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Top of the Arc - December 12, 2008

Dec. 12, 10:15 a.m.: Yesterday was a light day in college basketball, so I’ll run down the top four games to keep an eye on this weekend:

Memphis at Georgetown (Saturday)
Two of the nation’s best freshman, Georgetown’s Greg Monroe and Memphis’s Tyreke Evans, meet in a game of two likely tournament teams. Neither is as good as last season, but it remains a must-see game.

Gonzaga at Arizona (Sunday)
The Zags continue their national tour and look to pick up another quality win away from Spokane, Wash. Most agree this is Mark Few’s best team. A likely win over Arizona would be another step toward a No. 1 seed. The Wildcats would be undefeated if not for two one-point losses, one to Alabama-Birmingham, another to Texas A&M.

Xavier at Cincinnati (Saturday)
Another good test for Sean Miller’s Xavier team before the Musketeers face Duke in a week. The game could be a significant boost for a Cincinnati team looking to make a dent in the stacked Big East. The Bearcats have solid wins over UNLV and UAB but lost to Florida State. A win against Xavier would establish the Bearcats a outside contender for a tournament berth.

Butler at Ohio State (Saturday)
This is the first big test for Butler, which is not expected to be as strong as last season without A.J. Graves. Ohio State is vastly improved from last season and already has victories over Miami and Notre Dame. Evan Turner leads the Buckeyes in points, rebounds and assists. Freshman B.J. Mullens has struggled.

By Eric Prisbell  |  December 12, 2008; 10:16 AM ET
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