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Oklahoma vs Texas Tech

Oklahoma vs Texas Tech

The top four in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll remained unchanged for the third straight week. The rest of the poll, however, underwent major changes after three top-10 teams lost.The Texas Tech Red Raiders climbed to the No. 8 spot on The AP Top 25 Poll for NCAA men’s basketball on Monday.

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Oklahoma vs Texas Tech
NCAA Men Basketball
Date : 7 Jan 2019
Start Time : 9:00pm ET
Venue : United Supermarkets Arena
Place : Lubbock, TX
Live/Repeat : Live

They’re a five-man unit,” head coach Lon Kruger said of Tech head coach Chris Beard’s squad. “They’re good individually on the ball. They help each other. They’re very disciplined. Coach Beard does a great job.In the Big 12, the Sooners are second in field-goal percentage defense, allowing an average of 37.5 percent shooting from opponents.

Tech isn’t just first in the Big 12 in that category with 33.4, they were first in the nation through Jan. 1 with 32.8, 2.3 points ahead of second place. The Sooners are just coming off their worst shooting performance this season after they finished 36.2 percent from the field against Oklahoma State.

But a game against the Big 12’s best defense will be a good indicator of how Oklahoma will stack up later on in conference play. After losing a close game at No. 7 Kansas 70-63 a week ago, a win with Oklahoma’s rebounding and better scoring average could go a long way for the rest of the season.

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Purdue vs Michigan State

Purdue vs Michigan State

Conference play is here, which means the upsets are flowing now that teams are being challenged night in and night out.Four of last week’s top 10 teams fell in the past seven days, with all four of those defeats coming on the road, where it’s tough to play no matter who you’re facing. Others, like Michigan State, continue to climb the rankings after using a trip away from home to make a statement.

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Purdue vs Michigan State
NCAA Men Basketball
Date : 7 Jan 2019
Start Time : 9:00pm ET
Venue : Jack Breslin Students Events Center
Place : East Lansing, MI
Live/Repeat : Live

The Blue Devils remain the No. 1 team in the land. Now might be an interesting time to mention that Syracuse visits Durham next Monday after playing home games against Clemson and Georgia Tech. The Orange did not receive any votes in this week’s poll; SU likely needs a marquee win against either Duke or Virginia Tech over the next couple weeks to make some AP noise.

Purdue now braces for another tough week on the road, playing at Michigan State on Tuesday and at Wisconsin on Friday. The second half of the season sets up as a quest for such road victories to bolster an NCAA Tournament resume still short on substance away from Mackey Arena.

Prior to the game, a video presentation of Trent’s life and advocacy played on the Mackey Arena scoreboard, prior to a moment of silence. Another from Purdue President Mitch Daniels, played during the first media timeout.

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Tennessee vs Missouri

Tennessee vs Missouri

Winners of its last eight games, No.3 Tennessee Vols basketball team hits the road for the second game of the SEC slate to take on the Missouri Tigers at Mizzou Arena on Tuesday night.After a surprisingly successful run through its nonconference schedule, the Missouri men’s basketball team’s true test begins now.

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Tennessee vs Missouri
NCAA Men Basketball
Date : 7 Jan 2019
Start Time : 7:00pm ET
Venue : Mizzou Arena
Place : Columbia, MO
Live/Repeat : Live

It was tied for the second largest margin of victory ever by the Vols against an SEC opponent. Jordan Bowden (20), Admiral Schofield (18) and Grant Williams (18) combined to outscore the Bulldogs by themselves, while Kyle Alexander recorded his second double-double of the season with 12 points and a career-high 14 rebounds.

Missouri (9-3, 0-0 SEC) was one of four league teams to not open the conference slate Saturday. The Tigers enter Tuesday’s matchup riding a six-game winning streak after going undefeated during the month of December. MU boasts one of the best defenses in the SEC, ranking second with 63.2 points allowed per game.

While Mizzou doesn’t score a lot of points, the Tigers are very dangerous from beyond the arc, where they shoot a 39-percent clip to lead the conference.Tennessee trails the all-time series with Missouri, 6-7, dating to 1961. The Tigers have a 5-1 edge when the series is played in Columbia.

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Duke vs Wake Forest

Duke vs Wake Forest

The #1 Duke Blue Devils will take their show on the road to battle the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in ACC play Tuesday night from the Lawrence Joel Coliseum.

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Duke vs Wake Forest
NCAA Men Basketball
Date : 7 Jan 2019
Start Time : 7:00pm ET
Venue : Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Place : Winston-Salem, NC
Live/Repeat : Live

The Blue Devils cruised to an 87-68 home win against Clemson on Saturday night, and the Demon Deacons fell 92-79 to Georgia Tech on Saturday afternoon. Duke defeated Wake Forest in both meetings last season.

Top-ranked Duke ventures out of Raleigh-Durham for its first true road game of the season, but it will be a relatively short trip.The Blue Devils take on Wake Forest in Tuesday night’s game at Lawrence Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem,

N.C.Duke coach Mike team carries a seven-game winning streak into the game, coming off a victory against Clemson in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener.

But league games on the road are often a different deal — which Nevada learned Saturday at New Mexico shortly after Kansas learned the same lesson at Iowa State.

Either way, Tennessee will enter Tuesday’s game at Missouri ranked No. 1 in the CBS Sports Top 25 And 1. If the Vols get caught there, Duke will replace them at the top provided the Blue Devils win at Wake Forest on Tuesday.

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CFP National Championship

CFP National Championship

The winner of the fourth straight playoff meeting between the Tigers and Tide will be the first major college football team in the poll era, starting with the AP poll in 1936, to finish 15-0. Alabama is looking for its second straight title and sixth since 2009 under coach Nick Saban.

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CFP National Championship
Alabama vs Clemson
Date : 7 Jan 2019
Start Time : 8:00pm ET
Venue : Levi’s Stadium
Place : Santa Clara, California
Live/Repeat : Live

Clemson is eyeing its third championship and second in three seasons under coach Dabo Swinney. The Tigers lost a classic championship game to Alabama after the 2015 season before beating the Tide on a last-second touchdown for the 2016 crown.

The College Football Playoff and Bay Area host committee expect the average ticket price to remain on track with averages from the 2015 and 2016 national title games, but the “get-in” price for this year’s game is cheaper than ever before. Average ticket prices soared in 2017 and 2018 when fans of Clemson, Alabama and Georgia could drive from their home states to watch games in Tampa Bay, Florida (2017) and Atlanta, Georgia (2018).

Clemson’s offense will be led by freshman sensation Trevor Lawrence. Since earning the starting job, Lawrence has elevated the Tigers’ offensive productivity. In 10 starts, Lawrence has thrown for 2,333 yards and 18 touchdowns. During that time, the ACC Rookie of the Year has grown as a leader and as a quarterback by leaps and bounds.

Winning another crown Monday night against Clemson would lift the Crimson Tide even further above other college football dynasties and into the conversation about the best runs in all of college sports.

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