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College basketball on television: Kentucky women on SEC Network; Louisville men on ESPN

Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell talked with center Alyssa Rice (45) after she came out during the second half Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015 in Lexington, Ky.
Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell talked with center Alyssa Rice (45) after she came out during the second half Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015 in Lexington, Ky. Lexington Herald-Leader

The SEC Network will be on hand Thursday night as No. 9 Kentucky plays host to No. 2 South Carolina at Memorial Coliseum for a 7 p.m. tip. South Carolina brings a perfect 15-0 record to Lexington to face the 13-1 Wildcats.

Paul Sunderland will handle play-by-play with Carolyn Peck providing the color analysis. Steffi Sorensen is the sideline reporter.

AP women’s college basketball rankings

Among the men’s offerings on the tube Thursday night, one of the more most interesting matchups happens just up the road at the KFC Yum Center, 9 p.m. on ESPN.

No. 20 Pittsburgh, which is red hot, travels to No. 21 Louisville, who turned cold in a 66-62 loss at Clemson on Sunday. The Cardinals made just three of 23 three-pointers in the loss. Trey Lewis missed 10 of his 11 three-point shots. Damion Lee missed all seven of his three-point heaves. Little wonder the Cardinals shot just 35.3 percent overall.

Meanwhile, Pittsburgh has won 11 straight games, including an 86-82 win at Notre Dame last time out. Jamie Dixon’s team entered the Top 25 rankings last week. The Panthers are 3-0 in the ACC. North Carolina (4-0) is the only other unbeaten team in league play.

Pomeroy’s overall numbers are not quite as impressed. The Panthers rank 26th in those rankings. But they are No. 2 in the nation in offensive efficiency, behind only (yes) North Carolina. And Louisville is ranked as the seventh-best team in terms of defensive efficiency. It should make for an interesting matchup.

By the way, that game follows on ESPN the Iowa-Michigan State rematch. Michigan State is ranked No. 4. Iowa is No. 16. But Michigan State was No. 1 and Iowa was unranked when the Hawkeyes beat the Spartans in East Lansing 83-70 on Dec. 30.

As for another local angle, Eastern Kentucky is at Eastern Illinois at 9 p.m. on the CBS Sports Network. EKU is 2-1 in the OVC and 11-7 overall. EIU is 1-3 in the league and 4-12 overall. Eastern is coming off an 88-69 win over Southeast Missouri.

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

Thursday, Jan. 14

▪ 7:00 - Connecticut at Tulsa (ESPN2)

▪ 7:00 - Iowa at Michigan State (ESPN)

▪ 7:00 - High Point at Winthrop (ESPNU)

▪ 7:00 - UAB at Old Dominion (CBS Sports)

▪ 7:00 - South Carolina at Kentucky women (SEC)

▪ 9:00 - BYU at Gonzaga (ESPN2)

▪ 9:00 - Pittsburgh at Louisville (ESPN)

▪ 9:00 - Murray State at Belmont (ESPNU)

▪ 9:00 - Washington at Arizona (Fox Sports 1)

▪ 9:00 - Eastern Kentucky at Eastern Illinois (CBS Sports)

▪ 11:00 - California at Stanford (Fox Sports 1)

▪ 11:00 - Pacific at Saint Mary’s (ESPNU)

UK women’s basketball 2015-16

Date

Opp

U

T

D

Rec

Cnf

Mrg

11/13/15

Rice

72

39

W

1-0

33

11/15/15

@Arizona St

68

64

W*

2-0

4

11/18/15

Morehead St

112

57

W

3-0

55

11/22/15

Colorado

86

61

W

4-0

25

11/25/15

E Michigan

89

67

W

5-0

22

11/29/15

Jackson St

92

24

W

6-0

68

12/2/15

@Northern Ky

84

65

W

7-0

19

12/10/15

Louisville

72

54

W

8-0

18

12/13/15

Middle Tenn

68

52

W

9-0

16

12/20/15

Duke

71

61

W

10-0

10

12/28/15

Tenn State

81

39

W

11-0

42

1/3/16

@Auburn

61

66

L

11-1

0-1

-5

1/7/16

Alabama

73

48

W

12-1

1-1

25

1/10/16

@Georgia

64

53

W

13-1

2-1

11

1/14/16

S Carolina

1/17/16

Auburn

1/21/16

@Ole Miss

1/25/16

Tennessee

1/28/16

Vanderbilt

1/31/16

@Florida

2/4/16

@S Carolina

2/7/16

LSU

2/14/16

Vanderbilt

2/18/16

@Miss State

2/21/16

Arkansas

2/25/16

Missouri

2/28/16

@Texas A&M

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