Monday, January 13, 2003

the week ahead in college hoops:
+ucla's steve lavin on his way out (not this week, in all likelihood, but a big enough story to lead with)
+big monday features mizzou at surprising syracuse and a game I'll let flyovercountry's chris cotner preview: "Bedlam tonight. Coming off a big win against UConn, can the gritty, tough, blue collar Sooners win at storied Gallagher-Iba Arena against instate rival OSU? We will know in about 5 hours."
+super tuesday's got michigan state at purdue (can the boilers keep defending mackey?), pittsburgh at west virginia (tougher-than-you-think road game for the panthers), and kentucky at vandy ('bilt coming off their huge win over 'bama, can they do it again?).
+the best slate of midweek games is likely wednesday's, and precious few will be televised nationally, sadly. you've got a pair of could-be-barn-burners in the big ten in illinois at iowa (can self's kids keep it up?) and minnesota at wisconsin for starters. mississippi state at 'bama is potentially big, real big. and then a pair of dandy acc matchups: virginia at duke and maryland at wake (still singing from the spanking coach k's crew gave 'em last night).
I'll preview the weekend before we get there. and in the interest of fairness and disclosure, I got some pointers from andy katz's "games to watch".

also: ready for your weekly hit of bracketology? joe lunardi kicks ass.

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