Tuesday’s slate and what to watch

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Life on the road hasn’t been kind to Kentucky lately. Home will be a different story.

When the Wildcats (17-7, 5-5) play host to Mississippi State Tuesday, they’ll play in front of 23,000 fans. Small wonder they’re favored by 20 points. That’s right, 20 points.

And it may not even be that close. (7 p.m., ESPN)

(All times ET)

Michigan State at Ohio State, 9 p.m. (ESPN): Who knew the Spartans (14-10, 6-6) would be the ones entering this game coming off a win? A win against No. 2 Ohio State (24-1, 11-1) would be cause for celebration in East Lansing, but the odds of it happening are slim. Especially with Delvon Roe likely out.

George Mason at VCU, 7 p.m. (ESPNU): The Patriots (21-5, 13-2) still aren’t ranked, though it’s not for a lack of winning (11 straight) or off-court appeal. If they win at VCU (20-7, 12-3), voters will be out of excuses. And college hoops powers will be hoping to avoid the Pats in March.

St. John’s at Marquette, 9 p.m. (ESPNU): The Johnnies (15-9, 7-5) finally won another Big East road game. Meanwhile, the Golden Eagles (15-10, 6-6) might be the unluckiest team in the nation, in part because of their brutal schedule. My wish? That both teams go dancing.

Maryland at Virginia Tech, 8 p.m. (ESPN3): The Hokies drilled the Terps in their last matchup. If the team split the season series, it’ll go a long way to helping the ACC get five teams in the Big Dance. But Maryland has to slow down the Va Tech starters first.

Butler at Wisconsin Green Bay, 7 p.m. (ESPN3): The Bulldogs (18-9, 10-5) have won four straight and remain in striking distance of Horizon Conference leaders Valpo. Winning the regular season title won’t guarantee them a spot in the NCAA tournament, but it certainly won’t hurt.

Villanova at Seton Hall, 8 p.m. (ESPN3): The Wildcats (19-6, 7-5) have lost two straight and five of their last eight. Those who think a win at Seton Hall is automatic should probably read this.

EAST
Ohio at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
William & Mary at Hofstra, 7 p.m.
Delaware at Northeastern, 7 p.m.
James Madison at Towson, 7 p.m.
UMBC at Boston U., 7:30 p.m.
Villanova at Seton Hall, 8 p.m.

SOUTH
Gardner-Webb at Coastal Carolina, 7 p.m.
Winthrop at High Point, 7 p.m.
Mississippi St. at Kentucky, 7 p.m.
Kennesaw St. at Mercer, 7 p.m.
Georgia St. at Old Dominion, 7 p.m.
Presbyterian at Radford, 7 p.m.
Miami at UNC Greensboro, 7 p.m.
Drexel at UNC Wilmington, 7 p.m.
Liberty at VMI, 7 p.m.
George Mason at Va. Commonwealth, 7 p.m.
UNC Asheville at Charleston Southern, 7:30 p.m.
Oral Roberts at Centenary, 8 p.m.
Austin Peay at Jacksonville St., 8 p.m.
Wake Forest at North Carolina, 8 p.m.
Maryland at Virginia Tech, 8 p.m.

MIDWEST
Toledo at Ball St., 7 p.m.
Akron at Bowling Green, 7 p.m.
Texas Tech at Missouri, 7 p.m.
N. Iowa at Bradley, 8 p.m.
Tenn.-Martin at E. Illinois, 8 p.m.
W. Michigan at N. Illinois, 8 p.m.
Butler at Wis.-Green Bay, 8 p.m.
Wichita St. at Evansville, 8:05 p.m.
Drake at Missouri St., 8:05 p.m.
St. John’s at Marquette, 9 p.m.
Michigan St. at Ohio St., 9 p.m.

SOUTHWEST
Texas St. at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 8 p.m.

FAR WEST
Montana St. at San Jose St., 10 p.m.
UC Davis at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.
Air Force at UNLV, 10:30 p.m.

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