Tournament championship time

Ready to start the road to Indy and the Final Four?
finalfour15The first spots in the 2015 NCAA tournament field will be claimed this weekend. And the regular season finales will keep the bubble teams wary as their conference tournaments loom.
The Ohio Valley Conference passes out its bid Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, and two more spots will be decided Sunday with the Big South championship at 12:30 and Atlantic Sun at 2:30 p.m.
CBS has the Missouri Valley Conference title game Sunday at 2 p.m.
There’s a pair of contests from the West Coast Conference quarterfinals on ESPN2 Saturday at 9 and 11:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the semifinals of the CAA tournament from Baltimore Sunday at 2:30 and 5 p.m.
There’s more conference championship games through the week as the big conferences get ready for their tournaments.
Wisconsin meets Minnesota Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, followed by Arizona-California.
Arkansas takes on South Carolina on ESPN2 Thursday at 7 p.m., then Memphis meets Connecticut. Frioay’s play starts with Akron-Kent State at 7 p.m. before Texas Tech battles Baylor.
FoxSports1 visits the Pac-12 Thursday, with Colorado taking on Washington at 9 p.m. before Stanford heads to Arizona State.
The ACC network brings Wake Forest against Boston College Saturday at 2 p.m. and Clemson’s trip to Notre Dame at 4 p.m.
CBS offers three games Saturday, starting at noon with Syracuse against North Carolina State. Top-ranked Kentucky tries to finish an unbeaten regular season against Florida at 2 p.m., then it’s Arizona-Stanford.
Memphis meets Cincinnati at noon Sunday, and Wisconsin battles Ohio State at 4:30 p.m.
St. John’s takes on Villanova Saturday at 2 p.m. on Fox.
Michigan State meets Indiana at noon on ESPN, followed by LSU-Arkansas and Kansas meets Oklahoma at 4 p.m. The ACC closes the night, with Virginia’s trip to Louisville at 6:30 p.m. before Duke and North Carolina caps the season at 9 p.m.
Pittsburgh plays Florida State on ESPN2 at noon. Connecticut clashes with Temple at 2 p.m. and Kansas State tangles with Texas at 4 p.m.
Butler battles Providence on FoxSports1 Saturday at noon.
Virginia Tech closes its regular season against Miami Saturday at noon on Comcast.
Massachusetts meets George Washington on NBC Sports network Saturday at 3:30 p.m., followed by VCU-George Mason.
ESPN brings four women’s tournament championship games Sunday. The ACC starts the action at 1 p.m., with the SEC at 3:30 p.m. and Big Ten tipping off at 7 p.m. The Pac-12 crowns its champion at 9 p.m.
Comcast has a pair of games from the ACC women’s tournament Thursday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. There’s two quarterfinal contests Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
TNT brings the Thunder’s contest with the Bulls Thursday at 8 p.m., with Dallas-Portland as the nightcap. ESPN carries Suns-Nets Friday at 8 p.m., then the Mavericks take on the Warriors.
The Wizards host the Heat Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
The Bulls take on the Spurs at 1 p.m. on ABC Sunday, then the Clippers travel to Golden State at 3:30 p.m.
The Capitals host Minnesota Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and Buffalo Saturday at 7 p.m.
Comcast offers the Flyers facing the Devils Sunday at 5 p.m.
Detroit heads to Boston Sunday at noon on NBC, and the Rangers visit Chicago Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Sports of the summer start this weekend. The Orioles meet the Blue Jays from Florida Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN while the Nationals meet the Cardinals Saturday at 1 p.m.
D.C. United opens the campaign against Montreal Saturday at 3 p.m. on Comcast. ESPN2 carries Orlando City-New York City Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
The PGA tour has its World Golf Championships on NBC Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Across the pond, Queens Park Rangers takes on Tottenham Hotspur Saturday at 10 a.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC offers Premier Boxing champions from Las Vegas Saturday at 8:30 p.m.


