At the bottom of the page, you’ll find a lineup broken down by telecast window with the group designations in bold to the left of the game. Instead of ordering these by tip time, however, I’ve grouped them by importance.
Reminders of the different groupings, with an addition for today, which will play a bigger role at the end of the season:
- Group 1 (home games): Visitor is ranked 1-30
- Group 1 (away games): Host is ranked 1-75
- Group 2 (home games): Visitor is ranked 31-75
- Group 2 (away games): Host is ranked 76-135
- Group 3 (home games): Visitor is ranked 76-160
- Group 3 (away games): Host is ranked 136-240
- Group 4 (home games): Visitor is ranked 161-353
- Group 4 (away games): Host is ranked 241-353
All NET numbers are from the NCAA’s website and reflect games played through Friday, January 25th. Records reflect games played through Saturday, January 26th. All times are Eastern.
Top 30 at Top 75
Group 1 for both the host and visitor
No. 29 Cincinnati Bearcats (17-3, 6-1) at No. 54 Temple Owls (15-4, 5-1), 12 p.m. (CBSSN)
No. 3 Michigan State Spartans (18-2, 9-0) at No. 10 Purdue Boilermakers (13-6, 6-2), 1 p.m. (CBS)
No. 24 Iowa Hawkeyes (16-4, 5-4) at No. 61 Minnesota Golden Gophers (14-5, 4-4), 5 p.m. (FS1)
The Big Ten provides two of the day’s biggest games. First, Michigan State, winner of 13 straight, travels to West Lafayette to take on Purdue. The Boilermakers have won seven of their last eight, with the lone setback coming in East Lansing on January 8th, 77-59. Later, Iowa, which has lost to only Purdue and MSU in its last 12 contests, plays Minnesota for the only time this season, in Minneapolis. The Golden Gophers have alternated wins and losses since the main window of Big Ten play opened up—and Michigan broke their hearts on Tuesday night in Ann Arbor. A win over the top 25 Hawkeyes would be significant for Minnesota’s profile, which already features Group 1 wins over Wisconsin (away), Washington (neutral), and Nebraska (home, and for now).
In the American Athletic, the lead pack’s members are all in action today, with no game bigger than the noon tip in Philadelphia. This will be the lone meeting of the season between the Owls and Bearcats, which is a shame considering the conference’s at-large threats need as many quality win opportunities as possible. This is Cincy’s first Group 1 win opportunity since a December 15th loss at Mississippi State. Temple, meanwhile, has already stunned Houston on its home floor.
31-75 at Top 75
Group 1 for the visitor only; Group 2 for the host
Seton Hall has dropped three in a row and four of five, so a trip to Nova threatens to completely derail a season that started promisingly with wins over Kentucky in New York and Maryland on the road. In the American, UCF will be challenged in its quest to remain in the top grouping, as the Memphis has lost just once at home this season—to Tennessee.
Top 30 at 76-135
Group 1 for the host only; Group 2 for the visitor
The Cougars will look to extend their current win streak to five by sweeping the Golden Hurricane.
31-75 at 76-135
Group 2 for both the host and the visitor
The Seminoles will attempt to sweep the Hurricanes to claim their first ACC road victory of the season (in their fourth try).
76-160 at Top 75
Group 1 for the visitor only; Group 3 for the host
It’s a rather big day for five of the six four-loss teams in the Big East. The losers of these two will join Butler and Xavier in what will become a four-strong group of teams with five losses. (One that’s likely to become a five-team group if Seton Hall indeed loses in Philly.) The Red Storm can sweep the Hoyas today, while the Friars and Blue Demons will meet again in Chicago on Saturday. Nice scheduling.
161-353 at Top 75
Group 1 for the visitor only; Group 4 for the host
Note to Oregon: Washington State has only beaten Cal in Pac-12 play. Don’t be like the Golden Bears.
Grouped by quality in each tip window.
12 p.m.-1 p.m. Tips
1/1 No. 29 Cincinnati Bearcats (17-3, 6-1) at No. 54 Temple Owls (15-4, 5-1), 12 p.m. (CBSSN)
1/1 No. 3 Michigan State Spartans (18-2, 9-0) at No. 10 Purdue Boilermakers (13-6, 6-2), 1 p.m. (CBS)
1/3 No. 105 Georgetown Hoyas (12-7, 2-4) at No. 39 St. John’s Red Storm (15-4, 3-4), 12 p.m. (Fox)
1/3 No. 97 DePaul Blue Demons (11-7, 3-4) at No. 72 Providence Friars (12-7, 2-4), 12 p.m. (FS1)
2 p.m.-3 p.m. Tips
1/2 No. 56 Seton Hall Pirates (12-7, 3-4) at No. 23 Villanova Wildcats (15-4, 6-0), 2:30 p.m. (Fox)
2/1 No. 7 Houston Cougars (19-1, 6-1) at No. 104 Tulsa Golden Hurricane (12-8, 2-5), 2 p.m. (ESPN News)
4 p.m.-5 p.m. Tips
1/1 No. 24 Iowa Hawkeyes (16-4, 5-4) at No. 61 Minnesota Golden Gophers (14-5, 4-4), 5 p.m. (FS1)
1/2 No. 35 UCF Knights (15-3, 5-1) at No. 67 Memphis Tigers (12-7, 4-2), 4 p.m. (CBSSN)
2/2 No. 34 Florida State Seminoles (14-5, 2-4) at No. 101 Miami Hurricanes (9-9, 1-5), 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
1/4 No. 205 Washington State Cougars (8-11, 1-5) at No. 71 Oregon Ducks (11-8, 2-4), 8 p.m. (ESPNU)