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COLLEGE HOOPS: THE WEEK AHEAD
November 21, 2005

SCS.comA variety of preseason tournaments from around the country continue to sprinkle the coming week's college basketball schedule, and a number of intriguing non-conference matchups are also on this week's agenda. Looking ahead to the week's action, SCS.com glances at nearly twenty games and four of the preseason tournaments, including the Maui Invitational, you may want to keep an eye as you enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...

A look back at last week's highlights: Top-ranked Duke won three times by an average margin of more than 30 points ... The woes of Missouri and coach Quin Snyder continued as the Tigers dropped their season-opener to Sam Houston State ... Under-appreciated Memphis destroyed Wisconsin-Milwaukee and then knocked off Alabama with ease on the road ... Florida beat both Wake Forest and Syracuse by five points to win the Coaches vs Cancer Classic ... Washington took down Air Force to win the BCA Classic ... UNC-Wilmington beat Butler, Wyoming, and Northwestern to take home the BCA Invitational title ... Teams like North Carolina (vs Gardner-Webb), Wisconsin (vs Eastern Kentucky), and Cincinnati (vs Murray State) survived upset bids by tough mid-majors ... Stanford (vs UC-Irvine) and Michigan State (at Hawaii) were hammered in their season openers; both squads were ranked in the top ten by this site.

MUST-SEE THIS WEEK

Bucknell at Syracuse
Tuesday 6:00 PM CST

With 'Cuse reeling from CvC defeat, can a good Bison team pull the upset?

Detroit at Oklahoma State
Tuesday 7:00 PM CST

Inexperienced Cowboys face a tough team from a very good Horizon League.

Pacific at Oregon
Tuesday 9:30 PM CST

Ducks want to right the ship after last season. A win over the Tigers would be huge.

Nevada at Vermont
Wednesday 6:00 PM CST

Two of last year's Cinderellas, but only one (the Wolfpack) is expected to contend this year.

South Carolina State at Clemson
Wednesday 6:30 PM CST

An in-state battle between the MEAC's best team and a lower-level ACC squad.

Mississippi State at Charlotte
Wednesday 6:30 PM CST

Dawgs have almost no experience, but Charlotte has struggled so far this season.

Florida State at Florida
Friday 6:30 PM CST

This one gets the Seminole/Gator weekend started. UF looks like a top ten team.

Eastern Kentucky at Tennessee
Friday 6:30 PM CST

EKU nearly took down Wisconsin on Saturday and now faces UT and new coach Bruce Pearl.

Holy Cross at Cincinnati
Friday 7:00 PM CST

Bearcats survived a scare from Murray State and now face one of the Patriot League's best teams.

Gardner-Webb at Auburn
Friday 7:00 PM CST

The Runnin' Bulldogs nearly knocked off UNC so Jeff Lebo's squad better watch out.

Vanderbilt at Georgetown
Saturday 12:00 PM CST

The Commodores and Hoyas are always tough foes in their respective conferences.

Chattanooga at Minnesota
Saturday 3:00 PM CST

The Mocs went down hard at Mississippi State, but here's another chance for an upset.

LSU at West Virginia
Saturday 3:30 PM CST

This may be the best non-tournament matchup of the week. Winner gains big RPI points.

NC State at Notre Dame
Saturday 6:00 PM CST

Both teams lost key players from a year ago, so the winner gains some early-season confidence.

Georgia at Western Kentucky
Saturday 7:00 PM CST

After a loss at ODU, will UGA Coach Dennis Felton lose to his former team too?

Colorado State at Denver
Saturday 7:00 PM CST

The Pioneers are one of the Sun Belt's best teams. Can they knock off in-state rival CSU?

Dayton at Creighton
Saturday 7:05 PM CST

A matchup of two traditional mid-major powers. Great to see these teams meet.

Nevada at UNLV
Saturday 9:30 PM CST

Another tough matchup for the 'Pack this week, this one against the in-state rival Rebels.

Virginia at Arizona
Sunday 6:00 PM CST

After a week in Maui, how will the Wildcats perform at home?

PRESEASON TOURNAMENTS

Guardian's Classic
When: Monday-Tuesday
Teams to watch: Iowa, Kentucky, Texas, West Virginia

All three of these squads are legitimate top twenty teams this season, which should make for an exciting couple of days of hoops early in the week.

Maui Invitational
When: Monday-Wednesday
Teams to watch: Entire field

Everyone has proclaimed this to be the best Maui field ever, and who can argue? With the exception of host Chaminade, big things are expected from every team playing.

Preseason NIT
When: Wednesday, Friday
Teams to watch: Entire field

Memphis seems to be ready to make a move nationally this season. A showdown with Duke in the final is likely if the Tigers get past UCLA on Wednesday.

Great Alaska Shootout
When: Wednesday-Saturday
Teams to watch: Oral Roberts, South Carolina, Southern Illinois

There are no top twenty-five teams in Alaska this year, but each of the above squads should be on the NCAA bubble come March.
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