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NET Viewing Guide For Saturday, January 4, 2020

The first college basketball Saturday of the new year is a big one, thanks to seven all-Quad 1 contests and the start of conference play for many leagues, including the Big 12 and SEC. For a more traditional and comprehensive look at Saturday’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. Since there is a neutral-site contest today, I’ve added those classifications for today.

NET Quadrants Including Neutral-Site Games

A game falls under this quadrant For the home team when the visiting team ranks between For all neutral-site games when either 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 all neutral-site games when either team ranks between For the visiting team when the home team ranks between
1 1–30 1–50 1–75
2 31–75 51–100 76–135
3 76–160 101–200 136–240
4 161–353 201–353 241–353

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 Friday, January 3, 2020. All times are Eastern.

Chronological Schedule

Saturday, 01/04/2020: 12–1 p.m. ET

Tip Time (ET) Visitor/Home Quads Matchup Outlet
Tip Time (ET) Visitor/Home Quads Matchup Outlet
12 p.m. 1/1 23. Creighton at 4. Butler FS1
12 p.m. 1/2 47. Indiana at 19. Maryland Fox
12 p.m. 1/2 36. Oklahoma State at 40. Texas Tech ESPN2
12 p.m. 1/2 37. LSU at 71. Tennessee ESPNU
1 p.m. 1/2 59. Georgia at 13. Memphis (SEC/American Alliance) CBS
12 p.m. 2/1 30. NC State at 115. Clemson ACCN
12 p.m. 1/3 104. Wake Forest at 72. Pittsburgh ACC RSNs/ACCNX
1 p.m. 1/3 99. Kansas State at 45. Oklahoma ESPN+ ($)
12 p.m. 3/2 66. Akron at 204. Eastern Michigan ESPN+ ($)

Saturday, 01/04/2020: 2–3 p.m. ET

Tip Time (ET) Visitor/Home Quads Matchup Outlet
Tip Time (ET) Visitor/Home Quads Matchup Outlet
2 p.m. 1/1 17. Villanova at 34. Marquette Fox
2 p.m. 1/1 25. Florida State at 12. Louisville ESPN2
2 p.m. 1/1 26. Iowa vs. 16. Penn State (at the Palestra) BTN
2 p.m. 1/2 51. Missouri at 41. Kentucky SECN
2 p.m. 1/2 42. Virginia Tech at 62. Virginia ACC RSNs/ACCNX
2 p.m. 1/3 105. Providence at 63. DePaul FS1
2 p.m. 2/3 129. UC Irvine at 92. Harvard ESPN+ ($)
2 p.m. 3/3 78. UConn at 160. South Florida ESPNU

Saturday, 01/04/2020: 4–5 p.m. ET

Tip Time (ET) Visitor/Home Quads Matchup Outlet
Tip Time (ET) Visitor/Home Quads Matchup Outlet
4 p.m. 1/1 10. West Virginia at 2. Kansas ESPN+ ($)
5 p.m. 1/1 15. Oregon at 50. Utah Pac-12 Networks National, Oregon, & Mtn.
4 p.m. 1/2 56. Ole Miss at 11. Wichita State (SEC/American Alliance) ESPNU
4:30 p.m. 2/1 7. Auburn at 77. Mississippi State SECN
4 p.m. 2/2 61. ETSU at 93. Furman ESPN3
4 p.m. 2/3 91. Notre Dame at 83. Syracuse ESPN2
4 p.m. 3/3 80. Cincinnati at 145. Tulane CBSSN
4 p.m. 4/2 38. Liberty at 312. NJIT ESPN+ ($)
5 p.m. 2/4 217. San Diego at 85. Santa Clara WCCN
5 p.m. 1/4 293. Southern Miss. at 69. Louisiana Tech ESPN+ ($)

