Here's what you need to know for Tuesday, Jan. 16:
Game of the night
LIT-TLEJOHN pic.twitter.com/NxMBpwB30T— Clemson Men's Basketball (@ClemsonMBB) January 13, 2018
Clemson at North Carolina, 7 p.m., ET, ACC Network:
The Tigers have never won at North Carolina. Repeat. Never. This is still one of the most bizarre streaks in the ACC, let alone college basketball. It’s not like Clemson hasn’t had quality teams in the past. But this could be the season?
Well, at least Clemson seems like they could have a chance since the Tigers are playing some of their best basketball under Brad Brownell and the Tar Heels have had moments where their offense has struggled. A win by UNC puts the Tar Heels right back in the thick of the race.
A loss and the Tar Heels would fall three games back of Virginia. Clemson is only one game back of Virginia. A win at UNC would certainly be a program-changing/season-changing win for Clemson.
Most intriguing game
Kentucky at South Carolina, 9 p.m., ESPN:
The Wildcats have been injured (Quade Green) but haven’t been deterred lately. Kentucky has found a way to win. Crazy to think that if Kentucky loses they would be two games behind….Auburn. The Gamecocks are in full rebuilding mode. But the Gamecocks always get up for the Wildcats.
What to watch for
In Louisville at Notre Dame (7 p.m., ET, ESPN2), will be how the Irish are able to bounce back from losing two-straight games and deal with Louisville’s pressure?
Three guards on display tonight
1. Tremont Waters for LSU against Georgia (7 p.m., ET, ESPNU), a freshman guard who can deliver when the game matters most.
2. Carsen Edwards for Purdue against Wisconsin (7 p.m., ET, ESPN), who has been a go-to player for the Boilermakers during their ascendence to the top of the Big Ten standings.
3. Trae Young of Oklahoma at Kansas State (9 p.m., ET, ESPNU), who is the best player in the country, leading the nation in scoring and assists.
What are the chances...
Ole Miss at Texas A&M (9 p.m., SEC Network) turns into the Aggies’ sixth-straight SEC loss? Well, the Rebels are 3-2 in the SEC after they beat Florida behind Bruce Stevens and Deandre Burnett. So, it’s plausible. But if it happens, the alarm bells will sound. This is the game the Aggies should/must get to snap the skid.