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NET Viewing Guide For Saturday, February 9, 2019

A top three rematch in Durham is the highlight of a busy Saturday full of meaningful showdowns. For a more traditional look at the schedule, visit MattSarzSports.com.

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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 Thursday, Feb. 7. 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 Wisconsin Badgers (17-6, 9-3) at No. 6 Michigan Wolverines (21-2, 10-2), 12 p.m. (Fox)
No. 5 Kentucky Wildcats (19-3, 8-1) at No. 27 Mississippi State Bulldogs (16-6, 4-5), 1 p.m. (CBS)
No. 10 Virginia Tech Hokies (18-4, 7-3) at No. 43 Clemson Tigers (14-8, 4-5), 12 p.m. (ESPN2)
No. 19 Villanova Wildcats (19-4, 10-0) at No. 21 Marquette Golden Eagles (19-4, 8-2), 2:30 p.m. (Fox)
No. 20 Auburn Tigers (16-6, 5-4) at No. 17 LSU Tigers (18-4, 9-1), 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
No. 14 Louisville Cardinals (17-6, 8-2) at No. 28 Florida State Seminoles (17-5, 5-4), 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
No. 16 Texas Tech Red Raiders (18-5, 6-4) at No. 35 Oklahoma Sooners (15-8, 3-7), 4 p.m. (ESPNU)
No. 3 Duke Blue Devils (20-2, 8-1) at No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers (20-1, 8-1), 6 p.m. (ESPN)
No. 30 Kansas State Wildcats (17-5, 7-2) at No. 32 Baylor Bears (15-7. 6-3), 6 p.m. (ESPN)

The day’s two arguably biggest games are both rematches from exactly three weeks ago, when both the Wolverines and Cavaliers suffered their first losses of the season on the road. Both have great chances to exact revenge on the Badgers and Blue Devils, respectively, today, with the meeting in Charlottesville quite possibly deciding who will be the No. 1 overall seed in Tuesday’s bracket.

However, the Selection Committee’s March Madness bracket preview will have a lot to say about how the NET will affect things this year. That will air during the Wisconsin-Michigan game at 12:30 p.m. Eastern on CBS, just before the first of two all-Group 1 games in the SEC. In that matchup, Kentucky travels to Starkville looking to win its 10th in a row, while sweeping the Bulldogs, who they handled by 19 in Lexington back on January 22nd. In the battle of the Tigers later in the afternoon, LSU will look to keep pace with UK and SEC leader Tennessee, while Auburn could really use a high-quality road win.

Villanova can open up a three-game lead at the top of the Big East standings by handing Marquette a second straight home loss, while Baylor will look to create a two-way tie (at a minimum) in the Big 12 race by knocking K-State out of first.

Louisville’s trip to Florida State features two teams that are working their way up the seed list, while Texas Tech and Oklahoma are going in the opposite direction. The Sooners, in particular, really need to get back on track thanks to a three-game skid.

Virginia Tech-Clemson is the oddball here, with the Tigers not really all that close to the field as of Friday, but beating the Justin Robinson-less Hokies can only help their case.

Top 30 at 76-135

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

No. 25 Washington Huskies (19-4, 10-0) at No. 78 Arizona State Sun Devils (15-7, 6-4), 10 p.m. (ESPN)

Had the Sun Devils not lost to Washington State on Thursday night, this game would have been in the group above. But they did, and now the Huskies can put themselves five games up on ASU by winning in Tempe.

31-75 at Top 75

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

No. 57 Butler Bulldogs (13-10, 4-6) at No. 72 Georgetown Hoyas (15-8, 5-5), 12 p.m. (FSN)
No. 75 Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-13, 2-7) at No. 18 Kansas Jayhawks (17-6, 6-4), 12 p.m. (ESPN)
No. 40 TCU Horned Frogs (16-6, 4-5) at No. 13 Iowa State Cyclones (18-5, 7-3), 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
No. 54 Minnesota Golden Gophers (16-7, 6-6) at No. 9 Michigan State Spartans (18-5, 9-3), 2 p.m. (ESPN)
No. 42 Florida Gators (12-10, 4-5) at No. 4 Tennessee Volunteers (21-1, 9-0), 4 p.m. (ESPN)
No. 63 ETSU Buccaneers (19-6, 9-3) at No. 64 Furman Paladins (19-5, 8-4), 4 p.m. (select Nexstar stations/ESPN+)
No. 55 Creighton Bluejays (13-10, 4-6) at No. 66 Seton Hall Pirates (13-9, 4-6), 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
No. 36 Nebraska Cornhuskers (13-10, 3-9) at No. 11 Purdue Boilermakers (16-6, 9-2), 8:30 p.m. (BTN)
No. 45 Saint Mary’s Gaels (15-9, 6-3) at No. 2 Gonzaga Bulldogs (22-2, 9-0), 10 p.m. (ESPN2)

