So the Super Bowl is complete, signaling the end of what was the 2006 football season, which means we can all look towards the final month of college hoops and a Selection Sunday that is now less than five weeks away. With around ten to twelve games left for each squad, there is still much to be determined, and that all gets started now. It's Rivalry Week, as declared by ESPN, and that slate of games is highlighted by the likes of Texas-Texas A&M, Pittsburgh-West Virginia, Oklahoma State-Oklahoma, Kansas State-Kansas, North Carolina-Duke, USC-UCLA, and many more!
Texas at Texas A&M
There is little doubt that star freshman Kevin Durant is already one of the country's best players, but that isn't always translating into Texas victories. With the Aggies coming off a huge, come-from-behind road win at Kansas Saturday night, picking up a victory in College Station will be no easy task.
Georgetown at Louisville
Both squads have already picked up six league wins and are just a couple victories behind league-leading Pittsburgh heading into the week. While that was expected of the Hoyas, Rick Pitino's Cards have been a bit of surprise. Can that continue, or will the more talented Georgetown team prevail?
Pittsburgh at West Virginia
The Panthers were one of the first teams in the country to reach 20 wins, but the Mountaineers themselves are just a few victories away from reaching that same plateau. The Big East is stacked, so every single game is huge from here on out.
Oklahoma State at Oklahoma
After picking up a huge home win over Texas Tech on Saturday, the Sooners have themselves sitting at 4-4 in Big XII play and very much in the NCAA hunt. Nothing would strengthen their case more than another big victory, this one over their in-state rival who was shocked on the road at Colorado just this past weekend.
Kansas State at Kansas
Bob Huggins already has this year's Wildcats playing better than they have at anytime in recent history, as they're sitting at 6-2 and in second place in the Big XII standings. A road win at Texas was huge last Saturday, but a win in Allen Fieldhouse against their in-state rival would be even bigger.
North Carolina at Duke
This is as big as the rivalries come in college hoops, as evidenced by the fact that both got caught looking ahead to this one and lost games over the weekend. The ACC race is once again wide open, and both of these plan to have something to say about who takes home the title.
Southern Cal at UCLA
This pair is first and second in the conference standings heading into the week after both went 2-0 over the Oregon schools last week. While UCLA has been as expected and was ranked #1 for a portion of the season, the Trojans have been a pleasant surprise on their way to an 18-6 record.
OTHER TOP MATCHUPS
Syracuse at Connecticut - 6:00 PM CST
The Huskies better put some wins together, or the Tournament will not be in their future.
NC State at Georgia Tech - Tuesday 6:00 PM CST
Both are coming off huge weekend wins but need to string some victories together.
Michigan at Ohio State - 6:00 PM CST
UM has split their first 8 Big Ten games and will again try to avoid a late-season slump.
Virginia at Maryland - 8:00 PM CST
Cavs are tied atop the ACC standings thanks to recent wins over Clemson and Duke. UM is just 3-5 in league play.
LSU at Tennessee - 8:00 PM CST
Tigers are in real danger of losing any NCAA hope at all. Vols, meanwhile, are 2 games below .500 in the SEC.
BYU at Wyoming - 8:00 PM CST
Cougars head into the week tied with Air Force atop the MWC standings.
Air Force at San Diego State - 9:00 PM CST
Like BYU, co-leading AFA will start their week away from home.
Florida State at Clemson - 6:30 PM CST
The Seminoles suddenly find themselves in the NCAA picture, while Clemson has dropped five of six.
Florida at Georgia - 6:30 PM CST
Dawgs are still a game above break-even in the SEC but need to continue stockpiling victories.
Mississippi State at Alabama - 7:00 PM CST
Tide is leading the SEC West at 4-4, while MSU is 3-5 and trying to keep their NCAA hopes breathing.
Michigan State at Purdue - 7:00 PM CST
Pair of teams that are 4-5 in Big Ten play go head-to-head.
Auburn at Arkansas - 7:00 PM CST
Both have already dropped five SEC games, and it's too early to be losing number six.
South Carolina at Kentucky - 7:00 PM CST
Gamecocks appear to be improving, but it will take a remarkable effort to knock off UK.
Bradley at Southern Illinois - 7:35 PM CST
Co-league leading Salukis welcome in Bradley who's just 3 games back at 7-6 in MVC action.
Notre Dame at DePaul - 6:00 PM CST
Irish can't afford to lose games like they did Saturday at USF.
Stanford at Washington State - 9:00 PM CST
This pair is a combined 15-6 in Pac-10 play thus far.
Nevada at Fresno State - 9:00 PM CST
Pack survived a scare at home against Hawaii on Saturday, now must venture out on the road.