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NET Viewing Guide For Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a very busy night of college basketball full of quality games follows a night that featured little on the schedule. For a more traditional and comprehensive look at today’s college basketball schedule, visit MattSarzSports.com.

NCAA Basketball: Ohio State at Maryland Tommy Gilligan-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 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 6, 2020. Records reflect all games played through the same date. All times are Eastern.

Chronological Schedule

Tuesday, 01/07/2020: Early

Tip Time (ET) Host/Visitor Quads Matchup Outlet
Tip Time (ET) Host/Visitor Quads Matchup Outlet
7 p.m. 1/1 12. Ohio State at 14. Maryland ESPN
7 p.m. 3/1 94. Miami at 18. Louisville ESPN2
7 p.m. 3/1 99. Providence at 27. Marquette FS1
7 p.m. 2/2 52. Florida at 119. South Carolina ESPNU
7 p.m. 3/1 80. Tennessee at 57. Missouri SECN
7 p.m. 2/3 51. Virginia at 145. Boston College ACCN
7 p.m. 1/1 17. Penn State at 29. Rutgers BTN
7 p.m. 2/1 43. Houston at 56. Temple CBSSN
7 p.m. 4/1 236. Western Michigan at 50. Akron ESPN+ ($)
7 p.m. 3/2 135. Toledo at 82. Kent State ESPN+ ($)
8 p.m. 3/1 93. Indiana State at 59. Northern Iowa ESPN+ ($)

Tuesday, 01/07/2020: Late

Tip Time (ET) Host/Visitor Quads Matchup Outlet
Tip Time (ET) Host/Visitor Quads Matchup Outlet
9 p.m. 2/1 37. Kentucky at 36. Georgia ESPN
9 p.m. 1/1 5. Baylor at 28. Texas Tech ESPN2
9 p.m. 1/1 23. Villanova at 21. Creighton FS1
9 p.m. 2/2 69. TCU at 92. Kansas State ESPNU
9 p.m. 2/3 68. Ole Miss at 185. Texas A&M SECN
9 p.m. 2/2 54. Virginia Tech at 88. Syracuse ACCN
9 p.m. 2/3 33. Iowa at 170. Nebraska BTN
11 p.m. 2/3 73. Utah State at 199. Air Force ESPN2
11 p.m. 4/2 171. Fresno State at 86. New Mexico ESPNU

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Quad 1 For Both Teams (1/1: 4 Games)

Top 30 at Top 75

12. Ohio State Buckeyes (11-3, 1-2 Big Ten) at 14. Maryland Terrapins (12-2, 2-1), 7 p.m. (ESPN)
17. Penn State Nittany Lions (12-2, 2-1 Big Ten) at 29. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (11-3, 2-1), 7 p.m. (BTN)
5. Baylor Bears (11-1, 1-0 Big 12) at 28. Texas Tech Red Raiders (10-3, 1-0), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
23. Villanova Wildcats (10-3, 1-1 Big East) at 21. Creighton Bluejays (12-3, 1-1), 9 p.m. (FS1)

Monday night’s schedule featured just one game between teams in the NET’s Top 100, the West Virginia Mountaineers’ impressive 55-41 road win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys, while tonight’s slate gives us four Quad 1 matchups alone. Two of these are from the Big Ten, where Ohio State begins a very difficult Maryland-Indiana swing after a Friday home loss to the Wisconsin Badgers. The Buckeyes have lost three of their last five and fallen from a potential AP No. 1 team to a three seed in today’s bracket projection. As for the Terrapins, they looked rather good in shutting down the Hoosiers on Saturday afternoon. The other Big Ten matchup features the conference’s two biggest surprises meeting for the first of what will be a home-and-home series this season. Both teams have won five straight, but Rutgers is a perfect 10-0 at the RAC so far in 2019-20.

In the Big 12, Baylor travels to Lubbock looking for its first road win over Texas Tech since 2016—Tubby Smith’s final season in charge of the Red Raiders. Surprisingly, Villanova has done rather well in Omaha since Creighton joined the reconfigured Big East in 2013-14, with the Wildcats only losing on the Bluejays’ home floor in 2014 (a Creighton season sweep) and 2018 (after OT).

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

31–75 at Top 75

43. Houston Cougars (11-3, 1-0 AAC) at 56. Temple Owls (9-4, 1-1), 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
37. Kentucky Wildcats (10-3, 1-0 SEC) at 36. Georgia Bulldogs (10-3, 0-0), 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Last time out, Temple lost to the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on the road, which is pretty typical of the Owls. They’ll look to replicate a more positive part of their recent history by defeating Houston at the Liacouras Center for the second straight year. In the SEC, Georgia currently has a higher NET ranking than Kentucky, thanks in part to the Bulldogs’ Saturday road win over the Memphis Tigers in the SEC/American mini-challenge. For that to remain the case tomorrow, Tom Crean’s team will have to record its first win over the Wildcats since March 2013.