Saturday, 01/04/2020: 6–7 p.m. ET

Tip Time (ET) Visitor/Home Quads Matchup Outlet
Tip Time (ET) Visitor/Home Quads Matchup Outlet
6 p.m. 1/2 65. Alabama at 54. Florida ESPN2
6 p.m. 1/3 89. Iowa State at 67. TCU ESPNU
6 p.m. 2/3 110. Georgia Tech at 82. North Carolina ACCN
6 p.m. 2/3 109. Boise State at 94. Nevada CBSSN
7 p.m. 2/3 143. UCLA at 132. Washington State Pac-12 Networks National, LA, & Washington
7 p.m. 3/2 68. UNCG at 141. Wofford ESPN+ ($)
6 p.m. 3/3 87. Indiana State at 154. Drake MC-22/ESPN+ ($)
7 p.m. 4/2 58. Stephen F. Austin at 342. New Orleans UNO stream
7 p.m. 2/4 237. Princeton at 98. Penn ESPN+ ($)
7 p.m. 1/4 196. Texas A&M at 24. Arkansas SECN

Saturday, 01/04/2020: 8–10 p.m. ET

Tip Time (ET) Visitor/Home Quads Matchup Outlet
Tip Time (ET) Visitor/Home Quads Matchup Outlet
10 p.m. 1/1 1. San Diego State at 73. Utah State CBSSN
9:30 p.m. 1/2 52. Arizona State at 20. Arizona Pac-12 Networks National & Arizona
8 p.m. 2/1 5. Duke at 84. Miami (Fla.) ESPN
9 p.m. 2/2 70. SMU at 121. Vanderbilt (SEC/American Alliance) SECN
10 p.m. 3/1 27. Saint Mary's at 147. Pacific Stadium
8 p.m. 1/3 76. Texas at 6. Baylor ESPN2
8 p.m. 1/3 108. Bradley at 53. Northern Iowa ESPNU
9 p.m. 1/4 234. Loyola Marymount at 32. BYU BYU TV
10 p.m. 1/4 180. Pepperdine at 8. Gonzaga ESPN2

Top 30 at Top 75/Top 50 vs. Top 50 (7 Games)

Quad 1 for both teams (1/1)

23. Creighton Bluejays (12-2, 1-0 Big East) at 4. Butler Bulldogs (13-1, 1-0), 12 p.m. (FS1)
17. Villanova Wildcats (10-2, 1-0 Big East) at 34. Marquette Golden Eagles (10-3, 0-1), 2 p.m. (Fox)
25. Florida State Seminoles (12-2, 2-1 ACC) at 12. Louisville Cardinals (11-2, 2-0), 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
26. Iowa Hawkeyes (10-3, 1-1 Big Ten) vs. 16. Penn State Nittany Lions (11-2, 1-1) (at the Palestra, Philadelphia), 2 p.m. (BTN)
10. West Virginia Mountaineers (11-1) at 2. Kansas Jayhawks (10-2), 4 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))
15. Oregon Ducks (11-3, 0-1 Pac-12) at 50. Utah Utes (10-3, 1-0), 5 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National, Oregon, & Mountain)
1. San Diego State Aztecs (14-0, 3-0 MW) at 73. Utah State Aggies (13-3, 2-1), 10 p.m. (CBSSN)

There’s a little bit of everything in this set of seven all-Quad 1 games. There’s a potential Big East semifinal preview on FS1 and Fox. Louisville puts its undefeated ACC start on the line against a talented, athletic FSU squad. Iowa plays Penn State in what’s becoming an annual affair for the Nittany Lions—a game at the Palestra, where Hawkeyes’ head coach Fran McCaffery played from 1979 to 1982. West Virginia travels to Lawrence to take on Kansas in what will be the biggest game ever streamed exclusively on ESPN+. Get ready to subscribe or use that 7-day free trial now! Oregon will look to avoid a Rocky Mountain sweep, while Utah can start Pac-12 play with a pair of somewhat surprising wins. Finally, San Diego State will look to stay perfect, while Utah State must rebound from Wednesday’s surprising blowout loss at the hands of UNLV.

