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Your College Basketball Saturday Viewing Guide: January 23, 2021

32 games on national television today, and there’s always a bunch more available via streaming, too.

NCAA Basketball Tournament - First Round - Providence
Y’know, Gonzaga being #1 in the country leads to a lot of Baylor in this photo spot on Saturdays.
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13 games out of 32 on national television today feature at least one ranked team. That’s pretty great.

EIGHT of those 13 games have a ranked team on the road. Yes, yes, maybe road games aren’t quite road games with attendance restrictions in a pandemic. I get it. Still, traveling to a different gym is a change from shooting at the rims that you’re used to practicing on, so there’s always a chance of something weird happening. Just ask Iowa and Indiana from Thursday night about that.

The biggest game of the day looks to be #15 Ohio State visiting #10 Wisconsin. That’s the game with the two highest ranked teams facing off, just barely nudging #23 UConn at #11 Creighton out of the way. The Buckeyes seem to be the team in a little bit more of a need of a win here after they lost at home to Purdue back on Tuesday night. Wisconsin has won two in a row after losing on the road to Michigan (no shame there), and they’ve won four of the last five, too. Winning at the Kohl Center is never a picnic for the visitors, so Ohio State will be hard pressed to avoid their second straight loss.

Speaking of consecutive losses, Creighton finds themselves in a bit of a hole with the Huskies coming to town. The Bluejays have lost two straight and you wouldn’t think that a tippy top team like CU should be losing to Butler or Providence. That’s what has happened, though, and UConn makes their first trip to Omaha with an eye on avenging their overtime loss to the Bluejays in Storrs back in December. UConn is also trying to avoid a second straight loss after they got upset by St. John’s back on Monday night.

The Big 12 could be a conference of surprises today. #2 Baylor, #9 Kansas, and #14 West Virginia are all on the road today. The middle of the Big 12 standings are already a mess with five teams, including the Jayhawks and the ‘Eers, sitting on three losses. If the home teams pull out the wins (and Oklahoma is juuuuuust barely favored over Kansas), then things could get interesting very fast down that way. Keep an eye on it.

Here’s the full national television schedule for the day, or at least what the schedule was on Friday morning when I put it together. If you see something on streaming or otherwise not listed here that’s worth watching, pipe up in the comments so everyone can go check it out!

College Basketball Saturday Viewing Guide: 1/23/21

Time (CT) Game Television
Time (CT) Game Television
11:00 AM Cincinnati at #8 Houston CBS
#9 Kansas at Oklahoma ESPN
#23 Connecticut at #11 Creighton Fox
Auburn at South Carolina ESPN2
11:30 AM George Mascon at Saint Joseph's NBC Sports Network
12:00 PM Arkansas at Vanderbilt SEC Network
1:00 PM #2 Baylor at Oklahoma State CBS
Maryland at #17 Minnesota Big Ten Network
SMU at UCF ESPNU
NC State at North Carolina ESPN
Florida at Georgia ESPN2
1:30 PM Providence at #3 Villanova Fox
La Salle at Richmond NBC Sports Network
Army at Navy CBS Sports Network
2:00 PM #20 Clemson at Florida State ABC
2:30 PM Texas A&M at Ole Miss SEC Network
3:00 PM #15 Ohio State at #10 Wisconsin CBS
#14 West Virginia at Kansas State ESPN2
Duke at Louisville ESPN
Utah Valley at St. John's FS1
3:30 PM Dayton at VCU CBS Sports Network
4:00 PM #24 UCLA at Stanford (kind of) Fox
5:00 PM Mississippi State at #18 Alabama SEC Network
DePaul at Marquette FS1
Pittsburgh at Wake Forest ACC Network
LSU at Kentucky ESPN
6:00 PM Northwestern at Penn State Big Ten Network
Saint Mary's at San Francisco CBS Sports Network
7:00 PM Georgia Tech at #13 Virginia ACC Network
Colorado at Washington State ESPN2
7:30 PM #19 Missouri at #6 Tennessee SEC Network
9:00 PM Pepperdine at BYU ESPN2