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NET Viewing Guide For Thursday, February 14, 2019

The best game of the night might be in the SoCon, and it doesn’t even feature Wofford. For a more traditional look at the schedule, visit MattSarzSports.com.

NCAA Basketball: Furman at Villanova
The Furman Paladins will host this particular Thursday’s biggest game, at least according to the NET.
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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 Tuesday, Feb. 12. Records reflect games played through Wednesday, Feb. 13. All times are Eastern.

31-75 at Top 75

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

No. 46 UNCG Spartans (22-3, 11-1) at No. 56 Furman Paladins (20-5, 9-4), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))

You’ve probably forgotten about the Paladins since their early road victories over Villanova and Loyola Chicago, but you can check in with them tonight. Furman is looking to split the season series with the Spartans, last season’s SoCon NCAA rep. UNCG is currently one loss behind Wofford in this season’s race, with the Paladins and ETSU four losses back. Despite that distance, all four are capable of winning the auto bid in Asheville next month and winning in the NCAAs.

Top 30 at 76-135

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

No. 5 Houston Cougars (23-1, 10-1) at No. 79 UConn Huskies (13-11, 4-7), 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Houston, looking to extend its win streak to nine, visits Hartford for their only meeting of the season with the Huskies.

31-75 at 76-135

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

No. 51 Hofstra Pride (21-4, 11-1) at No. 109 College of Charleston Cougars (20-6, 9-4), 7 p.m. (CAA.tv)
No. 65 Murray State Racers (19-4, 10-2) at No. 120 Austin Peay Governors (18-7, 10-2), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

The Pride, two games up in the CAA with six games to play, must play four of those contests away from Hempstead—starting tonight in Charleston, arguably their biggest test the rest of the way. Over in the OVC, the winner of the first Murray State-APSU matchup of the season (another comes on March 2nd) should share the league lead with Belmont at the end of the night, barring disaster for the Bruins.

76-160 at Top 75

Group 1 for the visitor only; Group 3 for the host (1/3)

No. 91 Illinois Fighting Illini (9-15, 5-8) at No. 36 Ohio State Buckeyes (16-7, 6-6), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
No. 118 Utah Valley Wolverines (16-7, 5-3) at No. 59 New Mexico State Aggies (20-4, 9-1), 9 p.m. (AggieVision/Eleven Sports)

Back on December 5th, the Buckeyes took down the Illini in their annual Chicago game, 77-67. They’ll look to extend their winning streak to four. But it won’t be easy, as resurgent Illinois can also win their fourth straight tonight.

In the WAC, New Mexico State can move ever closer to yet another conference regular-season crown by sweeping Utah Valley. The Aggies won the first meeting, 83-78, on January 19th in Orem.

76-160 at 76-135

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

No. 85 Arizona Wildcats (14-10, 5-6) at No. 97 Utah Utes (13-10, 7-4), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
No. 86 BYU Cougars (16-10, 8-3) at No. 98 San Diego Toreros (16-9, 5-5), 10 p.m. (Spectrum Sportsnet/AT&T SN Rocky Mtn./NBCS Bay Area/Root Sports/TheW.tv)

UVU’s cross-metro rivals can solidify their hold on second in the WCC by winning the first of their two meetings with San Diego. Meanwhile, in Salt Lake City, the Utes can further dent the Wildcats’ hopes by reversing the three-point OT loss they suffered in Tucson on January 5th.

Top 30 at 136-240

Group 3 for the visitor; Group 1 for the host only (3/1)

No. 2 Gonzaga Bulldogs (23-2, 10-0) at No. 144 Loyola Marymount Lions (17-8, 5-6), 11 p.m. (ESPN2)

While the Bulldogs should sweep the Lions, LMU is the last team to hold Gonzaga below 85 points, in their 73-55 loss in Spokane back on January 17th.

76-160 at 136-240

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

No. 93 South Dakota State Jackrabbits (20-6, 10-1) at No. 177 Omaha Mavericks (14-9, 8-2), 8 p.m. (Midco SN/Yur AZ/ESPN+ ($))
No. 111 Montana Grizzlies (17-6, 10-2) at No. 172 Weber State Wildcats (15-9, 9-4), 9 p.m. (Pluto.tv)

Summit leader SDSU can win its 10th straight by sweeping Omaha, a team the Jackrabbits handled by 10 in Brookings on January 26th. As for Montana, the Grizzlies are one up in the loss column on Northern Colorado and two losses up on Weber. The Griz took down the Wildcats in Missoula, also on January 26th, 75-68.