All but three of these matchups will affect the at-large race (sorry, Oklahoma State, ETSU/Furman, and Saint Mary’s), with TCU. Minnesota, Florida, and Nebraska the teams most in need of an upset road win.

With the distance between Butler, the last team in on Friday, and Georgetown, the seventh team out, not being all that great, their meeting in D.C. is among the most important contests in this group, as is the other Big East showdown, featuring third team out Creighton and a Seton Hall team that’s just above the First Four.

31-75 at 76-135

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

No. 41 Mississippi Rebels (15-7, 5-4) at No. 109 Georgia Bulldogs (10-12, 1-8), 1 p.m. (SECN)
No. 50 Temple Owls (17-6, 7-3) at No. 98 Tulsa Golden Hurricane (13-10, 3-7), 12 p.m. (ESPNU)
No. 34 N.C. State Wolfpack (16-7, 4-6) at No. 87 Pittsburgh Panthers (12-11, 2-8), 2 p.m. (Raycom/TheACC.com/ACC Network Extra)
No. 60 Arkansas Razorbacks (14-8, 5-4) at No. 112 South Carolina Gamecocks (11-11, 6-3), 3:30 p.m. (SECN)
No. 61 New Mexico State Aggies (19-4, 8-1) at No. 83 Grand Canyon Antelopes (14-8, 7-2), 9 p.m. (Yur AZ/CST/ESPN3)
No. 38 Texas Longhorns (13-10, 5-5) at No. 105 West Virginia Mountaineers (10-13, 2-8), 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
No. 44 Alabama Crimson Tide (14-8, 5-4) at No. 117 Vanderbilt Commodores (9-13, 0-9), 8:30 p.m. (SECN)

No fewer than five teams on the right side of the cut line will play road games they would ideally win easily on this Saturday, whole Arkansas must avoid a costly defeat at South Carolina to keep pace.

As for the WAC matchup in Phoenix, the Aggies will look to complete a season sweep of the Antelopes and move a full two games up on GCU in the league race. Grand Canyon had a share of the lead until they surprisingly dropped a home game to UTRGV on Thursday night. (What was it about Thursday in the Phoenix metro area?) New Mexico State, meanwhile, avoided disaster at Cal State Bakersfield , escaping with a 71-70 overtime victory last time out.

76-160 at Top 75

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

No. 86 Providence Friars (13-10, 3-7) at No. 39 St. John’s Red Storm (17-6, 5-5), 12 p.m. (CBSSN)
No. 96 Miami Hurricanes (10-12, 2-8) at No. 8 North Carolina Tar Heels (18-4, 8-1), 12 p.m. (Raycom/TheACC.com/ACC Network Extra)
No. 135 Boston College Eagles (11-10, 2-7) at No. 49 Syracuse Orange (16-7, 7-3), 2 p.m. (Raycom/ACC Network Extra)
No. 133 Central Michigan Chippewas (16-6, 5-4) at No. 26 Buffalo Bulls (19-4, 7-2), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN+)

UNC and Syracuse can complete season sweeps, while this will be the first of two St. John’s-Providence matchups in an 11-day span. Buffalo, meanwhile, has been stewing for over a week since losing at Bowling Green last Friday, so CMU might be in for a long afternoon.

