Since we’re finally free of the grasp of the NFL Playoffs, we get a stacked up schedule of 32 (!) nationally televised contests today! That’s pretty great.
12 of those games have at least one ranked team involved, and two games have two ranked teams squaring off. #12 Kentucky visits #14 Auburn in an SEC showdown in the mid-afternoon window, and that’s followed with #4 Virginia heading to Cameron Indoor Stadium to see #1 Duke in the early evening window. The UVa/Duke game presents us with a somewhat unique circumstance in college basketball: For just the fourth time in history, we get the #1 team in the AP Poll (Duke) facing off against the #1 team in the Coaches Poll (Virginia). How neat is that?
I’m still not going to watch it. Sorry/not sorry, Virginia.
In addition to those two games, there are seven more games with a ranked team going out on the road, and thanks to staggered start times, there will be at least one of those going on between 11am and 9pm with the exception of during the majority of the Kentucky/Auburn game. That’s fine for us Marquette fans, as the Butler/St. John’s game is going on then as well.
Keep your eye on the Houston/South Florida game in between timeouts of the DePaul/Seton Hall game tonight, by the way. The Bulls have had a somewhat surprisingly good season so far this year, rising from #287 in KenPom.com’s rankings to start the year to their current perch of #138, but have had a rocky start to AAC play. Houston is going to be favored to win the game, but I like USF’s chances.
Here’s the whole national television rundown for the day! Enjoy!
College Basketball Viewing Guide: 1/19/19
|11:00 AM||#2 Michigan at Wisconsin||ESPN|
|#13 North Carolina at Miami||ESPN2|
|Tulsa at UCF||ESPNU|
|Florida at Georgia||CBS|
|11:30 AM||Richmond at Davidson||NBC Sports Network|
|12:00 PM||Arkansas at #18 Ole Miss||SEC Network|
|1:00 PM||Alabama at #3 Tennessee||ESPN2|
|#7 Kansas at West Virginia||ESPN|
|#25 Indiana at Purdue||Fox|
|Loyola-Chicago at Indiana State||ESPNU|
|Cincinnati at Wichita State||CBS|
|1:30 PM||Rhode Island at La Salle||NBC Sports Network|
|1:30 PM||Navy at Army||CBS Sports Network|
|2:30 PM||Missouri at Texas A&M||SEC Network|
|3:00 PM||#12 Kentucky at #14 Auburn||ESPN|
|UCLA at USC||CBS|
|TCU at Kansas State||ESPN2|
|SMU at Memphis||ESPNU|
|3:30 PM||St. John's at Butler||Fox|
|Dayton at St. Bonaventure||NBC Sports Network|
|4:00 PM||Pennsylvania at Temple||CBS Sports Network|
|5:00 PM||#4 Virginia at #1 Duke||ESPN|
|#8 Texas Tech at Baylor||ESPN2|
|Oklahoma State at Iowa State||ESPNU|
|South Carolina at LSU||SEC Network|
|5:30 PM||UMass at VCU||NBC Sports Network|
|6:30 PM||Tulane at UConn||CBS Sports Network|
|7:00 PM||#21 Houston at South Florida||ESPNU|
|DePaul at Seton Hall||FS1|
|7:30 PM||#24 Mississippi State at Vanderbilt||SEC Network|
|Penn State at Minnesota||Big Ten Network|
|9:00 PM||Air Force at #10 Nevada||ESPNU|