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College basketball viewing guide: January 23 - 29

What are the top games to keep an eye on this week?

Dan Sanger

College basketball has as much parody as any season before. As the wild ride rolls on, B5Q gives you the games to monitor over the next week.

**Please note that team records are reflective as of Thursday 1/23/20 in the morning**

Thursday, January 23

Minnesota Golden Gophers (10-8) at Ohio State Buckeyes (12-6) at 5:30 p.m. CST on FS1

Big Ten play has been unfavorable for both the Gophers and Buckeyes so far this season. With a chance to regain their footing, this is a big opportunity for each squad. Ohio State, in particular, has the talent to be a much better team.

No. 11 Michigan State Spartans (14-4) at Indiana Hoosiers (14-4) at 7:30 p.m. CST on FS1

These two Big Ten foes may share the same record, but the way they have gotten to this juncture has been very different. Indiana looks to get a statement win on their resume, while Michigan State attempts to keep their stranglehold at the top of the conference.

Friday, January 24

Wisconsin Badgers (12-7) at Purdue Boilermakers (10-9) at 6 p.m. CST on FS1

The Badgers took care of business in their last game against Nebraska, while Purdue stumbled against Illinois at home. Mackey Arena is a tough location for any visiting team. Can Wisconsin win another big road game?

Marquette Golden Eagles (14-5) at No. 15 Butler Bulldogs (15-4) at 8 p.m. CST on FS1

Marquette has won three in a row thanks to some stellar play from Markus Howard. The phenomenal point guard is averaging over 28 points per game. Butler is one of the best teams in the conference, can the Golden Eagles pull the upset?

Saturday, January 25

Morning games

No. 21 Illinois Fighting Illini (14-5) at Michigan Wolverines (11-6) at 11 a.m. CST on FS1

Illinois is surprisingly one of the best teams in the Big Ten. After a big win on the road against Purdue, they are back on the road against Michigan. The Wolverines have struggled since conference play began, but this should be a great game.

Other 11 a.m. games of note: Missouri Tigers at No. 14 West Virginia Mountaineers on ESPN, Iowa State at Auburn on ESPNU.

Afternoon games

No. 9 Villanova Wildcats (15-3) at Providence Friars (11-8) at 12 p.m. CST on CBS

Villanova has come out the gates strong, and are contenders this season with five players all averaging in double figures. Providence has not been overly impressive this season, but road games are never easy in conference.

LSU Tigers (14-4) at Texas Longhorns (12-6) at 1 p.m. CST on ESPN

A Big-12/SEC Challenge clash, Texas will look to upend the Tigers Saturday afternoon. Texas has been very good at home this season, can that trend continue?

Other afternoon games of note:

Primetime games

No. 15 Kentucky Wildcats (14-4) at No. 18 Texas Tech Red Raiders (12-6) at 5 p.m. CST on ESPN

After making a deep tournament run last season, Texas Tech has reloaded nicely. Kentucky comes to town with a whole heap of talent, can the Red Raiders get a statement victory?

No. 1 Baylor Bears (16-1) at Florida Gators (12-6) at 7 p.m. CST on ESPN

This would have been a great college football game last season, but the basketball game could be good too. Can Baylor stay atop the national rankings?

Sunday, January 26

No. 17 Maryland Terrapins (15-4) at Indiana Hoosiers (14-4) at 12 p.m. CST on CBS

Indiana has an absolute gauntlet this week with games against Michigan State and Maryland. Those marquee contests give them a huge opportunity to make a move in the conference, especially with both games at home. Can they take advantage?

No. 11 Michigan State Spartans (14-4) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (10-8) at 2 p.m. CST on FOX

Michigan State is back on the road again, with a date at The Barn. Minnesota has been up and down this season, but Michigan State has already shown the ability to lay an egg this year.

Xavier Musketeers (13-6) at Creighton Bluejays (15-5) at 3 p.m. CST on FS1

Two middle tier Big East teams face off in this contest. Creighton is the better team on paper, and according to record. At home, the Bluejays should prevail, but crazier things have happened this season.

Ohio State Buckeyes (12-6) at at Northwestern Wildcats (6-12) at 5:30 p.m. CST on BTN

Northwestern has been a certified train wreck this season, but Ohio State has had their own issues in Big Ten play. This is a big opportunity for Ohio State to get right.

Monday, January 27

North Carolina Tar Heels (8-10) at N.C. State Wolfpack (14-5) at 6 p.m. CST on ESPN

A secondary rivalry game, NC State has the clear leg up in terms of record this season. North Carolina has some premier talent though on their roster, regardless of the actual record.

Wisconsin Badgers (12-7) at No. 19 Iowa Hawkeyes (14-5) at 7:30 p.m. CST on BTN

Wisconsin is in the midst of a big stretch of tough games. A road game against Iowa will be tough, especially with the way that Luka Garza has been playing this season. Wisconsin will need to snag another road win over a ranked team to knock off Iowa.

Tuesday, January 28

No. 5 Florida State Seminoles (16-2) at Virginia Cavaliers (12-6) at 6 p.m. CST on ESPN

The Seminoles are a defensive minded, attacking team. Virginia is still the reigning champs, but they are a far cry from the team that took home the trophy last season.

Purdue Boilermakers (10-9) at No. 24 Rutgers (14-5) at 7 p.m. CST on BTN

The campus is abuzz for Rutgers, who is ranked for first time in a good chunk of the country’s lifetime. I think it is now time to talk to your kids about a secretly decent Rutgers basketball team.

Pittsburgh Panthers (13-6) at No. 8 Duke Blue Devils (16-3) at 8 p.m. CST on ESPN

This is an ACC clash that would have been way crazier back in the early 2000s, but it is probably the best game on during the late hours Tuesday.

Wednesday, January 22

No. 14 West Virginia Mountaineers (15-3) at No. 18 Texas Tech Red Raiders (12-6) at 7 p.m. CST on ESPN+

Rarely is such a good game relegated to ESPN+, but this game is worth a watch if you are really jonesing for some basketball prior to the bigger games at eight o’clock.

Indiana Hoosiers (14-4) at Penn State Nittany Lions (14-5) at 7:30 p.m. CST on BTN

Both teams are firmly in the NCAA Tournament discussion. Lamar Stevens is one of the best players in the conference for Penn State, will his play be enough?

No. 1 Baylor Bears (16-1) at Iowa State Cyclones (9-9)_at 8 p.m. CST on ESPNU

Hilton Coliseum is a tough environment to visit, and Iowa State will be jacked for Baylor coming to town. Wisconsin native Tyrese Haliburton is a certified dude and a legit NBA prospect for the upcoming draft. A big win over Baylor would go a long way in cementing his draft status.