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February 16 - 22

By: Jonathan Editor
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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   Syracuse, NY
Notre Dame at Syracuse Though it may get slightly overlooked nationally, Monday night's matchup between Notre Dame and Syracuse is huge for both teams. The Irish picked up two crucial wins last week over Connecticut and Seton Hall to improve their league record to 6-5. At 12-9 overall, Notre Dame is clearly on the bubble and in need of some big victories. Syracuse, meanwhile, rebounded from a two-loss week by winning both of their games last week, moving the Orange to 6-4 in the conference and 16-5 overall. SU's Hakim Warrick is the third-leading scorer in the Big East, averaging nearly 20 points a contest. The Irish's Chris Thomas is not far behind, scoring 19 a game himself. 'Cuse is 13-2 in the Carrier Dome this season. Writers' Predictions
Jarrod Jonathan Timothy Toby
Syracuse Syracuse Syracuse Syracuse
Monday   8:00 PM CDT   ESPN   Norman, OK
Oklahoma State at Oklahoma Another edition will be added to the historic Bedlam rivalry Monday evening. Oklahoma State is riding a nine-game winning streak into Norman and is also leading the Big XII by a game over Texas. Oklahoma is three games back of OSU thanks to a three-game conference losing streak to start league play. Since that streak ended, though, the Sooners have lost just once. Oklahoma State's only two losses this season came on the road. In early December, the Pokes fell by five at BYU, and then OSU lost its Big XII opener at Texas Tech by three touchdowns. Cowboy guards Tony Allen and John Lucas are both in among the league's top twelve scorers, accounting for a combined average of 30 points a game. Writers' Predictions
Jarrod Jonathan Timothy Toby
Oklahoma Oklahoma State Oklahoma State Oklahoma State
Wednesday   7:00 PM CDT   ESPN+   Champaign, IL
Wisconsin at Illinois Two of the top three teams in the Big Ten meet Wednesday night, and the winner of the game will be no worse than in a tie for second place following the contest. Wisconsin is currently leading the conference and would stay in front with a victory. Illinois is a full game behind the Badgers and would obviously create a tie with UW with a victory. Illinois has won four in a row and is led by the play of three sophomores and two juniors, each scoring between 10 and 13 points a game. The Badgers have won six of their last seven, and UW's go-to guy is junior guard Devin Harris, who scores 19 a game. Illinois is 11-1 at home this year; each of Wisconsin's four losses have come on the road. Writers' Predictions
Jarrod Jonathan Timothy Toby
Illinois Illinois Wisconsin Illinois
Thursday   9:30 PM CDT   FoxSportsNet*   Eugene, OR
Arizona at Oregon Arizona, currently second in the PAC 10, is currently a half-game ahead of Oregon in the conference standings, but Thursday night's game in Eugene between the 'Cats and Ducks could flip-flop that situation. UA rebounded from back-to-back losses with two home victories last week. Oregon has won six of their last nine, mostly thanks to the more than 21 points a game of senior guard Luke Jackson. The Creswell, OR native shoots 45% from three-point range, grabs 7 rebounds a contest, and is a candidate for PAC 10 player of the year honors. The Wildcats have four players scoring between 13 and 16 points each night out, led by Salim Stoudamire and Hassan Adams. The Ducks are a perfect 8-0 at home. Writers' Predictions
Jarrod Jonathan Timothy Toby
Arizona Oregon Arizona Oregon
Saturday   12:00 PM CDT   ABC*   Cincinnati, OH
Louisville at Cincinnati Both of these teams have come upon hard times recently. The Cardinals have lost four of their last five since the end of January. Cincy has dropped four of their last six, but surprisingly, both teams are not out of the CUSA title chase. While the league leaders sit at 9-2, the Bearcats are just a game back at 8-3, while UL is two games back at 7-4 in league play. Neither team has a scorer in the conference's top ten. Sophomore Francisco Garcia leads Louisville with nearly 15 a game, while Jason Maxiell and Tony Bobbitt score 14 each for the 'Cats. Cincinnati is 13-1 at home this season, while Louisville has dropped each of their last three road contests, all coming in the month of February. Writers' Predictions
Jarrod Jonathan Timothy Toby
Cincinnati Cincinnati Louisville Cincinnati
Saturday   2:00 PM CDT   ESPN+   Salt Lake City, UT
Air Force at Utah The top two teams in the Mountain West meet up Saturday in Salt Lake City. Air Force currently holds a two game lead on the Utes. The Falcons are 9-1 in league play, while Utah checks in at 7-3 against conference foes. Air Force has won their last three conference games but is coming off an extremely poor performance at Texas Pan American on Monday. The Academy scored just 35 points in a two-point defeat. Utah, meanwhile, has won four of their last five dating back to the Utes' thirteen-point defeat at Air Force back in late-January. Both teams have two scorers in the league's top twenty. Nick Jacobson leads Utah with almost 16 a game, while the Falcons' top scorer is Tim Keller at 11 a contest. Writers' Predictions
Jarrod Jonathan Timothy Toby
Utah Utah Air Force Air Force
Saturday   6:00 PM CDT   ESPN   Memphis, TN
UAB at Memphis This matchup became much bigger earlier in the week following the Blazers' upset win over Cincinnati in Birmingham. With that victory, UAB joined Memhpis atop the Conference USA standings at 9-2. Speaking of the Tigers, John Calipari's club has won nine straight games since mid-January. But Saturday's test against Mike Anderson's team will be as tough as any that Memphis faced during that stretch. The Blazers have won seven of their last eight games, two of which came over teams that were ranked in the top ten at some point this season. The Memphis roster lists two of CUSA's top five scorers in Antonio Burks and Sean Banks, both of whom score over 16 a game. UM is 12-0 at home this season. Writers' Predictions
Jarrod Jonathan Timothy Toby
Memphis Memphis Memphis Memphis