Farewell to JPJ

In many of the past 15 years, you never knew when Virginia would play its last home basketball game.
They might make the NCAA tournament, but it was more likely an NIT or other college tournament bid that kept the arena going into March.
The scheduled regular season finale wasn’t going to be the final home contest.
Not this year.
When the Hokies visit Saturday at 4 p.m. on the ACC network, it will be the last chance for local fans to see the Cavaliers in action. The second-ranked team closes the regular season with two road games, then it’s time to defend their ACC tournament championship in Greensboro.
The third week of March will be played at an NCAA tournament venue to be determined, not John Paul Jones Arena.
In other ACC action, Georgia Tech takes on Clemson Saturday at noon.
ESPN starts Thursday’s action with Nebraska against Ohio State at 7 p.m., followed by Arizona-Colorado.
Vanderbilt takes on Tennessee Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. SMU meets Memphis at 9 p.m., with Gonzaga going against San Diego. Iona takes on Manhattan Friday at 7 p.m.
UTEP battles Louisiana Tech Thursday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1, then Arizona State meets Utah at 10:30 p.m.
CBS gets ready for the NCAA tournament with three games Saturday and two more Sunday. Georgetown faces St. John’s at noon, then North Carolina visits Miami and top-ranked Kentucky battles Arkansas. Sunday’s action starts at 2 p.m. when SMU meets Connecticut, then Michigan State plays Wisconsin.
Villanova visits Xavier on Fox Saturday at 2 p.m.
Maryland meets Michigan Saturday at noon on ESPN, followed by Northern Iowa taking on Wichita State. Texas tangles with Kansas at 5 p.m., then Syracuse heads to Duke and Arizona battles Utah at 9 p.m.
ESPN2 has 14 straight hours of action, starting at noon with Louisville-Florida State. Dayton visits VCU at 2 p.m. and it’s Iowa State-Kansas State followed by Tennessee taking on Florida. The final three games are out west, with Boise State going to San Diego State at 8 p.m. BYU battles Gonzaga then UC Irvine goes against UC Santa Barbara at midnight.
Marquette meets Providence on FoxSports1 Sunday at 3:30 p.m. It’s off to the Pac-12 at 7 p.m. for Oregon-Stanford, then Washington State battles UCLA.
Delaware takes on Drexel Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. North Carolina State faces Boston College Saturday at noon, followed by a pair of CAA matchups – Drexel against William & Mary at 2 p.m. before Hofstra heads to James Madison.
Rhode Island meets LaSalle Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Liberty hosts Radford Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN. Columbia clashes with Dartmouth Friday at 8 p.m.
UNC-Asheville meets Liberty Saturday at 3 p.m. and there’s Atlantic 10 action between George Mason and Saint Louis at 7 p.m.
MASN2 brings Marshall against Florida International Thursday at 8 p.m. George Washington duels with Davidson Saturday at 7 p.m.
On the women’s hardcourt, Texas takes on West Virginia on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m. North Carolina battles Duke at 3 p.m. before South Carolina faces Kentucky.
FoxSports1 brings Providence against Villanova Friday at 8:30 p.m.
Virginia hosts Louisville on Comcast Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by Florida State facing Miami.
Baylor battles Iowa State Saturday at 4 p.m. on MASN2. Southern Miss faces UTEP Sunday at 4 p.m.
TNT offers Golden State’s trip to Cleveland Thursday at 8 p.m., then the Thunder meet the Suns.
The Heat visit New Orleans on ESPN Friday at 8 p.m., with Oklahoma City-Portland as the nightcap. The Thunder tangle with the Lakers Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
Comcast has the Wizards’ contest with the Pistons Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Clippers meet the Bulls Sunday at 1 p.m. on ABC, followed by the Cavaliers against the Rockets.
NASCAR heads to Atlanta Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox. The Xfinity Series will be on FoxSports1 Saturday at 2 p.m., then the trucks take to the track at 5:30 p.m.
NBC brings NHL action to prime time, with the Rangers meeting the Flyers Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Capitals visit Carolina Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and host Toronto Sunday at 7 p.m.
