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NET Viewing Guide For February 18, 2020

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NCAA Basketball: VCU at Dayton David Kohl-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 Tuesday, February 4, 2020. Records reflect all games played through the same date. All times are Eastern.

Chronological Schedule

Tue., 02/18/2020 Early ET

Tip Time (ET) Host/Visitor Quads Matchup Outlet
Tip Time (ET) Host/Visitor Quads Matchup Outlet
6:30 p.m. 2/1 38. Illinois at 17. Penn State FS1
6:30 p.m. 3/1 148. Vanderbilt at 62. Tennessee SECN
7 p.m. 2/1 33. Purdue at 31. Wisconsin ESPN
7 p.m. 2/1 71. Oklahoma State at 10. West Virginia ESPN2
7 p.m. 2/1 48. Arkansas at 35. Florida ESPNU
7 p.m. 4/3 220. Robert Morris at 183. St. Francis (Pa.) NEC Front Row

Tue., 02/18/2020 Late ET

Tip Time (ET) Host/Visitor Quads Matchup Outlet
Tip Time (ET) Host/Visitor Quads Matchup Outlet
8 p.m. 3/1 99. Pittsburgh at 15. Florida State ACCN
8 p.m. 3/1 158. Northwestern at 7. Maryland BTN
8:30 p.m. 1/1 12. Creighton at 19. Marquette FS1
8:30 p.m. 1/1 5. Dayton at 52. VCU CBSSN
9 p.m. 1/1 24. Kentucky at 29. LSU ESPN
9 p.m. 1/1 2. Baylor at 47. Oklahoma ESPN2

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

Top 30 at Top 75

12. Creighton Bluejays (20-6, 9-4 Big East) at 19. Marquette Golden Eagles (17-7, 7-5), 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
5. Dayton Flyers (23-2, 12-0 A 10) at 52. VCU Rams (17-8, 7-5), 8:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
24. Kentucky Wildcats (20-5, 10-2 SEC) at 29. LSU Tigers (18-7, 9-3), 9 p.m. (ESPN)
2. Baylor Bears (23-1, 12-0 Big 12) at 47. Oklahoma Sooners (16-9, 6-6), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

Creighton has won three straight and now sits just a game behind Seton Hall in the Big East race. Tonight, the Bluejays will look to complete a season sweep of Marquette, the team they routed by 17 in Omaha to open conference play back on New Year’s Day.

For the longest time, Dayton at VCU looked like one of the A 10 games of the year, but the Flyers have run away with the conference lead and the Rams have stumbled, with consecutive losses to George Mason and Richmond knocking them well out of the field. But if Mike Rhoades’ team can somehow reverse the 14-point loss suffered at UD Arena on January 14th, it will be back in the thick of the hunt.

On Saturday, Kentucky took sole possession of first in the SEC, thanks to a 67-62 home win over Ole Miss and losses by both Auburn and LSU. Tonight, the latter hosts the Wildcats looking to win the pair’s lone meeting of the regular season for the second year running.

Baylor shook off some recent unimpressive performances to handle West Virginia on Saturday, while Oklahoma proved to be no match for Kansas in Lawrence. Tonight, the Sooners will look to win a fifth straight home game — against an opponent who would provide a hefty metrics boost. Note that the Bears only won the first meeting by four, 61-57, in Waco back on January 20th.

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

31–75 at Top 75

38. Illinois Fighting Illini (16-9, 8-6 Big Ten) at 17. Penn State Nittany Lions (20-5, 10-4), 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
33. Purdue Boilermakers (14-12, 7-8 Big Ten) at 31. Wisconsin Badgers (15-10, 8-6), 7 p.m. (ESPN)
71. Oklahoma State Cowboys (13-12, 3-9 Big 12) at 10. West Virginia Mountaineers (18-7, 6-6), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
48. Arkansas Razorbacks (16-9, 4-8 SEC) at 35. Florida Gators (16-9, 8-4), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

Illinois heads to Penn State having seen its seeding take a hit, thanks to four straight losses. Meanwhile, the Nittany Lions are a real threat for a top four seed, as they’ve won eight in a row and are just a game behind Maryland for the Big Ten lead. On the other hand, Wisconsin and Purdue both join Illinois in still being on the bubble, thanks to their loss totals. The Boilermakers, in particular, could find themselves in real trouble if they lose in Madison tonight and drop to 14-13. While Purdue handily won the pair’s first meeting, 70-51, that game was at Mackey Arena, and the Boilermakers have shown they’re not the same team playing away from their comfy home court.

West Virginia has dropped three in a row and has looked like a shell of the team that jumped out to a 15-3 start. Tonight, the Mountaineers host an Oklahoma State club that’s won three of its last four, but who fell to WVU in Stillwater on January 6th.

Arkansas has slid out of the field, thanks to four straight losses, while Florida has consolidated its position with a pair of wins over SEC strugglers. Both could use this one, though the circumstances are obviously a little more dire for the Razorbacks. Remember that the Gators knocked out Eric Musselman’s Nevada squad in last season’s NCAA First Round.

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

76–160 at Top 75

99. Pittsburgh Panthers (15-11, 6-9) at 15. Florida State Seminoles (21-4, 11-3), 8 p.m. (ACCN)
158. Northwestern Wildcats (6-18, 1-13 Big Ten) at 7. Maryland Terrapins (21-4, 11-3), 8 p.m. (BTN)
148. Vanderbilt Commodores (9-16, 1-11 SEC) at 62. Tennessee Volunteers (14-11, 6-6), 6:30 p.m. (SECN)

A pair of No. 2 seeds in today’s bracket, Florida State and Maryland, should take care of business at home against teams well out of the national race. The Seminoles will be particularly interested in defeating the Pitt team that stunned them to open the season.

A 2-5 run has largely knocked Tennessee out of the bubble picture, and failure to repeat January 18th’s 66-45 win at Vandy will push the Vols even further off the radar.

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

161–353 at 136–240

220. Robert Morris Colonials (15-12, 11-3 NEC) at 183. St. Francis (Pa.) Red Flash (17-8, 10-4), 7 p.m. (NEC Front Row)

While the Merrimack Warriors lead the NEC by a game, they’re in their first season of their transition into Division I and ineligible for the postseason as a result. So, it’s the NEC’s Pittsburgh-area rivals that are playing for the No. 1 seed in the upcoming conference tournament. They’ll meet twice over the regular season’s final days, first tonight in Loretto, Pa.

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