GAME OF THE WEEK...
(5) Oklahoma State vs (6) Syracuse (New York City, NY) - Tuesday
Two teams with huge recent success in the NCAA Tournament get together Tuesday night in Madison Square Garden. Two years ago, the Orange, led by true freshman Carmelo Anthony, won the national title. Just last spring, Oklahoma State made a trip to the Final Four but came up just short of the ultimate prize.
Both teams are perfect on the 2004 season thus far. The Orange have won their first seven, including victories over Mississippi State and Memphis. The Cowboys are 5-0 and beat Washington State by 52 points this past Saturday.
Coach Eddie Sutton's team has been led by the play of two seniors, guard John Lucas and forward Joey Graham. Lucas averages over 21 points a contest and is shooting 47% from three-point land this fall. Graham averages more than 18 points a game and also pulls down five rebounds. The Orange have a couple of All-American candiates of their own in forward Hakim Warrick and guard Gerry McNamara. Warrick, also a senior, is scoring nearly 20 points a contest while also grabbing 9 rebounds each night out. McNamara, just a junior, scores 15 points a game and dishes out almost 5 assists.
This one will look nice on the resume come March, but other than that, it isn't crucial to either team. It should, however, provide college hoops fans with a fantastic matchup early in the season, rivaling the mid-week showdown between Wake Forest and Illinois just last week. Though it's on a neutral court, SU Orange will dominate the crowd, and coach Jim Boeheim's team will come away with another impressive victory.
The Editor Says: Syracuse
THE WEEK'S OTHER TOP MATCHUPS...
Memphis vs Pittsburgh (New York City, NY) - Tuesday
This is the Tigers' second trip to NYC this fall. A few weeks ago, John Calipari's team came in second place in the Coaches vs Cancer Classic. UM lost one game there (to Syracuse) and later dropped one to Maryland. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, has yet to lose this season, but this will by far be the Panthers' toughest test yet. Another good contest in MSG, the Tigers get the job done.
The Editor Says: Memphis
(7) Louisville at Florida - Saturday
Louisville was our preseason pick in Conference USA, and the Cardinals play their first true road game of the season on Saturday. The home court wasn't so kind to the Gators last week, though, as UF dropped a decision to in-state rival Miami. The Gators have the talent this year (and in recent years) but can't seem to get over the hump. That won't start this week either.
The Editor Says: Louisville
Oregon at (1) Illinois - Saturday
The Ducks will again be one of the PAC 10's best teams this year, and they've already gotten off to a 4-0 start. A ten-point win over Vanderbilt last weekend looks good, but that one wasn't nearly as tough as a road trip to Illinois will be this week. The Illini absolutely destroyed SCS.com's preseason number one Wake Forest last week and could do the same to UO if the Ducks don't come ready to play.
The Editor Says: Illinois
Wisconsin at Marquette - Saturday
These two in-state rivals are two of the best in their respective leagues again this season. The Golden Eagles are off to a 7-0 start, but they have yet to play a team as good as the Badgers and have won their seven games by an average of only seven points. Wisconsin never looks impressive on paper, but the Badgers seem to have a knack for getting the job done.
The Editor Says: Wisconsin
Pacific at Nevada - Saturday
If you don't know much about Pacific, maybe you should. The Tigers' are based out of Stockton, CA and advanced to the second round of last year's NCAA Tourney after a win over Providence in round one. They have lost just once this season, that at Kansas. Ironically, Nevada, a Sweet Sixteen team from last year, had their only loss of the season come against the Jayhawks as well.
The Editor Says: Nevada
COULD BE INTERESTING...
Virginia at Iowa State - Monday
Arkansas at Missouri - Tuesday
Wisconsin-Green Bay at Wisconsin - Tuesday
Kent State at Creighton - Tuesday
Northern Iowa at Iowa - Tuesday
Colorado at California - Tuesday
Notre Dame at Indiana - Wednesday
Rutgers at Princeton - Wednesday
Minnesota at Nebraska - Wednesday
Oklahoma at Purdue - Wednesday
UNLV at Pepperdine - Wednesday
(1) Illinois at Georgetown - Thursday
Vanderbilt at Cincinnati - Thursday
Iowa State at Iowa - Friday
UAB at (5) Oklahoma State - Friday
Utah at (13) Arizona - Saturday
Mississippi at Memphis - Saturday
Indiana vs (14) Kentucky (Louisville, KY) - Saturday
Pittsburgh at Penn State - Saturday
Creighton at Nebraska - Saturday
Air Force at (4) Georgia Tech - Saturday
Stanford at Michigan State (Auburn Hills, MI) - Saturday
Xavier at Tennessee - Saturday
DePaul at Notre Dame - Saturday
Pepperdine at UCLA - Saturday
Temple at (10) Alabama - Saturday
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