76-160 at 76-135

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

No. 95 Utah Utes (12-10, 6-4) at No. 106 UCLA Bruins (12-11, 5-5), 5 p.m. (Fox)
No. 103 Texas A&M Aggies (8-13, 1-8) at No. 77 Missouri Tigers (11-10, 2-7), 6 p.m. (SECN)
No. 99 Penn Quakers (14-7, 2-3) at No. 79 Yale Bulldogs (14-4, 4-1), 7 p.m. (ESPN+)
No. 107 DePaul Blue Demons (12-9, 4-6) at No. 93 Xavier Musketeers (11-12, 3-7), 8 p.m. (FS1)
No. 80 Colorado Buffaloes (13-9, 4-6) at No. 84 USC Trojans (13-10, 6-4), 10 p.m. (ESPNU)

All 10 of these teams have a very long way to go to get back into the bid conversation with the quartet of Pac-12 teams and the Ivy duo already at the point where a conference tournament title might just be required.

31-75 at 136-240

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

No. 59 Davidson Wildcats (17-5, 8-1) at No. 223 UMass Minutemen (8-15, 1-9), 1 p.m. (NESN Plus/ESPN+)
No. 48 VCU Rams (16-6, 7-2) at No. 150 St. Bonaventure Bonnies (9-13, 5-4), 2 p.m. (CBSSN)
No. 33 Utah State Aggies (18-5, 8-2) at No. 155 San Diego State Aztecs (13-9, 5-4), 10 p.m. (ESPN3)

A trio of mid-major bid contenders (though only VCU is currently projected in as an at-large) face tricky road tests, with the Rams and Aggies facing slightly tougher opponents than the Wildcats.

76-160 at 136-240

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

No. 81 Fresno State Bulldogs (16-6, 7-3) at No. 147 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (12-10, 6-4), 5 p.m. (ESPN3)

The Bulldogs all but saw their at-large hopes end at Utah State on Tuesday, and a loss in Vegas would mean they would definitely need to win three games at the Thomas & Mack in March to reach the field.

31-75 at 241-353

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

No. 62 Belmont Bruins (18-4, 9-2) at No. 266 Morehead State Eagles (9-15, 5-6), 4:30 p.m. (ESPN+)
No. 51 UNCG Spartans (21-3, 10-1) at No. 277 Chattanooga Mocs (11-14, 6-6), 7 p.m. (ESPN+)

Belmont is currently in a three-way tie for the OVC lead with Murray State and Austin Peay, but the Bruins are the only one of those three teams that will play on the road today. Meanwhile, UNCG will look to pick up a road win of its own in its quest to keep pace with Wofford in the SoCon title chase.

161-353 at 76-135

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

No. 264 California Golden Bears (5-17, 0-10) at No. 85 Oregon State Beavers (14-8, 6-4), 5:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
No. 167 Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors (14-8, 5-3) at No. 121 UC Irvine Anteaters (20-5, 8-1), 10 p.m. (ESPN3)

The Beavers saw their hopes take a serious hit thanks to Thursday’s home loss to Stanford. Losing to the worst team in the Pac-12 would be just about fatal. In the Big West race, the Anteaters will attempt to complete a season sweep of the Rainbow Warriors. UCI won the first meeting by just a point after OT in Honolulu back on January 23rd.

161-353 at Top 75

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

No. 291 Jacksonville Dolphins (11-14, 4-6) at No. 31 Lipscomb Bisons (19-4, 10-0), 5 p.m. (ESPN+)
No. 324 SIU Edwardsville Cougars (8-15, 4-7) at No. 65 Murray State Racers (18-4, 9-2), 8 p.m. (ESPN+)
No. 173 New Mexico Lobos (10-12, 4-6) at No. 15 Nevada Wolf Pack (22-1, 9-1), 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
No. 238 FGCU Eagles (10-15, 5-5) at No. 56 Liberty Flames (20-5, 9-1), 7 p.m. (ESPN+)
No. 286 Western Carolina Catamounts (6-19, 3-9) at No. 29 Wofford Terriers (20-4, 12-0), 7 p.m. (ESPN+)
No. 197 Washington State Cougars (9-14, 2-8) at No. 68 Arizona Wildcats (14-9, 5-5), 7:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
No. 203 Santa Clara Broncos (13-11, 5-5) at No. 52 San Francisco Dons (17-6, 5-4), 11 p.m. (NBCS Bay Area/AT&T SN Rocky Mtn./Root Sports/TheW.tv)

Plenty of mid-major contenders will face opponents they should trounce at home, while Arizona will attempt to avoid the pothole ASU couldn’t miss on Thursday night.

Chronological Schedule

Grouped by quality in each tip window.

