Tuesday’s slate and what to watch

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It’s fitting that Missouri and Texas A&M bid farewell to the Big 12 this season. One of them might actually win the league for once.

The conference can stage a true round-robin schedule (for once) and Kansas appears to be vulnerable for the first time in years. It might be asking a lot to have the Aggies win (if Monday’s game against Baylor is any indication), but Missouri’s a different story.

The Tigers feature an elite offense and guards who can score from anywhere. Provided they don’t lose anyone else in the frontcourt, Frank Haith’s only season in the Big 12 could be a memorable one.

(All times ET; TV info from HDSportsGuide.com)

Michigan State at Wisconsin, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
It won’t be fast, but it’ll be an awfully good game between two of the Big Ten’s top teams. Tom Izzo’s Spartans haven’t lost since early November, while the Badgers somehow dropped a home game to Iowa on Saturday. The Spartans didn’t need any confidence, but it never hurts seeing an average team beat one of Bo Ryan’s squads.

Louisville at St. John’s, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
This begins what Cardinals coach Rick Pitino called a crucial four-game stretch. If Louisville goes 2-2 or worse, he’s worried about how they’ll close the season and if they’ll be in full scramble mode come March.

Connecticut at Seton Hall, 7 p.m. (Big East Network; SNY; MASN; Altitude)
Who’s Herb Pope? Don’t ask Andre Drummond. UConn’s freshman center says he wasn’t trying to dis the Seton Hall forward – currently posting 18 and 11 a night – but it came off that way. Drummond will certainly know after Tuesday when the Huskies try to avoid their second loss of the season. If Pope goes off, Drummond will be the man watching it happen.

Oklahoma at Missouri, 8 p.m. (FSMidwest)
New coach Lon Kruger’s done a solid job rebuilding the Sooners. But he’s understandably nervous about facing the Tigers Tuesday night. Opening your Big 12 season in Columbia is hardly any coach’s ideal spot.

EAST
Longwood at Army, 7 p.m.
Bucknell at Dartmouth, 7 p.m.
Harvard at Fordham, 7 p.m.
Md.-Eastern Shore at Lehigh, 7 p.m.
UConn at Seton Hall, 7 p.m.
Louisville vs. St. John’s at Madison Square Garden, 7 p.m.
Holy Cross at Yale, 7 p.m.
Siena vs. Iona at Madison Square Garden, 9 p.m.

SOUTH
UAB at Florida, 7 p.m.
UALR at Kentucky, 7 p.m.
Carver Bible at NC A&T, 7 p.m.
SC State at South Carolina, 7 p.m.
Cornell at Maryland, 8 p.m.
Alabama A&M at Jackson St., 8:30 p.m.
Ark.-Pine Bluff at MVSU, 8:30 p.m.
Alabama at Georgia Tech, 9 p.m.
Alabama St. at Grambling St., 9 p.m.
SMU at Mississippi, 9 p.m.

MIDWEST
Nebraska at Ohio St., 6:30 p.m.
S. Utah at IPFW, 7 p.m.
UMKC at IUPUI, 7 p.m.
Oral Roberts at Oakland, 7 p.m.
Indiana-Northwest at Toledo, 7 p.m.
Milwaukee at W. Michigan, 7 p.m.
Michigan St. at Wisconsin, 7 p.m.
Oklahoma at Missouri, 8 p.m.
South Dakota at W. Illinois, 8 p.m.
Drake at Creighton, 8:05 p.m.

SOUTHWEST
Savannah St. at Arkansas, 8 p.m.
Oswego St. at Texas-Pan American, 8 p.m.
Southern U. at Prairie View, 8:30 p.m.
Alcorn St. at Texas Southern, 9 p.m.

FAR WEST
Johnson & Wales (CO) at Air Force, 9 p.m.
Houston Baptist at New Mexico, 9 p.m.
Wyoming at Utah Valley, 9:05 p.m.
Morgan St. at San Francisco, 10 p.m.

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