SI PICK OF THE WEEK
Devils and Horns
The big 1 versus 2 matchup for Texas fans comes when the Longhorns face USC in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 4, but this is a pretty good warmup. Top-ranked Duke visits No. 2 Texas, which is off to its best start (7-0) since 1981-82, thanks to sophomore forward LaMarcus Aldridge (right), who has six double doubles and is shooting 68.8% from the floor this season. The 6-0 Blue Devils prefer to do their damage outside--senior J.J. Redick (left) led the country with 121 threes last year and is averaging 22.7 points this season. CBS 1:30 p.m.
This is an article from the Dec. 12, 2005 issue
Sam Soliman vs. Winky Wright
Jermain Taylor (page 134) better not celebrate for too long--there's trouble on the horizon. Wright (49-3) gave up his junior middleweight belts for a shot at middleweight Taylor, but first he must dispatch the acrobatic Soliman (above), who at 31-7 is the IBF's No. 1 contender. HBO 10 p.m.
At West Point cadets take an oath not to lie, cheat or steal. So what happens when they do? This drama, starring Scott Glenn (left) as coach Red Blaik, examines the pressures that drove several of his players on the 1951 football team to cheat on exams--and how far those cadets went to cover their actions. ESPN 9 p.m.
No. 8 Boston College at No. 23 Maryland
The Eagles are new to the ACC but not to Terps coach Gary Williams, who held the same post at BC from 1983 to '86. His challenge today: Find an answer for Eagles forward Jared Dudley, who is averaging 18.0 points this season. Fox Sports Net 8 p.m.
Colts at Jaguars
Indianapolis is on a well-publicized quest for perfection, but Jacksonville has quietly won five straight games behind a stingy defense that is allowing 283.2 yards per game. To extend their streak, the Jaguars will need a big day from David Garrard (above), who is filling in for injured quarterback Byron Leftwich. CBS 1 p.m.
Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team
More than a billion television viewers saw Brandi Chastain (right) clinch the 1999 Women's World Cup, but far fewer had paid attention to the U.S. women's national team before that afternoon in the Rose Bowl. Dream chronicles the story of the squad, from its appearance in the inaugural World Cup in 1991 through Chastain's fateful penalty kick and ensuing celebration, which gave women's soccer exposure in more ways than one. HBO 8 p.m.
Suns at Mavericks Last year former Mav Steve Nash dished out 18 assists in his return to Dallas. Don't expect such gaudy numbers this year. Nash's posse is shorthanded (Amaré Stoudemire is hurt, and Joe Johnson is in Atlanta), and thanks to defensive-minded Mavs coach Avery Johnson, there's finally some D in Big D. ESPN 8 p.m.