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College basketball on television: South Carolina looks to remain perfect

Marcus Stroman (1) pushes the ball down court against Vanderbilt at Colonial Life Arena.
Marcus Stroman (1) pushes the ball down court against Vanderbilt at Colonial Life Arena. The Associated Press

The SEC’s biggest surprise, undefeated South Carolina, travels to Alabama for a 9 p.m. game with the Crimson Tide as part of the college basketball television schedule for Wednesday night.

The 19th-ranked Gamecocks are 15-0 overall and 2-0 in the SEC under Frank Martin, who was just 45-54 in three seasons at Columbia before this year’s breakthrough season. Of course, before coming to Carolina, Martin was 117-54 in five seasons as the head coach at Kansas State.

South Carolina is the nation’s eighth best defensive team, according to Ken Pomeroy’s numbers. The Gamecocks are holding opponents to 37.4 percent shooting from the floor. That ranked 10th nationally through Tuesday night’s games.

Alabama is off to an 0-2 SEC start under first-year coach Avery Johnson, who has going through a baptism by fire as far as the league concerned. Alabama opened its conference schedule last week at Ole Miss, which was opening its brand-new basketball arena. The Rebels won 74-66. Then Bama lost 77-61 to Kentucky on Saturday in Tuscaloosa. Now, the Tide faces the unbeaten Gamecocks.

As for the rest of the schedule, No. 9 Duke is at Clemson, which is coming off a 66-62 upset win over visiting Louisville. ESPN2 has tht game at 7 p.m.

With No. 1 Kansas losing at West Virginia on Tuesday night, No. 2 Oklahoma could move into the top spot. First, however, the Sooners have to get past Travis Ford and Oklahoma State. ESPNU has that game at 9 p.m. Then the Sooners play -- yikes -- West Virginia.

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

Wednesday, Jan. 13

▪ 6:15 - SMU at East Carolina (ESPN News)

▪ 6:30 - Rutgers at Ohio State (Big 10)

▪ 6:30 - Georgetown at St. John’s (Fox Sports 1)

▪ 7:00 - Tennessee at Georgia (SEC)

▪ 7:00 - Houston at Cincinnati (ESPNU)

▪ 7:00 - Duke at Clemson (ESPN2)

▪ 7:00 - Boston College at Syracuse (Fox Sports South)

▪ 8:00 - Temple at Memphis (CBS Sports)

▪ 8:15 - TCU at Baylor (ESPN News)

▪ 8:30 - Marquette at Villanova (Fox Sports 1)

▪ 8:30 - Penn State at Purdue (Big 10)

▪ 9:00 - Ole Miss at LSU (ESPN2)

▪ 9:00 - South Carolina at Alabama (SEC)

▪ 9:00 - Oklahoma at Oklahoma State (ESPNU)

▪ 9:00 - Wake Forest at Virginia Tech (Fox Sports South)

▪ 10:00 - San Diego State at Colorado State (CBS Sports)

▪ 11:00 - Oregon State at Colorado (ESPNU)

▪ 11:00 - USC at UCLA (ESPN2)

South Carolina’s 15-0 start

Date

Opponent

SC

OPP

Dec

Rec

SEC

11/14

Norfolk St

84

69

W

1-0

11/16

Oral Roberts

84

66

W

2-0

11/20

vsDePaul

76

61

W

3-0

11/22

vsHofstra

94

84

W

4-0

11/23

vsTulsa

83

75

W

5-0

11/27

Lipscomb

92

76

W

6-0

11/30

W Carolina

76

53

W

7-0

12/5

South Florida

81

63

W

8-0

12/15

Drexel

79

54

W

9-0

12/18

@Clemson

65

59

W

10-0

12/22

vsSt. John's

75

61

W

11-0

12/30

Francis Marion

78

56

W

12-0

1/2

Memphis

86

76

W

13-0

1/5

@Auburn

81

69

W

14-0

1-0

1/9

Vanderbilt

69

65

W

15-0

2-0

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