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November 24, 2006
Game of the Week: Kansas vs. Florida
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There was no discussion when it came to picking Rivals.com's first Game of the Week for the 2006-07 season.
Top-ranked Florida (5-0) and No. 10 Kansas (3-1) ended the selection process more than two months ago when they scheduled a matchup in Las Vegas for Saturday night at 10:30 p.m.
The Jayhawks' stunning loss to Oral Roberts last week – which dropped them seven spots in the polls – took off some of the luster, but it remains one of the most heavily anticipated games of the season for a multitude of reasons.
The Gators return all five starters from a team that captured the school's first national title in April. The Jayhawks bring back almost all the key players from a squad that won 15 of 16 games entering the 2006 NCAA Tournament.
With the exception of North Carolina, these are probably the two most talented teams in the nation. The Gators have three players that turned down the chance to be first-round NBA Draft picks to stay in school. The Jayhawks boast two possible lottery picks. The rest of their rosters include some of the best players in college basketball at their respective positions.
The neutral-court setting provides some intrigue as well, creating a rare NCAA Tournament-like atmosphere in late November.
We break down all the matchups and decide who has the edge in each head-to-head scenario: