Tuesday’s slate and what to watch

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Forget any of the random matchups on Tuesday. Tonight’s all about the Atlantic Sun’s best team against one of the Sun Belt’s best.

Don’t act like you’re surprised.

(All times ET; TV info courtesy of HDSportsGuide.com)

Belmont at Middle Tennessee, 8 p.m. (ESPN3)
Rick Byrd’s team dropped its first two games – at Duke and at Memphis – but have won six straight since then. Still, the Bruins haven’t crushed teams quite like one might expect. Close calls against Middle Tennessee and Mercer have shed some light on their occasionally inefficient defense. (The offense? No worries there.) That could be an issue against the Blue Raiders, who make just about everything they shoot.

Wisconsin at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. (TWC Sports)
This’ll be a slow, exacting game, which plays right into the Badgers’ hands. Given that Badgers star Jordan Taylor still hasn’t found his groove this season (41.9 eFG%, including an 0-for-10 outing vs. UNLV), this’ll be just what they want.

Florida Atlantic at Mississippi State, 9 p.m. (CSN California, YES, CSN Philly)
Could the Bulldogs (9-1) drop their first game since a Nov. 9 loss to Akron? Not bloody likely. Even with a worthless Renardo Sidney, Dee Bost, Arnett Moultrie and Rodney Hood have given them plenty of scoring options. But perhaps Mike Jarvis can coax a monster night out of his Owls and push them just as they did against Washington and the first half against Kansas.

EAST
Drexel at Niagara, 7 p.m.
Boston U. at Villanova, 7 p.m.

SOUTH
Spalding at Chattanooga, 7 p.m.
Presbyterian at South Carolina, 7 p.m.
NC A&T at UCF, 7 p.m.
Atlanta Christian at Alcorn St., 8 p.m.
Belmont at Middle Tennessee, 8 p.m.
Bethel (Tenn.) at UT-Martin, 8 p.m.
FAU at Mississippi St., 9 p.m.

MIDWEST
Dartmouth at IPFW, 7 p.m.
Ark.-Pine Bluff at Michigan, 7 p.m.
Rochester at Oakland, 7 p.m.
Michigan Tech at Green Bay, 8 p.m.
Wisconsin at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.
Cent. Michigan at Minnesota, 9 p.m.

SOUTHWEST
Nicholls St. at Texas, 8 p.m.

FAR WEST
UC Santa Barbara at San Diego, 9 p.m.
UC Irvine at Wyoming, 9 p.m.
Ill.-Chicago at Oregon St., 10 p.m.
Jackson St. at Saint Mary’s (Cal), 10 p.m.
Pacifica at Santa Clara, 10 p.m.

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