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Top teams on display in busy Sunday schedule

Senior guard Courtney Williams (21.2 PPG) leads USF into Sunday's game against No. 1 and unbeaten UConn. Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports

You might not actually need a reason to spend Sunday in your pajamas parked in front of your television set (or your favorite mobile device). But we've got all kinds of good reasons just the same!

So make yourself a hearty brunch and then tune in to see a veritable smorgasbord of women's basketball. Let's preview some of the hoops around the country that will be on display Sunday, when 22 of the nation's Top 25 teams are in action. (All tip times are ET.)

No. 20 Missouri at No. 2 South Carolina (noon, SEC Network)

In the battle of the two SEC cities named Columbia, the Gamecocks are clearly favored to extend their 41-game winning streak at Colonial Life Arena and remain undefeated. But the Tigers have just one loss -- Monday at home to Tennessee -- and showed grit Thursday by pulling out a victory at Georgia. By now, you're probably quite familiar with South Carolina's big three of A'ja Wilson (16.0 points per game, 9.0 rebounds per game), Tiffany Mitchell (14.6 PPG) and Alaina Coates (12.9 PPG, 9.1 RPG). But Mizzou freshman Sophie Cunningham (14.6 PPG) is also a player to watch. However, she and the Tigers, who've had trouble scoring in their first two SEC games, will be challenged by the Gamecocks' defense.

North Carolina at No. 3 Notre Dame (1 p.m., ESPN2)

For everything that has gone wrong for the Tar Heels (an entire recruiting class transferring, the still-pending potential of NCAA penalties), there's actually good news right now. They are on a six-game winning streak and are 2-0 to start ACC play. Junior guard Jamie Cherry leads UNC in scoring (15.0 PPG), and freshman Stephanie Watts (13.4 PPG) was two assists shy of a triple-double (22-10-8) in Thursday's victory over Syracuse. Meanwhile, the Irish are off to a 3-0 start in the ACC, and have lost only one game in league play since joining the conference in 2013. Notre Dame leads the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (45.7, 101-of-221). The Irish also have to be encouraged by how forward Brianna Turner, who has dealt with a shoulder injury that has limited her to nine games, has played in the three ACC contests (19.7 PPG, 6.0 RPG).

Auburn at No. 12 Tennessee (2 p.m., ESPNU)

If you can figure out Tennessee, go to the head of the class. The Lady Vols looked like they had solidified some things defensively in their victory Monday at Missouri. But then back at home in Knoxville on Thursday, their press wasn't as effective against Florida. The Gators took over in the second half -- particularly in the fourth quarter -- in a 74-66 victory that again exposed the Lady Vols' offensive struggles. Tennessee shot 29.3 percent from the field, including 4-of-22 from 3-point range. Three of the Lady Vols' four losses this season have come at Thompson-Boling Arena, and Auburn will try to add to their home woes. However, the Tigers have beaten Tennessee just four times in the past 25 seasons -- most recently in 2009 -- and have won in Knoxville just twice: 1986 and '88. Auburn upset Kentucky in its SEC opener, but then fell at Mississippi State on Thursday.

No. 10 Kentucky at Georgia (2 p.m., SEC Network)

After a loss at Auburn to open SEC play -- their first defeat of the season -- the Wildcats took out their frustration on Alabama with a 73-48 victory in Lexington, Kentucky, on Thursday. The Wildcats clobbered the Crimson Tide on the boards, 45-30, and their focus on defense helped spur their offense. Evelyn Akhator had 21 points for Kentucky, which dominated play in the paint. Now, the Wildcats will try to do the same thing to Georgia, which fell at home to Missouri on Thursday after losing its SEC opener at Texas A&M. Four players are averaging double-figures scoring for Kentucky, led by Makayla Epps (16.3 PPG).

No. 8 Maryland at Iowa (3 p.m., ESPN2)

The Terps ran the table and won the tournament in their first season of Big Ten play last year. They finally lost their first game in the league, to Ohio State, on Jan. 2. Then Thursday, Nebraska paid the price, as Maryland routed the Huskers 89-50. The Terps have depth, good guard play, size inside, and can execute well offensively in transition and in the half-court. Terps junior center Brionna Jones leads Division I in field goal percentage (70.3). The Hawkeyes started Big Ten play with victories over Nebraska and Rutgers. But on Thursday, Iowa's defense broke down in the fourth quarter at Michigan, allowing the Wolverines to score 30 points on the way to an 82-75 victory.

Arkansas at No. 7 Mississippi State (3 p.m., SEC Network)

The Bulldogs have won 10 games in a row; their only loss was on Dec. 2 at Texas. Sophomore Victoria Vivians had 23 points in a 60-45 victory over Auburn on Thursday; she's averaging 18.3 points this season. Arkansas is 6-9 on the season and got steamrolled at South Carolina 85-32 on Jan. 3. But the Razorbacks rallied from that and upset Texas A&M, 67-61, on Thursday behind Devin Cosper's 18 points. Arkansas has not won on the road this season, but the Razorbacks play hard and can be dangerous if they gain any momentum.

No. 13 Texas A&M at LSU (4 p.m., SEC Network)

The Aggies had their second-worst shooting percentage of the season (36.2) in their 67-61 loss at Arkansas on Thursday, which included 2-of-17 from 3-point range. Coach Gary Blair said the Aggies were outplayed in every facet of the game, which they must avoid repeating in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The injury-plagued Tigers are 7-8 and had lost four games in a row -- but then surprised everyone (maybe even themselves?) by recording their best offensive output of the season in a 76-57 victory over Mississippi on Thursday.

No. 1 UConn at No. 22 South Florida (5 p.m., ESPN2)

Senior guard Moriah Jefferson's hamstring injury kept her out of the lineup on Wednesday against Tulsa, but the Huskies didn't miss a beat in their 95-35 victory. Saniya Chong, starting in place of Jefferson, scored 18 points, showing that even injuries don't seem to slow down UConn. Jefferson returned Friday and had 13 points in the Huskies' 76-37 victory at Houston. South Florida's losses are to Baylor, St. John's and Mississippi State. Courtney Williams (21.2 PPG, 8.2 RPG) leads the Bulls, who are also getting a double-double average from fellow senior Alisia Jenkins (12.8 PPG, 13.3 RPG).

Other games of note on ESPN3: No. 18 Duke at Louisville, (1 ET); Georgia Tech at No. 19 Florida State (4 ET).