31-75 at 136-240

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

No. 50 Saint Mary’s Gaels (15-10, 6-4) at No. 198 Santa Clara Broncos (13-12, 5-6), 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

The Gaels will have to sweep the Broncos if they want to stay in the NET top 50. SMC blasted the Broncos by 20 back on January 17th in Moraga.

31-75 at 241-353

Group 4 for the visitor; Group 2 for the host only (4/2)

No. 60 Belmont Bruins (19-4, 10-2) at No. 308 Tennessee State Tigers (8-16, 5-7), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))

If the Bruins complete a season sweep of their crosstown rivals, they’ll remain in a first-place tie in the OVC race along with the Murray State-Austin Peay victor.

76-160 at 241-353

Group 4 for the visitor; Group 3 for the host only (4/3)

No. 81 Tulsa Golden Hurricane (14-10, 4-7) at No. 293 Tulane Green Wave (4-18, 0-10), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

Uh...the Golden Hurricane will record their first win streak of the conference season if they can take care of business at Devlin?

161-353 at Top 75

Group 1 for the visitor only; Group 4 for the host (1/4)

No. 328 VMI Keydets (7-17, 1-11) at No. 28 Wofford Terriers (21-4, 13-0), 7 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))
No. 242 The Citadel Bulldogs (11-12, 3-9) at No. 75 ETSU Buccaneers (19-7, 9-4), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
No. 166 Pepperdine Waves (12-13, 5-6) at No. 52 San Francisco Dons (18-6, 6-4), 10 p.m. (TheW.tv)

The Terriers host the worst team in the SoCon, while the Bucs host a Citadel outfit that’s improved but not that improved. As for the Dons, they’ll hope to have an easier time with the Waves at home than they did in a 72-69 win in Malibu on January 5th.

Chronological Schedule

Grouped by quality in each tip window.

Early Evening Tips

1/2 No. 46 UNCG Spartans (22-3, 11-1) at No. 56 Furman Paladins (20-5, 9-4), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))
2/1 No. 5 Houston Cougars (23-1, 10-1) at No. 79 UConn Huskies (13-11, 4-7), 7 p.m. (ESPN)
2/2 No. 51 Hofstra Pride (21-4, 11-1) at No. 109 College of Charleston Cougars (20-6, 9-4), 7 p.m. (CAA.tv)
1/3 No. 91 Illinois Fighting Illini (9-15, 5-8) at No. 36 Ohio State Buckeyes (16-7, 6-6), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
4/3 No. 81 Tulsa Golden Hurricane (14-10, 4-7) at No. 293 Tulane Green Wave (4-18, 0-10), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
1/4 No. 328 VMI Keydets (7-17, 1-11) at No. 28 Wofford Terriers (21-4, 13-0), 7 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))
1/4 No. 242 The Citadel Bulldogs (11-12, 3-9) at No. 75 ETSU Buccaneers (19-7, 9-4), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)

Mid-Evening Tips

2/2 No. 65 Murray State Racers (19-4, 10-2) at No. 120 Austin Peay Governors (18-7, 10-2), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
1/3 No. 118 Utah Valley Wolverines (16-7, 5-3) at No. 59 New Mexico State Aggies (20-4, 9-1), 9 p.m. (AggieVision/Eleven Sports)
2/3 No. 85 Arizona Wildcats (14-10, 5-6) at No. 97 Utah Utes (13-10, 7-4), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
3/3 No. 93 South Dakota State Jackrabbits (20-6, 10-1) at No. 177 Omaha Mavericks (14-9, 8-2), 8 p.m. (Midco SN/Yur AZ/ESPN+ ($))
3/3 No. 111 Montana Grizzlies (17-6, 10-2) at No. 172 Weber State Wildcats (15-9, 9-4), 9 p.m. (Pluto.tv)
4/2 No. 60 Belmont Bruins (19-4, 10-2) at No. 308 Tennessee State Tigers (8-16, 5-7), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))

Late Night Tips

3/1 No. 2 Gonzaga Bulldogs (23-2, 10-0) at No. 144 Loyola Marymount Lions (17-8, 5-6), 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
2/3 No. 86 BYU Cougars (16-10, 8-3) at No. 98 San Diego Toreros (16-9, 5-5), 10 p.m. (Spectrum Sportsnet/AT&T SN Rocky Mtn./NBCS Bay Area/Root Sports/TheW.tv)
3/2 No. 50 Saint Mary’s Gaels (15-10, 6-4) at No. 198 Santa Clara Broncos (13-12, 5-6), 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
1/4 No. 166 Pepperdine Waves (12-13, 5-6) at No. 52 San Francisco Dons (18-6, 6-4), 10 p.m. (TheW.tv)

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