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Your Saturday College Basketball Open Thread: 1/9/16

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South Carolina's mascot is weird.
South Carolina's mascot is weird.
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I'm not going to lie to you, guys: this is not an exciting Saturday of college basketball, at least not on paper looking ahead at it.

There's 11 games featuring a ranked opponent on the slate amongst the 27 games with a national television broadcast, but none of them have two ranked teams squaring off.  In fact, even if you dig into regional broadcasts, there aren't any games between two ranked opponents.  That's how it goes sometimes, I guess.

The national television schedule is squished down a little bit.  ESPN is running an NFL playoff game and a 90 minute pregame show, which is going to cut into the number of basketball games that we get to see.  Normally, I don't fault ESPN for putting NFL football on the air instead of college basketball, but this time I am: They're running the broadcast on ABC at the exact same time, which makes me wonder why the hell they're putting it on ESPN, too.

The highlight game of the day is probably Vanderbilt going to #22 South Carolina, since the Gamecocks are the last remaining tournament eligible undefeated team in the country.  (Hi, SMU!)  My personal highlight for the day is Maryland's trip to the Kohl Center, and it would be just fine by me if Diamond Stone breaks the freshman scoring record that he just set back on December 30th.

As always, if you find something interesting with a local broadcast in your area, be sure to speak up in the comments so everyone can catch it!

Time (CT) Game Network
11am DePaul at Georgetown FS1
11am St. Bonaventure at Massachusetts CBSSN
12pm #21 Texas A&M at Tennessee SECN
12pm #3 Maryland at Wisconsin ESPN
12pm Oklahoma State at #17 West Virginia ESPNU
12:30pm LSU at Florida CBS
1pm UTEP at UAB CBSSN
1pm Creighton at Seton Hall FS1
1:30pm Northwestern at Minnesota BTN
2pm Vanderbilt at #22 South Carolina ESPNU
2pm Baylor at #13 Iowa State ESPN2
2:30pm Mississippi State at Arkansas SECN
3pm Wichita State at Southern Illinois CBSSN
3:30pm Kansas State at #2 Oklahoma ESPNews
3:30pm Princeton at Penn FS1
4pm Nebraska at Rutgers ESPNU
4pm Florida State at #12 Miami ESPN2
5pm UNLV at Wyoming CBSSN
5pm #9 Kentucky at Alabama SECN
6pm Texas at TCU ESPNU
6pm Memphis at #23 Connecticut ESPN2
7pm #6 North Carolina at Syracuse ESPN
7:30pm Georgia at Ole Miss SECN
8pm Auburn at Missouri ESPN2
8pm #1 Kansas at Texas Tech ESPNU
8pm East Carolina at Temple ESPNews
10pm UC Riverside at UC Irvine ESPNU