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NET Viewing Guide For Tuesday, February 19, 2019

There are three all-Group 1 matchups on tonight’s slate, two of them from the Big Ten. But at this point, just three of the four teams involved in those matchups is a real tournament threat. (Sorry, Indiana.) For a more traditional look at the schedule, visit MattSarzSports.com.

NCAA Basketball: Indiana at Purdue Sandra Dukes-USA TODAY Sports

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 Monday, Feb. 18. Records reflect games played through that same date. All times are Eastern.

Top 30 at Top 75

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

No. 12 Purdue Boilermakers (18-7, 11-3) at No. 55 Indiana Hoosiers (13-12, 4-10), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
No. 23 Maryland Terrapins (19-7, 10-5) at No. 28 Iowa Hawkeyes (20-5, 9-5), 8 p.m. (BTN)
No. 21 Florida State Seminoles (20-5, 8-4) at No. 41 Clemson Tigers (15-10, 5-7), 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Purdue, 70-55 winners over Indiana in West Lafayette back on January 19th, can deal another blow to the Hoosiers’ fading hopes by winning in Bloomington tonight. It’s a different story in Iowa City, where the host Hawkeyes can extend their winning streak to five by taking out Maryland in the pair’s lone meeting of the regular-season. Another Group 1 win would do wonders for Iowa’s protected seed hopes. Meanwhile, in the only ACC game of the night with at-large implications, FSU would also like to push itself into the top 16. While topping Clemson for a second time would boost the Seminoles’ hopes slightly, the Tigers simply need more quality wins to get back on the right side of the bubble.

31-75 at Top 75

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

No. 38 Nebraska Cornhuskers (15-11, 5-10) at No. 70 Penn State Nittany Lions (9-16, 2-12), 7 p.m. (FS1)
No. 36 Baylor Bears (16-9, 7-5) at No. 13 Iowa State Cyclones (19-6, 8-4), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

Nebraska heads to Happy Valley looking to sweep Penn State right before the brutal part of its schedule begins. The Cornhuskers’ next four? Purdue in Lincoln Saturday, back-to-back trips to Michigan and Michigan State, and finally, Iowa back at home. As for Baylor, their home win over Iowa State on January 8th was the first indication that the Bears might be okay after a rough November and December. Winning at Hilton Coliseum would do wonders for a team that’s slid a bit thanks to three losses over their last four.

31-75 at 76-135

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

No. 50 Alabama Crimson Tide (15-10, 6-6) at No. 86 Texas A&M Aggies (10-14, 3-9), 9 p.m. (SECN)

While the Tide have defeated both Missouri and Vandy on the road, the Aggies might not be so easy to knock out. A&M won in Tuscaloosa back on January 12th. That was Bama’s lone conference home loss until Florida demoralized them on Saturday afternoon.

Top 30 at 76-135

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

No. 30 Ole Miss Rebels (18-7, 8-4) at No. 93 South Carolina Gamecocks (13-12, 8-4), 7 p.m. (SECN)
No. 5 Kentucky Wildcats (21-4, 10-2) at No. 92 Missouri Tigers (12-12, 3-9), 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Somewhat unbelievably, the Gamecocks and Rebels are tied for fourth in the SEC. However, these two teams seem to be trending in different directions. Ole Miss has won four straight, while Carolina hasn’t strung two wins together since winning its first four league games. As for Mizzou, who Mississippi beat on Saturday in Oxford, they’re likely happy they only need to play this Kentucky team once.

76-160 at Top 75

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

No. 84 Dayton Flyers (16-9, 8-4) at No. 67 Davidson Wildcats (19-6, 10-2), 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
No. 128 Vanderbilt Commodores (9-16, 0-12) at No. 6 Tennessee Volunteers (23-2, 11-1), 7 p.m. (ESPN)
No. 139 Rhode Island Rams (12-12, 5-7) at No. 42 VCU Rams (19-6, 10-2), 8 p.m. (CBSSN)

Davidson and VCU are currently tied for the Atlantic 10 lead. Looking at the remaining schedules, tonight’s matchups might be the most difficult each encounter between now and Brooklyn. The Wildcats host a Dayton team that’s the third-best in the conference in both the NET and KenPom. As for VCU, it welcomes a Rhode Island team that it lost to in Kingston back on January 23rd. In the least-intriguing SEC game of the night (according to NET anyway), Tennessee hosts Vandy looking to rebound from Saturday’s disappointing performance in Lexington. That might not be easy, as Vandy took the Vols to OT in Nashville back on January 23rd.

161-353 at Top 75

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

No. 201 Ohio Bobcats (11-13, 3-9) at No. 24 Buffalo Bulls (22-3, 10-2), 7 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))

Curiously, this will be the first meeting between the Bobcats and Bulls this season. They’ll meet again in Athens on March 5th.

Chronological Schedule

Grouped by quality in each tip window.

Early Evening Tips

1/1 No. 12 Purdue Boilermakers (18-7, 11-3) at No. 55 Indiana Hoosiers (13-12, 4-10), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
1/2 No. 38 Nebraska Cornhuskers (15-11, 5-10) at No. 70 Penn State Nittany Lions (9-16, 2-12), 7 p.m. (FS1)
2/1 No. 30 Ole Miss Rebels (18-7, 8-4) at No. 93 South Carolina Gamecocks (13-12, 8-4), 7 p.m. (SECN)
1/3 No. 84 Dayton Flyers (16-9, 8-4) at No. 67 Davidson Wildcats (19-6, 10-2), 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
1/3 No. 128 Vanderbilt Commodores (9-16, 0-12) at No. 6 Tennessee Volunteers (23-2, 11-1), 7 p.m. (ESPN)
1/4 No. 201 Ohio Bobcats (11-13, 3-9) at No. 24 Buffalo Bulls (22-3, 10-2), 7 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))

Late Evening Tips

1/1 No. 23 Maryland Terrapins (19-7, 10-5) at No. 28 Iowa Hawkeyes (20-5, 9-5), 8 p.m. (BTN)
1/1 No. 21 Florida State Seminoles (20-5, 8-4) at No. 41 Clemson Tigers (15-10, 5-7), 9 p.m. (ESPN)
1/2 No. 36 Baylor Bears (16-9, 7-5) at No. 13 Iowa State Cyclones (19-6, 8-4), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
2/2 No. 50 Alabama Crimson Tide (15-10, 6-6) at No. 86 Texas A&M Aggies (10-14, 3-9), 9 p.m. (SECN)
2/1 No. 5 Kentucky Wildcats (21-4, 10-2) at No. 92 Missouri Tigers (12-12, 3-9), 9 p.m. (ESPN)
1/3 No. 139 Rhode Island Rams (12-12, 5-7) at No. 42 VCU Rams (19-6, 10-2), 8 p.m. (CBSSN)

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