Quad 2 For Both Teams (2/2: 3 Games)

31–75 at 76–135

52. Florida Gators (9-4, 1-0 SEC) at 119. South Carolina Gamecocks (8-5, 0-0), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
69. TCU Horned Frogs (10-3, 1-0 Big 12) at 92. Kansas State Wildcats (7-6, 0-1), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
54. Virginia Tech Hokies (10-4, 1-2 ACC) at 88. Syracuse Orange (8-6, 1-2), 9 p.m. (ACCN)

Speaking of recently one-sided SEC rivalries, Florida is 2-5 against South Carolina in Mike White’s five seasons. Their last win game in Columbia on February 10, 2018—a 65-41 blowout that the Gators would likely welcome a repeat of following Saturday’s double OT comeback win over the Alabama Crimson Tide. In the Big 12, opens a winnable week with a trip to a K-State team that’s won just three of its last nine games. The Wildcats swept last season’s series. ACC bubble team Virginia Tech, meanwhile, will look to rebound from being shutdown by Virginia on Saturday in the Carrier Dome where the Hokies and Syracuse will play the first leg of a home-and-home series that closes in Blacksburg in 11 days’ time. The Hokies won in Blacksburg a season ago, 78-56.

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

76–160 at Top 75

94. Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes (9-4, 1-2 ACC) at 18. Louisville Cardinals (11-3, 2-1), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
99. Providence Friars (9-6, 2-0 Big East) at 27. Marquette Golden Eagles (11-3, 1-1), 7 p.m. (FS1)
80. Tennessee Volunteers (8-5, 0-1 SEC) at 57. Missouri Tigers (8-5, 0-1), 7 p.m. (SECN)
93. Indiana State Sycamores (8-5, 1-1 MVC) at 59. Northern Iowa Panthers (12-2, 1-1), 8 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))

A trip to Louisville isn’t what Miami needs after getting blown out at home by the Duke Blue Devils on Saturday, particularly since the Cardinals are likely to be in a foul mood following a home loss to the Florida State Seminoles. Big East co-leader Providence needs to keep winning conference games to improve its NET rank and at-large hopes after some non-conference struggles, but Marquette has yet to lose at the Fiserv Forum this season, having knocked out Villanova by 11 last time out. In Columbia, Mo., a pair of SEC teams with tournament hopes, Tennessee and Missouri, will look to avoid an 0-2 conference start. Meanwhile, one of the Missouri Valley’s top two NET squads, UNI or Indiana State, will find itself in a 1-2 hole early in the league race.

Quad 2 For Host/Quad 3 For Visitor (2/3: 4 Games)

31–75 at 136–240

51. Virginia Cavaliers (11-2, 3-0 ACC) at 145. Boston College Eagles (8-6, 2-1), 7 p.m. (ACCN)
68. Ole Miss Rebels (9-4, 0-0 SEC) at 185. Texas A&M Aggies (6-6, 0-1), 9 p.m. (SECN)
33. Iowa Hawkeyes (10-4, 1-2 Big Ten) at 170. Nebraska Cornhuskers (6-8, 1-2), 9 p.m. (BTN)
73. Utah State Aggies (13-4, 2-2 MW) at 199. Air Force Falcons (7-8, 1-2), 11 p.m. (ESPN2)

Four teams across the bubble’s spectrum (with Iowa and Virginia being in the best shape) hit the road for what should be winnable road games. BC should provide the Cavaliers with an interesting test, even after Duke blew the Eagles out in Cameron a week ago, while Texas A&M looked the best it has all season in a 69-59 road loss to the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday night.

Quad 3 For Host/Quad 2 For Visitor (3/2: 1 Game)

76–160 at 76–135

135. Toledo Rockets (8-6, 0-1 MAC) at 82. Kent State Golden Flashes (11-3, 1-0), 7 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))

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

161–353 at 76–135

171. Fresno State Bulldogs (5-10, 1-3 MW) at 86. New Mexico Lobos (13-3, 2-1), 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

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

161–353 at Top 75

236. Western Michigan Broncos (8-6, 1-0 MAC) at 50. Akron Zips (11-3, 1-0), 7 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))

Akron and Kent State will look to further establish themselves as MAC favorites by picking up home wins tonight, while New Mexico will hope to rebound from a bad New Year’s road loss to the San José State Spartans—the same team Fresno State handled on Saturday.

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