If the Tar Heel faithful aren't enough motivation to top the hot Tigers, here might be a factoid for Tyler Hansbrough and company to keep in mind: If Clemson wins, the Tigers move to third place in the ACC while the Heels fall to seventh in the conference. Trevor Booker, pictured, is averaging nine rebounds a game for the Clemson.
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Arizona State at Arizona, Wednesday, 9:30 PM
Not only is this a solid instate rivalry, it's a key conference games for both teams looking to get to the top of the Pac-10. James Harden, pictured, is averaging 22.1 ppg for the 4-1 Sun Devils.
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Purdue at Minnesota, Thursday, 7 PM
Smarting from a loss to bottom-feeder Northwestern over the weekend, the Gophers should be ready to defend their turf against the Boilermakers -- a team that had to overcome a 15-point deficit to beat Northwestern before Minnesota's fall. Lawrence Westbrook, pictured, led the team in rebounds, points and assists in the loss.
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Maryland at Duke, 12 PM Saturday
Sure, Duke is the second-ranked team in the country, while the Terrapins are losing to teams like Morgan State. But that doesn't make this any less of a completely fight-til-the-death sort of rivalry. Expect the Crazies to come out in full form and for Greivis Vasquez, pictured, and the Terps to put forward their best efforts -- last season it was the Terps who knocked off Carolina around this time.
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Memphis at Tennessee, Saturday, 3:30 PM
Speaking of rivalries, the Vols most likely recall the time they beat Memphis last season to get a No. 1 ranking. This season? Memphis may not have Derrick Rose, but it does have Tyreke Evans, who is putting up 16.4 ppg and finally learning the art of the assist.
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Louisville at Syracuse, Sunday, 12 PM
Samardo Samuels and company come into the Carrier Dome hoping to challenge for the top spot in the Big East -- if Marquette loses before Sunday, 'Cuse could be in the running too. Both teams have five wins, while the Orange have a loss as of Monday.
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