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College basketball on television: Can Duke trip up Pittsburgh?

Duke’s Grayson Allen, shown here against Georgetown early in the season, was publicly reprimanded by the ACC for intentionally tripping an opposing player.
Duke’s Grayson Allen, shown here against Georgetown early in the season, was publicly reprimanded by the ACC for intentionally tripping an opposing player. The Associated Press

The Grayson Allen Tripping Tour travels to Pittsburgh on Sunday as CBS will be on hand to televise Allen’s Duke Blue Devils take on the Pitt Panthers at 2 p.m.

Twice now Allen, Duke’s star sophomore guard, has intentionally tripped opposing players in games. He tripped Louisville’s Ray Spalding in the Blue Devils’ 72-65 win over the visiting Cardinals on Feb. 8. Then Thursday night, Allen tripped Florida State’s Xavier Rathan-Mayes in Duke’s 80-65 win over the Seminoles.

The ACC publicly reprimanded but did not suspend Allen. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has given no indication that he plans to punish Allen for his action. We’ll see what happens Sunday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Mo. 5 Xavier, fresh off a win over No. 1 Villanova, travels to Seton Hall for a 1 p.m. Big East matchup on Fox Sports 1. The Muskies are 13-3 in conference play. Seton Hall is 20-7 overall, 10-5 in the league, and fighting for an NCAA berth.

No. 6 Michigan State plays host to Penn State at noon on the Big 10 Network. The Spartans are 10-5 in the league. Penn State is 6-9.

At 4 p.m. on CBS, after Duke Pittsburgh, No. 8 Iowa visits Columbus to play Ohio State. Iowa is 11-4 in the Big 10, which Indiana leads with a 13-3 mark.

Here is the list of college basketball games on television Sunday:

Sunday, Feb. 28

▪ 12:00 - Penn State at Michigan State (Big 10)

▪ 12:30 - Xavier at Seton Hall (Fox Sports 1)

▪ 1:00 - Houston at Connecticut (CBS Sports)

▪ 2:00 - Duke at Pittsburgh (CBS)

▪ 2:30 - St. John’s at Creighton (Fox Sports 1)

▪ 3:00 - Tulane at SMU (CBS Sports)

▪ 4:00 - Tulsa at Memphis (ESPNU)

▪ 4:00 - Iowa at Ohio State (CBS)

▪ 6:00 - Michigan at Wisconsin (Big 10)

▪ 6:30 - Virginia Tech at Wake Forest (ESPNU)

▪ 8:00 - Minnesota at Illinois (Big 10)

▪ 8:00 - USC at California (Fox Sports 1)

▪ 8:30 - Washington at Oregon (ESPNU)

How Top 25 fared Saturday

  • No. 1 Villanova beat Marquette 89-79
  • No. 2 Kansas beat Texas Tech 67-58
  • No. 3 Oklahoma lost to No. 25 Texas 76-63
  • No. 3 Virginia beat No. 7 North Carolina 79-74
  • No. 9 Arizona lost to No. 22 Utah 70-64
  • No. 10 Maryland lost to No. 20 Purdue 83-79
  • No. 11 Louisville lost to No. 12 Miami 73-65
  • No. 14 West Virginia beat Oklahoma State 70-56
  • No. 16 Kentucky lost to Vanderbilt 74-62
  • No. 17 Iowa State beat Baylor 80-61
  • No. 19 Baylor beat TCU 86-71
  • No. 21 Texas A&M beat Missouri 84-69
  • No. 23 Notre Dame lost to Florida State 77-56
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