NORMAN, Oklahoma, Sporting Alert – College basketball live streaming and television listings for the games playing on Saturday, Jan. 15.
Among the highlighted matchups on the fixture for the weekend is the enticing Big 12 battle between No. 11 West Virginia, one of the on-form teams in the league at the moment, and No. 2 Oklahoma at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman.
The Mountaineers (15-1, 4-0 Big 12) are currently traveling with an eight-game winning streak and will be looking to keep that streak going.
After celebrating a big 74-63 victory over No. 1 Kansas at home earlier this week, West Virginia will try to knock off the nation’s top two teams in back-to-back games, with Devin Williams leading them in scoring with 14.7 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 52.7 percent from the floor.
The Sooners (14-1, 3-1 Big Ten) will be led by one of the best scorers in the country in senior guard Buddy Hield, who is averaging 26.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest, and shooting 52.4 percent.
Hield has scored 30 or more points in five of the last nine games, including 46 points in the triple overtime defeat to Kansas.
West Virginia comes into this battle as one the top defensive teams this season, leading the nation in steals and forced turnovers per game.
These Mountaineers are snatching 11.4 steals per game, and 13.9 percent strips per play. They are also forcing opponents into making a staggering 20.9 turnovers per contest.
Oklahoma is one of the nation’s best rebounding teams this season, sitting third on that list with 43.9 boards per battle.
The Sooners are also sitting third in points per game, at 87.3.
A win for Oklahoma over West Virginia on Saturday would see the men from Norman taking over the No. 1 ranking spot in college basketball.
A victory for the Mountaineers would see them asking serious questions of the voting panel, especially with the likes of Michigan State, Maryland and Duke all losing, while becoming the fifth team in history to beat the AP No. 1 and No. 2 teams in consecutive games, and the first to do so since the Kansas Jayhawks achieved the feat in the 1989-90 season.
The other college basketball top 25 fixtures on Saturday, No. 3 Maryland (15-2) will put its 9-0 home record on the line against Ohio State (12-6), No. 5 North Carolina (15-2) also puts its 9-0 home run on the line against NC State (10-7).
Elsewhere, No. 9 Duke (14-3) play host to Notre Dame (11-5) looking to bounce back from the defeat to Clemson in the week. The Blue Devils are 10-0 this season at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
No. 1 Kansas (14-2) takes its 9-0 record at Allen Fieldhouse into this clash with TCU (9-7) looking to rebound from the defeat to West Virginia, No. 14 Kentucky (13-3) goes on the road against Auburn (7-8), while No. 8 Miami (FL) (13-2) take on Clemson (11-6).
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Ohio State at No. 3 Maryland 12:00 PM ESPN2, WatchESPN
NC State at No. 5 North Carolina 12:00 PM ESPN, WatchESPN
St John’s at No. 23 Butler 12:00 PM FS1
Missouri at No. 19 South Carolina 1:00 PM SECN, WatchESPN
No. 6 Villanova at Georgetown 1:00 PM CBS
No. 15 Texas A&M at Georgia 2:00 PM ESPNU, WatchESPN
TCU at No. 1 Kansas 2:00 PM ESPN, WatchESPN
Boston College at No. 20 Pittsburgh 2:00 PM ESPN3, WatchESPN
Notre Dame at No. 9 Duke 2:00 PM ESPN2, WatchESPN
No. 8 Miami (FL) at Clemson 2:00 PM ESPN3, WatchESPN
No. 7 Xavier at Marquette 2:00 PM FS1
No. 22 Baylor at Texas Tech 3:00 PM
No. 14 Kentucky at Auburn 4:00 PM ESPN, WatchESPN
No.11 West Virginia at No. 2 Oklahoma 4:00 PM ESPN2, WatchESPN
No. 17 Iowa State at Kansas State 4:00 PM ESPNU, WatchESPN
San Diego at No. 25 Gonzaga 8:00 PM ESPN3, WatchESPN
Washington State at No. 18 Arizona 9:30 PM PAC12
Arkansas at LSU 8:30 PM SECN, WatchESPN