Tonight represents a big night for several teams, national and local. We'll start with the Big Ten.  

Ohio State (11-5, 1-3 BIG TEN) at Purdue (14-2, 2-1)

TV / TIME: ESPN / 7:00 p.m.

With Evan Turner back in the lineup, Ohio State is back in business. The 6-7 junior missed six games after breaking bones in his lower back following a dunk on December 5 against Eastern Michigan. Turner had eight points in his first game back against Indiana on January 6 and followed that up 19 points in a 73-62 loss at Minnesota on January 9. As for Purdue, the Boilermakers suffered their first loss of the season at Wisconsin January 9. If Purdue wants to remain among the elite, it must defend its homecourt tonight. 

Texas A&M (12-3, 1-0 BIG 12) at Kansas State (13-2, 0-1) 

TV / TIME: ESPN2 / 7:00 p.m.

The 13th-ranked Kansas State Wildcats had their 10-game winning streak halted after a loss at Missouri on January 9. Losing conference games on the road isn't the end of the world, but the Wildcats need to beat the Aggies to justify their lofty rank. Odds are Kansas State guard Jacob Pullen (20.1 ppg, 45% 3pt) will light things up for the WIldcats. The Aggies have won three in a row. As well as they've played, the Aggies have not been tested on the road. Texas A&M needs to this to keep pace with Texas, Kansas and Baylor. 

Locally, Stony Brook is beginning to catch fire, while Hofstra needs a win to get to .500 in the CAA. We'll start with the red-hot Seawolves. 

Stony Brook (11-5, 3-0 America East) at Binghamton (6-11, 1-1)

TV / TIME: No National TV / 7:00 p.m.

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Stony Brook has dropped its last five against Binghamton and hasn't beaten the Bearcats since January 9, 2007. The hot shooting of Muhammad El-Amin, who's scored 20 or more points in each of his last three games and Bryan Dougher has turned the Seawolves into a force in the America East. Dougher hit eight three-pointers in a win over Boston University earlier this season. Beating the shorthanded Bearcats, who dismissed five players from the school over the summer, is nothing to sneeze at. Stony Brook has never been on top of the conference this late in the season since joining the America East.

VCU (10-4, 2-3 CAA) at Hofstra (9-8, 2-3)

TV / TIME: ESPNU / 7:00 p.m.

Tom Pecora hasn't been happy with the play of his upperclassmen lately. Other than Charles Jenkins, none of Hofstra's juniors and seniors have been consistent scorers. The Pride needs to protect its homecourt tonight. A win would get Hofstra to 3-3 in the conference and still keep it within striking distance of one of the top four spots. With games against William & Mary, George Mason and Drexel over the next 11 days, the Pride desperately needs this win.