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NET Viewing Guide For Friday, January 3, 2020

Not too long ago, the power conferences were more than content to leave Fridays open for the mid-majors to dominate the TV schedules. Those days appear to now be in the past, as the first Friday of 2020 features plenty of intriguing power 7 matchups—appetizers for Saturday’s loaded slate. For a more traditional and comprehensive look at tonight’s college basketball schedule, visit MattSarzSports.com.

NCAA Basketball: West Virginia at Ohio State Ken Blaze-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 grouped games by importance, then tip time.

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 Thursday, January 2, 2020. Records reflect all games played through Thursday, January 2, 2020. All times are Eastern.

Chronological Schedule

Friday, 01/03/2020

Tip Time (ET) Visitor/Home Quads Matchup Outlet
Tip Time (ET) Visitor/Home Quads Matchup Outlet
7 p.m. 1/1 29. Wisconsin at 3. Ohio State FS1
9 p.m. 1/2 46. Georgetown at 28. Seton Hall FS1
9 p.m. 2/2 33. Temple at 118. Tulsa ESPNU
7 p.m. 1/3 95. UCF at 49. Houston ESPN2
7 p.m. 2/3 134. Toledo at 126. Ball State CBSSN
8 p.m. 3/2 31. Rutgers at 171. Nebraska BTN
9 p.m. 3/3 100. Kent State at 161. Bowling Green CBSSN

Top 30 at Top 75 (1 Game)

Quad 1 for both teams (1/1)

29. Wisconsin Badgers (8-5, 1-1 Big Ten) at 3. Ohio State Buckeyes (11-2, 1-1), 7 p.m. (FS1)

When we last saw the Buckeyes, they were losing to the West Virginia Mountaineers in the Cleveland Classic—Ohio State’s second loss in a two-week span. With trips to Maryland and Indiana next week, Chris Holtmann’s team will need to get back on track at home against the Badgers, who have picked up three dominant victories since closing their first Big Ten window with a loss at Rutgers.

31–75 at Top 75 (1 Game)

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

46. Georgetown Hoyas (10-4, 0-1 Big East) at 28. Seton Hall Pirates (9-4, 1-0), 9 p.m. (FS1)

The Hoyas are the lone Big East team that had to open conference play with a pair of road games and they could find themselves in an early hole if they follow Tuesday’s loss at Providence with a defeat in Newark tonight. Georgetown’s hopes will grow if Mac McClung returns from an eye injury. Otherwise, Seton Hall will have to like their chances of following up Monday’s road win over DePaul.

31–75 at 76–135 (1 Game)

Quad 2 for both teams (2/2)

33. Temple Owls (9-3, 1-0 AAC) at 118. Tulsa Golden Hurricane (8-5, 0-0), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

The Owls play their second straight American road contest, and they can’t get caught looking to ahead to a five-game stretch that will see them play four at the Liacouras Center—with Houston, Wichita State, and Cincinnati all visiting Philadelphia in that span. Temple was lucky to escape UCF with a 62-58 win and Tulsa, playing its conference opener, blasted the Owls by 18 at the Reynolds Center last February. This is a potentially dangerous contest for Aaron McKie’s club.

76–160 at Top 75 (1 Game)

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

95. UCF Knights (9-4, 0-1 AAC) at 49. Houston Cougars (10-3, 0-0), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

Speaking of the Knights, they’re among the teams staring an early 0-2 conference start in the face, as they travel to Houston. The Cougars last played on Christmas night, when they claimed the Diamond Head Classic title with a 75-71 victory over the Washington Huskies.

76–160 at 76–135 (1 Game)

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

134. Toledo Rockets (8-5) at 126. Ball State Cardinals (7-6), 7 p.m. (CBSSN)

While Akron and Kent State are the lone MAC teams in the NET Top 100 at the moment, the Rockets and Cardinals will have plenty to say about who earns the conference’s automatic bid this March.

31–75 at 136–240 (1 Game)

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

31. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (10-3, 1-1 Big Ten) at 171. Nebraska Cornhuskers (6-7, 1-1), 9 p.m. (BTN)

If the Scarlet Knights want to be taken seriously as an at-large threat, they cannot afford a loss in Lincoln tonight. Note that the Cornhuskers claimed an easy 70-56 victory over Purdue in their first league home game of the season.

76–160 at 136–240 (Games)

Quad 3 for both teams (3/3)

100. Kent State Golden Flashes (10-3) at 161. Bowling Green Falcons (9-4), 9 p.m. (CBSSN)

The Golden Flashes and Falcons will both hope to get their MAC campaigns off to a strong start with current league favorite Akron starting conference play tomorrow afternoon.

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