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College basketball on television: Mark Pope goes up against Rick Pitino and Louisville

Former Kentucky forward Mark Pope is introduced as the new head basketball coach at Utah Valley. Pope’s Wolverines face Louisville on Wednesday night at the Yum Center.
Former Kentucky forward Mark Pope is introduced as the new head basketball coach at Utah Valley. Pope’s Wolverines face Louisville on Wednesday night at the Yum Center. Courtesy of UV athletics

Wednesday night offers you amateur coaches your last chance to break down and study No. 16 Louisville before the Cardinals roll into Rupp Arena for Saturday’s high noon showdown with No. 12 Kentucky. The Cards play host to Utah Valley at 7 p.m. on ESPNU as part of the Billy Minardi Classic.

Utah Valley just happens to be coached by Mark Pope, who played for U of L coach Rick Pitino at Kentucky. The Wolverines are 5-7 in Pope’s first year as head coach after serving as an assistant at Georgia and BYU. Utah Valley had a three-game winning streak snapped by UNC-Wilmington 102-77 on Tuesday night at the Yum Center. Louisville whipped Missouri-Kansas City 75-47 in the second game.

Aside from becoming a head college basketball coach, and winning a 1996 NCAA title at UK, Pope can also dance.

As for the rest of Wednesday’s schedule, No. 3 Oklahoma plays Hawaii in the semifinals of the Diamondhead Classic. Auburn plays Harvard at 5 p.m. on ESPNU in the other semifinal.

Oklahoma handled Washington State 88-60 on Tuesday night and the Sooners are now No. 1 in Ken Pomeroy’s rankings. Lon Kruger’s undefeated team is back in action at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday on ESPNU.

Here is the list of college basketball games on television for Wednesday:

Wednesday, Dec. 23

▪ 12:30 - Central Connecticut vs. Connecticut (ESPNU)

▪ 2:30 - New Mexico vs. BYU (ESPNU)

▪ 5:00 - Auburn vs. Harvard (ESPNU)

▪ 7:00 - Illinois vs. Missouri (ESPN2)

▪ 7:00 - Bryant at Michigan (Big 10)

▪ 7:00 - Utah Valley at Louisville (ESPNU)

▪ 7:00 - Western Carolina at Pittsburgh (Fox Sports South)

▪ 8:00 - Northern Colorado at Miss State (SEC)

▪ 8:00 - New Mexico State at Baylor (Fox Sports Ohio)

▪ 8:30 - Penn State vs. Kent State (Fox Sports 1)

▪ 9:00 - Pepperdine vs. Portland (ESPNU)

▪ 9:00 - Green Bay at Wisconsin (ESPNU)

▪ 9:00 - Oklahoma vs. Hawaii (ESPN2)

▪ 10:30 - Colorado vs. SMU (Fox Sports 1)

▪ 11:30 - Washington State vs. Northern Iowa (ESPNU)

How Top 25 fared Tuesday

  • No. 1 Michigan State beat Oakland 99-93 in overtime
  • No. 2 Kansas beat San Diego State 70-57
  • No. 3 Oklahoma beat Washington State 88-60
  • No. 5 Virginia beat California 63-62
  • No. 6 Xavier beat Wake Forest 78-70
  • No. 8 Arizona beat Long Beach State 85-70
  • No. 9 Butler beat Southern Utah 88-52
  • No. 11 Iowa State beat No. 22 Cincinnati 81-79
  • No. 13 Miami beat LaSalle 95-49
  • No. 14 Purdue beat Vanderbilt 68-55
  • No. 16 Louisville beat UMKC 75-47
  • No. 17 Villanova beat Delaware 78-48
  • No. 18 SMU beat Kent State 90-74
  • No. 20 George Washington lost to DePaul 82-61
  • No. 24 Utah beat Delaware State 105-58
  • No. 25 South Carolina beat St. John's 75-61

Ken Pomeroy Top 20

  • 1. Oklahoma
  • 2. Virginia
  • 3. Purdue
  • 4. Kansas
  • 5. Michigan State
  • 6. Louisville
  • 7. Villanova
  • 8. Xavier
  • 9. Duke
  • 10. North Carolina
  • 11. Miami
  • 12. Kentucky
  • 13. West Virginia
  • 14. SMU
  • 15. Maryland
  • 16. Arizona
  • 17. Iowa
  • 18. Vanderbilt
  • 19. Iowa State
  • 20. Butler

Source: kenpom.com

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