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NET Viewing Guide For Thursday, January 9, 2020

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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 Wednesday, January 8, 2020. Records reflect all games played through the same date. All times are Eastern.

Chronological Schedule

Thursday, 01/09/2020: Early

Tip Time (ET) Host/Visitor Quads Matchup Outlet
Tip Time (ET) Host/Visitor Quads Matchup Outlet
7 p.m. 1/1 24. Memphis at 10. Wichita State ESPN2
7 p.m. 2/1 46. Purdue at 22. Michigan FS1
7 p.m. 2/4 62. Louisiana Tech at 249. UTSA ESPNU
7 p.m. 4/1 286. North Alabama at 27. Liberty ESPN+ ($)

Thursday, 01/09/2020: Late

Tip Time (ET) Host/Visitor Quads Matchup Outlet
Tip Time (ET) Host/Visitor Quads Matchup Outlet
9 p.m. 1/1 13. Arizona at 15. Oregon ESPN
9 p.m. 2/1 40. Minnesota at 8. Michigan State ESPN2
9 p.m. 2/1 41. Washington at 17. Stanford FS1
10 p.m. 1/3 7. Gonzaga at 210. San Diego KHQ/Root/AT&T SN RM/WCCN
11 p.m. 2/1 33. BYU at 42. Saint Mary's ESPN2
11 p.m. 2/1 71. Arizona State at 48. Oregon State ESPNU
11 p.m. 2/2 75. Santa Clara at 121. San Francisco NBCS Bay Area/WCCN

Quad 1 For Both Teams (1/1: 2 Games)

Top 30 at Top 75

24. Memphis Tigers (12-2, 1-0 AAC) at 10. Wichita State Shockers (13-1, 1-0), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
13. Arizona Wildcats (11-3, 1-0 Pac-12) at 15. Oregon Ducks (12-3, 1-1), 9 p.m. (ESPN)

In the first of Thursday’s two Quad 1 showdowns, Memphis and Wichita State step back into American play after having completely different experiences in the conference’s mini challenge with the SEC on Saturday. While the Tigers fell to the Georgia Bulldogs at FedEx Forum in a mild surprise, the Shockers rolled all over the Ole Miss Rebels at home. Tonight’s winner joins the Houston Cougars and SMU Mustangs atop the conference at 2-0.

The nightcap sees an Arizona squad that’s fresh off a 28-point victory over archrival ASU travel to Eugene to take on an Oregon team that was lucky to split its two Rocky Mountain contests. The Ducks have gotten the better of the Wildcats of late, particularly at Matthew Knight Arena, where Sean Miller’s team last won almost exactly five years ago (01/08/15).

Quad 2 For Host/Quad 1 For Visitor (2/1: 5 Games)

31–75 at Top 75

46. Purdue Boilermakers (9-6, 2-2 Big Ten) at 22. Michigan Wolverines (10-4, 1-2), 7 p.m. (FS1)
40. Minnesota Golden Gophers (8-6, 2-2 Big Ten) at 8. Michigan State Spartans (12-3, 4-0), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
41. Washington Huskies (11-4, 1-1 Pac-12) at 17. Stanford Cardinal (12-2, 1-0), 9 p.m. (FS1)
33. BYU Cougars (12-4, 1-0 WCC) at 42. Saint Mary’s Gaels (14-3, 1-1), 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
71. Arizona State Sun Devils (9-5, 0-1 Pac-12) at 48. Oregon State Beavers (11-3, 1-1), 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

On Wednesday, the #12BidB1G campaign got a boost when the Illinois Fighting Illini snapped a 15-game losing to streak against the Wisconsin Badgers by winning in Madison (and by the Indiana Hoosiers’ comeback win over the Northwestern Wildcats in Bloomington). Tonight, two Big Ten bubble teams get their shot at picking up significant road wins. First, Purdue, last seen scoring a paltry 37 points in Champaign on Sunday, travels to Ann Arbor, where Michigan wants to rebound from the 18-point setback it suffered in East Lansing on Saturday. The Wolverines have won the last two in the series (following a Boilermaker regular season sweep in the 2017-18 season), but the pair last met on December 1, 2018. Minnesota and Michigan State met just a bit more recently—the Spartans’ 70-50 victory in the 2019 NCAA Second Round. The Gophers last defeated MSU in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Big Ten Tournament.

The Pac-12 sees two Quad 2 matchups tonight. In the first, Stanford, long a NET Top 20 team, won’t be able to improve its disappointing 1-2 Quad 1 record by defeating Washington. The Huskies looked very impressive in taking apart USC Trojans by a 72-40 score on Sunday, 72 hours after being stunned by the UCLA Bruins in Seattle. In Corvallis, Oregon State hosts Arizona State with the Beavers coming off the high that comes from upsetting the Colorado Buffaloes in Boulder and the Sun Devils aiming to rebound from a bad loss to their archrivals from Tucson.

It’s also a big night for the WCC’s three-bid hopes, as BYU puts its six-game win streak on the line in Moraga against Saint Mary’s. The Gaels really need this one after Saturday’s 107-99 quadruple-OT road loss to the Pacific Tigers. Last season, the pair split their series after Saint Mary’s went 5-1 against BYU in the prior two campaigns.

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

Top 30 at 136–240

7. Gonzaga Bulldogs (16-1, 2-0 WCC) at 210. San Diego Toreros (7-10, 0-2), 10 p.m. (KHQ/Root Sports/AT&T SN Rocky Mtn./WCC Network)

While Gonzaga is undefeated early in WCC play, the Bulldogs haven’t looked all that impressive in defeating the Portland Pilots (on the road) or Pepperdine Waves (at home on Saturday night).

Quad 2 For Both Teams (2/2: 1 Game)

31–75 at 76–135

75. Santa Clara Broncos (14-2, 1-0 WCC) at 121. San Francisco Dons (11-6, 0-2), 11 p.m. (NBCS Bay Area/WCC Network)

Santa Clara begins a three-game road swing tonight that could establish it as a WCC and at-large contender. Following tonight’s game at War Memorial, the Broncos visit Saint Mary’s on Saturday and Gonzaga one week from tonight.

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

161–353 at Top 75

286. North Alabama Lions (6-9, 1-1 ASUN) at 27. Liberty Flames (16-1, 2-0), 7 p.m. (ESPN+ ($))

The Flames have won their first two ASUN games—both on the road—by 13 and 27.

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

31–75 at 241–353

62. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (11-3, 2-0 C-USA) at 249. UTSA Roadrunners (6-9, 0-2), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

After the first week of Conference USA play, the Bulldogs are one of six teams at 2-0, while the Roadrunners are one of a half dozen 0-2 squads. Louisiana Tech defeated the Southern Miss. Golden Eagles twice, while UTSA lost both of its games in South Florida.

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