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College basketball viewing guide: January 16 - 22

What are the top games to watch and monitor this week across college basketball?

Dan Sanger

College basketball has been a wild place this season. As the January conference circuit continues on, B5Q gives your the low-down on the top games to monitor over the next week.

**Please note that team records are reflective as of Thursday 1/16/20 in the morning**

Thursday, January 16

Cincinnati Bearcats (10-6) at No. 22 Memphis Tigers (13-3) at 6 p.m. CST on ESPN

Two of the top teams in the American Athletic Conference face off in this one. Both teams have had some recent success, and they usually come together for good games.

No. 8 Oregon Ducks (14-3) at Washington State Cougars (10-7) at 8 p.m. CST on FS1

The Pac-12 rarely gets some love in terms of basketball, but Oregon has been phenomenal this season. Road games are always tough and Washington State has been formidable this year.

Friday, January 17

Wisconsin Badgers (11-6) at No. 15 Michigan State Spartans (13-4) at 6 p.m. CST on FS1

The Badgers have been playing much better, specifically on the defensive end. A big match up with the Spartans in East Lansing will be tough, but Wisconsin has won their last three road games. Can they keep the streak going?

No. 19 Michigan Wolverines (11-5) at Iowa Hawkeyes (12-5) at 8 p.m. CST on FS1

The second major game on FS1 for the night, Michigan will have to go into Carver-Hawkeye Arena to take on Luka Garza and the Hawkeyes. Garza is one of the better post players in the conference, will the home-court advantage and talented big man be enough to outduel Michigan?

Saturday, January 18

Morning games

No. 2 Baylor Bears (13-1) at Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-6) at 11 a.m. CST on ESPN2

Baylor has jumped all the way up the rankings. Oklahoma State does not have the same firepower as Baylor, but anything can happen in conference play. Maybe OSU can catch lightning in a bottle?

Other 11 a.m. games of note: Ohio State Buckeyes at Penn State Nittany Lions on ESPNU, UConn Huskies at Villanova Wildcats on FS1, and Seton Hall Pirates at St. John’s Red Storm.

Afternoon games

No. 4 Auburn Tigers (15-0) at Florida Gators (11-5) at 12:30 CST on CBS

Auburn has continued to cruise since last seasons deep tournament run. Bruce Pearl has his team full steam ahead, but can the pesky Gators knock them off their pedestal?

No. 6 Kansas Jayhawks (13-3) at Texas (11-4) at 1 p.m. CST on ESPN

The afternoon window is Rock Chalk (Editor’s note: BOOOOOOO!) full of big games. The Jayhawks head into Austin for a showdown with Shaka Smart and company. Both teams have been good this season, but are also behind Baylor in the standings. A win over the opposition could go a long way in bolstering the resume.

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Purdue Boilermakers (10-7) at No. 17 Maryland Terrapins (13-4) at 1 p.m. CST on ESPN2

Purdue recently took down Michigan State, while Maryland recently lost to Wisconsin. Momentum is an unpredictable thing in college sports, so which way will the pendulum swing in this game?

Other afternoon games of note: Florida State at Seminoles at Miami Hurricanes on ACCN, West Virginia Mountaineers at Kansas State Wildcats on ESPNU, Colorado Buffaloes at Arizona Wildcats on FOX.

Primetime game

No. 11 Louisville Cardinals (14-3) at No. 3 Duke (15-2) at 5 p.m. CST on ESPN

Coming off of a stunning loss to Clemson on Tuesday, Duke is back on the court against Louisville. Both teams came into the season as potential Final Four teams, and have some of the best talent in the country.

Sunday, January 19

Minnesota Gophers (10-7) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (13-4) at 12 p.m. CST on BTN

The Big Ten has been crazy this season. Can the Gophers lead by Daniel Oturu get a big win on the road over Rutgers? Or will Rutgers continue their strong season?

Monday, January 20

Texas Longhorns (12-4) at No. 12 West Virginia Mountaineers (14-2) at 6 p.m. CST on ESPNU

West Virginia’s pressure defense and fast tempo offense is fun to watch. Texas doesn’t have one dominant scorer, but distribute the wealth nicely across their team. Can West Virginia keep it going?

NC State Wolfpack (12-5) at Virginia Cavaliers (11-5) at 6 p.m. CST on ESPN

The reigning champs have struggled at times this season after overhauling their entire roster. NC State has some talented scoring options, and they beat Wisconsin handily in the Big Ten / ACC Challenge early in the season.

Oklahoma Sooners (11-5) at No. 2 Baylor (14-1) at 8 p.m. CST on ESPN

Jared Butler has been a dude for Baylor this season, but they have a deep roster filled with talented players. Could this be the year that Baylor breaks through and makes a deep tournament run?

Tuesday, January 21

No. 5 Butler Bulldogs (15-2) at No. 14 Villanova Wildcats (13-3) at 6 p.m. CST on CBSSN

The only game on the night featuring two ranked teams, Villanova welcomes Butler in a Big East showdown. The Wildcats have been good this season, but Butler has been stellar outside of losses to Baylor and Seton Hall.

Other 6 p.m. games to watch: Georgia at Kentucky on ESPN, Maryland at Northwestern on FS1, Illinois at Purdue on ESPNU.

Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-10) at Wisconsin Badgers (11-6) at 8 p.m. CST on BTN

Wisconsin welcomes Nebraska in a must win game. Nebraska is one of the lower tier programs in the Big Ten currently, and Wisconsin is hoping to stay in tournament and BIG contention.

Wednesday, January 22

Penn State Nittany Lions (12-5) at Michigan Wolverines (11-5) at 6 p.m. CST on BTN

Lamar Stevens and the Nittany Lions have hit a rough patch as of late, but Michigan has also struggled in Big Ten play. This is a big game for conference standing purposes.

Other 6 p.m. games to watch: Syracuse Orange at Notre Dame Fighting Irish,

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (13-4) at Iowa Hawkeyes (12-5) at 8 p.m. CST on BTN

Another B1G matchup that could have ramifications on the beefy middle tier of the conference race.