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NET Viewing Guide For Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The 7 p.m. Eastern window is particularly loaded, with Duke-Louisville highlighting the 9 p.m. offerings. For a more traditional look at the schedule, visit MattSarzSports.com.

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky at Mississippi State
Kentucky, fresh off a road win at Mississippi State, welcomes LSU to Rupp Arena in a key game in the SEC race.
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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 Sunday, Feb. 10. Records reflect games played through Monday, Feb. 11. All times are Eastern.

Top 30 at Top 75

Group 1 for both the host and visitor (1/1)

No. 17 LSU Tigers (19-4, 9-1) at No. 5 Kentucky Wildcats (20-3, 9-1), 7 p.m. (ESPN)
No. 8 Michigan State Spartans (19-5, 10-3) at No. 11 Wisconsin Badgers (17-7, 9-5), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
No. 10 Purdue Boilermakers (17-6, 10-2) at No. 23 Maryland Terrapins (18-6, 9-4), 6:30 p.m. (BTN)
No. 2 Duke Blue Devils (21-2, 9-1) at No. 15 Louisville Cardinals (17-7, 8-3), 9 p.m. (ESPN)
No. 28 Kansas State Wildcats (18-5, 8-2) at No. 33 Texas Longhorns (14-10, 6-5), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
No. 6 Michigan Wolverines (22-2, 11-2) at No. 73 Penn State Nittany Lions (8-15, 1-11), 8:30 p.m. (BTN)

One of these games is not like the others...

The presence of a moribund Penn State team in the NET’s top 75 (at least as of Sunday) might be a sign that some tweaking will be required in the offseason. I’m sure Michigan will take the potential of another Group 1 win; however, it may not be a gimme, considering how the Nittany Lions played Ohio State on Thursday in Columbus and took Purdue to OT on January 31st. But there’s the issue for Pat Chambers’ squad—and indeed the reason it’s surprisingly high in the NET—PSU has played a lot of close games, but has been unable to close them out.

As for the other five games, you are spoiled for choice on this February Tuesday. The winner of LSU-Kentucky will take sole possession of second in the SEC, with a Wildcat win setting up a Saturday showdown with league leader and No. 2 overall national seed Tennessee. That one will also take place at Rupp Arena. Purdue can keep pace with Michigan in the Big Ten race by completing a sweep of Maryland (provided the Wolverines win in Happy Valley), but the Boilers only won the first meeting by a bucket—back on December 6th. Michigan State is a game back as they head to Madison to take on Wisconsin in the pair’s only regular season meeting—with the Badgers and Maryland tied for fourth, two losses back of Michigan and Purdue.

Then there’s Duke, riding high after defeating Virginia for a second time. The Blue Devils have to travel to Louisville for that pairing’s only meeting of the ACC slate. The Cardinals will look to pull the upset to pull within a game of what would be a three-way tie at the top of the conference. Chris Mack’s squad should be particularly motivated after Saturday’s OT loss at Florida State.

31-75 at Top 75

Group 1 for the visitor only; Group 2 for the host (1/2)

No. 43 Alabama Crimson Tide (15-8, 6-4) at No. 29 Mississippi State Bulldogs (16-7, 4-6), 9 p.m. (SEC)
No. 53 Butler Bulldogs (14-10, 5-6) at No. 49 St. John’s Red Storm (17-7, 5-6), 8:30 p.m. (CBSSN)

In the Big East, two of the conference’s five 5-6 teams (good for third place!) meet in Queens with the Bulldogs looking to complete their first sweep of league play and extend their winning streak to three. The Red Storm, on the other hand, followed up their big road win over Marquette with a very disappointing performance at MSG against longtime bogey-team Providence.

Top 30 at 76-135

Group 2 for the visitor; Group 1 for the host only (2/1)

No. 22 Buffalo Bulls (20-3, 8-2) at No. 117 Akron Zips (14-9, 6-4), 7 p.m. (ESPN+)
No. 21 Marquette Golden Eagles (20-4, 9-2) at No. 89 DePaul Blue Demons (13-9, 5-6), 8 p.m. (FSN)

The Bulls travel to Akron for their first meeting with their division rivals mindful of their recent 1-2 run in road games. Marquette, meanwhile, will hope to defeat DePaul for a second time while getting out of its recent pattern of thrilling one-point decisions.

