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:
- 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, Feb. 8. Records reflect games played through Saturday, Feb. 9. All times are Eastern.
Top 30 at Top 75
Group 1 for both the host and visitor (1/1)
The winner claims sole possession of first in the American, while the loser sees a long winning-streak snapped. The Cougars are riding a seven-game tide, while the Bearcats have won eight straight. They’ll meet again one week before Selection Sunday, and who knows, maybe they’ll meet on the big day as well—in Memphis for the American Athletic Tournament title.
31-75 at Top 75
Group 1 for the visitor only; Group 2 for the host (1/2)
Three of the four Big Ten squads involved in these games find themselves in my current projection. Iowa is the safest of them by far—and they host a Northwestern squad that’s not really an at-large possibility despite their top 75 NET. But Ohio State-Indiana is the biggest bubble showdown of the day. The Hoosiers have only defeated Michigan State in their last nine games, while Ohio State has won three of four after a five-game skid.
31-75 at 76-135
Group 2 for both the host and the visitor (2/2)
The Knights cannot let Thursday’s home loss to Houston beat them twice.
76-160 at Top 75
Group 1 for the visitor only; Group 3 for the host (1/3)
Of these four teams, Oregon is the team with the best at-large prospects at the moment. However, if the Ducks fail to beat Stanford, a fate that befell Oregon State on Thursday, they’ll move
76-160 at 136-240
Group 3 for both the host and the visitor (3/3)
While there’s no at-large impact here, the Ramblers are attempting to sweep the Crusaders and remain in sole possession of first in the Missouri Valley.
161-353 at Top 75
Group 1 for the visitor only; Group 4 for the host (1/4)
The Bulls are now in the at-large conversation thanks to their NET, but failing to sweep ECU might just burst their bubble. Note that USF has only loss in home conference games came against Houston.
Grouped by quality in each tip window.
Early Afternoon Tips
1/2 No. 38 Ohio State Buckeyes (15-7, 5-6) at No. 47 Indiana Hoosiers (13-10, 4-8), 1 p.m. (CBS)
2/2 No. 46 UCF Knights (16-5, 6-3) at No. 114 SMU Mustangs (12-10, 4-6), 2 p.m. (ESPN News)
1/3 No. 77 UConn Huskies (13-10, 4-6) at No. 69 Memphis Tigers (13-10, 5-5), 2 p.m. (CBSSN)
Late Afternoon Tips
1/1 No. 24 Cincinnati Bearcats (20-3, 9-1) at No. 7 Houston Cougars (22-1, 9-1), 4 p.m. (ESPN)
3/3 No. 124 Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (15-9, 8-3) at No. 176 Valparaiso Crusaders (13-11, 6-5), 4 p.m. (ESPNU)
1/4 No. 272 East Carolina Pirates (9-13, 2-8) at No. 64 South Florida Bulls (16-6, 6-4), 5:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
1/2 No. 73 Northwestern Wildcats (12-10, 3-8) at No. 23 Iowa Hawkeyes (18-5, 7-5), 6:30 p.m. (BTN)
1/3 No. 96 Stanford Cardinal (12-10, 5-5) at No. 71 Oregon Ducks (14-9, 5-5), 8 p.m. (ESPNU)