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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   8:00 PM CDT   ESPN   Stillwater, OK
Texas at Oklahoma State Big XII co-leaders Texas and Oklahoma State get together Monday night in Stillwater. Each team currently sits at 12-2 in league play and will have just one game left after going head to head. OSU will host Texas A&M, while Texas travels to Kansas State. With those two teams in the bottom three in the league standings, the Pokes and Horns should come out victorious, meaning that Monday evening's game will all but surely determine this year's Big XII regular season champion. In the season's earlier matchup in Austin, Oklahoma State pulled out a five-point road victory. Since that loss, UT has won nine of ten games to make a run at the title. State has won all fifteen of their home games this season. Writers' Predictions
Jarrod Jonathan Timothy Toby
Oklahoma State Oklahoma State Oklahoma State
Tuesday   6:00 PM CDT   ESPN   East Lansing, MI
Wisconsin at Michigan State Two of the top three teams in the Big Ten get together as part of ESPN's "Super Tuesday" showcase. Michigan State is sitting at 12-3 in league play and a half-game ahead of Illinois in the Big Ten standings. Wisconsin is 10-4 in conference action and is one game behind the Illini. The Badgers are chasing at least a share of the Big Ten title for the third consecutive season. In the teams' earlier meeting this season, the Spartans were knocked off in Madison by thirteen points. Since that league-opening road loss, MSU has won all but two of their conference games, good enough to lead the Big Ten heading into the final week of the regular season. State hopes to finish Big Ten play with an 8-0 home record. Writers' Predictions
Jarrod Jonathan Timothy Toby
Wisconsin Michigan State Wisconsin
Tuesday   6:30 PM CDT   Providence, RI
Pittsburgh at Providence Two of the Big East's tri-leaders heading into the final week of the regular season meet up in the Dunkin' Donuts Center Tuesday evening. Pittsburgh was hoping to head into the final week with a one-game lead in the conference but was upset by Syracuse at home on Sunday, dropping the Panthers into a tie with the Friars and Connecticut. Following this matchup, Pitt hosts Villanova and PC hosts Boston College in the teams' final games of the season. Therefore, a win here on Tuesday would likely give the victor no worse than a share of the Big East regular season title. This is the teams' only matchup of the season. Pitt has won seven of their last nine, while Providence has won six straight. Writers' Predictions
Jarrod Jonathan Timothy Toby
Providence Pittsburgh Pittsburgh
Thursday   8:30 PM CDT   ESPN2   Chicago, IL
Cincinnati at DePaul Cincinnati heads into the final week of the 2003 - 2004 regular season as the Conference USA co-leader. At 11-3 in league play, the Bearcats find themselves tied with Memphis, whom they will host on Saturday. Not far behind the 'Cats and Tigers is DePaul. The Blue Demons, along with Charlotte and UAB, are 10-4 in CUSA action and just a game behind Cincy and UM. In the season's first matchup in early January, Cincinnati smacked the Demons by 25 points. But the bubble-bound Demons have found themselves recently, winning seven of their last eight games and five of their last six in Chicago's Allstate Arena. A win here gives the Bearcats a chance to win the league title outright; DePaul stays in the hunt with a win. Writers' Predictions
Jarrod Jonathan Timothy Toby
Cincinnati Cincinnati Cincinnati
Saturday   12:30 PM CDT   CBS*   Winston-Salem, NC
NC State at Wake Forest Both the Wolfpack and Deacons have suffered disappointing losses recently. After dropping a home game to rival North Carolina, NC State then fell by just one point on the road at Maryland earlier in the week. Wake Forest was also upset earlier in the week, theirs a two-point defeat at Virginia. A Demon Deacon victory would tie the two teams for second place in the ACC. NC State has been led by the league's second-leading scorer, junior Julius Hodge. The New York native scores over 18 points a contest. Just behind Hodge is Wake Forest's Justin Gray. The sophomore scores 17 a night himself. This is the final chance for both clubs to pick up a quality win before heading into tournament play. Writers' Predictions
Jarrod Jonathan Timothy Toby
Wake Forest Wake Forest Wake Forest
Saturday   2:30 PM CDT   ABC*   Cincinnati, OH
Memphis at Cincinnati A Cincinnati loss at DePaul on Thursday has opened the Conference USA race back up again. The Tigers currently hold a one-game lead in the standings and would clinch the regular season crown with the road victory. However, a Cincy win combined with wins by Charlotte, UAB, and DePaul could create a tie atop the final league standings with as many as five teams involved. According to ESPN, the Blue Demons would actually win the tiebreaker in such a scenario. Memphis, led by true freshman Sean Banks, has been rolling, winning twelve of their last thirteen, including road wins at Marquette and Louisville. Cincinnati has found the CUSA schedule tough lately, losing three of their previous six games. Writers' Predictions
Jarrod Jonathan Timothy Toby
Cincinnati Cincinnati Cincinnati
Sunday   1:00 PM CDT   CBS*   Syracuse, NY
Connecticut at Syracuse At least a share of the Big East regular season title is on the line Sunday for the Huskies. Assuming Pittsburgh wins their weekend game at home against Villanova, a UConn victory would leave both teams tied atop the conference standings with a 13-3 Big East record. But winning at defending national champ Syracuse won't be easy. The Orangemen have won six of their last seven games and are led by the conference's second-leading scorer, Hakim Warrick (20). UConn has a couple of big scorers itself. Center Emeka Okafor tosses in 19 a game, while guard Ben Gordon scores over 17 a contest. Okafor is also one of the country's best shot-blockers with nearly 5 a game. Syracuse has won three of their last four at home. Writers' Predictions
Jarrod Jonathan Timothy Toby
Connecticut Syracuse Connecticut