December 19, 2013 at 11:06 AM #53010
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The coming week in the world of sports has plenty of events to offer, but there are a few events that truly demand a sports fan’s undivided attention.
College Basketball: Florida Gators vs. Memphis Tigers (Tuesday)
This is a neutral-site game played in New York as the second half of the two-game Jimmy V Classic. Memphis is feeling good about itself, having recently avenged an early-season loss to Oklahoma State a few weeks later in a Thanksgiving tournament. The Tigers have a senior-based lineup that is coming together as December hits the midway point. Florida is anything but whole. The Gators are battling a combination of injuries and academic eligibility issues that are preventing their full eight-man rotation from being on the floor at the same time. Yet, even though the Gators are shorthanded, they defeated the youthful Kansas Jayhawks at home last week, adding a very big accomplishment to their resume and shoring up their seeding for the NCAA tournament. If Florida can get past this game against Memphis, the Gators could very easily get to the SEC season without a lot of damage done to their overall profile. Florida could then be in a position to make a run at a very high seed if it can get its players healthy and stay that way.
College Basketball: Texas Longhorns @ North Carolina Tar Heels (Wednesday)
This is an interesting game in that it will test North Carolina’s ability to maintain focus. The Tar Heels are coming off a highly emotional and draining 82-77 win over Kentucky this past Saturday. North Carolina has lost to Belmont and UAB this season, but coach Roy Williams’ team has now defeated Kentucky, Louisville, and Michigan State, three of the top teams in the nation. No other college basketball team has a collection of three wins as good as UNC. Now, though, the Tar Heels have to return to the court and show that they can be consistent. That’s been the missing piece for them in the first five weeks of the season. If North Carolina can avoid playing down to the competition and can operate in a smoother, steadier way at the offensive end of the floor, it should be able to achieve a great deal before this season ends.
NFL Football: New England Patriots @ Baltimore Ravens
This is a huge NFL game – not just for both of the teams involved, but for various other teams around the league. What happens here is going to reverberate through the rest of the NFL. New England is trying to lock down the second seed in the AFC and a first-round playoff bye, but if Baltimore wins, the Cincinnati Bengals would have a chance to take the second seed, relegating the Patriots to the wild card round, something they definitely want to avoid if at all possible. New England has been accumulating a lot of injuries, so the Patriots need to be able to get that first-round bye if at all possible. Baltimore, of course, is fighting for a playoff spot as well, so the Miami Dolphins – who are contending with the Ravens for the sixth seed in the AFC – will also be interested in the outcome of this contest.
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