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Today's Specials: Can Ohio State sweep Michigan?

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer
Deshaun Thomas had 20 points the first time Ohio State faced Michigan this season. (US Presswire)

Monday was a quiet night on the hardwood, although Syracuse was able to snap its losing streak and Iowa State made a statement. Tuesday brings us a rematch of one of the better games of the season, while a couple of upset-minded underdogs will also look to pull off some surprises.

Note: All times are Eastern, and the rankings are according to the AP poll.

Best game: No. 10 Ohio State at No. 3 Michigan (9 p.m., ESPN). We all saw what happened the first time these two teams played, when Ohio State jumped out to an early lead and hung on to hand Michigan its first loss of the season. The Wolverines are coming off their second defeat, as they fell at Indiana on Saturday night. Ohio State still has some questions, but the Buckeyes have won four in a row and are back into the top 10. On Sunday, Ohio State faces Indiana -- so getting one of two this week would be key. Will Aaron Craft slow down Trey Burke again?

Second-best game: No. 2 Florida at Arkansas (7 p.m., ESPN). Will the Razorbacks be the first SEC team to throw a scare into Florida? The Gators have been steamrolling their conference opponents, winning each game by at least 14 points. Four of the eight wins were by 30 points or more. The tempo battle will be interesting, as Arkansas loves to push the ball, while Florida would prefer a half-court contest. In terms of individual matchups, look for Scottie Wilbekin to slow BJ Young much like has stifled opposing stars throughout the season.

Another one to watch: Florida State at Georgia Tech (9 p.m., ESPN3). This game won't have much of a bearing on the ACC standings or the NCAA tournament picture, but it will be interesting to see if the Seminoles can start a season-changing winning streak. After an 0-5 start in the ACC, Georgia Tech has won two of its last three, including a victory over Virginia on Sunday. The Yellow Jackets really defend, which is where Florida State has fallen off dramatically this season. Keep an eye on the matchup between Marcus Georges-Hunt and Michael Snaer.

Guaranteed win: Akron has the nation's longest current winning streak, as the Zips have strung together 13 wins in a row. They will likely increase that to 14 on Tuesday, as Central Michigan comes to town. The Chippewas are just 2-6 in the MAC, and have lost four in a row. Moreover, Central Michigan is just 1-7 in road games this season. Don't expect the upset on Tuesday.

Potential upset: Since leaping into the nation's attention with back-to-back wins over Louisville and Syracuse, Villanova has dropped two in a row to Notre Dame and Providence. Are the Wildcats headed for their third loss in a row? They take a trip to DePaul (7 p.m., ESPN2) on Tuesday, and although the Blue Demons have lost six in a row, it won't be an easy win for ‘Nova.

Three things to keep an eye on:

  1. A couple of teams from the Sunflower State look to avoid upsets, as No. 13 Kansas State visits Texas Tech (8 p.m., ESPN3) and Wichita State trips to Southern Illinois (8 p.m., ESPN3).
  2. Miami (Fla.) might be the hottest team in the country right now, and the Hurricanes welcome Boston College to town (7 p.m., ESPN3).
  3. North Carolina and Kentucky are not on the bubble yet, but neither can afford bad losses. The Tar Heels host Wake Forest (7 p.m., ESPNU) and Kentucky faces South Carolina (9 p.m., ESPNU).

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