31–75 at Top 75 (9 Games)

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

47. Indiana Hoosiers (11-2, 1-1 Big Ten) at 19. Maryland Terrapins (11-2, 1-1), 12 p.m. (Fox)
36. Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-3) at 40. Texas Tech Red Raiders (9-3), 12 p.m. (ESPN2)
37. LSU Tigers (8-4) at 71. Tennessee Volunteers (8-4), 12 p.m. (ESPNU)
59. Georgia Bulldogs (9-3) at 13. Memphis Tigers (12-1) (SEC/American Alliance), 1 p.m. (CBS)
51. Missouri Tigers (8-4) at 41. Kentucky Wildcats (9-3), 2 p.m. (SECN)
42. Virginia Tech Hokies (10-3, 1-1 ACC) at 62. Virginia Cavaliers (10-2. 2-0 ACC), 2 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ACCNX)
56. Ole Miss Rebels (9-3) at 11. Wichita State Shockers (12-1) (SEC/American Alliance), 4 p.m. (ESPNU)
65. Alabama Crimson Tide (7-5) at 54. Florida Gators (8-4), 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
52. Arizona State Sun Devils (9-4) at 20. Arizona Wildcats (10-3), 9:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National & Arizona)

And don’t sleep on this group of nine contests, as many of them could end up being all-Quad 1 contests on Selection Sunday. While three SEC openers fit this category, a pair of teams who won’t be participating in the Big 12 Challenge series in three weeks visit difficult Quad 1 opponents for one last non-conference game before jumping into league play at midweek. In the Big Ten, both Indiana and Maryland need a victory in College Park to remain among the conference’s lead pack. As Big 12 play opens, Oklahoma State will attempt to open its account with a win at Texas Tech. Note that the Cowboys have yet to lose when Issac Likekele is healthy. Virginia can go a long way toward improving its NET ranking by moving to 3-0 in the ACC by knocking off archrival Virginia Tech. And there’s an in-state Pac-12 opener too, as Arizona State travels to Tucson, looking to defeat Arizona for a third straight time.

Top 30 at 76–135 (3 Games)

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

30. NC State Wolfpack (10-3, 1-1 ACC) at 115. Clemson Tigers (6-7, 0-3), 12 p.m. (ACCN)
7. Auburn Tigers (12-0) at 77. Mississippi State Bulldogs (9-3), 4:30 p.m. (SECN)
5. Duke Blue Devils (12-1, 2-0 ACC) at 84. Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes (9-3, 1-1), 8 p.m. (ESPN)

While both NC State and Duke face potentially tricky ACC road trips, Auburn puts its unbeaten record to the test in Starkville for its SEC opener.

31–75 at 76–135 (2 Games)

Quad 2 for both teams (2/2)

61. ETSU Buccaneers (13-2, 2-0 SoCon) at 93. Furman Paladins (12-3, 2-0), 4 p.m. (ESPN3)
70. SMU Mustangs (10-2) at 121. Vanderbilt Commodores (8-4) (SEC/American Alliance), 9 p.m. (SECN)

Two of the SoCon’s best meet in Greenville, S.C., as ETSU will aim to follow up a narrow 49-48 home win over Wofford with a more impressive victory over Furman. Note that the Bucs visit the conference’s other heavyweight, UNCG, on Wednesday night. Like Georgia and Ole Miss, Vanderbilt won’t start league play until next week, as they host SMU In the final matchup of the four-game SEC/American Athletic mini-challenge.

Top 30 at 136–240 (1 Game)

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

27. Saint Mary’s Gaels (14-2, 1-0 WCC) at 147. Pacific Tigers (13-4, 1-0), 10 p.m. (Stadium)

Both the Gaels (by 11 at USF) and Tigers (a somewhat surprising 59-56 victory at Pepperdine) got off to a good start in WCC play on Thursday.

76–160 at Top 75 (6 Games)

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

104. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (7-5, 0-2 ACC) at 72. Pittsburgh Panthers (10-3, 1-1), 12 p.m. (ACC RSNs/ACCNX)
99. Kansas State Wildcats (7-5) at 45. Oklahoma Sooners (9-3), 1 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))
105. Providence Friars (8-6, 1-0 Big East) at 63. DePaul Blue Demons (12-2, 0-1), 2 p.m. (FS1)
89. Iowa State Cyclones (7-5) at 67. TCU Horned Frogs (9-3), 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
76. Texas Longhorns (10-2) at 6. Baylor Bears (10-1), 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
108. Bradley Braves (10-4, 1-0 MVC) at 53. Northern Iowa Panthers (11-2, 0-1), 8 p.m. (ESPNU)

DePaul, which opened Big East play with a Monday home loss to Seton Hall, and UNI, a 76-70 loser at Illinois State on New Year’s Eve, are the hosts with the most at stake today. All of the road teams will aim to pull off upsets, though Texas and Iowa State, with the latter fresh off a home loss to Florida A&M, are the most in need of one at the moment.

