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  Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Games of Interest for 1/25
By Drew Barnette

-ILLINOIS href=/profile//> AT href=/profile//> WISCONSIN href=/profile//> (***pod href=/profile//> system href=/profile//> spotlight href=/profile//> game***). href=/profile//> Something href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> give href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> one. href=/profile//> Illinois href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> unbeaten, href=/profile//> ranked href=/profile//> #1 href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> threat href=/profile//> despite href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> fact href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> they've href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> tough href=/profile//> schedule. href=/profile//> On href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> flip href=/profile//> side, href=/profile//> Wisconsin href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> 38 href=/profile//> straight href=/profile//> home href=/profile//> games, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> those href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> obviously href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Big href=/profile//> Ten href=/profile//> teams. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> absolutely href=/profile//> electric href=/profile//> atmosphere. href=/profile//> If href=/profile//> Illinois href=/profile//> wins href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> remain href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> soul href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> place href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Big href=/profile//> Ten. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> likely href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> toughest href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> schedule, href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> figure href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> possibly href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> out. href=/profile//> If href=/profile//> Wisconsin href=/profile//> wins, href=/profile//> they'll href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> tied href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> place href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> conference. href=/profile//> Illinois href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> fantastic href=/profile//> guards, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> think href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> fast href=/profile//> paced href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> benefit href=/profile//> them. href=/profile//> Wisconsin href=/profile//> likes href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> slow href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> down href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> half href=/profile//> court href=/profile//> game. href=/profile//>





-BALL href=/profile//> STATE href=/profile//> AT href=/profile//> AKRON. href=/profile//> Ball href=/profile//> State href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> huge href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> Western href=/profile//> Michigan href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> weekend. href=/profile//> Surprisingly, href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> quality href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//> A href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> here href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> pull href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> within href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> place href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> MAC href=/profile//> western href=/profile//> division, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> sustain href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> fifty href=/profile//> RPI. href=/profile//>

-KANSAS href=/profile//> AT href=/profile//> BAYLOR. href=/profile//> Huge href=/profile//> mismatch href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Big href=/profile//> Twelve. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> Kansas's href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> since href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> blown href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Villanova. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> shouldn't href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> trouble href=/profile//> rebounding href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> game. href=/profile//> It's href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> chance href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> pick href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> easy href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> road href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> remain href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> place href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Big href=/profile//> Twelve.

-GEORGIA href=/profile//> AT href=/profile//> FLORIDA. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> less href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> desperation href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Florida. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> cannot href=/profile//> afford href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> lose href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> want href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> remain href=/profile//> anywhere href=/profile//> close href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> bubble href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> being. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> Gators href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> games, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> they've href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> bad href=/profile//> ones href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> described href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> inconsistent.

-XAVIER href=/profile//> AT href=/profile//> GEORGE href=/profile//> WASHINGTON. href=/profile//> GW href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> brilliant href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> schedule, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> they've href=/profile//> already href=/profile//> dropped href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> actually href=/profile//> trail href=/profile//> Dayton href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Atlantic href=/profile//> Ten href=/profile//> west. href=/profile//> Xavier href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> terrible href=/profile//> road href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> never href=/profile//> knows href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> GW href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> show href=/profile//> up. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> fast href=/profile//> paced href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> tendency href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> lose href=/profile//> focus. href=/profile//> A href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> INCREDIBLY href=/profile//> damaging.

-SAINT href=/profile//> JOHN'S href=/profile//> AT href=/profile//> GEORGETOWN. href=/profile//> Georgetown href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> having href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> chance href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> pick href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> remain href=/profile//> toward href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> standings. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> close href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> dunk href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Notre href=/profile//> Dame href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> weekend. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> Hoyas href=/profile//> appear href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> real href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> pace href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> dance.

-KENTUCKY href=/profile//> AT href=/profile//> TENNESSEE. href=/profile//> Kentucky href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> unbeaten href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> clearly href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> superior href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> one, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> struggled href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> road href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> times href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//> Tennessee href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> incredibly href=/profile//> inconsistent href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> likely href=/profile//> struggle href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> Kentucky href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> beginning href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> find href=/profile//> themselves. href=/profile//>

-TEXAS href=/profile//> TECH href=/profile//> AT href=/profile//> TEXAS. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> trial href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> fire href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> continue href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Texas href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> forced href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> adjust href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> life href=/profile//> without href=/profile//> PJ href=/profile//> Tucker. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> looked href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Oklahoma href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> weekend, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> failed href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> pick href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> fantastic href=/profile//> win. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> face href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> possibly href=/profile//> underrated href=/profile//> Texas href=/profile//> Tech href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//> Tech href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> six href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> seven href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> 3-1 href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> play. href=/profile//> Both href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> coached href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> realize href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> stake href=/profile//> here.

-CONNECTICUT href=/profile//> AT href=/profile//> WEST href=/profile//> VIRGINIA. href=/profile//> UConn href=/profile//> blew href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> huge href=/profile//> lead href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Pitt href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> weekend href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> home. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> cannot href=/profile//> afford href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> drop href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> done href=/profile//> nothing href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> note href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> play. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> already href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> losses href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> Villanova, href=/profile//> Georgetown, href=/profile//> Syracuse href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Boston href=/profile//> College href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> well, href=/profile//> it's href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> hard href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> keep href=/profile//> up.

 
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