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Top of the Arc - December 19, 2008

Dec. 19, 11:30 a.m.: After a week of mostly lackluster matchups, this weekend offers several high-profile showdowns. Here are eight games to keep an eye on this weekend:

1) Connecticut vs. Gonzaga in Seattle (Saturday, 4 p.m.) This is a battle of two potential No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament. The Zags are committed to defense this season but will be supremely tested, particularly inside.

2) Xavier vs. Duke in New Jersey (Saturday, 2 p.m.) The Musketeers have been better than expected after losing key pieces of their Elite Eight team from a year ago. Just how good is undefeated Xavier? We will find out when it meets the Blue Devils on a neutral court.

3) Davidson vs. Purdue in Indianapolis (Saturday, 4 p.m.) Davidson’s lone loss was against Oklahoma. Stephen Curry and Co. have a chance to notch their best win of the season and significantly enhance the team’s tournament resume.

4) Michigan State vs. Texas in Houston (Saturday, 2 p.m.) Texas has been a little better than expected, losing only a one-point game against Notre Dame in Maui. Michigan State has not been as good as expected, but this is a good opportunity for the Spartans to get on track.

5) Syracuse at Memphis (Saturday, 6 p.m.) Not sure how good either team is at this point. The Orange want to further flush away the memory of the Cleveland State loss, while the Tigers need one quality victory.

6) Arizona State vs. Brigham Young in Glendale, Ariz. (Saturday, 4:30 p.m.) A battle of two emerging teams. The Sun Devils could be the favorite in the Pac-10. BYU is undefeated; this is its first significant challenge.

7) Clemson at Miami (Sunday, 7:45 p.m.) Clemson has a hot start to the season. What else is new? Miami feels it can be a contender in the ACC. Two potential tournament teams square off.

By Eric Prisbell  |  December 19, 2008; 11:29 AM ET
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