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Pregame Shootaround: Holiday weekend ends with No. 7 Texas at No. 24 UConn, No. 11 Kansas vs. No. 20 Michigan State

Myles Turner



GAME OF THE DAY: No. 7 Texas vs. No. 24 UConn, 12 p.m. (ESPN2)

UConn hosts Texas on Sunday afternoon in a battle of ranked programs. The two teams haven’t met since 2010 when the Huskies took on the top-ranked Longhorns inside Gampel Pavilion. The last time these two meet in that arena this happened:

THIS GAME IS GOOD TOO: No. 11 Kansas vs. No. 20 Michigan State, 1 p.m. (ESPN) -- Orland Classic

Two teams that lost in the Champions Classic meet in the Orlando Classic championship game. The Jayhawks received 24 points and 13 rebounds from Perry Ellis in the semifinals against Tennessee while Sparty staved off a Marquette comeback with 25 points from Denzel Valentine.


1) No. 1 Kentucky is back in action on Sunday afternoon, taking on Providence. LaDontae Henton is coming off another big scoring effort against Yale on Friday with the Friars winning without Kris Dunn or Jalen Lindsey in the lineup.

2) Jahlil Okafor and No. 4 Duke have one more game before heading to Madison and facing Wisconsin in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Coach K welcomes in his alma mater, Army, on Sunday afternoon.

3) The Wooden Legacy championship game is on Sunday night with UTEP facing Washington. The Miners already picked up a big win against Xavier on Friday afternoon. In the third place game Xavier goes up against Long Beach State for the second time in two weeks.

4) Maryland avoided an upset from Monmouth the other night, will SMU?

5) Iona is the top team in the MAAC this season. The upset-minded Gaels visit No. 25 Arkansas this afternoon.

TOP 25

  • No. 1 Kentucky vs. Providence, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
  • No. 4 Duke vs. Army, 12 p.m. (ESPNU)
  • No. 7 Texas vs. No. 24 UConn, 12 p.m. (ESPN2)
  • No. 11 Kansas vs. No. 20 Michigan State, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
  • No. 12 Villanova vs. Delaware, 4:30 p.m. (FOX Sports 1)
  • No. 25 Arkansas vs. Iona, 3:30 p.m. (SEC Network)


  • Stanford vs. DePaul, 2:30 p.m. (FOX Sports 1)
  • Richmond vs. Northern Iowa, 3 p.m. (ESPN3)
  • Tennessee vs. Marquette, 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
  • USC vs. New Mexico, 4 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
  • Xavier vs. Long Beach State, 4 p.m. (ESPNU)
  • VMI vs. Maryland, 6 p.m. (ESPN3)
  • Rhode Island vs. Georgia Tech, 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
  • Monmouth vs. SMU, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
  • UTEP vs. Washington, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)

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