Nashville hosts the Wild Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Ducks take on the Stars Sunday at 8 p.m.
On the college ice, Notre Dame faces Boston College Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The PGA tour moves to Florida and NBC this weekend, with the Honda Classic on Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The round of 32 of the Europa League tournament continues on FoxSports1 Thursday, with Liverpool against Besiktas at 1 p.m. followed by Everton meeting the Young Boys.
West Ham United faces Crystal Palace Saturday at 7:45 a.m. on NBC Sports network. It’s Liverpool-Manchester City Sunday at 7 a.m. before Everton takes on Arsenal at 9 a.m.
NBC Sports network has the U.S. Indoor track and field championships Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m.
Freeskiing from the United States Grand Prix will be on NBC Sports network Saturday at 3 p.m.


Let’s go racing, boys

It’s DW time.
“Boogity, boogity, boogity, let’s go racing boys.”
Darrell Waltrip and the Fox crew bring the 2015 Daytona 500 Sunday. Coverage starts at noon.
Jeff Gordon, who announced this will be his final full-time NASCAR season, has the pole position with Jimmie Johnson on the outside of the front row. The rest of the field will be determined after Thursday’s Twin Duels, covered by FoxSports1 at 7 p.m.
FoxSports1 has the opening race of the XFINITY series Saturday at 3 p.m., after the first truck series race Friday at 7:30 p.m.
NBC holds its national hockey day Sunday as the Capitals meet the Flyers at 12:30 p.m., followed by Bruins-Blackhawks at 3 p.m.
The Stadium Series visits the 49ers’ new stadium Saturday at 10 p.m., with the Sharks hosting the Kings on NBC Sports network.
Comcast has the Capitals’ contest with Winnipeg Thursday at 7 p.m. and the meeting with the Islanders Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
The Penguins visit Columbus on NBC Sports network Thursday at 7 p.m. The Stars visit the Wild Sunday at 8 p.m.
The ACC network offers Georgia Tech-North Carolina Saturday at noon along with Pittsburgh’s visit to Syracuse.
Indiana meets Purdue Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, followed by Connecticut-Memphis.
ESPN2 has SMU facing Temple Thursday at 7 p.m., then Mississippi plays Mississippi State. Cleveland State clashes with Green Bay Friday at 7 p.m.
CBS brings Florida’s trip to LSU Saturday at 1 p.m., and Ohio State battles Michigan Sunday at 1 p.m.
Minnesota-Wisconsin starts ESPN’s day Saturday at noon. It’s off to the ACC at 2 p.m. for Miami against Louisville and Clemson heading to Duke, then top-ranked Kentucky hosts Auburn at 7 p.m.. UCLA plays Arizona at  9 p.m.
ESPN2’s slate of six Saturday games begins with VCU meeting Massachusetts. Iowa State tackles Texas at 2 p.m, followed by TCU-Kansas. Virginia Tech heads to North Carolina State at 6 p.m. before Alabama meets Georgia. Gonzaga facing Saint Mary’s closes the night at 10 p.m.
Seton Hall tangles with St. John’s Saturday at noon and Utah meets Oregon Sunday at 3 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Dayton duels with Duquesne Saturday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Drexel-Northeastern. LaSalle faces St. Louis Sunday at 2:30 p.m. before William & Mary faces Hofstra.
Notre Dame takes on Boston College Saturday at 4 p.m. on Comcast, and College of Charleston clashes with James Madison at 7 p.m.
Fairfield faces Niagara on MASN Thursday at 7 p.m. It’s off to the Ivy League Friday at 8 p.m. with Columbia-Brown.
Southern Miss clashes with Charlotte Saturday at 5:30 p.m., and East Tennessee faces Chattanooga at 8 p.m.
There’s three more games Sunday, starting with Furman against UNC-Greensboro at 1 p.m. before Cleveland State-Milwaukee at 3:30 p.m. It’s off to the Ohio Valley at 6:30 p.m., with Southeast Missouri meeting Eastern Illinois.
