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Wednesday’s slate and what to watch


Once again, the ACC/Big Ten Challenge features the best college hoops games of the night. Yet once again, that’s something you already knew. And you’re probably even more delighted that Harrison Barnes will be playing (bum ankle and all) when North Carolina plays host to Wisconsin.

The rest of the night? Well, there’s still plenty to attract a fan.

(All times ET; TV info courtesy of

UNLV at Santa Barbara, 10 p.m.
Better scour the web for a stream of this one. UNLV’s coming off the biggest win of the season, but coach Dave Rice swears his team is hardly primed for a letdown against the Gauchos. Not after UCSB beat the Rebels last season when the Rebels were 22-point favorites. And this time, Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally get to play at home. Rice better hope his guys come out gunning again.

Creighton at San Diego State, 10:30 p.m. (the mtn)
The Blue Jays are 5-0, but they’re only real test thus far came during an 80-70 win at UAB two weeks ago. This is a step up from the Blazers. The Aztecs (7-1) have already beaten USC, Long Beach State, Arizona and Santa Barbara. If Doug McDermott sees any easy shots against SDSU’s defense, it’ll be a surprise.

Notre Dame at Gonzaga, 11:15 p.m. (ESPN2)
The Irish are without forward Tim Abromaitis, who tore his ACL and is done for the season. How important is that? Put it this way – if the Zags don’t win this game, they deserve to get booed at home.

Drexel at St. Joe’s
It’s a Big 5 game. ‘nuff said.

NJIT at Army, 7 p.m.
Delaware at Boston U., 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Duquesne, 7 p.m.
Northeastern at La Salle, 7 p.m.
Dartmouth at New Hampshire, 7 p.m.
Lafayette at Princeton, 7 p.m.
Drexel at Saint Joseph’s, 7 p.m.
Towson at UMass, 7 p.m.
Penn St. at Boston College, 7:15 p.m.
Rhode Island at Brown, 7:30 p.m.

Furman at Elon, 7 p.m.
Bucknell at George Mason, 7 p.m.
Ohio at Marshall, 7 p.m.
Navy at Md.-Eastern Shore, 7 p.m.
Elizabeth City St. at Norfolk St., 7 p.m.
Indiana at NC State, 7:15 p.m.
South Florida at VCU, 7:30 p.m.
Richmond at William & Mary, 7:30 p.m.
Louisiana Tech at SE Louisiana, 8 p.m.
Southern U. at Tulane, 8 p.m.
Cent. Arkansas at UT-Martin, 8 p.m.
UAB at South Alabama, 8:05 p.m.
Wisconsin at North Carolina, 9:30 p.m.

Buffalo at Dayton, 7 p.m.
UNC Wilmington at Toledo, 7 p.m.
Hope at W. Michigan, 7 p.m.
Florida St. at Michigan St., 7:30 p.m.
Maine at E. Illinois, 8 p.m.
N. Iowa at Iowa St., 8 p.m.
FAU at Kansas, 8 p.m.
Jamestown at North Dakota, 8 p.m.
Robert Morris-Chicago at SIU-Edwardsville, 8 p.m.
Chicago St. at Illinois St., 8:05 p.m.
Virginia Tech at Minnesota, 9:15 p.m.
Wake Forest at Nebraska, 9:15 p.m.

MVSU at Arkansas, 8 p.m.
Tulsa at Oklahoma St., 8 p.m.
Wiley at Stephen F. Austin, 8 p.m.
Lamar at TCU, 8 p.m.
Alcorn St. at Texas A&M, 8 p.m.
Rice at Houston Baptist, 8:05 p.m.
Missouri St. at Oral Roberts, 8:05 p.m.

Colorado at Colorado St., 8 p.m.
Grambling St. at Washington St., 8:30 p.m.
Drake at Boise St., 9 p.m.
Idaho St. at New Mexico, 9 p.m.
Utah Valley at Wyoming, 9 p.m.
BYU at N. Arizona, 9:05 p.m.
Denver at Utah St., 9:05 p.m.
Sacramento St. at Cal Poly, 10 p.m.
Academy of Art at Fresno St., 10 p.m.
UTSA at San Jose St., 10 p.m.
Southern Cal at UC Riverside, 10 p.m.
UNLV at UC Santa Barbara, 10 p.m.
CS Bakersfield at CS Northridge, 10:05 p.m.
Creighton at San Diego St., 10:30 p.m.
E. Washington at Idaho, 11:05 p.m.
Notre Dame at Gonzaga, 11:15 p.m

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