AT THE WATER COOLER: Something old and something new highlight the slate of rivalry games around the Atlantic Coast Conference tonight. For that matter, No. 1 Syracuse at No. 23 Pittsburgh (7 p.m. ET, ESPN) and No. 9 Duke at North Carolina (9 p.m. ET, ESPN) could be categorized as something borrowed and something blue as well.

Pitt could be considered the closest thing fellow Big East import Syracuse has to a traditional rival in the new-look ACC. But history aside, the Panthers are more interested in securing a signature win after a recent string of lackluster ones. The Orange, not shying away from a quest to run the table, can expect to face yet another strong defensive squad. Pitt is allowing just a shade more than 60 points a game, but the Orange are even stingier at 58.4. Panthers' scoring leader Lamar Patterson, shut out in regulation in a narrow escape against Virginia Tech, could use some early points. C.J. Fair will look to follow up a solid 19-point outing for Syracuse.

For all the maddening inconsistency displayed by North Carolina early in the campaign, the Tar Heels have won five in a row and have a chance to pull even with the Blue Devils in the league standings. Duke, however, has looked even better on its current 7-1 streak, with the lone setback coming in that memorable overtime battle with Syracuse in the Carrier Dome. The bad news for Duke's opponents is standout freshman Jabari Parker has looked like an even more complete player of late. The Tar Heels must continue to get contributions from veterans James Michael McAdoo and Marcus Paige to pull off the upset.

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ALSO ON DECK: A look at the rest of the marquee matchups to watch tonight. All times Eastern.

— No. 6 Villanova at DePaul (8 p.m., FOX Sports 1)

— No. 13 Kentucky at Auburn (8 p.m.)

— UCF at No. 22 Memphis (9 p.m., ESPNU)

— South Florida at Connecticut (7 p.m., ESPN2)

— New Mexico at Boise State (9:15 p.m., CBS Sports Network)

REWIND: On Tuesday night,Wyoming stunned No. 5 San Diego State with a 68-62 victory that ended the Aztecs' 20-game winning streak. No. 18 Michigan toppled No. 20 Ohio State, 70-60, on the road to bounce back from a loss. No. 2 Wichita State beat Southern Illinois at home, 78-67, to improve to 26-0. Texas handled a Marcus Smart-less Oklahoma State squad with a comfortable 87-68 victory in Big 12 action.

NUMBER OF THE DAY: 7. Many games on the schedule come with a weather-permitting caveat with much of the eastern seaboard bracing for another blast of winter, but a key showdown for second place in the Atlantic-10 featuring George Washington at Virginia Commonwealth (7 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network) will be well worth a look if the elements allow. The visiting Colonials will be up against the Rams' relentless full-court pressure that is providing VCU a turnover margin of seven a game, good for second in the country. With a huge trip to Saint Louis on deck and coming off a setback against Saint Joseph's, VCU shouldn't lack for motivation.

WORDS OF THE DAY: "I just feel very fortunate to be able to coach at Villanova. Whoever coaches at Villanova is going to get a lot of wins." — Wildcats coach Jay Wright, who picked up his 400th career victory Friday against Seton Hall. Wright had 122 wins to his credit at Hofstra before taking over at Villanova in 2001, where he's added 278 more triumphs to his ledger. The sixth-ranked Wildcats return to action tonight at DePaul (8 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1).