Wednesday’s slate and what to watch

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There’s a decent game tonight in Durham. Not sure anyone’s gonna watch it, but if you do, here’s a some pre-game reading. Tipoff’s at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.

(All times ET)

Georgetown at Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ESPN): The other marquee rivalry of the night doesn’t have the same juice it did when John Thompson and Jim Boeheim stood on the sidelines glaring at each other while directing Top 10 teams, but that’s about the only thing that’s missing. It’s still a game replete with stars (Austin Freeman and Kris Joseph, to name two), media attention and two teams trying to establish themselves as Final Four contenders. If bad blood’s the only thing missing, maybe that’s not so bad.

Louisville at Notre Dame, 7 p.m. (ESPNU): In case you missed it, this Top 20 showdown features a pair of solid teams who could qualify as two of the season’s biggest surprises. Perhaps that credit should go to two guys who’ve finally managed to step out of their older brothers’ shadows.

Wisconsin at Iowa (8:35 p.m. (BTN): If you believe in “trap games,” here’s a classic example. The Badgers play host to No. 1 Ohio State on Saturday in what could be the Buckeyes’ first loss of the season. But Wisconsin’s gotta beat Iowa first. And don’t look now, but the Hawkeyes have won two straight…

BYU at Air Force, 10 p.m. (the Mtn.): Too bad Michelle Peralta can’t attend this game. Jimmer usually goes off on the road.

EAST
American U. at Bucknell, 7 p.m.
Bryant at Cent. Connecticut St., 7 p.m.
Lafayette at Colgate, 7 p.m.
Va. Commonwealth at Delaware, 7 p.m.
James Madison at Drexel, 7 p.m.
Richmond at George Washington, 7 p.m.
Army at Holy Cross, 7 p.m.
St. Francis, NY at Long Island U., 7 p.m.
Wagner at Mount St. Mary’s, Md., 7 p.m.
Lehigh at Navy, 7 p.m.
Stony Brook at New Hampshire, 7 p.m.
Towson at Northeastern, 7 p.m.
Sacred Heart at Quinnipiac, 7 p.m.
Dayton at Rhode Island, 7 p.m.
St. Francis, Pa. at Robert Morris, 7 p.m.
Georgetown at Syracuse, 7 p.m.
Fordham at Temple, 7 p.m.
Vermont at UMBC, 7 p.m.
Fairleigh Dickinson at Monmouth, N.J., 7:45 p.m.
Villanova at Rutgers, 8 p.m.

SOUTH
Coll. of Charleston at Elon, 7 p.m.
Hofstra at Georgia St., 7 p.m.
UAB at Marshall, 7 p.m.
Marquette at South Florida, 7 p.m.
Memphis at UCF, 7 p.m.
Miami at Wake Forest, 7 p.m.
Old Dominion at William & Mary, 7 p.m.
Davidson at Wofford, 7 p.m.
Stephen F.Austin at Nicholls St., 7:30 p.m.
Longwood at Maryland, 8 p.m.
Arkansas at Mississippi St., 8 p.m.
Lamar at Northwestern St., 8 p.m.
UTSA at SE Louisiana, 8 p.m.
Florida at South Carolina, 8 p.m.
North Carolina at Duke, 9 p.m.
LSU at Mississippi, 9 p.m.

MIDWEST
Northwestern at Michigan, 6:30 p.m.
Ball St. at Bowling Green, 7 p.m.
E. Michigan at Kent St., 7 p.m.
N. Illinois at Miami (Ohio), 7 p.m.
Louisville at Notre Dame, 7 p.m.
Toledo at Ohio, 7 p.m.
W. Michigan at Akron, 7:30 p.m.
Indiana St. at Illinois St., 8:05 p.m.
Bradley at Missouri St., 8:05 p.m.
Wisconsin at Iowa, 8:35 p.m.
La Salle at Saint Louis, 9 p.m.

SOUTHWEST
Nebraska at Baylor, 8 p.m.
Texas St. at Cent. Arkansas, 8 p.m.
Tulane at SMU, 8 p.m.
UNLV at TCU, 8 p.m.
Sam Houston St. at Texas-Arlington, 8 p.m.
Houston Baptist at Texas-Pan American, 8:30 p.m.
Texas at Oklahoma, 9 p.m.

FAR WEST
Wyoming at New Mexico, 8 p.m.
Texas A&M at Colorado, 9 p.m.
BYU at Air Force, 10 p.m.
Utah Valley at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.
Utah St. at Idaho, 11:05 p.m.

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