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Cincinnati@Xavier 7 p.m. [ESPN2]

This is the 75th time these cross-town rivals are meeting. In the 1990s, it was Xavier that was a thorn in the side of Cincinnati, beating the Bearcats twice when the Bearcats were the top-ranked team. These days, it's the Atlantic 10's Xavier (7-1) that is ranked (No. 17) with the Big East's Cincinnati (4-4) going for the upset. The Musketeers, who have some decent size, have six players averaging in double digits.

NBA

Pistons@Rockets 8 p.m. [ESPN]

Detroit leads the Central Division and Houston is treading water in the Southwest, hanging in at around .500. But this gives you a chance to see the Rockets' Yao Ming (before the big guy gets hurt again).

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