HELLO AND WELCOME to one of the most cherished days of the college basketball schedule: GONZAGA-SAINT MARY’S DAY~!
Look, let’s be honest here. Gonzaga is good. Very good. You should probably watch them more than you do. However, once that calendar flips from December to January..... it gets tough to decide to stay up til 11pm Central to watch a Gonzaga game when they’re smashing Santa Clara — who is actually not terrible this year! — by 50, as they did back on January 16th. I get it.
Year in and year out, though, there’s two games you can count on to be worth watching, and one in particular: Gonzaga’s yearly West Coast Conference road trip to Saint Mary’s in Moraga. That’s tonight. KenPom.com says the Zags have just a 58% chance of winning. If there’s a time to be tuning in to see Filip Petrusev, Corey Kispert, and friends, then tonight is the night! WOO!
It’s a big day for Big East fans like us, because Marquette’s conference is the home to the biggest game on national television today. That’s #12 Seton Hall visiting #10 Villanova, coming at you live on Fox this afternoon. It’s one of just two games today featuring two ranked teams. The other one comes at you right out of the gate, as #18 LSU makes the trip to #11 Auburn. #12 vs #10 is obviously more important nationally speaking than #18 vs #11, so obviously the Big East game is a bigger deal.
In addition to the three games I’ve already highlighted for you here — Gonzaga is ranked #2, by the way — there are six more games with a ranked team on the road against an unranked foe today. #16 Michigan State at Michigan is probably the biggest one of that group, although don’t overlook #4 San Diego State’s quest to remain unbeaten while on the road against Air Force, either.
Here’s the full national television schedule for the day, with all times Central as always.
CBB Viewing Guide: 2/8/20
|11:00 AM||#3 Kansas at TCU||ESPN2|
|Miami at #8 Florida State||ACC Network|
|#18 LSU at #11 Auburn||ESPN|
|#16 Michigan State at Michigan||Fox|
|SMU at Temple||ESPNU|
|Rhode Island at George Washington||CBS Sports Network|
|12:00 PM||#15 Kentucky at Tennessee||CBS|
|Texas A&M at South Carolina||SEC Network|
|1:00 PM||Saint Louis at #6 Dayton||CBS Sports Network|
|#13 West Virginia at Oklahoma||ESPNU|
|Purdue at Indiana||ESPN|
|Florida at Ole Miss||ESPN2|
|1:30 PM||#12 Seton Hall at #10 Villanova||Fox|
|2:00 PM||St. Bonaventure at Duquesne||NBC Sports Network|
|2:30 PM||Arkansas at Missouri||SEC Network|
|3:00 PM||Virginia at #5 Louisville||ESPN|
|Minnesota at #22 Penn State||Big Ten Network|
|Texas Tech at Texas||ESPN2|
|South Florida at Memphis||CBS Sports Network|
|4:00 PM||Saint Joseph's at La Salle||NBC Sports Network|
|5:00 PM||Oklahoma State at #1 Baylor||ESPN2|
|#7 Duke at North Carolina||ESPN|
|Nebraska at #17 Iowa||Big Ten Network|
|St. John's at #21 Creighton||CBS Sports Network|
|Alabama at Georgia||SEC Network|
|East Carolina at Tulane||ESPNU|
|7:00 PM||#4 San Diego State at Air Force||CBS Sports Network|
|Providence at Xavier||FS1|
|Fresno State at UNLV||ESPNU|
|Kansas State at Iowa State||ESPN2|
|Wake Forest at Syracuse||ACC Network|
|7:30 PM||Vanderbilt at Mississippi State||SEC Network|
|9:00 PM||#2 Gonzaga at Saint Mary's||ESPN|
|UCLA at #23 Arizona||ESPN2|
|UC Irvine at UC Santa Barbara||ESPNU|
|Boise State at Utah State||CBS Sports Network|