College basketball schedule: 4 ranked teams play Tuesday


Indiana will try to remain the top team in the nation, Memphis will play for its coach's 100th career victory, Florida will try to get one step closer to the SEC title and Wisconsin will jockey for important Big Ten ground on Tuesday evening.

Four ranked teams are hitting the courts on Tuesday highlighted by Indiana attempting to maintain some consistency at the top of the rankings as the Hoosiers head to Minnesota to take on the Gophers.

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In a season that has proven few teams wanting to maintain the top spot in the country, the Hoosiers are enjoying their fourth-straight week atop the AP standings.

Things have fallen quite a bit since the Minnesota Golden Gophers last played the Hoosiers. Back in Jan. 12, Indiana upended the then No. 8 Gophers, 88-81. Since then, the two teams' fortunes have gone in opposite directions. Indiana sits alone atop the Big Ten standings with a 12-2 record and is eyeing the top overall seed in the NCAA tourney with each win.

Big Ten play has not been kind to Minnesota. After starting out the season 15-1, recent conference games haven't gone well for the Gophers, who have gone just 3-8 since an 84-67 win over then No. 12 Illinois on Jan. 9. The Gophers are coming off of their second-lowest scoring output of the season after turning over the ball 19 times in a lopsided 71-45 loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes.

The Hoosiers and Gophers tip off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN and online on WatchESPN.

Elsewhere in the basketball world, the Memphis Tigers are hopping out of the cozy confines of the Conference USA to take on the Xavier Musketeers on the road in search of coach Josh Pastner's 100th career victory.

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The Tigers are currently tied with Akron for the longest winning streak in the nation at 18 games, and sit a perfect 13-0 in CUSA play -- the fifth longest conference win streak in school history.

The Musketeers could use a marquee win to pad their resume stats as they try to hop off the bubble into the NCAA tournament. Xavier is coming off a disappointing loss over Virginia Commonwealth where they led by 17 but couldn't hold onto win.

Starting Xavier point guard Dee Davis left the game with concussion like symptoms and it is still up in the air whether he will play against Memphis. Without their point guard, the Musketeers had a season-worst 22 turnovers in the loss, including 10 alone from backup freshman guard Semaj Christon.

The Tigers and Musketeers' game starts at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and online on WatchESPN.

The Florida Gators will try to get one game closer to clinching a share of the SEC title as they travel to take on the Tennessee Volunteers, who are owners of a five-game win streak.

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The Gators rebounded from a disappointing loss to the Missouri Tigers with another convincing SEC trouncing against the Arkansas Razorbacks on Feb. 23. The Gators have dominated the SEC like few teams can in a conference, winning their games by an average of 24 points.

The Vols are making a late push for a NCAA bid with a five-game winning streak, highlighted by a 30-point win over then No. 25 Kentucky on Feb. 16. Tennessee might have weary legs for the game as the team's latest win was a four-overtime 93-85 win over Texas A&M on Feb. 23.

It is a late one for the Gators crowd, with tip-off scheduled for 9 p.m. ET on ESPN and online on WatchESPN.

The No. 17 Wisconsin Badgers round out the top-25 action as they try and separate themselves from the rest of the top of the Big Ten with a home game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

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The Badgers are 10-4 in the Big Ten and sit tied for third with the Michigan Wolverines, two games behind the Indiana Hoosiers. The Badgers might be able to sneak themselves into the top spot of the Big Ten, however. Wisconsin has one remaining game against Michigan State, and plays Purdue and Penn State to close out the season, the easiest remaining schedule of the top-five teams in the Big Ten.

The Badgers have been winning as of late with their trademark stingy defense. Wisconsin scores only 67 points per game but also allows only 55.7 points per game. On Jan. 6 against the Cornhuskers, both sides of that coin were on display in a 47-41 win for Wisconsin.

The Badgers and Cornhuskers tip off at 6 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network.

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