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SCS.com Seven Days, Seven Games
January 5 - 11
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By: Jonathan
SouthernCollegeSports.com Editor
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Seven Days, Seven GamesThroughout the college basketball season, there will be many games that will have a huge impact on conference standings and the postseason fate of teams all across the country. Each week, SouthernCollegeSports.com takes a look at several of the biggest games of that seven-day period in a new feature titled Seven Days, Seven Games. Below is a look at this week's top contests....

FLORIDA GATORS at SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS
Wednesday   7:00 PM CDT   JP Sports*   Columbia, SC
Florida at South CarolinaIt's an SEC East showdown to get things started in the south this week. South Carolina comes into the game with only one loss on the season (on the road at Temple), while Florida has been defeated just twice by Louisville and Maryland, both highly ranked at the time. USC's best win to date was on their home court against NC State a couple weeks ago, while UF has already beaten both Arizona and Florida State. This is the first of two tough games for each team this week. Coach Dave Odom's team travels to Georgia on Saturday, while the Gators will host Tennessee to close out the first week of conference play.
SouthernCollegeSports.com Writers' Predictions
Jarrod Jonathan Timothy
Florida Florida South Carolina
OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS at TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS
Saturday   3:00 PM CDT   ESPN+   Lubbock, TX
Oklahoma State at Texas TechLeague play really begins to heat up this weekend, and the Big XII's best game is an intra-divisional matchup in the South. Bobby Knight's Red Raiders, who have already beaten Utah, New Mexico, Iowa, and Minnesota, come into the week with the Big XII's most wins. Their only two losses came on the road at Georgia Tech and at in-state rival SMU. Red Raider forward Andre Emmett is the league's only player averaging over 20 PPG. Oklahoma State, who beat SMU by 35 points, had their biggest win of the season on the road at Arkansas about two weeks ago. OSU's only loss was at BYU in early December.
SouthernCollegeSports.com Writers' Predictions
Jarrod Jonathan Timothy
Texas Tech Texas Tech Texas Tech
STANFORD CARDINAL at ARIZONA WILDCATS
Saturday   5:30 PM CDT   FSN*   Tucson, AZ
Stanford at ArizonaSCS.com's two preseason favorites in the PAC 10 meet up for the first of two major regular season battles. With both ranked in the top five, this is certainly the country's biggest game of the week. Though Stanford has yet lose, they have played good competition, most notably Kansas and Gonzaga. They also play Arizona State on Thursday this week. While Stanford's leading scorer is averaging only 14 points per game, the Wildcats have three of the PAC 10's top eleven scorers in Hassan Adams (18 PPG), Channing Frye (15), and Salim Stoudamire (15). UA's only loss came against Florida in late November.
SouthernCollegeSports.com Writers' Predictions
Jarrod Jonathan Timothy
Arizona Arizona Stanford
VANDERBILT COMMODORES at KENTUCKY WILDCATS
Saturday   6:00 PM CDT   FSN*   Lexington, KY
Vanderbilt at KentuckyPerhaps one of the biggest surprises to date in college basketball is Vanderbilt. The Commodores have yet to lose and are ranked in the top 25 nationally in the major polls. VU has played only two road games so far but has beaten both Indiana and Michigan in Nashville. Forward Matt Freije is the SEC's third-leading scorer at 19 per game. Kentucky has played one the nation's most difficult non-conference schedules but has come away with just one loss to date. UK has already beaten UCLA, Michigan State, Indiana, and North Carolina this season; the 'Cats' only loss came at home against in-state rival Louisville.
SouthernCollegeSports.com Writers' Predictions
Jarrod Jonathan Timothy
Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky
OKLAHOMA SOONERS at CONNECTICUT HUSKIES
Sunday   3:30 PM CDT   CBS*   Storrs, CT
Oklahoma at ConnecticutThis Big XII/Big East showdown is probably the biggest non-conference battle left on the schedule. Though Oklahoma was expected to slip some after the losses of Ebi Ere, Quannas White, and Hollis Price, the Sooners have yet to falter, winning their first ten games of the season and earning a top ten ranking in the major polls. Connecticut was most people's preseason number one, including SCS.com's. The Huskies had some problems early on created by the NCAA's look into the eligibility of freshman Charlie Villanueva. Before he was cleared, UConn lost to Georgia Tech but has won eight straight since then.
SouthernCollegeSports.com Writers' Predictions
Jarrod Jonathan Timothy
Connecticut Connecticut Oklahoma
DUKE BLUE DEVILS at VIRGINIA CAVALIERS
Sunday   4:30 PM CDT   FSN*   Charlottesville, VA
Duke at VirginiaThis game looked huge a couple weeks ago, but now it just looks big. That's because Virginia, after winning their first eight contests of the season, has dropped two of their last three and fallen to 9-2. An ACC-opening loss at NC State was followed by a victory over then-undefeated Iowa State and a home loss to Providence. Duke has been exactly what most would expect out of a Coach K team. The Blue Devils have lost just once, to Purdue in Alaska, and that was also their only game to date decided by ten points or less. Two of the top seven scorers in the leauge go head-to-head in this conference matchup.
SouthernCollegeSports.com Writers' Predictions
Jarrod Jonathan Timothy
Duke Duke Duke
GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS at NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS
Sunday   7:00 PM CDT   FSN*   Chapel Hill, NC
Georgia Tech at North CarolinaGeorgia Tech has been one of the biggest surprises in the country so far this year. After winning their first twelve games of the season, including victories over Connecticut, Texas Tech, and Ohio State, the Jackets lost their first game of the year on the road at in-state rival Georgia in double-OT. North Carolina has had some success so far under first year head coach Roy Williams. The Heels have a big win over Illinois under their belt but have lost to both Wake Forest and Kentucky in the last two weeks. Four of the ACC's top seven scorers meet up in this one: McCants (18), Williams (16), Elder (16), and May (15).
SouthernCollegeSports.com Writers' Predictions
Jarrod Jonathan Timothy
North Carolina North Carolina Georgia Tech

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