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Top of the Arc - November 26, 2008

Nov. 26, 3 p.m.: Here is a rundown of what to watch for tonight:

UMBC at George Washington, 7:30 p.m.
I’m keeping my eye on this game. I still think George Washington is improved and should finish in the middle of the pack in the Atlantic 10. But tonight is a dangerous test against a UMBC team that returns four starters from its NCAA tournament squad.

Elon at Virginia Tech, 7 p.m.
The Hokies have not looked good this season, even in victories. The loss to Xavier was a heartbreaker, and one that likely will be brought up in a few months if the Hokies sit on the bubble again. They could use a strong effort tonight.

Notre Dame vs. North Carolina, 10 p.m.
I’ve got family coming to town, but I’ll have to catch a glimpse of this. The Irish can shoot the lights out. And the Tar Heels have one Tyler back, even though they lost the other. The Tar Heels may not face a team this strong in the ACC.

Alabama-Birmingham vs. Oklahoma, 9 p.m.
Arizona helped UAB beat Arizona the other night, so we get this matchup. Watch OU’s Blake Griffin, who could be the top pick in the NBA draft. UAB star Robert Vaden told me a few weeks ago that the new three-point line would not affect his shooting. He made 8 of 11 three-pointers in a win against ODU.

Boston College vs. Purdue, 7 p.m.
Purdue was a year ahead of schedule with last season’s performance. The Boilermakers should be the second-best team in the Big Ten. The Fighting Tyrese Rices may have more scoring options than one man, seriously.

Oregon vs. Texas, 4:30 p.m.
The Longhorns are the better team. Oregon has depth but is very, very young. The Big 12 is up this year, the Pac-10 is down. This game should show that.

Montana State at Oregon State, 11 p.m.
I have a perverse interest in struggling power conference teams. Montana State beat Colorado. Oregon State has lost to Howard and Yale. This matchup spells trouble for the President-elect’s brother-in-law.

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 26, 2008; 3:00 PM ET
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