Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 12/20/11
College Hoops 101 has undergone a facelift.  My weekly breakdown of the past week in college basketball and look ahead will now be split into two parts.  (Click here for a look at the past week.)  This week’s edition of the “The Week Ahead” looks at the best games of the up-coming week including a preview of the annual Braggin’ Rights game between Missouri and Illinois, and why Xavier will be upset in the opening round of the Diamond Head Classic. Butler at Gonzaga, Tues 8:00, ESPN2 This is a match-up of two of the premiere mid-major programs in the country, with both teams coming off big wins against talented opponents (the Zags against Arizona, Butler versus Purdue.)  The Bulldogs have gotten off to a really slow 5-6 start and likely have to win the Horizon League to make the tournament this year.  A win in a hostile environment like Gonzaga would certainly help their confidence. Texas at North Carolina, Wed 6:00, ESPN Despite having a young, under-sized team, the Longhorns are 9...
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