Nebraska will look for some more home magic as they host the Big Ten-leading Badgers. Note that the Huskers have already defeated Maryland and Purdue, so they just need one more victory to complete a season sweep of the Big Ten’s top three.

What a weird season.

Pac-12

Washington State Cougars (11-12, 4-7) at Utah Utes (15-8, 6-5), 9 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National/Washington/Mountain)
No. 5 Oregon Ducks (21-3, 10-1) at No. 10 UCLA Bruins (21-3, 8-3), 10 p.m. (ESPN)
Washington Huskies (9-14, 2-9) at Colorado Buffaloes (13-11, 3-8), 10 p.m. (FS1)
Oregon State Beavers (4-20, 0-11) at USC Trojans (20-4, 7-4), 11 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National/Oregon/LA)

With all due respect to the other three games in the Pac-12 tonight, the matchup everyone is waiting for will take place at Pauley. That’s where the Bruins will look to avenge the 89-87 defeat they suffered in Eugene in the league opener for both. I’ll be in the building for this one, and I’m just a little excited about it. If the Ducks and Bruins play like they did in dismantling Arizona and Washington on Saturday, this showdown will rank among the games of the year.

Elsewhere

Belmont Bruins (17-4, 11-0 OVC) at Jacksonville State Gamecocks (15-11, 7-4), 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
Chattanooga Mocs (17-6, 8-3 SoCon) at Furman Paladins (16-8, 9-2), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Old Dominion Monarchs (14-9, 7-4 C-USA) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (20-4, 10-1), 8 p.m. (BeIN Sports)
No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs (24-0, 12-0 WCC) at Loyola Marymount Lions (11-12, 4-8), 10 p.m. (Spectrum Sportsnet/TheW.tv)
New Mexico State Aggies (22-2, 8-0 WAC) at Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners (15-7, 6-1), 10 p.m. (ESPN3)
Portland Pilots (9-15, 2-10 WCC) at No. 20 Saint Mary’s Gaels (21-2, 11-1), 10 p.m. (TheW.tv)

While the WCC’s two ranked squads should keep rolling along, there are big March previews in the OVC, SoCon, C-USA, and WAC. Belmont is rolling to the OVC crown, but a trip to Jacksonville, Alabama will be one of the most difficult ones it faces before the conference tournament. (The Bruins won the first meeting by 17 in Nashville.) Furman can keep its place at the top of the SoCon if it can reverse the 80-64 loss Chattanooga handed it on January 7th. Middle Tennessee hosts third-place ODU as it attempts to rebound from a bad loss to UTEP. Finally, the last two WAC NCAA reps meet in Bakersfield. The Aggies won a close 63-58 decision in Las Cruces on January 14th.

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