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December 15, 2006
Game of the Week: Pittsburgh vs. Wisconsin
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No top-10 teams may be more similar than the two that are schedule to meet Saturday afternoon.
No. 2 Pittsburgh (10-0) and No. 7 Wisconsin (10-1) are both built around one player - the Panthers around center Aaron Gray and the Badgers around small forward Alando Tucker. Each player is far and away the main offensive option on the squad.
Both stars are also surrounded by a well-balanced and deep supporting cast. Eight other Panthers and six other Badgers have scored in double figures at least once this season.
The Panthers and Badgers have plenty of role players, from defensive specialists to space eaters to zone busters.
But there is one glaring difference. Only one has proven worthy of its high ranking.
The Badgers beat in-state rival and No. 17-ranked Marquette 70-66 last week.
The Panthers haven't played a ranked team yet. They had to come from behind to escape with a 70-67 win over a 6-4 Buffalo team in their last game.
Does the Big East favorite really belong among the nation's elite teams? This matchup should give us a legitimate answer. We break down all the head-to-head battles and select who has the edge: