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Pregame Shootaround: Enjoy your Turkey Day!

Frank Kaminsky, Todd Johnson

Frank Kaminsky (AP Photo)


Game of the Day: Georgetown vs. No. 2 Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m.

The Hoyas knocked off No. 18 Florida yesterday in the quarterfinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis, advancing to take on the Badgers and their ridiculous front line of Frank Kaminsky, Nigel Hayes and Sam Dekker. Georgetown has been one of the surprises of the season, another in a long line of Big East outperforming expectations. But I’m not sure how their bigs will lineup with Wisconsin’s.

The Other Game of the Day: No. 5 North Carolina vs. No. 22 UCLA, 7:00 p.m.

This is a loser’s bracket game in the Battle 4 Atlantis after the Tar Heels were picked off by Butler and UCLA got nipped by Oklahoma. The loser of this game falls to 0-2 on the week, and no one wants to be in that position. Both teams like to score a lot of points and get out and run the floor.

Who’s getting upset?: No. 11 Kansas vs. Rhode Island, 2:00 p.m.

Kansas has yet to look like the Jayhawks we know and love this season, as Bill Self has clearly become frustrated with some of the younger guys on his roster. And Rhody? They’re fresh off of a big win over Nebraska. E.C. Mathews is the real deal.

Five things to watch for:

1. Butler vs. Oklahoma, 1:00 p.m.: Butler looks like the Butler of old, while Oklahoma and native-Bahamian Buddy Hield are sleepers to make a run to the Final Four.

2. No. 20 Michigan State vs. Rider, 6:30 p.m.: Just how good is Michigan State this season? Well, they should be good enough to be Rider.

3. Marquette vs. Georgia Tech, 8:30 p.m.: Georgia Tech looks destined to finish near the bottom of the ACC while Marquette has been the one disappointing Big East school.

4. Memphis vs. Baylor, 11:00 p.m.: Baylor has actually been better than expected this season, but the same cannot be said about Memphis.

5. No. 18 Florida vs. UAB, 9:30 p.m.: Florida will be good this season ... when they finally get completely healthy.