Week Ahead

Jan. 15, 2007
Jan. 15, 2007

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Jan. 15, 2007

SI Players: Life On And Off The Field
College Football
Pro Football
Pro Basketball
College Basketball

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

No. 16 Tennessee at No. 5 Ohio State It's no surprise that Greg Oden is blocking shots (an average of 3.8 a game) and grabbing rebounds (9.5 per game). But the 7 foot Buckeyes center (right), whose right wrist isn't fully healed from surgery undergone in June, has been a pleasant surprise on the offensive end. In his first eight games he averaged 14.4 points, including a 21-point outburst in a win over Indiana. Oden may have a field day against the Vols, whose tallest player is 6'9". CBS 1 p.m.

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NFL Divisional Playoffs: Colts at Ravens So much for Indianapolis's shaky run defense. After allowing a league-worst 173 rushing yards per game in the regular season, the Colts held Larry Johnson to 32 yards and the Chiefs to 44 total in their wild-card win last Saturday—the first time all season Indy kept an opponent under 100. That defense will be tested again: Baltimore's Jamal Lewis (below) ran for 1,132 yards this season. CBS 4:30 p.m.

Hula Bowl It's a good bet that most Hawaiians haven't seen Lady Liberty in person, but they'll see someone nearly as inspiring at this college all-star game: Boise State quarterback Jared Zabransky, who helped his underdog Broncos beat Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl by executing a perfect Statue of Liberty play in overtime. Zabransky's Fiesta counterpart, Sooners QB Paul Thompson, will be in Honolulu too, as will several local heroes—seven University of Hawaii players will play. ESPN 8:30 p.m.

Spurs at Bulls Two-time MVP Tim Duncan, who leads San Antonio in scoring (20.1 points per game) and rebounding (10.1 per game), will do battle with four-time Defensive Player of the Year Ben Wallace, Chicago's leading rebounder (10.1 per game) and the main reason the Bulls are 15--5 since Dec. 1. Check listings 2 p.m.

On Shelves: NCAA March Madness 07 Fitting the Cameron Crazies in your den might be tough, but EA Sports's new college hoops release lets gamers simulate the conditions of a road game at Duke. The Intensity Control—blast a school's fight song or have the student section call out chants that would make J.J. Redick blush—can change a game's outcome by affecting player composure ratings.


Open Season
Self-improvement is on everyone's mind this time of year, and even Roger Federer has areas in which he can do better in 2007. For starters, the world No. 1 won only three majors in '06. (He was merely a finalist at the French Open.) And he did lose matches to two players—Spain's Rafael Nadal, who beat Federer four times, and Britain's Andy Murray, who upset Federer in August. The Swiss star begins his quest for the first men's Grand Slam since 1969 at the Australian Open, which he will try to win for the third time. Beware, Roger—Nadal and Murray will be there too. (Through Jan. 28.) ESPN2 7 p.m.