It's like they always say: It's all about the hoops on New Year's Eve Eve. Swear I've heard someone say that before. She was only visiting for the summer though. I don't think you guys ever got to meet.
Virginia at Tennessee (7 p.m./ESPN2)
A huge game for a pair of teams that started the season thinking NCAA Tournament after being relegated to the NIT a year ago. Virginia began the season ranked for the first time in over a decade, but has fallen out of both polls after dropping games against VCU, Wisconsin and Green Bay. Tennessee has been equally disappointing, entering tonight's contest with a record of 7-4. These two teams played last year, with the Cavaliers pulling out a 46-38 win that was every bit as painful to watch as you might imagine. The 38 points constituted Tennessee's third-lowest point total since the institution of the shot clock in 1985. I'm going to go out on a limb and GUARANTEE that more points will be scored in tonight's game. Take it to the bank. Write it down. No doubt.
Robert Morris at Oklahoma State (7 p.m./ESPNU)
Do the Colonials have what it takes to shock the world for the second time in 2013? Probably not, but Mid-Major Madness breaks down what they need to do in order to have a shot.
Louisiana Tech at Oklahoma (8 p.m./Fox Sports)
Did you have any idea that Oklahoma was 11-1? You didn't, did you? You did!? You liar. The Sooners will be looking to extend their winning streak to eight games when the Dunkin' Dogs come to town.
Toledo at Kansas (8 p.m./ESPN3.com)
We typically don't list ESPN3 games since, you know, it's not television, but we'll make an exception tonight since this is probably the most intriguing game of the evening. Despite being one of just seven unbeaten teams remaining in college basketball, Toldeo finds itself a 15-point underdog heading into tonight's game. Of course it's understandable given that they're facing a Kansas team that has defeated 67 straight non-conference opponents at home. Rian Pearson is a mid-major star who will have a chance to prove his worth as a pro against the Jayhawks' vaunted frontcourt.
Saint Louis at Vanderbilt (9 p.m./ESPNU)
Behind the inspired play of star Dwayne Evans, Saint Louis has won its last five games by an average of 16 ppg. They're also 3-0 in non-conference road games already this season, a situation which they'll find themselves in for a fourth time tonight.