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Week of February 28 - March 6, 2005

Basketball   |   Baseball


Charlotte at Louisville
Thursday : 6:00 PM CST : ESPN2

Sure, Sunday's ACC battle between in-state rivals Duke and North Carolina is huge. It's the season finale involving two of the nation's premier programs. But Thursday's showdown between Conference USA co-leaders Charlotte and Louisville will decide that league's regular season champion, and because of that, has chosen that battle as the nation's best for the upcoming week.

Louisville is ranked not far from where they started the season, and as expected, Rick Pitino's squad is one of the tops in CUSA. Junior forward Francisco Garcia, an All-American candidate, is leading the way for UL at nearly 16 points a contest. Four other Cardinals, Larry O'Bannon, Taquan Dean, Ellis Myles, and Juan Diego Palacios, all score between ten and fourteen each night out. Pitino can also go into his bench for an additional three players who score between five and six per game. Louisville has gone 13-1 since the second week of January, the lone loss being a blowout at home to Memphis. Since that embarrassment, the Cards have gone on to win four straight, including a road win against the Tigers last weekend.

Charlotte is a squad that was projected by to finish second in CUSA back in November. The 49ers are led in scoring by Curtis Withers, another player with All-America aspirations. The junior scores more than 17 a contest, while seniors Eddie Basden and Brendan Plavich round out the double-figure scorers for Charlotte. Like Louisville, the 49ers are also able to go into their bench for production and points. Five players score between five and nine points for Coach Bobby Lutz's squad. The 49ers have won nine of their last ten and seven in a row, including an early February victory over Cincinnati.

With both teams tied atop the CUSA standings at 12-2 in league play, this one looks to determine the league title. Though both teams still have a weekend game remaining, since this is the only meeting between the two in regular season play, the tiebreaker (and therefore the champion) will be decided Thursday evening.

Charlotte seems to have a knack for hanging around and making things close, so expect a tough battle that goes down to the wire. With so much on the line, look for Louisville to respond at home on senior night and come away with a league-clinching victory.

The Editor Says: Louisville


Pittsburgh at Boston College
Monday : 6:00 PM CST : ESPN

The Panthers have had an up-and-down year but could pick up a big win on the road late in the season. Though Pitt is likely in the NCAA Tournament already, a win like this could help the Panther fans rest easy and improve the team's postseason seeding. However, BC has yet to lose at home this season and won't start now.

The Editor Says: Boston College

Washington at Stanford
Saturday : 3:00 PM CST : CBS Regional

The Huskies picked up two huge wins against Arizona State and Arizona this past week, earning a season split with the Wildcats. Stanford is squarely on the NCAA bubble, but a victory over a top ten squad could solidify a spot for the Cardinal. UW, however, will stay in the hunt for the PAC 10 title.

The Editor Says: Washington

Syracuse at Connecticut
Saturday : 3:00 PM CST : CBS Regional

After a big run to start the Big East schedule, the Orange have found the month of February a little tougher to handle. The Huskies have boosted their stock with recent big wins over Notre Dame and Pittsburgh and could still end up at the top of the Big East standings. A win here keeps them in the race.

The Editor Says: Connecticut

Maryland at Virginia Tech
Saturday : 3:00 PM CST : JP Regional

With the Hokies and Terps both dropping weekend games, each squad sits with just seven wins heading into the final week of the regular season. VT could pick up that crucial eighth win mid-week at Clemson, but a trip to Blacksburg is the only remaining game for Maryland. With a bid possibly on the line, give it to Gary Williams.

The Editor Says: Maryland

Duke at North Carolina
Sunday : 3:00 PM CST : CBS

If you choose to make this your personal game of the week, I surely cannot argue against it. The Devils and Heels are among the ACC's top three teams, and with a little help, Roy Williams' squad could find themselves in a position to play for at least a portion of the league title. Home court does the trick.

The Editor Says: North Carolina


Valparaiso at UMKC - Monday
The Editor Says: UMKC

Oklahoma at Texas - Monday
The Editor Says: Texas

Virginia Tech at Clemson - Tuesday
The Editor Says: Virginia Tech

St. Joseph's at George Washington - Tuesday
The Editor Says: George Washington

Mississippi State at Arkansas - Tuesday
The Editor Says: Arkansas

Georgia Tech at Wake Forest - Wednesday
The Editor Says: Wake Forest

Georgetown at Connecticut - Wednesday
The Editor Says: Connecticut

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

South Carolina at Vanderbilt - Wednesday
The Editor Says: Vanderbilt

LSU at Mississippi - Wednesday
The Editor Says: LSU

Texas A&M at Oklahoma State - Wednesday
The Editor Says: Oklahoma State

Ohio State at Iowa - Wednesday
The Editor Says: Iowa

DePaul at UAB - Wednesday
The Editor Says: UAB

NC State at Virginia - Wednesday
The Editor Says: NC State

Miami at Duke - Thursday
The Editor Says: Duke

Pacific at Cal State-Fullerton - Thursday
The Editor Says: Pacific

Oregon State at UCLA - Thursday
The Editor Says: UCLA

Dayton at Xavier - Saturday
The Editor Says: Xavier

Louisville at DePaul - Saturday
The Editor Says: Louisville

Clemson at Georgia Tech - Saturday
The Editor Says: Georgia Tech

Alabama at Mississippi State - Saturday
The Editor Says: Alabama

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

Cincinnati at Memphis - Saturday
The Editor Says: Cincinnati

Arizona at Arizona State - Saturday
The Editor Says: Arizona

Oklahoma at Texas Tech - Saturday
The Editor Says: Texas Tech

UAB at Houston - Saturday
The Editor Says: UAB

Vanderbilt at LSU - Saturday
The Editor Says: LSU

Texas at Oklahoma State - Saturday
The Editor Says: Oklahoma State

Kentucky at Florida - Sunday
The Editor Says: Kentucky

Illinois at Ohio State - Sunday
The Editor Says: Illinois

Kansas at Missouri - Sunday
The Editor Says: Kansas

Wake Forest at NC State - Sunday
The Editor Says: Wake Forest


Rice at Lamar
 Days: Tuesday

BYU at Oklahoma State
 Days: Tuesday / Wednesday

Georgia at Georgia State
 Days: Wednesday

BYU at Oral Roberts
 Days: Thursday / Friday / Saturday

Arizona State vs North Carolina
 Days: Friday

Georgia vs Ohio State
 Days: Friday

Nebraska vs Rice
 Days: Friday

Southern Cal vs Texas A&M
 Days: Friday

Clemson at Auburn
 Days: Friday / Saturday / Sunday

Texas at Arizona
 Days: Friday / Saturday / Sunday

Long Beach State at Baylor
 Days: Friday / Saturday / Sunday

UC-Santa Barbara at Washington
 Days: Friday / Saturday / Sunday

North Carolina vs Ohio State
 Days: Saturday

Rice vs Southern Cal
 Days: Saturday

Notre Dame vs Rice
 Days: Sunday

Nebraska vs Southern Cal
 Days: Sunday

The Editor's CBB Records:
    Last Week: 34 - 23 (.596)
    To Date: 440 - 191 (.697)
    Game of the Week: 11 - 3 (.788)

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