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College basketball on television: Dick Vitale in Lexington for Kentucky-Vanderbilt

Kentucky Wildcats guard Tyler Ulis (3) put in two team high 20 points as Kentucky defeated Ole Miss 83-61 on Saturday January 2, 2016 in Lexington, Ky.
Kentucky Wildcats guard Tyler Ulis (3) put in two team high 20 points as Kentucky defeated Ole Miss 83-61 on Saturday January 2, 2016 in Lexington, Ky. Lexington Herald-Leader

Can’t get out of the house after the Blizzard of 2016? Or the Blizzard of 2016 is covering your street even as you read this? Don’t worry. There is a ton of college hoops on the television to ward off cabin fever. Put on the hot chocolate, grab your favorite blanket, settle into your easy chair and enjoy.

Mark Jones, Dick Vitale and Kaylee Hartung are in Lexington for Saturday’s 4 p.m. Kentucky-Vanderbilt matchup at Rupp Arena. Vanderbilt arrived on Thursday to beat the snow. Dick Vitale was in town on Friday tweeting out snow pictures. Kentucky returned late Thursday night from its 80-66 win at Arkansas. All systems go for an on-time tip.

Meanwhile, No. 1 Oklahoma is at Baylor for a noon game on ESPN. The Sooners are coming off their loss at Iowa State, which happened the same day that Lon Kruger’s team moved up to the top spot in the polls.

No. 3 Kansas, which plays host to Kentucky next Saturday, welcomes Texas to Allen Fieldhouse for a 2 p.m. game on ESPN. Texas is fresh off an upset win over West Virginia. The Longhorns are 12-6 on the season. Kansas is 15-3. The last time Texas coach Shaka Smart faced Bill Self, Smart’s VCU team upset Kansas in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

No. 17 Louisville travels to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech at 4 p.m. on ESPN2. Georgia Tech is 11-7 overall and 1-4 in the ACC, but the Yellow Jackets lost by one to Virginia Tech, by eight to Notre Dame, by five to Pittsburgh and by eight to North Carolina. They own a four-point win over visiting Virginia.

No. 7 Maryland is at No. 11 Michigan State for a 6:30 p.m. game on ESPN. Michigan State has lost three straight games, falling to Iowa, Wisconsin and -- yikes -- Nebraska at home. Tom Izzo can’t seem to stop the bleeding.

ESPN’s primetime game has No. 12 Arizona at California for an 8:30 p.m. tip. Arizona (4-2) is a game behind surprising Washington (5-1) in the Pac-12 standings. California is 3-3 but the Golden Bears knocked off Bobby Hurley and Arizona State last time out.

Saturday, Jan. 23

▪ 12:00 - Syracuse at Virginia (ESPN)

▪ 12:00 - Oklahoma at Baylor (ESPN2)

▪ 12:00 - Northwestern at Illinois (ESPNU)

▪ 12:00 - South Carolina at Tennessee (SEC)

▪ 12:00 - Georgetown at Connecticut (CBS)

▪ 12:30 - Davidson at Richmond (NBC Sports)

▪ 2:00 - Texas at Kansas (ESPN)

▪ 2:00 - Michigan at Nebraska (ESPN2)

▪ 2:00 - LSU at Alabama (ESPNU)

▪ 2:00 - Ole Miss at Mississippi State (SEC)

▪ 2:00 - Navy at Army (CBS Sports)

▪ 2:00 - Seton Hall at St. Xavier (Fox Sports Ohio)

▪ 2:00 - Duke at North Carolina State (CBS)

▪ 2:30 - St. Bonaventure at VCU (NBC Sports)

▪ 4:00 - Vanderbilt at Kentucky (ESPN)

▪ 4:00 - Louisville at Georgia Tech (ESPN2)

▪ 4:00 - Iowa State at TCU (ESPNU)

▪ 4:00 - UCLA at Oregon (CBS)

▪ 4:00 - Missouri at Texas A&M (SEC)

▪ 4:00 - USF at Houston (CBS Sports)

▪ 6:00 - Oklahoma State at Kansas State (ESPNU)

▪ 6:00 - Utah State at San Diego State (CBS Sports)

▪ 6:00 - Arkansas at Georgia (SEC)

▪ 6:30 - Maryland at Michigan State (ESPN)

▪ 7:30 - Butler at Creighton (Fox Sports 1)

▪ 8:00 - SMU at Temple (ESPNU)

▪ 8:00 - Auburn at Florida (SEC)

▪ 8:00 - Marquette at St. John’s (CBS Sports)

▪ 8:30 - Arizona at California (ESPN)

▪ 8:30 - Illinois at Minnesota (Big 10)

▪ 10:00 - UNLV at Nevada (ESPNU)

Ken Pomeroy Top 25

  • 1. Villanova
  • 2. Louisville
  • 3. Oklahoma
  • 4. Iowa
  • 5. North Carolina
  • 6. West Virginia
  • 7. Texas A&M
  • 8. Virginia
  • 9. Purdue
  • 10. Kansas
  • 11. Arizona
  • 12. Maryland
  • 13. Miami
  • 14. SMU
  • 15. Xavier
  • 16. Michigan St
  • 17. Wichita St
  • 18. Saint Mary’s
  • 19. Iowa State
  • 20. Duke
  • 21. Baylor
  • 22. USC
  • 23. Indiana
  • 24. Oregon
  • 25. Kentucky
  • 26. Vanderbilt

Source: kenpom.com

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