SI PICK OF�THE WEEK
Everything about them is large: their shoe sizes, their personalities, their likelihood of getting a restaurant table with no reservation. The top center in the East, Miami's Shaquille O'Neal, hosts the best in the West, Houston's Yao Ming, as the Rockets get a tough road trip out of the way early. Shaq has the advantage in head-to-head record (his teams have won eight of 13 against Yao) and buckaroos--the $100 million extension he signed in the off-season tops the $75 million Yao pocketed from the Rockets this summer. TNT 8 p.m.
On shelves: The Answer IX
Allen Iverson's latest Reebok sneaker costs $125 and has a switch that allows its Pump technology to be turned on and off. In light of David Stern's new dress policy, here's a suggestion for number X: the Answer Loafer.
No. 14 Wisconsin at No. 10 Penn State
Log on to joepamustgo.com and it's morphed into a search engine; at firejoepaterno.com the operators are promising to turn the site into a Paterno (right) shrine. Times have changed for the once-maligned coach, whose Nittany Lions (8-1) welcome Wisconsin (8-1), which is looking for its fourth Big Ten title in coach Barry Alvarez's 16th--and last--season. ABC 3:30 p.m.
Jeff Lacy vs. Scott Pemberton
Forget the ho-hum heavyweight division. The action is at 168 pounds. Lacy (20-0), the IBF middleweight champ, was supposed to fight WBO super middleweight champ Joe Calzaghe, but Calzaghe broke his hand in September. Instead, he'll fight a KO specialist with a record of 23-2-1. The judges might want to take the night off: This one is probably not going the distance. Lacy (right) has KO'd 16 of his 20 opponents, and Pemberton has floored five of his last six. Showtime 9 p.m
Eagles at Redskins
The two NFC foes are in need of relief. Philadelphia got clobbered 49-21 by Denver on Sunday--a successful outing compared with Washington's trip to the Meadowlands. (The Giants won 36-0.) Things could have been even worse for the Redskins were it not for linebacker LaVar Arrington (left), who emerged from coach Joe Gibbs's doghouse to return to the lineup. ESPN 8:30 p.m.