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College basketball on television: Louisville faces big challenge at Michigan State

Louisville’s Damion Lee, left, and Michigan State's Denzel Valentine lead their teams in scoring.
Louisville’s Damion Lee, left, and Michigan State's Denzel Valentine lead their teams in scoring. The Associated Press

It’s the final night of the Big 10/ACC Challenge and the first big challenge for Rick Pitino and Louisville, on the court anyway. The unbeaten Cardinals travel to East Lansing to take on No. 3 Michigan State at 7:15 Wednesday night on ESPN.

Thus far, the inter-conference showdown is knotted up at 4-4. No. 9 North Carolina from the ACC got the better of visiting and second-ranked Maryland of the Big Ten on Tuesday night. Final score was 89-81. In his first game back after suffering a broken hand, North Carolina point guard Marcus Paige score 20 points.

No. 10 Virginia handed Ohio State its fourth straight loss, beating the Buckeyes 64-58 in Columbus. Kentucky plays Ohio State on Dec. 19 in Brooklyn as part of the CBS Sports Classic.

As for Wednesday’s games, besides U fo L-Michigan State, Wisconsin travels to surprising Syracuse for a 7:15 p.m. game on ESPN2. Syracuse is fresh off winning the Battle 4 Atlantis where the Orange downed Connecticut and Texas A&M in the semifinals and finals.

Then at 9:15 p.m., following Cards-Spartans on ESPN, Indiana travels to No. 6 Duke. Tom Crean's Hoosiers are off to a slow start but could hush the critics with a win over the Blue Devils in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Here's the full list of college basketball games on television for Wednesday night:

Wednesday, Dec. 2

▪ 7:00 - Hartford at Providence (Fox Sports South)

▪ 7:00 - Butler at Cincinnati (CBS Sports)

▪ 7:15 - Penn State at Boston College (ESPNU)

▪ 7:15 - Wisconsin at Syracuse (ESPN2)

▪ 7:15 - Louisville at Michigan State (ESPN)

▪ 8:00 - Texas Southern at Mississippi State (SEC)

▪ 9:00 - Arizona State at Creighton (CBS Sports)

▪ 9:00 - VCU at Middle Tennessee State (Fox Sports South)

▪ 9:15 - Florida State at Iowa (ESPNU)

▪ 9:15 - Indiana at Duke (ESPN)

▪ 9:15 - Notre Dame at Illinois (ESPN2)

▪ 11:00 - Gonzaga at Washington State (Fox Sports 1)

How Top 25 fared Tuesday

  • No. 2 Maryland lost 89-81 to No. 9 North Carolina
  • No. 4 Kansas beat Loyold (Md) 94-61
  • No. 5 Iowa State beat North Dakota State 84-64
  • No. 8 Villanova beat Saint Joseph’s (PA) 86-72
  • No. 10 Virginia beat Ohio State 64-58
  • No. 11 Purdue beat Pittsburgh 72-59
  • No. 21 Miami beat Nebraska 77-72 (OT)