31-75 at 76-135

Group 2 for both the host and visitor (2/2)

No. 62 Arkansas Razorbacks (14-9, 5-5) at No. 91 Missouri Tigers (11-11, 2-8), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

Arkansas defeated Mizzou by 12 in Fayetteville on January 23rd, and the Hogs will need to repeat that performance to continue their climb up the bubble.

31-75 at 136-240

Group 3 for the visitor; Group 2 for the host only (3/2)

No. 69 Davidson Wildcats (17-6, 8-2) at No. 226 Fordham Rams (10-13, 1-9), 7 p.m. (ESPN+)

On Saturday, the Wildcats picked up a damaging 54-51 loss at UMass, who entered the day with just one Atlantic 10 win. Picking up another defeat at Rose Hill would be curtains for Davidson’s thin at-large hopes.

76-160 at 76-135

Group 2 for the visitor only; Group 3 for the host (2/3)

No. 114 Georgia Bulldogs (10-13, 1-9) at No. 87 Texas A&M Aggies (9-13, 2-8), 7 p.m. (SECN)

You can do better that this SEC matchup that has no bubble impact at all.

76-160 at 136-240

Group 3 for both the host and the visitor (3/3)

No. 92 Pittsburgh Panthers (12-12, 2-9) at No. 136 Boston College Eagles (11-11, 2-8), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

Come on, look at that glorious selection of Group 1 games.

Chronological Schedule

Grouped by quality in each tip window.

Early Evening Tips

1/1 No. 17 LSU Tigers (19-4, 9-1) at No. 5 Kentucky Wildcats (20-3, 9-1), 7 p.m. (ESPN)
1/1 No. 8 Michigan State Spartans (19-5, 10-3) at No. 11 Wisconsin Badgers (17-7, 9-5), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
1/1 No. 10 Purdue Boilermakers (17-6, 10-2) at No. 23 Maryland Terrapins (18-6, 9-4), 6:30 p.m. (BTN)
2/1 No. 22 Buffalo Bulls (20-3, 8-2) at No. 117 Akron Zips (14-9, 6-4), 7 p.m. (ESPN+)
3/2 No. 69 Davidson Wildcats (17-6, 8-2) at No. 226 Fordham Rams (10-13, 1-9), 7 p.m. (ESPN+)
2/3 No. 114 Georgia Bulldogs (10-13, 1-9) at No. 87 Texas A&M Aggies (9-13, 2-8), 7 p.m. (SECN)
3/3 No. 92 Pittsburgh Panthers (12-12, 2-9) at No. 136 Boston College Eagles (11-11, 2-8), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

Late Evening Tips

1/1 No. 2 Duke Blue Devils (21-2, 9-1) at No. 15 Louisville Cardinals (17-7, 8-3), 9 p.m. (ESPN)
1/1 No. 28 Kansas State Wildcats (18-5, 8-2) at No. 33 Texas Longhorns (14-10, 6-5), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
1/1 No. 6 Michigan Wolverines (22-2, 11-2) at No. 73 Penn State Nittany Lions (8-15, 1-11), 8:30 p.m. (BTN)
1/2 No. 43 Alabama Crimson Tide (15-8, 6-4) at No. 29 Mississippi State Bulldogs (16-7, 4-6), 9 p.m. (SEC)
1/2 No. 53 Butler Bulldogs (14-10, 5-6) at No. 49 St. John’s Red Storm (17-7, 5-6), 8:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
2/1 No. 21 Marquette Golden Eagles (20-4, 9-2) at No. 89 DePaul Blue Demons (13-9, 5-6), 8 p.m. (FSN)
2/2 No. 62 Arkansas Razorbacks (14-9, 5-5) at No. 91 Missouri Tigers (11-11, 2-8), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

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