MASN2 has Rice traveling to Florida International Thursday at 8 p.m. Butler takes on Xavier Saturday at 2 p.m. and Grand Canyon hosts New Mexico State at 9 p.m. Western Kentucky goes against Middle Tennessee Sunday at 1 p.m.
In women’s hoops, Duke meets North Carolina State Sunday at noon on ESPN2. Rutgers takes on Michigan State at 2 p.m., followed by California-Stanford.
West Virginia battles Iowa State on MASN2 Saturday at noon and Old Dominion meets Louisiana Tech Sunday at 3 p.m.
Florida State faces Boston College on Comcast at 1 p.m. Sunday.
TNT offers the Thunder’s game with Dallas Thursday at 8 p.m. The Spurs battle the Clippers in the nightcap.
The Wizards host LeBron James and the Cavaliers Friday at 8 p.m. on Comcast and ESPN. Comcast has the visit to Detroit Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
ESPN’s Friday night finale matches San Antonio and Golden State at 10:30 p.m.
Tottenham Hotspur takes on West Ham United Sunday at 7 a.m. on NBC Sports network. It’s Everton-Leicester City at 9 a.m. and then Southampton battles Liverpool.
CBS has the PGA tour’s Northern Trust Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.


NBA takes Manhattan

It’s an NBA All-Star weekend too big for one arena.
The best of the NBA head to New York this weekend, with action at both Madison Square Garden and Brooklyn’s Barclay Center.
The activities begin Friday at 7 p.m. with the Celebrity contest on ESPN. The Rising Stars compete in Brooklyn on TNT at 9 p.m.
Brooklyn gets to host the All-Star Saturday night activities, capped by the Slam Dunk contest. Action begins at 8:30 p.m.
The big game tips Sunday at MSG at 8:30 p.m. on TNT.
Before the stars head to New York, TNT has the Cavaliers’ contest with the Bulls Thursday at 8 p.m.
The stars of NASCAR gear up for the Daytona 500 this weekend. The Sprint Unlimited takes the track Saturday at 8 p.m. on Fox., and the first two starting positions will be decided Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox.
Mississippi meets Florida Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, followed by Michigan against Illinois. Tulsa takes on Connecticut on ESPN2 Thursday at 7 p.m., then it’s Saint Mary’s battling with BYU.
Colorado clashes with California on FoxSports1 Thursday at 9 p.m.
Arizona heads to Washington Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN, while ESPN2 has Green Bay against Valparaiso at 7 p.m.
CBS offers Baylor-Kansas Saturday at 1 p.m., with Illinois taking on Wisconsin Sunday at 1 p.m.
North Carolina battles Pitt at noon Saturday on the ACC network. Virginia hosts Wake Forest at 2:30 p.m., and other areas will see Florida State-Georgia Tech.
Ohio State heads to Michigan State Saturday at noon on ESPN, followed by top-ranked Kentucky against South Carolina. It’s off to the ACC at 4 p.m. for Louisville-North Carolina State and Duke’s visit to Syracuse, then SMU hosts Connecticut at 9 p.m.
ESPN2 offers six contests Saturday, starting at noon with Georgia State facing Texas State. VCU visits George Washington at 2 p.m. and West Virginia heads to Iowa State. It’s Illinois State-Wichita State at 6 p.m. before Oklahoma faces Kansas State and New Mexico-Nevada caps the night at 10 p.m.
Marquette meets Creighton on FoxSports1 Saturday at 1 p.m. It’s off to the Pac-12 Sunday, with Stanford-Colorado at 4 p.m. before Arizona faces Washington State at 6:30 p.m.
Virginia Tech heads to Clemson Saturday at noon on Comcast, followed by Lafayette against American. Western Kentucky meets Marshall at 5:30 p.m. Hofstra and Drexel tangle Sunday at 5 p.m.
