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College basketball television: Hey, hoops are on the tube today, too

Villanova head coach Jay Wright shouts from the bench during an NCAA college basketball game against Penn, Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, in Villanova, Pa.
Villanova head coach Jay Wright shouts from the bench during an NCAA college basketball game against Penn, Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, in Villanova, Pa. The Associated Press

Sure, it’s a huge day for the grid-heads what with the College Football Playoff national semifinals taking place starting at 4 p.m. on ESPN. Not to fear, however. There are some college basketball games on television Thursday, as well, including a couple of marquee matchups.

No. 6 Xavier travels to Philadelphia to play no. 16 Villanova in a key Big East tilt at high noon on Fox Sports 1. Xavier is a perfect 12-0. Villanova is 10-2 with losses to Oklahoma (78-55) and at Virginia (86-75). But Villanova is a perfect 7-0 at home.

Ken Pomeroy actually ranks Villanova a spot in front of Xavier. His numbers have Villanova at No. 6 with the Muskies at No. 7. According to Pomeroy, Xavier is the fourth-best defensive efficiency team in the nation.

Over on the CBS Sports Network, No. 12 Providence is at No. 9 Butler in another Big East matchup. Providence is 12-1. Butler is 11-1.

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

Thursday, Dec. 31

▪ 12:00 - Xavier at Villanova (Fox Sports 1)

▪ 2:00 - Drake at Wichita State (ESPNU)

▪ 2:15 - Creighton at St. John's (Fox Sports 1)

▪ 2:30 - Providence at Butler (CBS Sports)

▪ 11:00 - BYU at Saint Mary’s (ESPNU)

How Top 25 fared Wednesday

  • No. 4 Maryland beat Penn State 70-64
  • No. 5 Virginia beat Oakland 71-58
  • No. 7 North Carolina beat Clemson 80-69
  • No. 11 Iowa State beat Coppin State 104-84
  • No. 15 Duke beat Long Beach State 103-81
  • No. 19 West Virginia beat Virginia Tech 88-63
  • No. 24 South Carolina beat Francis Marion 78-56
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