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Week of January 3 - 9, 2005


(7) Kansas at (11) Kentucky - Sunday

Two of the most storied programs in college basketball history get together in Lexington on Sunday afternoon in a nationally televised contest. Kansas is unbeaten on the season thus far and is coming off a thrilling, two-point, overtime victory over Georgia Tech last weekend. Kentucky has lost just once, that early last month at North Carolina. The Cats' most impressive victory to date came on the road at in-state rival Louisville in mid-December.

Tubby Smith's club is perhaps the most inexperienced he has had at UK. The Cats are led in scoring by junior Kelenna Azubuike, who tosses in over 14 points a contest. Seniors Patrick Sparks and Chuck Hayes score nearly a dozen a game, while true freshman Randolph Morris adds 10 more. Four of the team's top eight scorers are true freshmen, and the first-year players account for nearly 70 minutes played per contest. UK has played only one game all season decided by single-digits, that the two-point come-from-behind victory at UL. In fact, eight of the Wildcats' ten games this season have been decided by fifteen points or more.

KU was some experts' preseason choice as the nation's number one team. The Jayhawks, however, are expected to be without all-American candidate Wayne Simien again this week. The senior is expected to miss at least two more weeks with an injured thumb. Another all-American candidate, senior guard Keith Langford, has led the team in Simien's absence. The Fort Worth native scores nearly 16 points each night out, while sophomore guard J.R. Giddens is the only other Jayhawk averaging double-figures. Coach Bill Self has also gotten significant minutes out of a couple of true freshmen this season. Guard Russell Robinson averages more than seven points a contest, while forward Alex Galindo chips in more than a half-dozen himself. Unlike UK, the Jayhawks have played several close games this season. Five of the teams' nine games have been decided by 11 points or less.

Though Tubby Smith's club is inexperienced and not as hyped as in years past, the Cats showed they are capable of hanging with the big dogs a few weeks ago at Louisville. With Kansas missing their biggest dog and the showdown set to take place in Rupp Arena on the UK campus, look for the Wildcats to take care of business and give the Jayhawks their first loss of the 2004 - 2005 season.

The Editor Says: Kentucky


Boston College at Connecticut - Wednesday

BC is one of only eight D-I teams left unbeaten, three of which are in the Big East. UConn is not one of those teams without a loss, but the Huskies will be the best team the Eagles have seen thus far. Jim Calhoun's club grabs their first Big East win of the new year.

The Editor Says: Connecticut

Maryland at (3) North Carolina - Saturday

Both of these teams have enough inconsistent talent to make Gary and Roy Williams' hair turn more and more gray each day. UNC has not lost since their season-opener at Santa Clara a month and a half ago, and they won't add another notch in the "L" column here.

The Editor Says: North Carolina

(8) Oklahoma State at Texas Tech - Saturday

Bobby Knight's team is recovering from the loss of all-Big XII star Andre Emmett, and the road hasn't been entirely smooth so far. The Cowboys, led by seniors John Lucas and Joey Graham, are perhpas the best team in the Big XII this season and get things off to a good start.

The Editor Says: Oklahoma State

Virginia at (9) Georgia Tech - Saturday

The Cavs were blown away in the second half by Wake Forest last Sunday and now must head out on the road for a test that will be equally as difficult. The Jackets have lost two of their last four but to the likes of Gonzaga and Kansas. Home court gets the team back on track.

The Editor Says: Georgia Tech

Southern Illinois at Creighton - Sunday

These two teams, along with Wichita State and Northern Iowa, are likely the class of an overlooked Missouri Valley Conference this season. The Bluejays have dropped three of their last four and will be knocked off yet again by a SIU team led by all-American candidate Darren Brooks.

The Editor Says: Southern Illinois


Iowa State at Xavier - Monday
The Editor Says: Xavier

(8) Oklahoma State at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi - Monday
The Editor Says: Oklahoma State

LSU at Utah - Monday
The Editor Says: Utah

Georgetown at Pittsburgh - Wednesday
The Editor Says: Pittsburgh

Princeton at (15) Duke - Wednesday
The Editor Says: Duke

Notre Dame at Seton Hall - Wednesday
The Editor Says: Notre Dame

West Virginia at Villanova - Wednesday
The Editor Says: Villanova

South Carolina at (11) Kentucky - Wednesday
The Editor Says: Kentucky

Auburn at (14) Mississippi State - Wednesday
The Editor Says: Mississippi State

Mississippi at Arkansas - Wednesday
The Editor Says: Arkansas

Southern Miss at UAB - Wednesday
The Editor Says: UAB

Wisconsin at Purdue - Wednesday
The Editor Says: Wisconsin

Ohio State at (1) Illinois - Wednesday
The Editor Says: Illinois

Western Kentucky at Virginia - Wednesday
The Editor Says: Virginia

Texas A&M at (7) Kansas - Wednesday
The Editor Says: Kansas

Michigan at Iowa - Wednesday
The Editor Says: Iowa

(13) Alabama at Vanderbilt - Wednesday
The Editor Says: Alabama

Miami at (9) Georgia Tech - Thursday
The Editor Says: Georgia Tech

DePaul at Cincinnati - Thursday
The Editor Says: Cincinnati

Memphis at (12) Texas - Thursday
The Editor Says: Texas

Arizona State at Stanford - Thursday
The Editor Says: Arizona State

(10) Arizona at California - Thursday
The Editor Says: Arizona

(5) Washington at Southern Cal - Thursday
The Editor Says: Washington

Gonzaga at Santa Clara - Thursday
The Editor Says: Gonzaga

Villanova at Notre Dame - Saturday
The Editor Says: Notre Dame

Arkansas at Florida - Saturday
The Editor Says: Florida

Connecticut at Georgetown - Saturday
The Editor Says: Connecticut

Iowa at Ohio State - Saturday
The Editor Says: Iowa

Iowa State at Missouri - Saturday
The Editor Says: Iowa State

(14) Mississippi State at Mississippi - Saturday
The Editor Says: Mississippi State

Pittsburgh at Rutgers - Saturday
The Editor Says: Pittsburgh

Xavier at Massachusetts - Saturday
The Editor Says: Xavier

(10) Arizona at Stanford - Saturday
The Editor Says: Arizona

(1) Illinois at Purdue - Saturday
The Editor Says: Illinois

Vanderbilt at Tennessee - Saturday
The Editor Says: Tennessee

Colorado at Oklahoma - Saturday
The Editor Says: Oklahoma

(2) Wake Forest at Clemson - Saturday
The Editor Says: Wake Forest

LSU at (13) Alabama - Saturday
The Editor Says: Alabama

Seton Hall at (4) Syracuse - Saturday
The Editor Says: Syracuse

Providence at Boston College - Saturday
The Editor Says: Boston College

Wisconsin at Indiana - Saturday
The Editor Says: Wisconsin

Wyoming at New Mexico - Saturday
The Editor Says: New Mexico

Gonzaga at St. Mary's - Saturday
The Editor Says: Gonzaga

(5) Washington at UCLA - Saturday
The Editor Says: Washington

Oregon State at Oregon - Saturday
The Editor Says: Oregon

Arizona State at California - Saturday
The Editor Says: Arizona State

NC State at Miami - Sunday
The Editor Says: Miami

The Editor's CBB Records:
    Last Week: 18 - 9 (.667)
    To Date: 100 - 47 (.680)
    Game of the Week: 5 - 1 (.833)

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