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Week of December 6 - 12, 2004


(5) Oklahoma State vs (6) Syracuse (New York City, NY) - Tuesday

Two teams with huge recent success in the NCAA Tournament get together Tuesday night in Madison Square Garden. Two years ago, the Orange, led by true freshman Carmelo Anthony, won the national title. Just last spring, Oklahoma State made a trip to the Final Four but came up just short of the ultimate prize.

Both teams are perfect on the 2004 season thus far. The Orange have won their first seven, including victories over Mississippi State and Memphis. The Cowboys are 5-0 and beat Washington State by 52 points this past Saturday.

Coach Eddie Sutton's team has been led by the play of two seniors, guard John Lucas and forward Joey Graham. Lucas averages over 21 points a contest and is shooting 47% from three-point land this fall. Graham averages more than 18 points a game and also pulls down five rebounds. The Orange have a couple of All-American candiates of their own in forward Hakim Warrick and guard Gerry McNamara. Warrick, also a senior, is scoring nearly 20 points a contest while also grabbing 9 rebounds each night out. McNamara, just a junior, scores 15 points a game and dishes out almost 5 assists.

This one will look nice on the resume come March, but other than that, it isn't crucial to either team. It should, however, provide college hoops fans with a fantastic matchup early in the season, rivaling the mid-week showdown between Wake Forest and Illinois just last week. Though it's on a neutral court, SU Orange will dominate the crowd, and coach Jim Boeheim's team will come away with another impressive victory.

The Editor Says: Syracuse


Memphis vs Pittsburgh (New York City, NY) - Tuesday

This is the Tigers' second trip to NYC this fall. A few weeks ago, John Calipari's team came in second place in the Coaches vs Cancer Classic. UM lost one game there (to Syracuse) and later dropped one to Maryland. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, has yet to lose this season, but this will by far be the Panthers' toughest test yet. Another good contest in MSG, the Tigers get the job done.

The Editor Says: Memphis

(7) Louisville at Florida - Saturday

Louisville was our preseason pick in Conference USA, and the Cardinals play their first true road game of the season on Saturday. The home court wasn't so kind to the Gators last week, though, as UF dropped a decision to in-state rival Miami. The Gators have the talent this year (and in recent years) but can't seem to get over the hump. That won't start this week either.

The Editor Says: Louisville

Oregon at (1) Illinois - Saturday

The Ducks will again be one of the PAC 10's best teams this year, and they've already gotten off to a 4-0 start. A ten-point win over Vanderbilt last weekend looks good, but that one wasn't nearly as tough as a road trip to Illinois will be this week. The Illini absolutely destroyed's preseason number one Wake Forest last week and could do the same to UO if the Ducks don't come ready to play.

The Editor Says: Illinois

Wisconsin at Marquette - Saturday

These two in-state rivals are two of the best in their respective leagues again this season. The Golden Eagles are off to a 7-0 start, but they have yet to play a team as good as the Badgers and have won their seven games by an average of only seven points. Wisconsin never looks impressive on paper, but the Badgers seem to have a knack for getting the job done.

The Editor Says: Wisconsin

Pacific at Nevada - Saturday

If you don't know much about Pacific, maybe you should. The Tigers' are based out of Stockton, CA and advanced to the second round of last year's NCAA Tourney after a win over Providence in round one. They have lost just once this season, that at Kansas. Ironically, Nevada, a Sweet Sixteen team from last year, had their only loss of the season come against the Jayhawks as well.

The Editor Says: Nevada


Virginia at Iowa State - Monday
The Editor Says: Virginia

Arkansas at Missouri - Tuesday
The Editor Says: Missouri

Wisconsin-Green Bay at Wisconsin - Tuesday
The Editor Says: Wisconsin

Kent State at Creighton - Tuesday
The Editor Says: Creighton

Northern Iowa at Iowa - Tuesday
The Editor Says: Iowa

Colorado at California - Tuesday
The Editor Says: California

Notre Dame at Indiana - Wednesday
The Editor Says: Indiana

Rutgers at Princeton - Wednesday
The Editor Says: Princeton

Minnesota at Nebraska - Wednesday
The Editor Says: Minnesota

Oklahoma at Purdue - Wednesday
The Editor Says: Oklahoma

UNLV at Pepperdine - Wednesday
The Editor Says: Pepperdine

(1) Illinois at Georgetown - Thursday
The Editor Says: Illinois

Vanderbilt at Cincinnati - Thursday
The Editor Says: Cincinnati

Iowa State at Iowa - Friday
The Editor Says: Iowa

UAB at (5) Oklahoma State - Friday
The Editor Says: Oklahoma State

Utah at (13) Arizona - Saturday
The Editor Says: Arizona

Mississippi at Memphis - Saturday
The Editor Says: Memphis

Indiana vs (14) Kentucky (Louisville, KY) - Saturday
The Editor Says: Kentucky

Pittsburgh at Penn State - Saturday
The Editor Says: Pittsburgh

Creighton at Nebraska - Saturday
The Editor Says: Creighton

Air Force at (4) Georgia Tech - Saturday
The Editor Says: Georgia Tech

Stanford at Michigan State (Auburn Hills, MI) - Saturday
The Editor Says: Michigan State

Xavier at Tennessee - Saturday
The Editor Says: Tennessee

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

Pepperdine at UCLA - Saturday
The Editor Says: UCLA

Temple at (10) Alabama - Saturday
The Editor Says: Alabama

The Editor's Final CFB Records:
    Last Week: 8 - 1 (.889)
    To Date: 216 - 101 (.681)
    Game of the Week: 10 - 3 (.769)

The Editor's CBB Records:
    Last Week: 24 - 7 (.774)
    To Date: 34 - 15 (.694)
    Game of the Week: 2 - 0 (1.000)

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