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February 2 - 8

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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, 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....

Monday   6:00 PM CDT   ESPN   Storrs, CT
Syracuse at ConnecticutIt's a battle between two of the Big East's top four teams Monday night in Storrs. A Connecticut win would give the Huskies a tie for first place with Pittsburgh in the Big East, while a Syracuse victory would move the Orange closer to the top of the league standings. Two of the conference's top four scorers will be in action Monday. Syracuse's Hakim Warrick scores 19.5 points per contest, while UConn's Emeka Okafor tosses in nearly 19 himself. The Orangemen have lost two of their last three and will leave themselves in a big hole without a win Monday. After losing two games in a seven-day period, Connecticut has won two straight on the road and now returns home to the Hartford Civic Center. Writers' Predictions
Jarrod Jonathan Timothy Toby
Connecticut Connecticut Connecticut Connecticut
Thursday   8:00 PM CDT   ESPN2 / JP*   Chapel Hill, NC
Duke at North CarolinaThough the Tar Heels would like to have a better record at this point in the season, it's tough to find a much bigger rivalry than the Duke/UNC version in the state of North Carolina. Coach Mike Krzyzewski's team has not lost a game since falling to Purdue by 10 points in Alaska in late November. That win streak totals 15 games, five of them on the road, including this past weekend's victory at Georgia Tech. North Carolina has been and up-and-down roller coaster. They've beaten teams like Georgia Tech and UConn but have also lost close, disappointing games, last this past weekend's defeat at Clemson. The Heels have won only three of their last six but could pull their conference record to .500 with a win. Writers' Predictions
Jarrod Jonathan Timothy Toby
Duke North Carolina North Carolina North Carolina
Saturday   12:00 PM CDT   JP*   Lexington, KY
South Carolina at KentuckyThe top two teams in the SEC East are matched up in Lexington Saturday. One of the biggest surprises in the country is Dave Odom's South Carolina team who is 19-3 overall and 6-2 in SEC play. Kentucky has already lost twice on their home court this year, while USC is an impressive 6-2 away from Columbia so far this season. Seniors Gerald Fitch and Erik Daniels lead the Wildcats with nearly 16 each per game. The Gamecocks have been led by two juniors. Carlos Powell scores almost 14 points each night out while Josh Gonner tosses in 12 of his own. USC has won six of their last seven games overall and three of their last four on the road. UK is returning home after splitting two games on the road. Writers' Predictions
Jarrod Jonathan Timothy Toby
Kentucky Kentucky S. Carolina Kentucky
Saturday   2:00 PM CDT   ESPN2   Omaha, NE
Southern Illinois at CreightonSouthern Illinois survived a tough battle with SW Missouri State on Tuesday to remain unbeaten in Missouri Valley Conference action, but the test this weekend is even tougher. That's when the Salukis will travel to Omaha to battle Creighton. The Bluejays have won four straight games and are in the midst of a three-game homestand. A win on Saturday would move Dana Altman's team to within one game of SIU in the conference standings. The Salukis are paced by the league's second-leading scorer, junior guard Darren Brooks, who averages almost 17 points per game. Creighton has no player averaging more than 11 points per game but seven players averaging between six and 11 each night out. Writers' Predictions
Jarrod Jonathan Timothy Toby
Creighton S. Illinois S. Illinois Creighton
Saturday   2:00 PM CDT   ABC*   Palo Alto, CA
Arizona at StanfordThis is the second of two regular season matchups between the Wildcats and the Cardinal. The first game saw Stanford go on the road to Tucson and steal one from Lute Olson's team. Saturday's matchup will take place in Palo Alto's Maples Pavilion on the SU campus. The Cardinal are one of only two unbeaten teams remaining in the country, and thirteen of the team's nineteen victories have come by double-digits. This game leads up to a crucial three-game road swing for Stanford that has the Cardinal playing three in-state rivals in a one-week period. UA has three players who are in the top nine in the PAC 10 in terms of scoring. Stanford's leading scorer is senior Matt Lottich at just under 13 per game. Writers' Predictions
Jarrod Jonathan Timothy Toby
Arizona Stanford Stanford Stanford
Saturday   3:00 PM CDT   ESPN   Lawrence, KS
Texas Tech at KansasOne of the biggest games in the Big XII to date is set for Saturday afternoon in Lawrence. The Jayhawks are tied with Oklahoma State and Texas atop the conference standings but have lost two of their last five, most recently at Iowa State last Saturday. Bobby Knight's team has played through distractions caused by their coach himself and is just one game behind the league leaders. Senior Red Raider forward Andre Emmett is the Big XII's leading scorer at over 21 points per game. Kansas is led in scoring by the play of juniors Keith Langford (17 ppg) and Wayne Simien (16 ppg). Tech has dropped two of their last three but could make a huge stride forward in the Big XII with a road win at KU. Writers' Predictions
Jarrod Jonathan Timothy Toby
Kansas Kansas Texas Tech Texas Tech
Saturday   5:00 PM CDT   ESPN   Louisville, KY
UAB at LouisvilleThis game would not have attracted much attention in the preseason, or even a few weeks ago. But in just the last week, previous league-leaders Louisville and Cincinnati have dropped two games each, leaving the door wide open for coach Mike Anderson's UAB team to jump to the top of the CUSA standings. The Blazers have won four in a row and seven of their last eight. Meanwhile, Louisville has struggled recently after losing coach Rick Pitino for several days due to illness and two of the team's top three players to injury. UAB is led by Mo Finley, who scores 12 points per game. UofL desperately needs to get back on track at home before three consecutive conference matchups on the road. Writers' Predictions
Jarrod Jonathan Timothy Toby
Louisville Louisville Louisville Louisville