12-1 p.m. Tips

1/1 No. 12 Wisconsin Badgers (17-6, 9-3) at No. 6 Michigan Wolverines (21-2, 10-2), 12 p.m. (Fox)
1/1 No. 5 Kentucky Wildcats (19-3, 8-1) at No. 27 Mississippi State Bulldogs (16-6, 4-5), 1 p.m. (CBS)
1/1 No. 10 Virginia Tech Hokies (18-4, 7-3) at No. 43 Clemson Tigers (14-8, 4-5), 12 p.m. (ESPN2)
1/2 No. 57 Butler Bulldogs (13-10, 4-6) at No. 72 Georgetown Hoyas (15-8, 5-5), 12 p.m. (FSN)
1/2 No. 75 Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-13, 2-7) at No. 18 Kansas Jayhawks (17-6, 6-4), 12 p.m. (ESPN)
2/2 No. 41 Mississippi Rebels (15-7, 5-4) at No. 109 Georgia Bulldogs (10-12, 1-8), 1 p.m. (SECN)
2/2 No. 50 Temple Owls (17-6, 7-3) at No. 98 Tulsa Golden Hurricane (13-10, 3-7), 12 p.m. (ESPNU)
1/3 No. 86 Providence Friars (13-10, 3-7) at No. 39 St. John’s Red Storm (17-6, 5-5), 12 p.m. (CBSSN)
1/3 No. 96 Miami Hurricanes (10-12, 2-8) at No. 8 North Carolina Tar Heels (18-4, 8-1), 12 p.m. (Raycom/TheACC.com/ACC Network Extra)
3/2 No. 59 Davidson Wildcats (17-5, 8-1) at No. 223 UMass Minutemen (8-15, 1-9), 1 p.m. (NESN Plus/ESPN+)

2-3:30 p.m. Tips

1/1 No. 19 Villanova Wildcats (19-4, 10-0) at No. 21 Marquette Golden Eagles (19-4, 8-2), 2:30 p.m. (Fox)
1/1 No. 20 Auburn Tigers (16-6, 5-4) at No. 17 LSU Tigers (18-4, 9-1), 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
1/2 No. 40 TCU Horned Frogs (16-6, 4-5) at No. 13 Iowa State Cyclones (18-5, 7-3), 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
1/2 No. 54 Minnesota Golden Gophers (16-7, 6-6) at No. 9 Michigan State Spartans (18-5, 9-3), 2 p.m. (ESPN)
2/2 No. 34 N.C. State Wolfpack (16-7, 4-6) at No. 87 Pittsburgh Panthers (12-11, 2-8), 2 p.m. (Raycom/TheACC.com/ACC Network Extra)
2/2 No. 60 Arkansas Razorbacks (14-8, 5-4) at No. 112 South Carolina Gamecocks (11-11, 6-3), 3:30 p.m. (SECN)
1/3 No. 135 Boston College Eagles (11-10, 2-7) at No. 49 Syracuse Orange (16-7, 7-3), 2 p.m. (Raycom/ACC Network Extra)
1/3 No. 133 Central Michigan Chippewas (16-6, 5-4) at No. 26 Buffalo Bulls (19-4, 7-2), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN+)
3/2 No. 48 VCU Rams (16-6, 7-2) at No. 150 St. Bonaventure Bonnies (9-13, 5-4), 2 p.m. (CBSSN)

4-5:30 p.m. Tips

1/1 No. 14 Louisville Cardinals (17-6, 8-2) at No. 28 Florida State Seminoles (17-5, 5-4), 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
1/1 No. 16 Texas Tech Red Raiders (18-5, 6-4) at No. 35 Oklahoma Sooners (15-8, 3-7), 4 p.m. (ESPNU)
1/2 No. 42 Florida Gators (12-10, 4-5) at No. 4 Tennessee Volunteers (21-1, 9-0), 4 p.m. (ESPN)
1/2 No. 63 ETSU Buccaneers (19-6, 9-3) at No. 64 Furman Paladins (19-5, 8-4), 4 p.m. (select Nexstar stations/ESPN+)
3/3 No. 81 Fresno State Bulldogs (16-6, 7-3) at No. 147 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (12-10, 6-4), 5 p.m. (ESPN3)
2/3 No. 95 Utah Utes (12-10, 6-4) at No. 106 UCLA Bruins (12-11, 5-5), 5 p.m. (Fox)
2/4 No. 264 California Golden Bears (5-17, 0-10) at No. 85 Oregon State Beavers (14-8, 6-4), 5:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
4/2 No. 62 Belmont Bruins (18-4, 9-2) at No. 266 Morehead State Eagles (9-15, 5-6), 4:30 p.m. (ESPN+)
1/4 No. 291 Jacksonville Dolphins (11-14, 4-6) at No. 31 Lipscomb Bisons (19-4, 10-0), 5 p.m. (ESPN+)