Northeastern takes on Hofstra on NBC Sports network Thursday at 7 p.m. There’s a pair of games Saturday, with St. Bonaventure-Dayton at 12:30 p.m. before Delaware faces William & Mary. Towson meets College of Charleston Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and it’s back to the A-10 for St. Joseph’s-Fordham.
On the women’s hardcourt, ESPN2 brings three games on Sunday. North Carolina takes on Louisville at 1 p.m., then it’s Kentucky-Tennessee before West Virginia heads to Baylor at 5 p.m.
Florida State takes on North Carolina Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. There’s a pair of contests Sunday afternoon, as Florida State visits Virginia at 1 p.m. before Georgia Tech goes against Miami.
FoxSports1 offers St. John’s against Marquette Friday at 9 p.m. St. John’s goes against DePaul Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Capitals’ west coast trip includes contests with the Kings Saturday at 10 p.m. and Ducks Sunday at 8 p.m. on Comcast.
Comcast brings the Flyers’ contest with the Blue Jackets Friday at 7 p.m.
The Blackhawks host the Penguins on NBC Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
On the college ice, Providence faces Notre Dame Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The PGA tour visits Pebble Beach this weekend, with coverage on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
West Bromwich Albion faces West Ham United in FA Cup action Saturday at 7:30 a.m. on FoxSports1. Aston Villa meets Leicester City Sunday at 7:30 a.m.
The United States meets England in a women’s international soccer friendly on FoxSports1 Friday at 3 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the finals of the Women’s Giant Slalom World Championships Thursday at 4 p.m. The men’s Giant Slalom will be Friday at 4 p.m.
The Millrose Games will be on NBC Sports network Saturday at 6 p.m.
The rugby World Seven Series are Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.


Is an ACC title in the Cards?

The Virginia Cavaliers went 20 games before losing on the basketball court this season.
The next goal, after an undefeated season, is a regular season title in the ACC. The quest continues Saturday at 7 p.m., when Louisville comes to Charlottesville. ESPN has coverage.
The third-ranked Cavaliers saw the dreams of a perfect season end last Saturday against Duke, but bounced back against North Carolina Monday.
Louisville stands one-game behind Virginia, joining Notre Dame with two conference losses entering the final four weeks of the regular season.
Iowa meets Michigan on ESPN Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by Cincinnati taking on SMU.
ESPN2 has three contests Thursday, starting at 7 p.m. Auburn-LSU. UCLA faces Stanford at 9 p.m. and second-ranked Gonzaga goes against Santa Clara at 11 p.m. George Washington meets Dayton Friday at 7 p.m.
Southern Cal heads to California Thursday at 11 p.m. on FoxSports1.
CBS has the ACC battle between Notre Dame and Duke Saturday at 1 p.m. Michigan takes on Indiana Sunday at 1 p.m.
Georgetown takes on Villanova on Fox Saturday at 2 p.m., followed by Arizona-Arizona State at 4:30 p.m.
ACC network brings Virginia Tech’s contest with Florida State Saturday at 3 p.m. along with North Carolina-Boston College.
ESPN starts its Saturday at noon when Illinois plays Michigan State. It’s Kansas against Oklahoma State at 2 p.m. before Kansas State hosts Texas. The GameDay crew will be in Florida for a game against Kentucky at 9 p.m.
Tennessee takes on Georgia on ESPN2 at noon, and Texas-Arlington faces Louisiana-Lafayette at 2 p.m. It’s off to the ACC for Syracuse against Pittsburgh before Alabama plays LSU at 6 p.m. and Missouri State takes on Wichita State. Second-ranked Gonzaga closes the night at 11:30 p.m. against San Francisco.
Providence plays Xavier on FoxSports1 Saturday at noon, followed by DePaul battling Butler. Washington takes on Oregon State Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
Wake Forest heads to Georgia Tech Saturday at noon on Comcast, followed by James Madison-Towson.
