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NET Viewing Guide For Wednesday, January 29, 2020

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NCAA Basketball: Kansas State at Alabama Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

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Note: Before the breakdown by Quadrant, you’ll find a lineup broken down by telecast window. Within each window, I’ve listed games by tip time with the quadrants on the left.

Reminders of the different groupings are in the table below.

NET Quadrants

A game falls under this quadrant For the home team when the visiting team ranks between For the visiting team when the home team ranks between
A game falls under this quadrant For the home team when the visiting team ranks between For the visiting team when the home team ranks between
1 1–30 1–75
2 31–75 76–135
3 76–160 136–240
4 161–353 241–353

All NET rankings are from the NCAA’s website and reflect games played against D1 opposition only through Monday, January 20, 2020. Records reflect all games played through the same date. All times are Eastern.

Chronological Schedule

Quad 1 For Both Teams (1/1: 3 Games)

Top 30 at Top 75

7. West Virginia Mountaineers (16-3, 4-2 Big 12) at 37. Texas Tech Red Raiders (12-7, 3-3), 8 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))
26. Marquette Golden Eagles (14-6, 4-4 Big East) at 61. Xavier Musketeers (13-7, 2-5), 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
1. Baylor Bears (17-1, 6-0 Big 12) at 66. Iowa State Cyclones (9-10, 2-4), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

After Saturday’s overtime loss to Kentucky, the Red Raiders really need to pick up their second Quad 1 win of the season when West Virginia visits Lubbock tonight. Later, Baylor travels to Iowa State aiming to win at Hilton Coliseum for the second season in a row. In the second game of FS1’s Big East doubleheader, Xavier could also use a quality home win for its fading NCAA hopes. However, Marquette is aiming for a sweep, having routed the Musketeers by 20 just two weeks ago.

Quad 2 For Host/Quad 1 For Visitor (2/1: 4 Games)

31–75 at Top 75

64. DePaul Blue Demons (13-7. 1-6 Big East) at 13. Seton Hall Pirates (15-4, 7-0), 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
40. Alabama Crimson Tide (12-7, 4-2 SEC) at 23. LSU Tigers (15-4, 6-0), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
68. Texas Longhorns (12-7, 2-4 Big 12) at 60. TCU Horned Frogs (13-6, 4-2), 8 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))
47. Indiana Hoosiers (15-5, 5-4 Big Ten) at 27. Penn State Nittany Lions (14-5, 4-4), 8:30 p.m. (BTN)

Big East-leading Seton Hall hosts a DePaul squad that’s dropped two in a row and six of its last seven in the first FS1 game of the night. Like Marquette in the nightcap, the Pirates can complete an early season sweep, having defeated the Blue Demons in Chicago back on December 30th.

Alabama can supercharge its at-large hopes with a win in Baton Rouge. Considering the Crimson Tide play a high octane style and LSU has won its last six games by 2, 1, 4 (after OT), 4, 2, and 2 points respectively, this one should be the most entertaining game of the night.

The Big 12 game in Fort Worth is a certified bubble battle between a pair of teams that have struggled of late. Following their respective losses in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Saturday, Texas has dropped three straight and TCU three of its last four. Note that the Horned Frogs visit Baylor on Saturday while the Longhorns have a Big Monday date at Kansas.

In the Big Ten, Indiana, which has only won at Nebraska in its Big Ten travels, heads to Happy Valley, where Penn State will aim to improve its home league mark to 2-1, 3-1 if you count the win over Iowa at the Palestra.

Quad 1 For Host/Quad 2 For Visitor (1/2: 2 Games)

Top 30 at 76–135

5. Dayton Flyers (18-2, 7-0 A 10) at 94. Duquesne Dukes (15-4, 5-2), 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
2. San Diego State Aztecs (21-0, 10-0 MW) at 119. New Mexico Lobos (16-6, 5-4), 9 p.m. (CBSSN)

Duquesne has fallen out of the at-large hunt, thanks to consecutive road losses to Rhode Island and UMass, but the Dukes can keep themselves in the Atlantic 10 race by snapping Dayton’s nine-game win streak. Later, San Diego State will look to keep its winning ways going in Albuquerque—a second straight road challenge for an Aztec team that only defeated UNLV by four at the Thomas & Mack on Sunday.