6-7:30 p.m. Tips

1/1 No. 3 Duke Blue Devils (20-2, 8-1) at No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers (20-1, 8-1), 6 p.m. (ESPN)
1/1 No. 30 Kansas State Wildcats (17-5, 7-2) at No. 32 Baylor Bears (15-7. 6-3), 6 p.m. (ESPN)
2/3 No. 99 Penn Quakers (14-7, 2-3) at No. 79 Yale Bulldogs (14-4, 4-1), 7 p.m. (ESPN+)
2/3 No. 103 Texas A&M Aggies (8-13, 1-8) at No. 77 Missouri Tigers (11-10, 2-7), 6 p.m. (SECN)
4/2 No. 51 UNCG Spartans (21-3, 10-1) at No. 277 Chattanooga Mocs (11-14, 6-6), 7 p.m. (ESPN+)
1/4 No. 173 New Mexico Lobos (10-12, 4-6) at No. 15 Nevada Wolf Pack (22-1, 9-1), 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
1/4 No. 238 FGCU Eagles (10-15, 5-5) at No. 56 Liberty Flames (20-5, 9-1), 7 p.m. (ESPN+)
1/4 No. 286 Western Carolina Catamounts (6-19, 3-9) at No. 29 Wofford Terriers (20-4, 12-0), 7 p.m. (ESPN+)
1/4 No. 197 Washington State Cougars (9-14, 2-8) at No. 68 Arizona Wildcats (14-9, 5-5), 7:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)

8-9:30 p.m. Tips

1/2 No. 55 Creighton Bluejays (13-10, 4-6) at No. 66 Seton Hall Pirates (13-9, 4-6), 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
1/2 No. 36 Nebraska Cornhuskers (13-10, 3-9) at No. 11 Purdue Boilermakers (16-6, 9-2), 8:30 p.m. (BTN)
2/2 No. 61 New Mexico State Aggies (19-4, 8-1) at No. 83 Grand Canyon Antelopes (14-8, 7-2), 9 p.m. (Yur AZ/CST/ESPN3)
2/2 No. 38 Texas Longhorns (13-10, 5-5) at No. 105 West Virginia Mountaineers (10-13, 2-8), 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
2/2 No. 44 Alabama Crimson Tide (14-8, 5-4) at No. 117 Vanderbilt Commodores (9-13, 0-9), 8:30 p.m. (SECN)
2/3 No. 107 DePaul Blue Demons (12-9, 4-6) at No. 93 Xavier Musketeers (11-12, 3-7), 8 p.m. (FS1)
1/4 No. 324 SIU Edwardsville Cougars (8-15, 4-7) at No. 65 Murray State Racers (18-4, 9-2), 8 p.m. (ESPN+)

10 p.m. and Later Tips

2/1 No. 25 Washington Huskies (19-4, 10-0) at No. 78 Arizona State Sun Devils (15-7, 6-4), 10 p.m. (ESPN)
1/2 No. 45 Saint Mary’s Gaels (15-9, 6-3) at No. 2 Gonzaga Bulldogs (22-2, 9-0), 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
2/3 No. 80 Colorado Buffaloes (13-9, 4-6) at No. 84 USC Trojans (13-10, 6-4), 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
3/2 No. 33 Utah State Aggies (18-5, 8-2) at No. 155 San Diego State Aztecs (13-9, 5-4), 10 p.m. (ESPN3)
2/4 No. 167 Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors (14-8, 5-3) at No. 121 UC Irvine Anteaters (20-5, 8-1), 10 p.m. (ESPN3)
1/4 No. 203 Santa Clara Broncos (13-11, 5-5) at No. 52 San Francisco Dons (17-6, 5-4), 11 p.m. (NBCS Bay Area/AT&T SN Rocky Mtn./Root Sports/TheW.tv)

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