Richmond visits LaSalle Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
MASN offers UTEP against Florida Atlantic Thursday at 8 p.m. It’s off to the Ivy League Friday at 8 p.m. with Pennsylvania facing Cornell.
There’s three games on the schedule Saturday, starting with George Mason visiting St. Joseph’s at 4 p.m. Louisiana Tech takes on Middle Tennessee at 8 p.m. before Grand Canyon meets Bakersfield at 10:30 p.m.
Sunday at 3 p.m., it’s off to the Horizon League for Oakland against Valparaiso.
Creighton clashes with St. John’s Saturday at noon on MASN2.
On the women’s side, ESPN2 has a pair of top-25 matchups Sunday. Baylor battles Texas at 2 p.m., followed by Maryland meeting Nebraska.
FoxSports1 has Providence-Seton Hall Friday at 8 p.m.
George Washington meets Davidson on Comcast Thursday at 11 a.m. and Virginia Tech hosts North Carolina Sunday at 1 p.m.
Florida Atlantic faces Texas-San Antonio on MASN Sunday at noon.
TNT starts Thursday with the Cavaliers hosting the Clippers at 8 p.m., then the Suns face the TrailBlazers at 10:30 p.m.
ESPN has Clippers-Raptors Friday at 7 p.m. before the Heat battle the Spurs in the nightcap.
The Wizards take on Charlotte Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and the Nets visit Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Thunder meet the Clippers on ABC Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by Lakers-Cavaliers.
Former Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau returns to the Verizon Center Friday, as the Ducks meet the Capitals on Comcast at 7 p.m. The Flyers come to town Sunday at 3 p.m.
NBC Sports network offers the Red Wings at Colorado Thursday at 9 p.m.
Chicago takes on St. Louis on NBC Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
The Hockey City Classic features Miami of Ohio against Western Michigan Saturday at 4 p.m. on MASN2.
Everton battles Liverpool on NBC Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
ESPN has a men’s soccer matchup between the United States and Panama Sunday at 3:55 p.m.
There’s an international women’s soccer friendly between the United States and France Sunday at 11:55 a.m. on ESPN2.
The PGA Tour heads to Torrey Pines on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.


XLIX

Before Super Sunday in Arizona, there’s Super Saturday in Charlottesville.
The second-ranked Cavaliers host ESPN’s College GameDay Saturday at 10 a.m. before hosting Duke at 7 p.m. The GameDay crew previews the day’s contests around the college basketball world, along with contests for the fans arriving early in the morning for the show.
Virginia remained unbeaten after escaping Virginia Tech Sunday in its last contest. Duke has already lost three ACC contests, but got coach K his 1000th college victory Sunday at St. John’s.
The sporting world makes way for Super Bowl XLIX Sunday at 6:30 p.m., with Seattle trying to defend its title and New England hoping to deflate those hopes.
It’s the Patriots’ second trip to University of Phoenix Stadium for the big game. Last visit, they came in unbeaten and left losers to the Giants.
The NFL honors show will be Saturday at 9 p.m. on NBC.
The Australian Open crowns its champion this weekend. ESPN has the men’s semifinal Friday at 3:30 a.m. with the women’s title game Saturday at 3 a.m. The tournament closes with the men’s championship match Sunday at 3 a.m.
ESPN’s Thursday night slate starts at 7 p.m. with Maryland against Ohio State, followed by top-ranked Kentucky taking on Missouri. Connecticut clashes with Cincinnati on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. with Utah-UCLA in the nightcap.
Providence plays DePaul Thursday at 2 p.m. on FoxSports1 in a game postponed two days by the big blizzard. Colorado heads to Southern Cal at 9:30 p.m.
Arkansas takes on Florida Saturday at 1 p.m. on CBS, and Sunday at 1 p.m. it’s Michigan-Michigan State.
Iowa tackles Wisconsin at noon Saturday on ESPN, followed by Kansas State-Kansas and a big ACC battle between North Carolina and Louisville.
