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WILD WEEKEND OF HOOPS NOW UPON US
January 19, 2007

SCS.com While most of the sports nation's attention will be on the NFL playoffs this weekend as that league looks to decide its Super Bowl matchup, there will be a full slate of big-time college hoops on the agenda as well. Conference play continues to roll along and will feature a number of crucial matchups in the days ahead, like the ACC battles between Boston College and Clemson, and Georgia Tech and North Carolina, both on Saturday. Meanwhile, Arizona and UCLA meet in the Pac-10, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M get together in the Big XII, Marquette and Pittsburgh go head-to-head in the Big East, and Texas and Villanova take the court in the weekend's most important non-conference game. Check out the complete lineup of games to watch this weekend!

MUST-SEE GAMES

Boston College at Clemson
Saturday 11:00 AM CST LFS*

The Eagles are the lone remaining ACC team without a conference loss, but picking up a road victory at Clemson will not be easy. The Tigers, in fact, were the last D-I team without a loss, but they've since dropped two straight. Which streak ends?

Indiana at Connecticut
Saturday 2:45 PM CST CBS*

The Hoosiers are playing about as well as anyone in the Big Ten. Led by new head coach Kelvin Sampson, IU is 4-1 in league play and has won 8 of their last 9. UConn, meanwhile, has struggled in Big East action but still has a great deal of potential down the line.

Arizona at UCLA
Saturday 3:00 PM CST FSN*

Along with Oregon, in addition to the likes of Washington State, Stanford, and USC, these two have to be among the favorites in the Pac-10 this spring. The 'Cats have lost 2 of their last 3, while UCLA's only loss came two Saturdays ago. Bruins have to be the favorite in this one.

Oklahoma State at Texas A&M
Saturday 7:00 PM CST

The Cowboys, now 16-2, pulled off a huge, triple-OT win over Texas Tuesday night, but they bounce back with an even tougher matchup on Saturday after that extended affair. The Aggies are 15-2 overall and still unbeaten in Big XII play.

Georgia Tech at North Carolina
Saturday 8:00 PM CST ESPN

The Tar Heels bounced back from a loss at Virginia Tech with a nice road win at Clemson earlier this week. The Jackets, meanwhile, have played well in recent weeks, winning seven of their last eight. UNC has to be favored, but GT could give them a run.

Marquette at Pittsburgh
Sunday 2:00 PM CST CBS

After losing their first two in Big East play, the Eagles have rebounded to win three straight at UConn, vs WVU, and at Louisville. This trip, though, will be their toughest to date. Pitt is the only conference team still without a league loss.

OTHER TOP MATCHUPS

FRIDAY

Georgetown at Seton Hall - 6:30 PM CST

Hoyas seem to be coming around after a slow start, but this one won't be easy against the Pirates, 3-2 in the Big East.

SATURDAY

Purdue at Michigan - 11:15 AM CST

It will be interesting to see if either of these can make a NCAA run this spring.

Mississippi at Florida - 12:00 PM CST

Rebels fought hard at LSU on Wednesday but lost, now will try their luck on the road in Gainesville.

Texas at Villanova - 12:30 PM CST

What will the Longhorns have left after that 3-OT marathon on Tuesday?

Georgia at Alabama - 12:30 PM CST

Dawgs are coming off miraculous win at Arkansas on Wednesday, while Bama was thumped at Vandy that same night.

Kansas State at Iowa State - 12:45 PM CST

Both teams are .500 in Big XII play at this point and hopeful of making NCAA runs.

Wisconsin at Illinois - 1:00 PM CST

Badgers are lone remaining unbeaten in the Big Ten. The Illini, meanwhile, are just 2-3 in league play.

Vanderbilt at Kentucky - 2:00 PM CST

'Dores have to be feeling good after recent wins over Tennessee and Alabama. Can they pull one off on the road?

Duke at NC State - 2:30 PM CST

Blue Devils seem to have gotten their feet back under them now before this cross-town road test.

LSU at Arkansas - 2:45 PM CST

The Tigers look to be the best the SEC West has to offer at this point. Can they get it done on the road?

Kansas at Texas Tech - 3:00 PM CST

Jayhawks are playing very well, but Bobby Knight's bunch will give them a great challenge in Lubbock.

Michigan State at Penn State - 3:30 PM CST

Neither squad is playing much like a NCAA contender at this point.

San Diego State at Air Force - 4:00 PM CST

Aztecs travel to take on undoubtedly the MWC's best team.

Old Dominion at Virginia Commonwealth - 4:30 PM CST

VCU remains the only unbeaten squad in the entire Colonial Athletic Association.

BYU at Colorado State - 4:30 PM CST

Both of these squads are trailing Air Force and hoping the Falcons give them a chance.

Washington at Washington State - 5:00 PM CST

Would would have thought before the season started that WSU would be the best team in the state?

Indiana State at Northern Iowa - 7:05 PM CST

These two are right near the top of the MVC standings heading into the weekend.

Southern Illinois at Creighton - 7:05 PM CST

See the above remark. That conference race is going to be wild.

Wichita State at Bradley - 7:05 PM CST

The Shockers and Braves have fallen a bit behind the pace, but there is still a ways to go.

Nevada at New Mexico State - 8:05 PM CST

The Aggies may be Nevada's biggest competition in the race to the WAC title.

SUNDAY

Maryland at Virginia Tech - 6:30 PM CST

Terps are just 1-3 in ACC play, while Tech is off to a fabulous 3-1 start.

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