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Early statement opportunity for VCU

Updated: November 20, 2012, 4:50 PM ET
By Jordan Brenner

Football, turkey, blah, blah, blah. Here at GK Central, Thanksgiving is a chance to feast on college hoops, as this week might be the best opportunity we'll have all season to see legit mid-majors test themselves against top dogs -- or each other. The Battle 4 Atlantis alone figures to give us three days of tasty Giant Killer versus Giant matchups, including a pair of saucy opening-round games that we'll hit on below.

There's more -- oh yes, there's more -- to digest in the coming days. But if you can only watch four games (and if that's true, shame on you), these are the best of the bunch. Here's our look at what we stand to learn about each team.

Thursday

Game to watch: Memphis Tigers versus Virginia Commonwealth Rams

Why watch: Because Memphis is ranked in the top 20, its fans are anticipating a deep tournament run ... and VCU actually may be the better squad. Plus, the Battle 4 Atlantis field is so stacked that VCU is guaranteed more than one shot against a Giant.

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