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This week: Gainesville plays 2 top-10 teams

POSTED: January 16, 2011 10:14 p.m.

After a week of high school basketball teams went stir crazy without getting to play, this week resumes a normal schedule across the area. For Gainesville, this will be a particularly challenging week. On Monday, the Red Elephants’ boys face Class AAA’s No. 4-ranked Carrollton (8-1) in Gainesville. Then on Friday, the Red Elephants face Class AAA’s No. 3-ranked Monroe Area in Monroe.

On Tuesday, fifth-ranked West Hall faces the Purple Hurricanes in Oakwood. The Spartans went into last week’s snowstorm winners of six consecutive games. West Hall hosts Johnson on Saturday.

On the girls side, Class AAA’s No. 8 Chestatee gets the week started against Lumpkin County on Tuesday in Gainesville. Then on Friday, the Lady War Eagles host White County.

On Saturday, North Hall’s girls face Class A’s No. 1-ranked Wesleyan in Norcross.

GEORGIA BULLDOGS: Even though the Bulldogs took a hit with a loss to Vanderbilt after jumping into the Top 25 for the first time since 2003, they still have a busy week of conference games.

On Tuesday, the Bulldogs face Tennessee in Athens, followed by a home date against Mississippi State on Saturday.

After edging out Arkansas on Wednesday, the Lady Bulldogs visit Alabama on Thursday.

GEORGIA TECH: This week, the Yellow Jackets host Wake Forest on Wednesday, followed by a trip to play the Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday.

ATLANTA HAWKS: Even after Saturday’s loss to Houston, the Hawks continue to be one of the hottest teams in the league, winning five of the last six games.

The Hawks (26-15) are currently in third place and 3 1/2 games behind the Miami Heat in the Southeast Division, but only 1/2 game back of the second-place Orlando Magic.

Today, Atlanta hosts the Sacramento Kings at Philips Arena.

Before the week is out, the Hawks will visit Miami on Tuesday, return home to play New Orleans on Friday, then finish out the week at Charlotte on Saturday.



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