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Tuesday’s slate and what to watch

Draymond Green, Cody Zeller

Michigan State’s Draymond Green (23) and Indiana’s Cody Zeller, right, fight for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)


All times ET. Television guide via here.

Game of the Night: No. 5 Michigan State @ No. 18 Indiana, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Michigan State can clinch the outright Big Ten title tonight with a win over the Hoosiers. Indiana, however, has already beaten Kentucky and Ohio State in Assembly Hall. Should be fun, right? The Spartans and the Hoosiers are opposites when it comes to style of play. This year’s team is the epitome of a Tom Izzo team. They are relentless on the glass on both ends of the floor, they are a physical defensive team and they are led by a 6-6 point forward with the bluest collar in the country in Draymond Green. Indiana, on the other hand, is a jump-shooting team that likes to spread the floor around their talented freshman center, Cody Zeller. When the threes are dropping and Zeller is beating defenses down the floor, IU can be tough to beat.

Who’s getting upset?: No. 16 Florida @ Vanderbilt, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Does this even count as an upset? I’ll allow it simply because Florida has a little number to the left of their name and Vanderbilt doesn’t. But, frankly, I don’t think the Gators are the same team without Will Yeguete. In their first matchup, a Florida win, he finished with eight boards and three steals, playing a major role in Vandy’s 17 turnovers, as the Gators won 73-65 at the O-Dome. Having said all that, there are going to be nights where Florida is near-unbeatable simply because their talented perimeter attack gets into a rhythm. Could tonight be that night?

Mid-major matchup of the night: Weber State @ Montana, 9 p.m. (Altitude)

I love when this happens. Weber State and Montana are both 14-1 in Big Sky play heading into the last game of the regular season. WSU won the first matchup with the Grizzlies while their only loss in league play happened to come when Idaho State hit a fluky three at the buzzer. Montana, on the other hand, has been unbeatable in league play outside of their trip to Utah. It may not be for the automatic bid just yet, but there is definitely a title on the line in Missoula tonight.

Bubble your please, bubble your fun

Xavier @ St. Louis, 9 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)

Bubble games don’t get much more important than this. Both Xavier and St. Louis are sitting right on the edge of the cut line. In fact, thanks to the performance the Musketeers had last week at UMass and the Billiken’s loss to Rhode Island over the weekend, this is looking more and more like it could actually be a play-in game for the tournament. In simpler terms, you don’t want to lose this game if you are either team. Given Xavier’ high-powered back court and St. Louis’ stymieing defense, this should be a fun one.

Kansas State @ Texas A&M, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

It may be a stretch to say Kansas State is on the bubble right now, but a loss to Texas A&M will drop them in the direction.

DePaul @ West Virginia, 7 p.m. (Big East Network)

West Virginia may be on the outside looking in come Selection Sunday. If they want to make the tournament, they have to win their last two league games and probably big up a win or two in the Big East Tournament.

UConn @ Providence, 7 p.m. (Big East Network)

Everything I said about West Virginia? Its also probably true for UConn, although the Huskies do have slightly more margin for error.

UCF @ Memphis, 9 p.m.

Memphis needs to keep winning to go dancing, but right now they are looking like they could climb as high as a six or seven seed with a shot at making a run to the Sweet 16.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.