Quad 2 For Both Teams (2/2: 4 Games)

31–75 at 76–135

51. Memphis Tigers (14-5, 3-3 AAC) at 117. UCF Knights (11-8, 2-5), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
74. UNCG Spartans (16-5, 6-2 SoCon) at 126. Western Carolina Catamounts (13-6, 5-3), 7 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))
46. Oklahoma Sooners (13-6, 3-3 Big 12) at 89. Kansas State Wildcats (8-11, 1-5), 8 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))
55. Arizona State Sun Devils (12-7, 3-3 Pac-12) at 109. Washington State Cougars (12-9, 3-5), 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

Oklahoma and Arizona State are the visiting teams in the most danger out of this quartet, as K-State handily defeated West Virginia in its last home game, while Wazzu is 3-1 in Pac-12 home games in 2020. Memphis, meanwhile, could find itself on the outside looking in when Friday’s bubble update arrives, as the Tigers are currently 2-4 in their last six, including a pair of losses last week. As for UNCG, the Spartans enter a busy night of SoCon play a game back of leader ETSU.

Quad 3 For Host/Quad 1 For Visitor (3/1: 4 Games)

76–160 at Top 75

145. Northwestern Wildcats (6-13, 1-8 Big Ten) at 8. Michigan State Spartans (15-5, 7-2), 6:30 p.m. (BTN)
110. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (9-10, 2-7 ACC) at 71. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (11-8, 2-6), 7 p.m. (ACCN)
129. Missouri State Bears (10-11, 4-4 MVC) at 49. Northern Iowa Panthers (17-3, 6-2), 7 p.m. (FS Midwest/NBCS Chicago Plus/ESPN+ ($))
88. South Carolina Gamecocks (11-8, 3-3 SEC) at 28. Arkansas Razorbacks (15-4, 3-3), 8:30 p.m. (SECN)

Teams ranging from protected seed contenders (Michigan State) to those with faint bubble hopes (Notre Dame) host beatable league foes. Both Michigan State and UNI can complete season sweeps tonight on their own home floors.

Quad 1 For Host/Quad 3 For Visitor (1/3: 1 Game)

Top 30 at 136–240

12. Louisville Cardinals (17-3, 8-1 ACC) at 157. Boston College Eagles (10-10, 4-5), 9 p.m. (ACCN)

Louisville visits Chestnut Hill as the ACC leader, one game up on both Duke and Florida State. While BC has defeated both Virginia and Virginia Tech at Conte Forum since the New Year arrived, the Cardinals should offer an even stiffer challenge.

Quad 2 For Host/Quad 3 For Visitor (2/3: 2 Games)

31–75 at 136–240

36. Houston Cougars (16-4, 6-1 AAC) at 222. East Carolina Pirates (9-11, 3-4), 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
67. Saint Louis Billikens (15-5, 4-3 A 10) at 173. La Salle Explorers (10-9, 1-5), 8 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))

Houston, relatively solidly in the field at the moment, and Saint Louis, some distance south of the cut line after losses to Dayton and Davidson, should pick up road wins tonight.

Quad 4 For Host/Quad 1 For Visitor (4/1: Games)

161–353 at Top 75

163. Vanderbilt Commodores (8-11, 0-6 SEC) at 24. Kentucky Wildcats (15-4, 5-1), 6:30 p.m. (SECN)
244. Mercer Bears (10-11, 4-4 SoCon) at 42. ETSU Buccaneers (18-3, 7-1), 7 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))

ETSU will look to remain in control of the SoCon race and in the at-large hunt, while Kentucky could find itself in a tie for the SEC lead if things break right this evening.

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