Count on Georgetown and UConn to kick off the daunting Big East season in style -- Jeff Adrien (pictured) had 22 points and 14 rebounds in the Huskies last game while the Hoyas ran over Florida International on Tuesday, allowing only 16 points in the first half.
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Temple at No. 18 Villanova
Everyone's favorite holiday-season headliner Dionte Christmas and Temple travel to an 11-1 Villanova team led by Dante Cunningham (28 points against in the Tigers' last game) and Scottie Reynolds. Christmas had a bit of a rough stretch last week, but watch for him to snap out of it to challenge a team that held him to 20 points for a loss last season.
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No. 10 Purdue at Illinois
Robbie Hummel (pictured) and the Boilermakers may be one of the favorites to take the Big Ten this season, but Illinois coach Bruce Weber pointed out Monday that with a 12-1 start, the Illini are nothing to be taken lightly. Still, he acknowledged they would need "a special performance" to top the Boilermakers.
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No. 23 Minnesota at No. 11 Michigan State
Lawrence Westbrook (pictured) and the Gophers have shocked the Big Ten with an early jump out to a 12-0 record while a loaded-Michigan State team shocked Texas last week -- which one will start their Big Ten season off right?
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No. 18 Villanova at Marquette
Marquette may be slightly down, but don't count them out yet -- for some easy New Years day viewing, check out Dominic James (pictured) and the Golden Eagles as they try to pull an upset off to start the year.
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No. 3 Pitt at No. 12 Georgetown
The Hoyas face their second physical game of the week when Levance Fields, Sam Young and company head down to DC for an early look at what could be two Big East contenders. Da'Juan Summers (pictured) is putting up 14.4 ppg for the Hoyas while Sam Young is averaging 20.
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No. 15 Ohio State at No. 23 Minnesota
Ohio State lost a big one to West Virginia on Saturday, but does that mean they'll be motivated enough to beat Minnesota? B.J. Mullens (pictured) had two blocks in the loss.
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Kentucky at No. 19 Louisville
Why watch? Because Louisville could be a top-five team when the season is finished if they can get over a small problem: Rick Pitino said earlier this week he thinks his team has a few problems in their heads -- "I don't think it has anything to do with basketball, I think it has to do with psychology. That's the unfortunate thing. We've got to get through that period.'' See if they get over it in a long-running rivalry game. Terrence Williams (pictured) had 22 points in the Cards' win over UAB.
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