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College basketball on television: Never mind Duke-UNC, check out Alabama-LSU

LSU forward Brian Bridgewater (20) puts the ball up for two points in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas A&M in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. LSU won 76-71.
LSU forward Brian Bridgewater (20) puts the ball up for two points in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas A&M in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. LSU won 76-71. The Associated Press

ESPN is all over Duke-North Carolina, of course. Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas and Shannon Spake comprise the crew for the 9 p.m. tipoff from Chapel Hill.

Of more interest to Kentucky fans, however, is the 9 p.m. Alabama-LSU game on the SEC Network. Host LSU is in a first-place tie with UK atop the league standings at 9-3. Meanwhile, Alabama has won its last four games, beating Mississippi State, Missouri, Texas A&M and Florida. The wins over Mississippi State and Florida were on the road.

Louisville is on the tube at 7 p.m. against Syracuse on ESPN, preceding Duke-North Carolina. The 18th-ranked Cardinals are 19-6 overall and 8-4 in the ACC. Syracuse is 18-8 overall and 8-5 in the conference. Bob Wischusen and LaPhonso Ellis will be at the Yum Center for the World Wide Leader.

Tubby Smith’s Texas Tech Red Raiders have climbed on the NCAA Tournament bubbled with a recent surge and could greatly help their prospects with a win over No. 3 Oklahoma at 9 p.m. on ESPNU.

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

Wednesday, February 17

▪ 6:00 - Dayton at Saint Joseph’s (CBS Sports)

▪ 6:30 - Iowa at Penn State (Big 10)

▪ 7:00 - Villanova at Temple (ESPN2)

▪ 7:00 - Auburn at Arkansas (SEC)

▪ 7:00 - UCF at Memphis (ESPNU)

▪ 7:00 - Syracuse at Louisville (ESPN)

▪ 7:00 - Providence at Xavier (Fox Sports 1)

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

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

▪ 8:30 - Nebraska at Indiana (Big 10)

▪ 9:00 - Alabama at LSU (SEC)

▪ 9:00 - Oklahoma at Texas Tech (ESPNU)

▪ 9:00 - Duke at North Carolina (ESPN)

▪ 9:00 - Seton Hall at Georgetown (Fox Sports 1)

▪ 9:00 - Arizona State at Arizona (ESPN2)

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

▪ 9:30 - Houston at Tulane (ESPN News)

▪ 10:00 - Boise State at New Mexico (CBS Sports)

▪ 11:00 - Colorado at USC (ESPNU)

How Top 25 fared Tuesday

  • No. 10 West Virginia lost to No. 24 Texas 85-78
  • No. 13 Iowa State lost to No. 25 Baylor 100-91 (overtime)
  • No. 17 Purdue beat Northwestern 71-61

Ken Pomeroy’s Top 20

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

Source: kenpom.com

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