ESPN has six games on the schedule Saturday, starting with Auburn-Tennessee at noon. The Virginia battle between VCU-Richmond tips at 2 p.m. with Wichita State against Northern Iowa followed by Texas facing Baylor. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State tangle at 8 p.m. and Memphis closes the night at Gonzaga at 10 p.m.
There’s a pair of Big East contests on FoxSports1 Saturday. Xavier faces Seton Hall at noon before Villanova battles DePaul. Fox brings Providence-St. John’s at noon.
The ACC network brings Notre Dame against Pittsburgh Saturday at noon along with North Carolina State facing Georgia Tech.
George Mason hosts St. Louis Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. William & Mary heads to James Madison Saturday at 4 p.m.
Davidson meets Saint Joseph’s Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Liberty takes on High Point on MASN Thursday at 7 p.m. It’s off to the Ivy League Friday at 8 p.m. for Yale against Columbia.
MASN2 offers C-USA action between Middle Tennessee and Texas-San Antonio Thursday at 8 p.m. Marquette meets Butler Saturday at 2 p.m. and Marshall takes on Louisiana Tech at 5:30 p.m.
On the women’s hardcourt, ESPN2 has a pair of games Sunday. Connecticut takes on Temple at 2 p.m. and Iowa meets Maryland at 4 p.m.
Oklahoma travels to Texas on FoxSports1 Thursday at 7 p.m.
Comcast offers Florida State against Georgia Tech Friday at 7 p.m. There’s a pair of games Sunday, with Wake Forest taking on Notre Dame at 1 p.m. and North Texas meeting Rice at 3 p.m.
The Nuggets head to Memphis on TNT Thursday at 8 p.m., with Bulls-Lakers in the nightcap. ESPN offers the Mavericks meeting the Heat Friday at 8 p.m., then it’s Bulls-Suns. Saturday at 9 p.m., the Clippers battle the Spurs.
The Wizards take on the Raptors Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
Comcast has the Capitals visit to Montreal Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Rangers take on the Canadiens Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with Ducks-Sharks at 10:30 p.m. The Capitals’ traditional Super Bowl afternoon contest will be on NBC Sports Network against the Blues Sunday at 1 p.m.
On the college ice, New Hampshire visits Notre Dame on NBC Sports network Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Chelsea battles Manchester City Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC. Hull City takes on Newcastle United at 7:45 a.m. Saturday on NBC Sports network before Manchester United meets Leicester City.
Arsenal takes on Aston Villa Sunday at 8:30 a.m. followed by Southampton-Swansea City.
CBS heads to Phoenix for the PGA event Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. Don’t forget to pick up the trash.
NBC Sports network has the induction ceremonies for the NASCAR Hall of Fame Friday at 8 p.m.
The Armory Invitational track meet will be on NBC Sports network Saturday at 4:30 p.m.


Time for stars to shine

As we await the Super Bowl commercials and halftime show (there’s a game too?), some of the top athletes in their fields will gather this weekend.
The NFL moves the Pro Bowl to the Super Bowl site this year, with the best of both leagues competing Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
Hall of Famers Cris Carter and Michael Irvin drafted players for their teams Wednesday, and the coaches of the Ravens and Cowboys’ staffs will guide the teams from the sidelines.
Columbus hosts the NHL all-star game Sunday at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
What will be the rosters of the two teams? The teams will be drafted Friday at 8 p.m. and the skills competition hits the ice Saturday at 7 p.m.
College football players look to impress the scouts at the Senior Bowl Saturday at 4 p.m. on the NFL network. Mel Kiper knows everybody on the field.
NBC offers the U.S. Skating Championship this weekend, with action Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. then Sunday at 4 p.m.
Sunday afternoon NBA starts on ABC this weekend, with Heat-Bulls at 1 p.m. followed by the Thunder’s visit to Cleveland.
The Wizards head west, facing the Trail Blazers Saturday at 10 p.m. and the Nuggets Sunday at 8 p.m. on Comcast.
TNT brings the Spurs at Bulls Thursday at 8 p.m. with Nets-Clippers in the nightcap.
