This is why it's called Big Monday:
Texas at Oklahoma
The Big XII champion looks very much in line for a number one seed right now, and this game could mean a lot down the road in determining who that team is. If that isn't enough incentive for the Sooners (the current Big XII one seed), their six straight double-digit losses to the Longhorns, including three last season alone, certainly should be. Those numbers aren't too encouraging if you're an Oklahoma fan, but if the Sooners' streak is going to stop, it very well might be tonight. Blake Griffin is on a double-double tear (he has six straight) and he's had some help - underrated freshman gaurd Willie Warren is averaging 21 points per game over his last five and Tony Crocker has scored in double figures in seven of nine. More good news for Oklahoma: A.J. Abrams is struggling (he's been held under 10 points in four of his last five) and the Longhorns are 1-2 on the road this season, with the lone win coming against a much less athletic Wisconsin team. The bad news? Damion James has picked up the slack for Abrams, averaging 16 points and 10 boards over his last five, and Texas comes in as the slightly more battled-tested team. In the end, expect a first-to-60 slugfest between these two, and expect the Sooners to eek out a one or two possession victory.
Notre Dame at Louisville
The enigmatic Cardinals (have they finally righted the ship?) picked up the biggest win of any Big East team last week in beating Villanova on the road. Now they return home for a pair of games this week that could send their seed up or down in a big way. The Irish visit tonight, and then the top-ranked Panthers come to town on Saturday. ND, meanwhile, has a brutal week itself; after tonight's game, they head to the Carrier Dome for a showdown with Syracuse this weekend. If the Cardinals want to extend their current win streak to four, they'll certainly need to contain Luke Harangody better than they did last year, when he scored 40 points and had 12 boards against them at Freedom Hall. Some of that responsibily will fall on Louisville's Earl Clark, who is coming off a week that saw him score 22 against South Florida and post a double-double (14 points, 11 boards) against the Wildcats.
Also receiving votes: Davidson at Appalachian State