Will Gamecocks remain unbeaten into Feb. 8 game vs. UConn?

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Since before this season started, one game has been considered the biggest of the regular season. Whether you're a diehard fan who's counting down the days, or a casual observer who sees it as a tasty post-Super Bowl snack, you'll make time for this matchup: UConn at South Carolina on Feb. 8 (ESPN2, 7 p.m. ET). The biggest of Big Mondays for women's basketball.

However, will it actually be No. 1 vs. No. 2, a battle of unbeatens? In regard to UConn, it doesn't take any speculation. The Huskies, who've won their six American Athletic Conference games by an average of 45.3 points, will win the next six by a similar margin and come into Columbia, South Carolina, at 22-0. Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson, Morgan Tuck, Kia Nurse & Co. have kept the Huskies rolling along.

But the hosts are in a much different conference with a considerably more treacherous path ahead. The Gamecocks are 17-0 and 5-0 in the SEC, but they've already had challenges in league play from Vanderbilt, Kentucky and Texas A&M.

It took a big mistake by an Aggies player -- she didn't know the score and committed an unnecessary foul -- to send South Carolina to the line to win Sunday, 59-58, and avoid overtime.

Three Gamecocks are averaging in double-figures scoring: A'ja Wilson (17.0 points per game), Tiffany Mitchell (14.7), and Alaina Coates (12.2). Coates (9.5) and Wilson (9.3) are the top rebounders, and Coates also leads the way in field goal percentage at 68.6 (83 of 121).

No doubt, South Carolina is a powerful team. But let's look at what's coming in the Gamecocks' next five games before they meet UConn.

Jan. 21 at Auburn: The Tigers are 2-3 in the SEC, but one of their victories was a 66-61 upset over Kentucky to start the conference season on Jan. 3. Auburn lost the rematch at Kentucky on Sunday by seven points. Auburn guard Brandy Montgomery is tied with Arkansas' Jessica Jackson as the third-leading scorer in the SEC at 17.1 PPG.

Jan. 24 at No. 10 Mississippi State (ESPN2, 5 p.m. ET): Victoria Vivians leads the SEC in scoring (17.5 PPG) and the Bulldogs (78.6) are the No. 2 offense in the league behind Florida. Mississippi State's only losses have been at Texas on Dec. 2 and at Missouri on Jan. 14. The Bulldogs bounced back from the latter loss to thump in-state rival Mississippi 79-51 on Monday and are second in the SEC standings at 4-1.

Jan. 28 vs. Mississippi: The Rebels are 9-9 overall and 1-4 in the SEC, so this seems like the Gamecocks' smallest worry in the next two weeks. Except ... Ole Miss' league victory was over Vanderbilt, a team that South Carolina didn't put away until late in their meeting on Jan. 7. Mississippi guard Shandricka Sessom is sixth in the SEC at 16.1 PPG.

Jan. 31 at No. 13 Texas A&M (ESPN2, 6 p.m. ET): You can be sure the Aggies are eager for a rematch at home against the Gamecocks after what happened Sunday. Texas A&M's Courtney Walker is the SEC's second-leading scorer (17.4 PPG). If the score is in the 50s, as was the case Sunday, it probably will favor the Aggies.

Feb. 4 vs. No. 9 Kentucky (SEC Network, 7 p.m. ET): The Wildcats are another team that wants a second shot at South Carolina. When they met Jan. 14, host Kentucky got off to a strong start and led 32-28 at halftime. But the second half was a different story, and South Carolina won 73-62. Like many teams, Kentucky had no answer for Wilson (26 points, 13 rebounds, 8 blocks.) The Wildcats are 3-2 and tied -- along with Texas A&M, Florida and Arkansas -- for third in the SEC.

So if the Gamecocks can get through all of that without a loss, then they'll face a Huskies squad that won 87-62 when they met last season on Feb. 9 at Storrs, Connecticut.

That game was No. 1 vs. No. 2, which was only the second time South Carolina had been involved in such a matchup. The previous time was in 1982.

By contrast, those matchups have been a regular occurrence for the Huskies for the past two decades. And they played like that last season, dominating the game against South Carolina.

This season, they will meet in what will be the biggest women's game ever at Colonial Life Arena -- and that will be the case whether the Gamecocks are still undefeated. But if they are, it will be an indicator that South Carolina has passed some very strong tests to get ready for their toughest of all.