DURHAM, NC, Sporting Alert – College basketball fixtures continue this weekend with another strong lineup and we have listed the TV channels and live streaming platforms, including ESPN3 and WatchESPN, for these games.
Several AP Top 25 teams will be involved on Saturday, including Kansas, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Miami (FL) and Kentucky.
No. 14 Duke (13-2, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) will get the ball rolling live on ESPN3 against Virginia Tech (10-5, 2-0) at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham.
The Blue Devils go in search for their fifth consecutive victory, while hoping to stay undefeated at home where they have a 9-0 record this season.
Once again the spotlight is expected to be on sophomore guard Grayson Allen, who leads the team in scoring, assists and shooting percentage. Allen is averaging 20.8 points per game, 3.5 assists and shooting 48.7 percent from the floor.
Freshman guard Brandon Ingram has scored in double digits in eight successive games and is expected to be one of the highlighted players again for Duke.
Virginia Tech, meanwhile, has won two straight heading into this road battle, including a 70-68 victory over No. 4 Virginia in the last outing to take their record to 1-1 against ranked opponents this year.
The Hokies, despite the upset win against the Cavaliers on Monday, are still 17-point underdogs against Duke.
In the win over Virginia, team leading scorer Zach LeDay scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half and had a key block on London Perrantes in the final seconds. LeDay is averaging 14.7 points and 9.5 rebounds per game this season.
Another Top 25 game streaming live on ESPN3 is the matchup between Virginia (12-2, 1-2 Away) and Georgia Tech (10-5) at McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta.
The Cavaliers had its 11-game win streak snapped earlier this week and will be desperate to hit the ground running again against the Yellow Jackets, who have dropped back-to-back games in its most recent outings.
Top-ranked Kansas (13-1, 2-0 Big 12), coming off that triple-overtime victory over No. 2 Oklahoma on Monday night, will take on Texas Tech (11-2, 1-1) in what could be a tricky battle for the travelers at the United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock.
The Jayhawks, who are favored by 7-points to win this game on a 12-game winning streak, but will battle against the Red Raiders, who are yet to taste a defeat at home this season and hold a 9-0 record on their turf.
Hours after moving atop of the AP college basketball Top 25 rankings, Kansas beat Oklahoma 109-106 in triple OT on Monday night in what was a classic display between the top-two ranked teams in the country.
Texas Tech enters this game looking to bounce back from the 76-69 defeat suffered at the hands of 13th-ranked Iowa State on Wednesday in a Big 12 battle.
Meanwhile, second-ranked Oklahoma (12-1, 1-1 Big 12) is itching to get back on the court this weekend as they seek to rebound from the defeat to the Jayhawks.
The Sooners are 7-0 at home this season and will start as 12.5-points favorites to beat Kansas State (10-4, 0-2 Big 12) which goes in search of its first conference win this term.
Star guard Buddy Hield leads Oklahoma in scoring at an average of 26.3 points per game and he is coming off a career-high 46-point performance in the defeat to Kansas.
Expect to see Hield dominating again against the Wildcats, who are on a two-game losing streak.
No. 9 Kentucky (11-3, 1-1 SEC) will be hoping to bounce back from losing 85-67 at LSU on Tuesday night when they travel to face Alabama at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, No. 12 Miami (FL) (12-1) will host Florida State (10-4), No. 6 North Carolina (14-2) travels to take on Syracuse (10-6), while the third-ranked Maryland (14-1) — on an eight-game winning streak — head to Madison to take on Wisconsin (9-7).
College Basketball Top 25 and ESPN3 Live Streaming
Saturday, January 9
Virginia Tech at No. 14 Duke 12:00 PM ESPN3, WatchESPN
Albany at Vermont 12:00 PM ESPN3, WatchESPN
Chattanooga at Furman 12:30 PM ESPN3, WatchESPN
No. 21 Texas A&M at Tennessee 1:00 PM SECN, WatchESPN
Oklahoma State at No. 17 West Virginia 1:00 PM ESPNU, WatchESPN
No. 3 Maryland at Wisconsin 1:00 PM ESPN, WatchESPN
Wright State at Northern Kentucky 1:00 PM ESPN3, WatchESPN
Mercer at The Citadel 1:00 PM ESPN3, WatchESPN
LSU at Florida 1:30 PM CBS
Campbell at Liberty 2:00 PM ESPN3, WatchESPN
No. 4 Virginia at Georgia Tech 2:00 PM ESPN3, WatchESPN
No. 25 Dayton at La Salle 2:00 PM TBA
Saint Peter’s at Canisius 2:00 PM ESPN3, WatchESPN
Central Michigan at Bowling Green 2:00 PM ESPN3, WatchESPN
Quinnipiac at Monmouth 2:00 PM ESPN3, WatchESPN
Illinois State at Indiana State 2:00 PM ESPN3, WatchESPN
Baylor at No. 13 Iowa State 3:00 PM ESPN2
No. 24 Pittsburgh at Notre Dame 4:00 PM ESPN3, WatchESPN
Kansas State at No. 2 Oklahoma 4:30 PM ESPNN, WatchESPN
Florida State at #12 Miami (FL) 5:00 PM ESPN2, WatchESPN
No. 9 Kentucky at Alabama 6:00 PM SECN, WatchESPN
Memphis at No. 23 Connecticut 7:00 PM ESPN2, WatchESPN
No. 7 Arizona at USC 7:00 PM PAC12
No. 6 North Carolina at Syracuse 8:00 PM ESPN, WatchESPN
No. 1 Kansas at Texas Tech 9:00 PM ESPNU, WatchESPN