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College basketball on TV for Dec. 27

Arkansas State guard Salif Boudie (2) guards Minnesota guard Akeem Springs (0) during the first half of Minnesota’s win on Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, in Minneapolis.
Arkansas State guard Salif Boudie (2) guards Minnesota guard Akeem Springs (0) during the first half of Minnesota’s win on Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, in Minneapolis. Associated Press

The Big 10 kicks off its season with four conference games running back-to-back-to-back-to-back on ESPN2.

The best of the quartet figures to be the 9 p.m. matchup between Michigan State and a resurgent Minnesota.

Tom Izzo’s young Spartans are 8-5 and have won four of their last five. The loss in that stretch came at home to Northeastern 73-71. Michigan State has also lost to Arizona (65-63), Kentucky (69-48), Baylor (73-58) and Duke (78-69).

Minnesota is 12-1 overall. The Golden Gophers lone loss came at Florida State 75-67 on Nov. 28. Richard Pitino’s club went 8-22 overall and 2-16 in the Big 10 last season.

Here is the list of college basketball games on television Tuesday.

Tuesday, Dec. 27

▪ 3:00 - Northwestern at Penn State (ESPN2)

▪ 5:00 - Illinois at Maryland (ESPN2)

▪ 7:00 - Kent State at Texas (ESPNU)

▪ 7:00 - Rutgers at Wisconsin (ESPN2)

▪ 7:00 - Lander at South Carolina (SEC)

▪ 9:00 - Michigan State at Minnesota (ESPN2)

▪ 9:00 - SMU at Memphis (ESPNU)

Top scoring offenses

  • 1. The Citadel 103.2
  • 2. UCLA 95.8
  • 3. Oklahoma State 93.3
  • 4. Kentucky 93.1
  • 5. West Virginia 91.8
  • 6. Central Michigan 91.3
  • 7. Portland State 89.9
  • 8. Creighton 89.8
  • 9. UNCW 88.9
  • 10. Indiana 88.8
  • 11. Fort Wayne 88.8
  • 12. North Carolina 88.7
  • 13. Florida State 88.1
  • 14. Louisiana 86.7
  • 15. Kansas 86.6
  • 15. Marshall 86.6
  • 17. Washington 86.3
  • 18. Savannah State 86.2
  • 19. Marquette 85.9
  • 20. Notre Dame 85.3

Source: NCAA statistics

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