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Your College Basketball Saturday Viewing Guide: January 20, 2024

37 games of nationally televised action, including nine with ranked teams on the road!

Arkansas Pine Bluff v Connecticut Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images

You know what’s weird about today’s slate of 37 games on national television? Only two of them are women’s basketball games and neither of them are nationally notable. CBS Sports Network gets us started with the front end of a women’s/men’s doubleheader between Army and Navy in Annapolis, and the other one comes mid-afternoon as ESPN News picks up the broadcast of Columbia at Princeton. What with the broadcast networks having lots of extra space because of the Hollywood writing and acting strikes, we’ve gotten a handful of women’s games on Saturday the last few weeks. Nothing doing today, and that’s with just two NFL playoff games hogging the broadcasting windows on ESPN & ABC in the afternoon and Fox at night.

In any case, the men’s side of college basketball gives us 14 games on national television today. Nine of them have a ranked team on the road, and three of those are a ranked vs ranked game. The first one is #24 Iowa State on the road against #19 TCU. That’s followed up in the evening hours by #20 BYU at #25 Texas Tech, and the SEC Network gets the broadcast for #22 Ole Miss visiting #13 Auburn. BYU’s the best team on the road of the three, but Auburn is the best team involved in those three games. I’ll let you decide which is the Game Of The Day.

We get three ranked teams on the road in the opening window of the day, and #18 Creighton at Seton Hall might be the most important one of the trio. After all, the Pirates are currently holding down first place in the Big East thanks to a 6-1 tie with Connecticut as well as a win over the Huskies early this season. Speaking of the #1 ranked Huskies, they’re on the road at the Wells Fargo Center against Villanova in a night time game on FS1 as the best ranked team that’s on the road on our schedule.

As always, there’s a bunch of games that are streaming only, including three games involving ranked teams in the Big 12, so if you latch on to something thrilling, pipe up in the comments so everyone else can track it down.

Here’s the full national television schedule for the day!

CBB Saturday Viewing Guide: 1/20/24

Time (CT) Game Television
Time (CT) Game Television
10:00 AM Army at Navy CBS Sports Network
11:00 AM #9 Baylor at Texas ESPN
#17 Marquette at St. John's Fox
#18 Creighton at Seton Hall FS1
Miami at Syracuse ESPN2
Virginia Tech at NC State CW Network
Louisville at Wake Forest ESPNU
Penn State at Ohio State Big Ten Network
11:30 AM Rhode Island at #21 Dayton USA Network
Noon San Diego State at Boise State CBS
South Carolina at Arkansas SEC Network
12:30 PM Army at Navy CBS Sports Network
1:00 PM #2 Purdue at Iowa FS1
Alabama at #6 Tennessee ESPN2
#24 Iowa State at #19 TCU ESPNU
USC at Arizona State Fox
1:15 PM #4 North Carolina at Boston College CW Network
Northwestern at Nebraska Big Ten Network
1:30 PM Duquesne at Saint Joseph's USA Network
2:30 PM Vanderbilt at Mississippi State SEC Network
3:00 PM UCLA at #12 Arizona ESPN2
Clemson at Florida State ACC Network
DePaul at Butler FS1
Texas A&M at LSU ESPNU
New Mexico at Air Force CBS Sports Network
Columbia at Princeton ESPN News
5:00 PM Georgia at #8 Kentucky SEC Network
#20 BYU at #25 Texas Tech ESPN2
Virginia at Georgia Tech ACC Network
Charleston at UNC Wilmington CBS Sports Network
Harvard at Penn ESPNU
7:00 PM #1 Connecticut at Villanova FS1
Pittsburgh at #7 Duke ACC Network
Southern Illinois at Northern Iowa CBS Sports Network
Florida at Missouri ESPNU
7:30 PM #22 Ole Miss at #13 Auburn SEC Network
9:00 PM Saint Mary's at San Francisco CBS Sports Network