College basketball today: West Virginia-Baylor headlines Tuesday night slate
Here’s what's going on in college basketball on Tuesday night.
1. Rutgers at Ohio State, 7 p.m., BTN: The Buckeyes are a game behind Michigan State in the loss column in the chase for first and the top seed in the Big Ten tournament. Michigan State hosts Illinois Tuesday night and should get a W. The pressure is on Ohio State now after losing two in a row on the road at Penn State and at Michigan. The Buckeyes must get this win with their regular season finale at Indiana. Ohio State has to hold off Purdue for - at the very least - the second seed in the Big Ten tournament. None of it may really matter since the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds could meet in the semifinals, which would possibly mean another epic Purdue-Ohio State battle.
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3. Creighton at Butler, 7 p.m., FS1: The Bluejays have lost their last two Big East games, both at home. Butler is arguably one of the toughest places to play in the league and the Bulldogs are coming off a rather easy win over Providence. Creighton’s schedule gets tougher after this one with a home game against Villanova, and then after DePaul, has to end at Marquette, which should be desperate for a win. The Bluejays' defense has been porous of late. And stopping Kelan Martin and company will be incredibly difficult at Hinkle.
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5. Kentucky at Arkansas, 9 p.m., ESPN: Kentucky is 7-7 in the SEC. That just seems wrong. The Wildcats ended a four-game slide and get to go to Arkansas as a reward. The Hogs have won four in a row and haven’t lost at home since Jan. 10 against LSU in a 21-point defeat. Both teams will be tournament bound but this game could have some sway in SEC tournament seeding, considering one game separates six teams from Nos. 3-8 in the standings.