The Bulls meet the Mavericks on ESPN Friday at 8 p.m.
Second-ranked Virginia faces Georgia Tech on the ACC Network Thursday at 8 p.m., and other areas will see N.C. State against Miami.
Virginia Tech hosts Notre Dame on Comcast Thursday at 7 p.m.
Ohio State takes on Northwestern Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, while ESPN2 offers Alabama-Arkansas at 7 p.m. before Arizona battles Stanford. VCU visits St. Louis Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
DePaul plays Seton Hall Thursday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1, followed by Washington-Colorado at 9:30 p.m.
Kansas heads to Texas Saturday at 2 p.m. on CBS, followed by UCLA-Oregon. It’s off to the Big Ten Sunday as Indiana clashes with Ohio State at 1:30 p.m. before the ACC matchup between Pittsburgh and Louisville.
Coach K goes for his 1000th coaching win Sunday at 2 p.m., meeting St. John’s on Fox.
Top-ranked Kentucky visits South Carolina on ESPN Saturday at noon. North Carolina faces Florida State at 2 p.m., followed by Michigan State-Nebraska at 4 p.m. and Wisconsin against Michigan at 7 p.m.
Weekend action on the ACC network starts Saturday at noon with Wake Forest’s visit to Clemson, and Virginia travels to Virginia Tech Sunday at 1 p.m.
ESPN2’s Saturday slate of four games begins at noon with Oklahoma State-Kansas State. It’s off to the SEC for Arkansas against Missouri at 2 p.m., then Miami meets Syracuse before Oklahoma battles Baylor at 6 p.m.
Marquette hosts Georgetown on FoxSports1 Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Creighton clashes with Villanova Sunday at 7 p.m.
George Washington faces Fordham Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The CAA takes the stage Saturday, with College of Charleston against Drexel at noon followed by Northeastern-William & Mary.
Richmond heads to Dayton on Comcast Saturday at 7 p.m., and Boston College battles Georgia Tech Sunday at 1 p.m.
Liberty hosts Winthrop on MASN Thursday at 7 p.m. Marshall meets UTEP Saturday at 3 p.m. and it’s off to the WAC at 9 p.m. for Utah Valley against New Mexico State. Sunday, Ohio Valley-Belmont goes against Tennessee State at 6:30 p.m.
MASN2 offers Xavier-Providence Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by UTEP taking on Western Kentucky. There’s a pair of Big East games over the weekend, as DePaul faces Xavier Saturday at 6 p.m. and Seton Hall battles Butler Sunday at 3 p.m.
On the women’s hardcourt, Virginia Tech takes on Wake Forest Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. Pittsburgh battles Boston College Saturday at 4 p.m. then it’s an ACC doubleheader Sunday as N.C. State visits Syracuse at 3 p.m. before Miami meets Louisville.
FoxSports1 has Big East play Friday, with Seton Hall facing Villanova at 7 p.m. and Creighton-DePaul at 9 p.m. Butler meets Xavier Sunday at 2:30 p.m., then it’s Iowa State-Texas.
ESPN2 has Connecticut taking on Cincinnati Sunday at 3 p.m. before North Carolina tangles with Duke.
Charlotte clashes with Middle Tennessee Saturday at noon on MASN2, followed by West Virginia-Kansas.
Play continues at the Australian Open with third round action Thursday at 11 p.m. on ESPN2. There’s more coverage Friday at 9 p.m. and the round of 16 starts Saturday at 9 p.m. and continues Sunday at 9 p.m.
It’s time for the X-Games, with action on ESPN Thursday at 9 p.m. and Friday at 10:30 p.m. ABC offers ski slopestyle finals Saturday at 1 p.m. and coverage continues on ESPN Saturday at 9 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Play continues in the FA Cup this weekend on FoxSports1, as Cambridge United meets Manchester United Friday at 3 p.m. and Manchester City faces Middlesbrough Saturday at 10 a.m.


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