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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tonight's Games To Watch

After an extremely light day yesterday, out of respect to the college football championship game, college hoops is back in action tonight with some key and intriguing match-ups.

Oklahoma State (11-3) at #11 Kansas (13-2) 7PM, Lawrence, KS, ESPN2

Ok. State has been solid so far this season, 2-1 in the Big 12 and coming off a nice victory over Texas. Kansas has been, well, Kansas, 2-0 in league play and, of course, undefeated at home. Prediction: Kansas 70, Ok St. 63.

Butler (12-5) at #21 Seton Hall (13-3) 7PM, Newark, NJ, FS1

Two teams with legitimate NCAA Tourney aspirations link up. Butler is coming off a home win over Xavier, while the Hall responded to a loss at Xavier with a 1-point win at Creighton last week. Such is life in the Big East. Prediction: Seton Hall 63, Butler 61.

#16 Oklahoma (11-4) at #20 West Virginia (14-2) 7PM, Morgantown, WV, ESPNews

Here's another great Big 12 game that should be a defensive battle. Oklahoma is coming off an impressive win at Texas, followed by a not-so-impressive loss to Kansas State last week. Meanwhile, the Mountaineers lost a heartbreaker to Iowa State on Saturday, which means they are now two possessions from being undefeated, after losing in similar fashion to LSU in December. Prediction: West Virginia 65, Oklahoma 62.

Miami (11-4) at #4 Duke (14-1) 9PM, Durham, NC, ESPNU 

The Hurricanes started out hot, winning their first eight games, but are 3-4 since. However, they took Virginia to double overtime and beat BC in their last two contests. Duke will be angry in front of the Cameron Crazies, after falling at NC State over the weekend. Prediction: Duke 78, Miami 70. 

Other games of note...

Penn State (12-4) at Indiana (12-4) 7PM, Bloomington, IN, BTN
Michigan (9-6) at Ohio State (13-4) 7PM, Columbus, OH, ESPN
#22 Arkansas (13-2) at Tennessee (9-5) 7PM, Knoxville, TN, ESPNU 
#14 VCU (13-3) at Rhode Island (11-3) 7:30PM, Kingston, RI, CBSS
Georgetown (10-5) at DePaul (9-8) 9PM, Rosemont, IL, FS1
Alabama (12-3) at South Carolina (9-5) 9PM, Columbia, SC, SECN
Iowa (11-5) at Minnesota (11-6) 9PM, Minneapolis, MN, BTN
Connecticut (9-5) at Tulsa (10-5) 9:30PM, Tulsa, OK, CBSS

Other Top 25 games:

Virginia Tech (8-7) at #5 Louisville (14-2) 7PM, Louisville, KY, ESPN3
#19 Northern Iowa (14-2) at Bradley (6-11) 8PM, Peoria, IL
Clemson (9-6) at #2 Virginia (15-0) 8PM, Charlottesville, VA, ESPN3
Missouri (7-8) at #1 Kentucky (15-0) 9PM, Lexington, KY, ESPN

Vegas Picks (season record: 2-1)

Missouri +23.5 at Kentucky 
Miami +15.5 at Duke
Connecticut pk at Tulsa 

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