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COLLEGE HOOPS' RIVALRY WEEK COMES TO A CLOSE
February 9, 2007

SCS.comRivalry Week has not disappointed thus far, and with a number of huge matchups on the slate for this weekend, that same trend should continue throughout the next couple of days. There are a number of crucial battles between teams fighting it out for league titles, including the Saturday showdown between Marquette and Georgetown in the Big East. West Virginia, meanwhile, will head out of conference play to battle UCLA, while in-state rivals Virginia and Virginia Tech get together in the ACC. Later on Saturday, MVC leaders Creighton and Southern Illinois go head-to-head, while a huge SEC matchup between Florida and Kentucky rounds out the day. Sunday's biggest game features ACC co-leader Boston College heading south to take on Florida State. Here's a complete look at all of the weekend's top games.

MUST-SEE GAMES

Marquette at Georgetown
Saturday 11:00 AM CST ESPN

These two appear to be the only major challengers Pittsburgh will face in their run at the Big East title. While Marquette is a game back of the Panthers, Georgetown comes into this matchup a half-game back of the Eagles. The winner stays right on Pittsburgh's heels.

UCLA at West Virginia
Saturday 12:00 PM CST CBS*

The Bruins continue to play well out west, as they're fresh off a huge win over cross-town rival USC on Wednesday, moving their record to 21-2 on the season. WVU, meanwhile, is 18-5 on the year and has lost just once all season at home, that earlier this week to Pitt.

Virginia at Virginia Tech
Saturday 3:00 PM CST

This one has more than in-state rivalry implications, as both squads are fighting it out for ACC and NCAA Tournament positioning. The Cavs come into the weekend tied with BC atop the league standings at 8-2, while Tech is 6-3 and very much still in the race.

Creighton at Southern Illinois
Saturday 5:05 PM CST ESPN2

These two seem to have separated themselves from the pack in the Missouri Valley, but there's still a long way to go. The pair already has a two-game lead on the rest of the field, so a win here all but assures that team of a first or second place conference finish.

Florida at Kentucky
Saturday 8:00 PM CST ESPN

While the Gators have been the league favorite - and deservedly so - from day one, the Wildcats aren't too far behind and are playing good basketball. A UK victory in Rupp Saturday night moves the 'Cats to within one game of UF in the SEC East standings.

Boston College at Florida State
Sunday 2:00 PM CST FSN*

As previously mentioned, BC comes into the weekend tied with Virginia atop the ACC standings. Florida State, meanwhile, is sitting at .500 in league play after three wins in their last four games. A victory here puts another notch in the Seminoles' belt as they look towards March.

OTHER TOP MATCHUPS

FRIDAY

Holy Cross at Bucknell - 6:00 PM CST

HCU leads the Bison by one game thanks to their victory in the teams' previous meeting.

SATURDAY

Virginia Commonwealth at Old Dominion - 11:00 AM CST

VCU is leading the CAA, but ODU comes into the weekend just one game back.

Purdue at Ohio State - 11:15 AM CST

The Boilers are squarely on the bubble, but a win like this could go a long way.

Illinois at Indiana - 12:00 PM CST

The Hoosiers have lost two of four after looking like a Big Ten contender last month.

Vanderbilt at Tennessee - 12:00 PM CST

Vols desperately need a win to climb back to .500 in SEC play. 'Dores are 6-3.

Mississippi State at Auburn - 1:00 PM CST

Both teams' NCAA hopes are beginning to fade away.

Iowa at Wisconsin - 1:00 PM CST

Hawkeyes are 6-4 in the Big Ten but just 14-10 overall and could use a huge win like this.

Arkansas at LSU - 2:00 PM CST

At 2-7, Tigers must put together a huge rally if they want to make a NCAA push. Hogs are 4-5.

Kansas at Missouri - 2:30 PM CST

Tigers, though just 3-6 in conference play, will be ready for this upset opportunity.

Arizona at Oregon - 2:30 PM CST

These two are now sitting in the middle of the pack in the Pac-10, having lost a combined 9 league games.

Texas Tech at Oklahoma State - 3:00 PM CST

Both have fallen off the pace in recent weeks, and each is now hovering around .500 in Big XII play.

Oklahoma at Baylor - 3:00 PM CST

Sooners have earned their way onto the bubble but can't afford not to win a game like this.

Alabama at Mississippi - 4:00 PM CST

Rebels can end the weekend on top of the SEC West with a victory over the Tide.

Providence at Pittsburgh - 5:00 PM CST

Friars are a single game over .500 in league play and hope to pull the upset over the league-leading Panthers.

Georgia at South Carolina - 6:00 PM CST

Bulldogs are in danger of losing their NCAA hopes if they fall here and move below .500 in the SEC

Butler at Wright State - 6:00 PM CST

Bulldogs are 10-1 in league play, while WSU is 11-2.

Texas A&M at Nebraska - 7:00 PM CST

Huskers are fresh off a huge win at Texas Tech but now must try to tackle league-leading Aggies.

Xavier at George Washington - 7:00 PM CST

Top of the A-10 standings is jam-packed, and these two are right there in the hunt.

Missouri State at Northern Iowa - 7:05 PM CST

The Tourney is going to have room for more than two MVC teams in March, and these two are looking to make their case.

SUNDAY

Connecticut at Georgia Tech - 12:00 PM CST

Quality non-conference game featuring two teams who have found their respective conference play no easy task.

St. John's at Syracuse - 1:00 PM CST

Orange is 5-5 in league play, while Storm is 5-6. Both need this win in the worst way.

Duke at Maryland - 4:00 PM CST

Blue Devils look to avoid their fourth straight loss; Terps have dropped five of eight.

Stanford at Washington - 6:00 PM CST

Huskies can't afford to lose many - if any - more, and this one is against a team who is 7-3 in league play.

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