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Your Saturday College Basketball Open Thread: 2/20/16

Getting down to the nitty gritty here, kids.

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We jump off FAST today with a game with two ranked teams is in the 11am window.  Duke/Louisville is the first of five games between two ranked teams today, and you can watch hoops straight through til after 5pm today watching nothing but two ranked teams playing: 11am, noon, 1pm, 3pm.  If only Texas A&M was still ranked, then the Aggies hosting #14 Kentucky would bridge you over to the Purdue/Indiana game at 7:30pm.

There are 12 games featuring a ranked team on the schedule today, but the one that's the most interesting to Marquette fans will be Butler visiting #1 Villanova.  If the Wildcats win, they will be the #1 team in the country when they come to Milwaukee for National Marquette Day one week from today.  If that happens, it'll be the first time since 2000 that MU has hosted the #1 team in the country.

If you're focused on NCAA tournament ramifications, one of the late games has a lot of interesting potential, and it's usually one of the more fun games of the season anyway.  Saint Mary's is at Gonzaga tonight, and there's a lot on the line here.  The Zags are leading the West Coast Conference right now, but they are 1-4 against the KenPom top 50 (SMC is currently #47) and 3-6 against the top 100.  If Gonzaga gets swept by Saint Mary's, there is a case to be made that Gonzaga will not make the NCAA tournament without the WCC's automatic bid.

As always, if you find something interesting that's not on a national broadcast, be sure to pipe up in the comments so everyone can catch it.

Time (CT) Game Network
10am Memphis at South Florida ESPNU
11am #20 Duke at #18 Louisville ESPN
11am #8 Xavier at Georgetown Fox
11am St. Bonaventure at #15 Dayton NBCSN
11am Florida at South Carolina SECN
11am Georgia at Vanderbilt ESPN2
12pm #11 Miami at #5 UNC CBS
12pm Penn State at Rutgers ESPNU
12:30pm Army at Navy CBSSN
1pm #25 Baylor at #24 Texas ESPN
1pm Pittsburgh at Syracuse ESPN2
1pm Saint Joseph's at Davidson NBCSN
1:30pm Butler at #1 Villanova Fox
1:30pm Mississippi State at Alabama SECN
3pm #3 Oklahoma at #10 West Virginia ESPN
3pm Connecticut at Cincinnati ESPN2
3pm Illinois State at Northern Iowa CBSSN
4pm Ole Miss at Auburn SECN
4:30pm LSU at Tennessee ESPNU
5pm Louisiana Tech at UTEP CBSSN
5pm #2 Kansas at Kansas State ESPN2
5:30pm #14 Kentucky at Texas A&M ESPN
6:30pm Missouri at Arkansas SECN
6:30pm TCU at #13 Iowa State ESPNU
7pm #19 Notre Dame at Georgia Tech ESPN2
7:30pm #17 Purdue at #22 Indiana ESPN
8:30pm Texas Tech at Oklahoma State ESPNU
9pm Nevada at UNLV CBSSN
9pm Saint Mary's at Gonzaga ESPN2
10pm Colorado at UCLA FS1
10:30pm Hawaii at UC Irvine ESPNU