College basketball schedule: Louisville and Memphis meet in AAC showdown

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Six ranked teams are in action Thursday, with Memphis traveling to Louisville in a battle of elite AAC teams.

Need something to get you through the work day? Try Thursday's college basketball slate, featuring six ranked teams and highlighted by a big clash in the AAC.

No. 24 Memphis visits 12th-ranked Louisville in the first game of the night -- a battle between the two best teams in the American so far this season. After that, there's a pair of 9 p.m. games and a pair of 11 p.m. games to keep you company well into Friday morning.

Here's the full schedule so you can plan your viewing for Thursday. All times Eastern:

No. 24 Memphis vs. No. 12 Louisville (7 p.m., ESPN)

Louisville is 2-0 in the AAC, but in order to stay perfect, the Cardinals will have to deal with an angry Memphis team that's coming off an ugly loss to Cincinnati. The Tigers shot just 33 percent in that game and turned the ball over 16 times. Other than David Pellom, no Memphis player shot better than 50 percent from the field, while Geron Johnson and Chris Crawford combined to shoot just 4-of-24.

Louisville is returning home after surviving a close one against Rutgers. Russ Smith had 22 points on 14-of-16 shooting from the line to lead the Cardinals.

No. 1 Arizona vs. UCLA (9 p.m., ESPN)

The nation's top team has allowed 70 points in a game just once all season, but the Wildcats may have their hands full defensively in Westwood. UCLA shoots the ball at a 52.7 percent clip, good for second in the country, and has surpassed the century mark three times this season, most recently in their 107-73 win over USC on Sunday. The Bruins swept their three meetings with the Wildcats last year.

Northwestern vs. No. 20 Iowa (9 p.m., ESPNU)

It's been a tough first season at Northwestern for Chris Collins, and it probably won't get much easier against Iowa. The Hawkeyes have lost just three games this year, all by single digits and all to teams currently ranked in the top 10. They crash the boards as well as anyone in the country and can run up the score as well, while Northwestern has struggled in all facets of the game during its current three-game skid. The Wildcats' game at Iowa is their first of three straight against ranked competition.

California vs. No. 17 Oregon (11 p.m., FS1)

The Ducks dropped their first game of the year Sunday at Colorado and will look to get back on track at home against the Golden Bears. Tyrone Wallace had 20 points and Justin Cobbs had 18 to lead Cal to a big win over Stanford to open Pac-12 play last time out. The Golden Bears, however, will need to find an answer to Oregon's inside-out duo of Joseph Young (19.1 points per game) and Mike Moser (13.9 points, 7.6 rebounds). Moser had 24 in the loss to Colorado.

No. 22 Gonzaga vs. Portland (11 p.m., ESPNU)

We're into that part of the schedule where Gonzaga puts a huge string of wins together against lesser competition. The Pilots are just 1-3 in WCC play and 9-7 overall. They'll have to deal with the Bulldogs, who have won four straight and 10 of their last 11. Kevin Pangos leads the way for Gonzaga with 17.4 points per game, coming on 48 percent shooting from three and 92 percent shooting from the foul line.

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