76–160 at 76–135 (5 Games)

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

129. UC Irvine Anteaters (8-7) at 92. Harvard Crimson (10-4), 2 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))
91. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9-4, 0-2 ACC) at 83. Syracuse Orange (8-5, 1-1), 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
110. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-7, 1-2 ACC) at 82. North Carolina Tar Heels (8-5, 1-1), 6 p.m. (ACCN)
109. Boise State Broncos (10-5, 2-1 MW) at 94. Nevada Wolf Pack (9-5, 2-0), 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
143. UCLA Bruins (8-6, 1-0 Pac-12) at 132. Washington State Cougars (9-5, 0-1), 7 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks National, L.A., & Washington)

Syracuse and UNC will attempt to get themselves back on track at home, while UCLA can complete an unexpected Evergreen State sweep by winning in Pullman. Nevada can remain in the Mountain West’s lead group by knocking off Boise State in Reno, while contenders for the Big West and Ivy crowns close out their non-conference slates in Boston.

31–75 at 136–240 (2 Games)

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

66. Akron Zips (10-3) at 204. Eastern Michigan Eagles (10-3), 12 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))
68. UNCG Spartans (12-3, 2-0 SoCon) at 141. Wofford Terriers (8-6, 0-1), 7 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))

If both ETSU and UNCG win today, their Wednesday game will definitely establish who the early favorite for the SoCon’s auto bid is. Meanwhile, two of the MAC’s best early-season performers meet in Ypsilanti. However, the Zips’ and Eagles’ 10-3 starts aren’t equal. Four of EMU’s victories came against non-D1 opponents, while Akron played only two such contests.

76–160 at 136–240 (3 Games)

Quad 3 for both teams (3/3)

78. UConn Huskies (9-4, 0-1 AAC) at 160. South Florida Bulls (7-7, 0-1), 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
80. Cincinnati Bearcats (8-5, 1-0 AAC) at 145. Tulane Green Wave (8-5, 0-1), 4 p.m. (CBSSN)
87. Indiana State Sycamores (8-4, 1-0 MVC) at 154. Drake Bulldogs (10-4, 0-1), 6 p.m. (MC-22/ESPN+ ($))

Both UConn and South Florida are looking to forget about their lousy performances in their conference openers at Cincinnati and SMU, respectively. As for the Bearcats, they’ll be tested by a Tulane squad that pushed Memphis at FedEx Forum on Monday night. In the Valley, Indiana State can establish itself as an early contender by winning in Des Moines. The Sycamores last began MVC play with a 2-0 mark in 2015, when they finished with a 11-7 conference record.

31–75 at 241–353 (2 Games)

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

38. Liberty Flames (15-1, 1-0 ASUN) at 312. NJIT Highlanders (3-10, 0-0), 4 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))
58. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (12-2, 3-0 Southland) at 342. New Orleans Privateers (4-9, 0-3), 7 p.m. (UNO stream)

Both the Flames and Lumberjacks should pick up road victories today.

161–353 at 76–135 (2 Games)

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

217. San Diego Toreros (7-9, 0-1 WCC) at 85. Santa Clara Broncos (13-2, 0-0), 5 p.m. (WCCN)
237. Princeton Tigers (4-8) at 98. Penn Quakers (7-4), 7 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))

Santa Clara joins BYU in tipping off WCC play on this Saturday. Meanwhile, the first Ivy League game of the season tips at the Palestra, as Princeton and Penn play the first of two games in a six-day span.

161–353 at Top 75 (4 Games)

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

293. Southern Miss. Golden Eagles (4-10, 0-1 C-USA) at 69. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (10-3, 1-0), 5 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))
196. Texas A&M Aggies (6-5) at 24. Arkansas Razorbacks (11-1), 7 p.m. (SECN)
234. Loyola Marymount Lions (7-8, 1-0 WCC) at 32. BYU Cougars (11-4, 0-0), 9 p.m. (BYU TV)
180. Pepperdine Waves (7-8, 0-1 WCC) at 8. Gonzaga Bulldogs (15-1, 1-0), 10 p.m. (ESPN2)

The four home teams above head into Saturday with a combined 21-0 record in games against Quad 4 opposition.

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